Every year, CTC presents a series of pre-show talks by faculty members from area colleges and universities in conjunction with its summer season. Talks take place on the first Friday of the run of each of a season’s four plays at 7:00pm at CTC’s Town Hall Auditorium. Attendance is free of charge.
ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER – “Origami and the Intersection of Higher Mathematics”
7:00PM, July 6 – Thomas Hull, WNEU
Thomas Hull is a Professor of Mathematics at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. His area of expertise is origami-math. He has co-written origami books with Bob Neale and Sergei Afonkin, and most recently wrote Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics. He has also written many research articles on the mathematics behind origami. His most popular origami creations have been the PHiZZ Unit and the Five Intersecting Tetrahedra model (with Francis Ow), which was voted by the British Origami Society as one of the top 10 origami models of all-time. Tom has been practicing origami since he was 8 years old, and he remains very active in OrigamiUSA, the national not-for-profit origami society.
THE SWAN – “Theatre, Mythology, and Magic Realism”
7:00PM, July 20 - Daniel Elihu Kramer, Smith College
Daniel Elihu Kramer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Smith College, where he teaches Directing and Acting. He is the author of Pride@Prejudice, a hit at CTC last season in a production that will transfer to Capital Repertory Theatre in the Fall of 2012. He also directed The Turn of the Screw and Gulf View Drive at CTC. Daniel was a Founding Artistic Director of Salt Lake Shakespeare, Associate Artistic Director of Spiral Stage, and Assistant to the Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Theatre. Recent awards include an Elliott Norton Award for Outstanding Production for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Boston Theatre Works, and a Critics Circle award for Best Direction for The Pillowman at the Contemporary American Theatre Company, and his film Kitchen Hamlet has screened at festivals around the country. He holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama.
7:00PM, August 3 – Phil O’Donoghue, Springfield Technical Community College
Phil O’Donoghue is a Professor of Theater and English at Springfield Technical Community College. A graduate of University of Massachusetts/Amherst, he received his M.F.A. in Playwrighting from Smith College. His plays have been produced at theaters in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. He is an original member of the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project and has had seven plays produced there.
7:00PM, August 17 – Talya Kingston, Hampshire College
Talya Kingston is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College, where she teaches courses in dramatic literature and dramaturgy. She was Education Director at Hartford Stage following a stint as Educational Programs Coordinator at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Her production dramaturgy credits include the premiere of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets at Hartford Stage and the US premiere of Helmet by Douglas Maxwell at the New York Fringe Festival. She curates a monthly play reading series in Northampton. Talya holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts.