3D Woman Human
By The 1st Year Theatre MFA Candidates
An Invasive Nature
A young woman’s body is taken over.
Creator / Performer: Karen Loewy Movilla
Director: Chanel Blanchett
Special Thanks: Conner Garrison,
Content Warning: Talk of Death, very bad fake blood
A toy-theatre Ode to Olivia Gatwood’s Alternate Universe poem
Director & Performer: Karen Loewy Movilla
The ocean, slow motion running, sexy lady, who could ask for anything more?
Director/Performer: Sarah Sterling
Director of Photography: Jeff Sterling
Special Thanks: David, Amanda, Amelia, Maggie, Kyrie, Chanel B, Ally, Karen, Chanel S, Jeff Sterling
Bowl Me Over
Minnie Pearl, Cowboys, John Prine, and Bowling. She needs a strike or she’ll lose!
Creator / Performer: Amanda Card
Director: Ally Thomas
Special Thanks: Lake Simons & Dan Hurlin
Group collaboration inspired by the fabulous Kate Bush. We dance, we live, we continue to create.
Director: Chanel Smith
Performers: Amanda Card, Amelia Bethel, Ally Thomas, Chanel Blanchett, Chanel Smith, David Neumann, Karen Loewy Movilla, Kyrie Ellison, Margaret Campbell, Sarah Sterling
An exploration of productivity through paper and pen.
Creator / Performer: Ally Thomas
Director: Karen Loewy Movilla
Spoken Text sources: Alexis Rockley, Tania Pescador
One door closes, another one opens.
Creator / Performer: Kyrie Ellison
Director: Sarah Sterling
Special Thanks: Dan Keller
Unexpectedly moving back in with your parents - it can be rough. Feels like high school all over again.
Writer / Performer: Amelia Bethel
Director: Kyrie Ellison
Special thanks: Paul Bethel, Kathy Fleming, Connor Bethel, & whoever made the yearbooks at El Camino Fundamental HS in Sacramento, CA between 2005-2009
I Know That You Are Magic
A Projected Collage
Director & Performer: Amanda Card
Special Thanks: John Prine & David Neumann
It killed the crab grass.
Director / Performer: Kyrie Ellison
Original music by Dan Keller & Kyrie Ellison
Content Warning: Suggestive content
Life’s A Beach
Eloise has appeared on a beach in Melbourne Florida. She just wants her Dad to know she’s fine.
Creator/ Performer: Sarah Sterling
Director: Amanda Card
Special Thanks: Jeff Sterling, David, Amanda, Amelia, Maggie, Kyrie, Chanel B, Ally, Karen, Chanel S
Ships: 2 A.M.
A story about things made of paper.
Creator / Performer: Chanel Blanchett
The World Is Green
The world doesn’t make sense, but we are all in it together.
Creator: Margaret Campbell
Director: Amelia Bethel
Special Thanks: Amelia, Amanda, Dan, David, Dave, Clark, Jules, Karen, Kyrie, Sarah, Brooklyn, Caroline, Liza, and Chanel.
Content Warning: Talk about COVID19, Sickness, and Death
The current existence.
Creator / Performer: Chanel Smith
Director: Margaret Campbel
SPECIAL THANKS : To Sarah Lawrence Faculty and Production Office, Caden Manson, Neelam Vaswani, Bri Weintraub, Susan Sears, Stephen Tyler Davis, David Neumann and everyone who helped facilitate the production of 3-D Woman Human.
Oh and Kate Bush.
Like everyone, Contemporary Collaborative Performance, a class comprised of our first year Theater MFA candidates, has had to re-configure our entire approach to making work. That is, the work of making theatre in collaboration. We’ve shifted our focus from one that takes into account the energy that exists when people assemble in the same room—a physical, social, and sensual/sensory experience, to essentially creating artistic tv with smartphones. It’s a new day, indeed, and we embraced the challenge in a couple of ways.
As professor, I endeavored to keep the focus on the creative process, paying attention to our personal experience while embracing what resources were at hand. We wanted to retain a certain level of rigor in our practice while still making something that was personal, unique, and born of our shared experience. In the context of a theatre course, it is practicing this rigorous process that matters. To that end, we structured the class so that each person was a lead artist/creator/writer with a colleague as director and outside-eye. Some folks opted to create small solo works as well, as inspiration and time allowed. As I am not a professor of TV production, we made the choice to keep things simple, making brave choices without too much fuss. We worked with what we had, and focused on how we could articulate our ideas within this strictly visual and aural form.
And so, I am very proud to present “3-D Woman Human”, a collection of digital art pieces, assembled through the lens of making theater. On a personal note, I’ve found the process of watching these projects develop deeply inspiring and even hopeful as I might be watching our art form grow new limbs. Thanks for taking the time to watch.
I close with a recent quote from one of my favorite performers, Neal Medlyn: “I hope everyone is safely difficult in these times.”