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April 18, 2013: Panel Discussion on Best Practices in the Collection of Life Stories for Scholarly and Creative Work

Caridad Svich, Rachel Jendrzejewski, and Gail Dubrow discuss best practices in the collection of life stories for scholarly and creative work.

Available for download as audio (.mp3, 75.8MB) or video (.m4v, 431.8MB).

Question and Answer Session

Available for download as audio (.mp3, 15.6MB) or video (.m4v, 92.4MB).

Caridad Svich is a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, having been born to Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents and growing up in several states across the United States.  Her play Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) recently received its world premiere at 7 Stages in Atlanta. She has held an NEA/TCG Residency at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, a TCG/Pew residency at INTAR Theatre, and has been a Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University.  Among her many works are Twelve Ophelias (a play with broken songs), The Booth Variations, a multimedia collaboration (with Nick Philippou & Todd Cerveris), and a play, Magnificent Waste, which was the recipient of the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, and selected for the 2004 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Open Stage program.  Ms. Svich is also editor of Trans-global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries (2004).  Her translations of five plays and thirteen poems by Federico Garcia Lorca are published in Impossible Theater (Smith & Kraus, 2000) and has several plays published by Playscripts Inc. She has also recently translated Garcia Lorca’s Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, and Dona Rosita. She holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, is founder of the performance collective NoPassport and has taught playwriting at Paines Plough Theatre in London, Yale School of Drama, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, and the US-Cuba Writers’ Conference in Havana.  Watch the April 18, 2013 Bat of Minerva interview with Caridad Svich here.

2013.4 Svich Playwrights

Rachel Jendrzejewski (yen-shzay-EFF-skee) is an interdisciplinary artist, currently based in Minneapolis.  She was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. She has written, performed and otherwise collaborated on performance, film, music, and public art projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her plays and performance works have been developed or produced by Padua Playwrights/ArtShare L.A., The Playwrights’ Center, Playwrights’ Horizons, American Repertory Theater’s New Voices Series, Rhode Island School of Design, Pell Chafee Performance Center, Granoff Center for Creative Arts, Theater Masters/Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, the Conflux Festival, and the Listening LabOratory. Her writing has appeared in Orange Quarterly, The Brown Literary Review, Back Stage, The Arts District Citizen (now Citizen L.A.), The Family Press (Existential Media), and Urban Honking. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Erik Ehn and Lisa D’Amour.  Most recently, she devised the “Stranger Stranger Supper Series,” a series of performative dinners in restaurants along University Avenue in St. Paul.  Watch the May 1, 2012 Bat of Minerva interview with Rachel Jendrzejewski here.

Gail Dubrow is Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Affairs and Planning and History at the University of Minnesota.  Dubrow is a social historian of the built environment and cultural landscape who is active in the preservation of places significant in the history of women, ethnic communities of color, and other underrepresented groups.  Her work has received support from the American Institute of Architects/American Architectural Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, among others.  She is the author of two award-winning books, Sento at Sixth and Main, with Donna Graves and Restoring Women’s History Through Historic Preservation, edited with Jennifer Goodman.

2013.4 playwright roundtable Rachel Caridad Svich

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