Category Archives: performance

‘Performing the World 2014’ investigates: How shall we become?

More than 400 participants from 34 countries attended Performing the World 2014 (PTW) at the All Stars Project’s national headquarters in New York City. The biennial autumn conference, co-sponsored by the Institute and All Stars Project, Inc., brought together performance activists, educators, therapists, … Continue reading

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International educators discover ‘spaces to become a head taller’

Educators from the US and several other countries, in town for the 11th International Transformative Learning Conference, at Teachers College, Columbia University, spent a pre-conference afternoon with Institute director Lois Holzman. Her workshop, entitled Spaces to Become A Head Taller introduced the Vygotskian-influenced, performatory … Continue reading

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Play’s the Thing in Japan

Institute Director Lois Holzman recently returned from an invited speaking tour to Japan organized by colleagues there with whom she has been building relationships since her first visit to Japan organized in 2012 by Professor Yuji Moro of the University of Tsukuba. Moro was … Continue reading

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New film by Ishita Sanyal “Opens the Doors” on mental illness in India

This report just in from 2008 International Class alumna Ishita Sanyal (second-from-right in photo above). Her new documentary film project, Open the Doors, which she co-directed with Abhishek Ganguli, recently premiered at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata.  Special guests on hand for the premiere included American Consul … Continue reading

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“Beyond the Therapeutic State” — Time to Advance an Alternative Therapies Movement

  How do we bring together critique (of traditional psychologies) and (innovative, non-diagnostic) practice? That question is being asked more and more frequently and urgently the world over. About 200 psychologists, researchers and therapists gathered in Norway in June at Beyond the … Continue reading

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Another International Class collaboration: Celiane Carmargo-Borges and Peter Nsubuga

This report just in from International Class (2008-9) alumna Celiane Camargo-Borges, recounting her recent trip to Uganda to volunteer with  Hope for Youth Uganda, founded by fellow International Class colleague Peter Nsubuga. Celiane, a Brazilian psychologist living and working in the Netherlands, met … Continue reading

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International Class alumni partner to bring art and development to Ciudad Juárez

This just in from International Class (2012/13) alumna and PTW 2014 Organizing Committee powerhouse, Sandra Paola Lopez, reporting on a recent collaboration with fellow International Class colleagues in Juarez, Mexico: This March, in2improv joined efforts with the Fred Newman Center to bring a … Continue reading

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Lois Holzman named series editor for Palgrave Studies on Play, Performance, Learning and Development

Institute director Lois Holzman was recently named series editor for a new collection of books — the Palgrave Studies in Play, Performance, Learning and Development.  In announcing the new series, Palgrave Macmillan describes it as “a needed home for cross-disciplinary scholarship linking play and performance … Continue reading

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Play Day! Holzman to present at TedXNavesink

Lois Holzman will be a featured speaker at the upcoming TedX Navesink in Red Bank, N.J., May 10. It’s a day-long forum featuring several dozen presentations and entertainment dedicated to exploring the power and potential of PLAY!   Here’s how Lois describes her talk … Continue reading

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Raquell Holmes’ ImprovScience featured in Nature Magazine

Dr. Raquell Holmes, an International Class alumna and  cell biologist, was featured this month in the prestigious international science journal Nature in an article entitled Spontaneous Science.  Raquell’s innovative work to introduce improvisation and collaborative inquiry to the “hard sciences” is featured alongside Alan Alda’s efforts to shepherd the teaching … Continue reading

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Holzman’s “The Overweight Brain” makes online debut

Lois Holzman’s latest book project — The Overweight Brain: How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World — made its online debut at LoisHolzman.org with the publication of a provocative first installment. Conceived as … Continue reading

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Dan Friedman to join international playwriting project in Europe: One Land, Many Faces

This just in from Castillo Theatre artistic director and Institute faculty Dan Friedman…  Dan is among six playwrights from as many countries who will travel to Berlin and Budapest in December to take part in an international theatre project called One Land/Many Faces. It’s organized by … Continue reading

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Architect Douglas Balder wins AIA award for All Stars Project Newark center

All Stars Project National Board Member and Institute faculty Douglas Balder received a silver medal from the American Institute of Architects’ Newark and Suburban Design Awards  for his inspired design of the All Stars Project of New Jersey Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development located … Continue reading

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Japan study group performs Holzman’s ‘Vygotsky at Work and Play’

This just in from our colleague in Japan —  developmental psychology professor Yuji Moro at the University of Tsukuba.  Dr. Moro reports that he has organized a reading group to study Lois Holzman’s 2011 text, Vygotsky at Work and Play. The … Continue reading

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Dr. Tony Perone: Imaginative Play Is Key in Adults’ Development

Congratulations to Institute colleague, educator and performer/improviser par excellence, Tony Perone for successfully defending his doctoral thesis in May.   His dissertation—entitled The Presence and Significance of Imaginative Play in the Lives of Mexican-Americans and conducted under the supervision of Dr. Artin Goncu—earned him a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology … Continue reading

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Lobman in Vilnius, Lithuania, finds kindred (play and performance) spirits

  At the invitation of faculty Milda Bredekyte and Pentti Hakkarainen, the Institute’s director of pedagogy Carrie Lobman led a week-long series of trainings on new approaches to play and performance at the Vilnius Pedagogical Institute and at an off-campus educational retreat for the Productive … Continue reading

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Fulani, Holzman address subjective side of poverty @ AERA

Nearly 15,000 educational researchers gathered in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association to grapple with issues of Education and Poverty (the conference theme). A highlight of the meeting was a special presidential session organized and … Continue reading

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Carrie Lobman + Tony Perone: Play Movement Is Alive and Kicking

Carrie Lobman reports @ Improvisational Learning.org on her work at the joint meetings of  The Association for the Study of Play and the International Play Association in Newark, Delaware. Teaming-up with Chicago-based improv artist and educator Tony Perone,  Carrie led a session titled, Revolutions in Play: Advocacy, Research, … Continue reading

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The Therapeutic Power of Performance — watch the video

Lois Holzman blogs about The Therapeutic Power of Performance — the subject of a special plenary session at Performing the World 2012:  Can Performance Change Save the World featuring Hector Aristizabal, Lenora Fulani, Artin Göncü, Lin Ching-Hsia,  Christine LaCerva and Charles Rojzman. Says Holzman: I live performance and … Continue reading

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Holmes introduces improv to Harvard grad students

Dr. Raquell Holmes, a graduate of The International Class in 2011, recently led a professional development workshop with grad students in the Systems Biology research program at Harvard University. The workshop — which introduced performance and improvisation as a modality … Continue reading

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Chris Reyman and Sandra Paola Lopez are in2 improv

  International Class members and artists/educators Chris Reyman  and Sandra Paola López are the creators of  in2 improv, a creative arts/community building project which draws heavily on music, movement and dance to help participants discover their social connectedness. Says Reyman: We think of ourselves … Continue reading

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Steve Duncan goes underground at Performance of a Lifetime seminar

Performance of a Lifetime hosted a by-invitation seminar, “Innovations in Development” which featured urban historian and photographer Steve Duncan (center).  Steve’s presentation, “Going Places You’re Not Supposed to Go,” featured an array of starkly beautiful photos (see more at UnderCity.org) taken in sewer systems … Continue reading

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Christine LaCerva presents on clinical work with families + children

Christine La Cerva, Director of the Social Therapy Group, will host a four-week online seminar for therapists, educators and parents entitled “Therapy Play with Children and Families.” Using interviews, unpublished case study materials and notes from supervisory sessions, Christine will introduce … Continue reading

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UNC Executive Development white paper features Performance of a Lifetime

The consulting firm Performance of a Lifetime (POAL) is featured in a new white paper published by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School entitled,  Leadership Agility: Using Improv to Build Critical Skills. Authored by Kip Kelly, Director of Marketing & Business Development for UNC’s Executive Development, the paper points to innovators … Continue reading

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Steve & Mary Alice host PTW sneak preview with Lobman and Sutherland

Blog Talk Radio hosts and play mavens, Steve Dahlberg and Mary Alice Long, Ph.D., celebrated the two-year anniversary of their show, Creativity in Play with a special “Sneak Preview” of Performing the World 2012 (PTW). The September 25 show features interviews on … Continue reading

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Crazytown creator, Jude Treder-Wolff, interviews Carrie Lobman

Creative arts therapist and performance artist, Jude Treder-Wolff interviewed the Institute’s Carrie Lobman, for a column, entitled: The Radical Collaboration Made Possible Through Play, which appeared on the online news hub, Long Island Inter-personal Relationships Examiner.  Treder-Wolff is the creator of the one-woman show, Crazytown, and … Continue reading

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Cathy Salit leads performance workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa

  At the invitation of Betsi Pendry (third row, yellow scarf),  ESI faculty and Performance of a Lifetime CEO Cathy Rose Salit (second row, center), led a workshop at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa with students, faculty and facilitators from Drama for … Continue reading

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Richard Schechner, Leader in Avant-Garde and Political Theatre, to Present at PTW 2012

Richard Schechner — a leader in American avant-garde and political theatre, editor of The Drama Review and founder of the performance studies program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will be among the 100+ presenters and workshop leaders at Performing … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe’s Daniel Maposa of Savanna Trust to present at PTW 2012

From Zimbabwe, Daniel Maposa is one of the 100+ pre­sen­ters and work­shop leaders com­ing to PTW 2012.  Maposa is the direc­tor of the Savanna Trust, which brings the­atre into the streets and vil­lages of polit­i­cally polar­ized Zim­babwe to cre­ate a … Continue reading

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Gwen Lowenheim helps staff play like kids at Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum

Faculty Gwen Lowenheim led a play workshop for the staff of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Part of their Altman Foundation PlayNet series, the workshop (entitled, Play, Perform, Grow: Building a High Functioning and Creative Team), was organized by Juliet Gray Moliere, director of Early Childhood Education, and attended … Continue reading

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Students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf perform “Annie”

Carrie Lobman at ImprovisationalLearning.org reports on a youth theatre performance that she attended at the invitation of colleague Anne Alexis at St Francis de Sales School for the Deaf. Anne has studied social therapeutics for years and has creatively incorporated a performance orientation … Continue reading

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Otto Award Winner Hector Aristizábal explores therapeutic power of performance

Lois Holzman greeted 2012 Otto Award winner Hector Aristizábal at a reception for the honorees at the Castillo Theatre (above).  Aristizábal, a Colombian psychologist and founder of Los Angeles-based ImaginAction, uses performance and theatre games to help people deal with trauma. In accepting his award, he shared with the … Continue reading

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The Miracle Project — Not Acting Normal

Carrie Lobman reports on meeting The Miracle Project… Last night I saw a funny, touching and creative piece of theater called A Brief History of All Things performed by the Miracle Project Players, a theater group made up of children and teens with autism, special … Continue reading

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Alex Sutherland leads prison performances in South Africa

Alex Sutherland reports on her work in the local prison in Grahamstown South Africa, where she leads weekly theatre-making workshops. Andile (shown above rehearsing with the Ubom drama company) had been a member of the prison performance ensemble since the group formed … Continue reading

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Mary Fridley and Marian Rich perform how laughing matters

Marian Rich and Mary Fridley’s workshop this past weekend, Laughing Matters:  A Playful/Philosophical Approach to Creating Humor, drew 25 people interested in learning to create environments to bring more humor, laughter and lightness into their lives. (No small feat!) “We … Continue reading

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Andrew Burton’s Street Spirits Theatre Wins Arts Advocacy Award

Canada’s Street Spirits Theatre company was presented with the Arts Advocacy Award by the Regional Arts Council in Prince George British Columbia for their work in promoting the arts. The youth driven, social action theatre company was founded by Andrew Burton, a member … Continue reading

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Holzman and Friedman Head to Scandinavia

Lois Holzman will travel to Denmark and Sweden this week to lead a series of workshops and talks organized by colleagues in the Performing the World Community. In Copenhagen, psychologist Esben Wilstrup, a 2009 graduate of the Institute’s International Class, has … Continue reading

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When I say ‘walk,’ stop!

Setting:  A library in a Connecticut maximum-security prison.  Twenty-two men in tan uniforms come to a stop in unison.  This time, when I say ‘walk,’ stop, and when I say ‘stop,’ walk.”  The men resume walking. Three correctional officers look … Continue reading

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Kolkata-based therapeutic community, Turning Point, turns 14

Ishita Sanyal (a 2008 alumna of the Institute’s International Class) reports that her Kolkata-based community mental health organization, Turning Point, turned 14 this past month. The community celebrated its achievements at offering the mentally ill of Kolkata “Livelihood & Meaningful … Continue reading

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Scientists test the waters on improv and performance

Biologist, performance enthusiast and International Class alumna Raquell Holmes, hosted a conference at UConn Health Center at Farmington, CT, on Performance Science Education:  Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research. The multi-disciplianary happening was attended by 40 educators and grad students from the STEM … Continue reading

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Newman’s “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” takes the spotlight at play-reading marathon

A cast of about 20 performers from the Social Therapy Group and the East Side Institute took to the Castillo Theatre stage over the weekend to perform a reading of Fred Newman’s Life Upon the Wicked Stage — which was first presented … Continue reading

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Playtime in Albuquerque for play scholars and practitioners…

Carrie Lobman, Barbara O’Neill and  Tony Perone will head out to Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 15, to present at the The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) conference.  The multi-disciplinary event is still somewhat of a rarity for inviting play researchers into the … Continue reading

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Denver’s Face Project: Young people performing their lives

The Ethnography of a Suicide.  Maddy’s a Mess.  These are titles of teen dramas appearing on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter, as well as via live performance in malls, skateboard parks, cineplexes (and other places that teens congregate) across Denver, Colorado. Created … Continue reading

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Performing beyond “mentally ill” at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in D.C.

What is mental illness? What is community? What is a “good neighbor” or an “upstanding citizen?” These are some of the philosophical questions discussed in therapy groups led by Andres Marquez-Lara, at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Andres is a therapist, … Continue reading

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Book party celebrates publications by Lobman, O’Neill and Martinez

Friends, family and colleagues gathered on Friday, November 18, to raise a glass to celebrate the publication of two books, hot off the presses:  A Performatory Approach to Teaching, Learning and Technology, by Jaime E. (Jim) Martinez, Ph.D. and Play and … Continue reading

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Can Performance (change) SAVE the world?

The seventh Performing the World conference will be held in NYC, Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. International, cross-discipinary, conversational, experiential and practical-critical, PTW has come over the decade to play an increasingly important role in supporting and … Continue reading

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The Institute welcomes Johnny Blazes for some gender bending performances

The Institute welcomes performance artist Johnny Blazes for a weekend of gender bending performances on October 21 & 22.  Johnny’s Friday performance/ presentation explores the visual vocabulary of gender using visual puns and performance tropes. Carrie Lobman will team up … Continue reading

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Performance as Therapy for children in Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre

Sanjay Kumar, founder and artistic director of Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre, is in NYC this week for the fall residency of the Institute’s International Class. His workshop at the Institute on Saturday, Sept. 24, offered participants a look at the therapeutic/ … Continue reading

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Doctors w/ a Heart at Relational Medicine Foundation

The Relational Medicine Foundation, founded by UCLA heart transplant cardiologist, Mario Deng, and his wife Dr. Frederica Raia, hosted an evening at Playwrights Horizons featuring two plays inspired by actual stories of patients who had undergone heart transplant surgery. The … Continue reading

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Getting creative with teacher education

Carrie Lobman responds to a recent New York Times feature, Ed Schools’ Pedagogical Puzzle, July 21, 2011. The Times reports on the gap left by traditional teacher education programs: …Teachers already bypass traditional education degrees, entering classrooms with temporary licenses after … Continue reading

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Alumni ‘perform the world’ in Novi Sad, Dhaka, Taipei, Lagos, Kolkata, rural Uganda and Hamilton, ON

Hot off the virtual presses, the July issue of Reports from the Field  presents some of the latest developments in the work of colleagues in communities and universities across the globe.  Read more here.  Director Lois Holzman comments: Many who … Continue reading

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Keith Sawyer urges music scholars to get attuned to performance

Creativity expert, Keith Sawyer–a recent guest presenter at the Institute’s online conversation, “Creating the World,” with Gwen Lowenheim–spoke at the conference of the Performance Studies Network at the University of Cambridge. He discussed how performance, by and large, has been overlooked in music … Continue reading

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