Allen Lang

Director, Theatre Outreach

BA, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. MFA, SUNY-Empire State College. Published plays include Chimera, White Buffalo, and The Wading Pool. Recipient of the Lipkin Playwright Award and Drury College Playwright Award. Plays produced in New York City at Pan Asian Rep, Red Shirt Entertainment, La Mama, The Nuyorician Poets Cafe, and other venues. In New York, directed new plays by Richard Vetere, Adam Kraar, Diane Luby, and Michael Schwartz. Established The River Theatre Company in Central Wisconsin with a company of local players. Directed, toured with the work of Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Slawomir Mrozek, David Lindsay Abaire, and John Patrick Shanley, among others. Performances presented on NPR and in shopping malls, street festivals, bus stops, parking lots, and abandoned stores, as well as more traditional venues. Conducted theatre workshops for participants of all ages in New York City, Yonkers, Westchester County, and throughout the United States and abroad. Wrote, directed, and performed in original plays presented in schools, community centers, and museums in Yonkers, Westchester County, and beyond. Recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Wisconsin Council of the Arts. Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach co-director; artistic director of the Sarah Lawrence College theatre program, 2007-2010. SLC, 1998–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Theatre

Theatre Outreach: Collaboration and Community

Open , Component—Year

This class meets once a week.

Developing original, issue-oriented, dramatic material using music and theatre media, this course will present the structures needed for community extension of the theatre. Performance and teaching groups will work with small theatres, schools, senior-citizen groups, museums, centers, and shelters. Productions and class plans will be made in consultation with the organizations and with our touring groups. We will work with children’s theatre, audience participation, and educational theatre. Teaching and performance techniques will focus on past and present uses of oral histories and cross-cultural material. We will study sociological and psychological dynamics as part of an exploration of the role of theatre and its connections to learning. Each student will have a service-learning team placement. Special projects and guest topics will include the use of theatre in developing new kinds of afterschool programs, styles and forms of community on-site performances, and media techniques for artists who teach, as well as working with the Sarah Lawrence College Human Genetics Program.

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Theatre Outreach Projects: Connections to Community

Advanced , Component—Year

This class meets once a week.

This advanced course will provide a strong foundation from which to explore and extend teaching and theatre-making skills in the community. With an interest in exploring personally expressive material and in extending and developing skills, students will find a practical approach to experiential learning that grows teaching skills through a weekly community placement. Placements are usually yearlong and typically culminate in a process-over-product, informal presentation that is reflective of the interests, stories, and experiences of the individual participants. Students will explore collaborating with partnerships at schools, libraries, museums, community centers, prisons, and downtown Yonkers storefronts and other venues to develop original work that will result in a creative forum, with performances concluding in a talkback environ. Historical and contemporary social-political and artistic issues are applied to community work. Class readings and discussions will explore theoretical and practical discussions about theatre making and sharing theatre skills in the 21st century that will examine the role of creative artists working in the community to bring forth social change. Exploring gender, and open to all races and ethnicities, students will work toward the development of a creative ensemble of SLC theatre artists. Class readings and discussions will explore LGBTQ, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Asian American artistic contributions, and that will provide a strong foundation from which to create new work. Focusing on local, national, and world issues as they pertain to our own experiences, first-semester work will culminate in informal workshop presentations and discussion sessions at a Yonkers High School. Second-semester class work will culminate in a touring show for the HS Lunchbox Group and intergenerational work with the 50+ Lunchbox Group. First-semester coursework will include a Yonkers tour that visits the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront, as well as important Yonkers cultural attractions. The class is open to all students who want to explore personal material through a sociopolitical lens. Open to dancers, poets, playwrights, actors, and visual artists. Educator John Paul Lederach asks the artist to connect with the “moral imagination”—the ability to “stay grounded in the here and now, with all its violence and injustice, while still imagining and working toward a more life-affirming world.”

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Graduate Courses

Theatre 2017-2018

Theatre Outreach: Collaboration and Community

Open , Component—Year

This class meets once a week.

Developing original, issue-oriented, dramatic material using music and theatre media, this course will present the structures needed for community extension of the theatre. Performance and teaching groups will work with small theatres, schools, senior-citizen groups, museums, centers, and shelters. Productions and class plans will be made in consultation with the organizations and with our touring groups. We will work with children’s theatre, audience participation, and educational theatre. Teaching and performance techniques will focus on past and present uses of oral histories and cross-cultural material. We will study sociological and psychological dynamics as part of an exploration of the role of theatre and its connections to learning. Each student will have a service-learning team placement. Special projects and guest topics will include the use of theatre in developing new kinds of afterschool programs, styles and forms of community on-site performances, and media techniques for artists who teach, as well as working with the Sarah Lawrence College Human Genetics Program.

Faculty

Theatre Outreach Projects: Connections to Community

Advanced , Component—Year

This class meets once a week.

This advanced course will provide a strong foundation from which to explore and extend teaching and theatre-making skills in the community. With an interest in exploring personally expressive material and in extending and developing skills, students will find a practical approach to experiential learning that grows teaching skills through a weekly community placement. Placements are usually yearlong and typically culminate in a process-over-product, informal presentation that is reflective of the interests, stories, and experiences of the individual participants. Students will explore collaborating with partnerships at schools, libraries, museums, community centers, prisons, and downtown Yonkers storefronts and other venues to develop original work that will result in a creative forum, with performances concluding in a talkback environ. Historical and contemporary social-political and artistic issues are applied to community work. Class readings and discussions will explore theoretical and practical discussions about theatre making and sharing theatre skills in the 21st century that will examine the role of creative artists working in the community to bring forth social change. Exploring gender, and open to all races and ethnicities, students will work toward the development of a creative ensemble of SLC theatre artists. Class readings and discussions will explore LGBTQ, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Asian American artistic contributions, and that will provide a strong foundation from which to create new work. Focusing on local, national, and world issues as they pertain to our own experiences, first-semester work will culminate in informal workshop presentations and discussion sessions at a Yonkers High School. Second-semester class work will culminate in a touring show for the HS Lunchbox Group and intergenerational work with the 50+ Lunchbox Group. First-semester coursework will include a Yonkers tour that visits the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront, as well as important Yonkers cultural attractions. The class is open to all students who want to explore personal material through a sociopolitical lens. Open to dancers, poets, playwrights, actors, and visual artists. Educator John Paul Lederach asks the artist to connect with the “moral imagination”—the ability to “stay grounded in the here and now, with all its violence and injustice, while still imagining and working toward a more life-affirming world.”

Faculty

Previous Courses

Methods of Theatre Outreach

Open , Component—Year

This class meets once a week.

Developing original, issue-oriented, dramatic material using music and theatre media, this course will present the structures needed for community extension of the theatre. Performance and teaching groups will work with small theatres, schools, senior-citizen groups, museums, centers, and shelters. Productions and class plans will be made in consultation with the organizations and with our touring groups. We will work with children’s theatre, audience participation, and educational theatre. Teaching and performance techniques will focus on past and present uses of oral histories and cross-cultural material. We will study sociological and psychological dynamics as part of an exploration of the role of theatre and its connections to learning. Each student will have a service-learning team placement. Special projects and guest topics will include the use of theatre in developing new kinds of afterschool programs, styles and forms of community on-site performances, and media techniques for artists who teach, as well as working with the Sarah Lawrence College Human Genetics program.

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