With a deep emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, the Department of Performing Arts collaborates frequently across campus on courses, research, initiatives, festivals, and events.
On the Lawn
The Theater & Performance Studies Program’s November 2019 production of On the Lawn included cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations, including the involvement of Peter Marra, the Georgetown Environment Initiative including a post-concert talkback, and the Georgetown University Native American Student Council on acknowledgement of tribal lands.
Racial Justice: Art(s) and Activism
The Georgetown University Departments of African American Studies and Performing Arts and the Racial Justice Institute co-sponsor the Racial Justice: Art(s) and Activism lecture series, which started in the 2018–2019 season.
Award-winning Iraqi-American playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) reimagines and reframes Ibsen’s iconic play from a Middle Eastern perspective—as a family of Iraqi immigrants— in Noura, which was presented by Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program in conjunction with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics’ Myriad Voices: A Cross-cultural Performance Festival in December 2015. This workshop reading was developed during a residency by Raffo at Georgetown through work with professional collaborators, scholars, faculty, and students. Prof. Derek Goldman directed and Prof. Maya E. Roth did dramaturgy for the piece, which had its world premiere at the Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in February of 2018.
In association with PostClassical Ensemble in December 2011, Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts presented Falla/Stravinsky, a double bill featuring new, fully staged productions of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo and Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Georgetown University staff designed for the productions, both of which were conducted by Prof. Angel Gil-Ordóñez and for the Stravinsky, Prof. Anna Harwell Celenza directed, and Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program students performed and were reviewed in the Washington Post.