Procedures For Saying No: Interrogating the Authorial Voice in Devised Performance

How do we disrupt the power of the authorial voice while maintaining it’s relevance in contemporary theatre?

Project Abstract

In the summer of 2016 Assistant Professor Lingafelter will team up with nationally recognized playwright Robert Camp, Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark, and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, of which Lingafelter is a founding member, to develop and produce a new piece of devised performance; Procedures for Saying No. Loosely, Inspired by Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, The Scrivener”, Procedures investigates the politics of individual refusal in the context of transforming labor practices in both the nineteenth century and today. Working with students we will research new methods for creating collaboratively devised performance, and ask questions about the role of the playwright in devised work; how do we disrupt the power of the authorial voice while maintaining it’s relevance in contemporary theatre?

More about this project

Rebecca Lingafelter

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Rebecca Lingafelter is a performer, director, producer and teacher living in Portland, OR. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2005, where she studied with Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban and Kristin Linklater. In New York she performed at Classic Stage Company, PS122, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory, Judson Church, Vortex Theatre Company, Target Margin Theatre, and The Metropolitan Opera. She has performed internationally in Korea, Germany, Italy, England and Budapest, Hungary. She was co-artistic director of experimental theatre ensemble Performance Lab 115 from 2005-2010 and was lead-artist for PL115’s six-month residency with Mabou Mines mentored by Ruth Maleczech in 2008.

Rebecca has taught voice, movement, acting and contemporary performance for over 7 years. She taught at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where she was on faculty through 2010. In addition she taught at the Public Theater, Classic Stage Company and The Brooklyn Academy of Music. In Portland, she has taught at the Portland Actors Conservatory and Portland Playhouse as well as leading workshops for Third Rail Repertory and PETE.

Rosemary Lambert

(’17, Theatre)

Rosie is a Senior Theatre Major with a concentration in Technical Theatre and Design. She is currently preparing for her Creative Thesis, a directing project that will be featured in the Senior Thesis Festival in Spring 2017. In Fall of 2015, Rosie spent three months studying theatre in New York City with the NYC Off-Campus program. While there, she was the Production Management Intern at the Atlantic Acting School. At Lewis & Clark, Rosie is the current Production Manager for Dance X. In the past, she was the Stage Manager for Love and Information, Spring 2016; the Production Manager for the Senior Thesis Festival 2015; and the Assistant Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, Fall 2014. After graduation, Rosie is excited to continue to work and make theatre in Portland.

Photo Credit: Owen Carey

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