We recently caught up with Dr. DeRon Williams, Assistant Professor of Theater, for a chat about his work in the Chicago theatre community, areas of expertise, and upcoming creative research with Loyola theatre students.WATCH VIDEO
Mainstage Dramaturgy: Woolf's Assemblage of Adapted Characters in Orlando
The characters of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando shape a fantastical exploration of a young poet of the same name, Orlando. Drawing on a variety of sources to create these characters, Virginia Woolf took inspiration from both historical figures and her own life. The direct references to significant historical figures—like Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, or Christopher Marlowe—ground the novel in a specific era, but the historical perspective provided by those “real-life” figures becomes even more complex when Orlando encounters people inspired by Virginia’s real life. READ MORE
Mainstage Dramaturgy: Climate Refugees are not a Fiction
Student Dramaturg for the recent Loyola production of Somewhere, Grace Herman, reflects on the play's direct and imaginative engagement with the impact of climate change on human lives. "Theatre is an artistic forum: it creates a place to exchange ideas and views. Somewhere asks us to discuss the climate crisis and climate refugees and to share ideas and knowledge about how we can intervene to prevent the future that the play predicts." READ MORE
DeRon S. Williams, Ph.D. joins the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago as Assistant Professor of Theater. Williams is an artist-scholar of 20th & 21st Century African American theatre and performance and has held teaching positions in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Dr. Williams is currently co-editing the forthcoming anthology Contemporary Black Theatre & Performance: Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity for Methuen Drama's "Agitations: Politics, Text, Performance" series that accentuates the expansiveness of Black theatre and performance and the ways in which the usage of conventional and nonconventional performance techniques persist to function as a vehicle of activism.
The Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to host the 25th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Conference: Popular Power/Poder Popular.
Honoring the theme of the PTO Chicago 2020 conference that has been postponed for 2 years due to COVID-19, PTO Chicago 2022 will emphasize popular struggle and popular power, which are themes as relevant as ever now.
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) is an international organization that supports people whose work challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education. Our approaches stem from the theories and practices of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. We foster collaborative connections to share, develop, promote, and document liberatory theatre, popular education, and other revolutionary actions. Our annual conference seeks to provide an accessible, inclusive, and educational space.
We are proud to be partnering with eta Creative Arts Foundation on their 51st play showcase with a touring production of Everybody by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, which we staged during the spring 2022 semester.
Everybodyruns May 19 - June 1
eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION is a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation, and promulgation of African American aesthetic in the city of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the nation.
eta Creative Arts Foundation was incorporated in 1971 as a non-profit, tax exempt organization to provide training and performance opportunities for youth and adults. In the past 50 years, eta has evolved to become a recognized cultural treasure not only in the city of Chicago, but nationally and internationally. The organization has a commitment to the production of new works that “tell our story” in the first voice.
Theatre students Luca Calabro, Malia Hunter, Madeline Nesbitt, and Anna Pecci are among twelve recipients of the inaugural Building International Bridges Awards for Juniors and Seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences who are studying abroad during the 2021-2022 academic year. This award aims to encourage and celebrate the study abroad efforts of our students by offering them the financial support necessary to pursue their academic goals, both at home and globally.
Luca Calabro (senior), Malia Hunter (junior), and Anna Pecci (junior) will be participating in a faculty-led Theatre trip to London, UK. Madeline Nesbit (senior) will be traveling to the Universidad Loyola Andalucía in Córdoba, Spain.
Department of Fine and Performing Arts students Beth Bredlau (Senior, Art History) and Mikayla De Guzman (Senior, Theatre) are among the twelve recipients of the second annual Building Community Bridges Awards for Juniors and Seniors from marginalized communities within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). These $1,000 awards are provided to students who have had a positive impact at Loyola and/or in their communities through their advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives during 2021.
The MacKenzie Scott Foundation awards a $5 million grant to the Black Ensemble Theatre, founded by Loyola Theatre alumna Jackie Taylor ('68). The Black Ensemble Theatre along with the National Museum of Mexican Art are among the Chicago cultural institutions to receive sizable donations by the foundation.READ MORE
How Hashtag Booked's Danielle Pinnock and LaNisa Renee Frederick Are Using Comedy as Activism
While theatre has been on pause and auditions have been on Zoom, Danielle Pinnock and LaNisa Renee Frederick have taken their comedy-activism to new heights. Launched in 2018, Hashtag Booked is Pinnock and Frederick’s improvised sketch Instagram series that shares “a raw slice of the #actorslife,” diving into their experiences of being Black actors in show business.