New School for Drama, 12th Street Auditorium, NY — Performances and Discussion

66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.)
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FEBRUARY 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Post-show discussions with:


FEBRUARY 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Post-show discussions with:

At Elements Theatre Company, a resident ensemble from Orleans, Massachusetts, our core mission is to educate and illuminate through the arts. This winter, we tour New York City and Chicago, presenting Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice as a springboard for thought-provoking and timely conversation on our culture’s view of “the other.” Join us at the 12th Street Auditorium for a performance and post-show discussion on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7!

Performances and discussion at New School for Drama, 12th Street Auditorium, NY
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Cecilia Rubino
Assistant Professor of Theater, Lang College/The New School

Cecilia Rubino wrote and directed ‘From the Fire’ (music composed by Elizabeth Swados) which won the UK/Music Theater awards for best music, best production and best new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festival. She recently gave a lecture on ‘Shakespeare & Memory’ for the New York Public Library at Jefferson Market. In the fall, she moderated a panel on ‘Physical Theater’ for the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Conference at The New School and curated an evening of solo performance called ‘Thinking Out Loud!’ for the 2014 ‘Days of Art & Ideas’, an annual tribute to the poet and activist Sekou Sundiata. In August 2014, she gave a series of lectures called ‘Shakespeare in Action’ at Jefferson Market Public Library and directed Peristalsis (look it up!) at the New York Fringe Festival. For the Moliere Festival at WNYC New York Public Radio’s Jerome L Green Performance Space, she recently directed ‘The School for Husbands’ and ‘The Imaginary Cuckold.’ She is directing SLAM 103: HISTORICAL REMIX, an interactive performance piece about history and poetry which will perform at Lincoln Center’s ‘Meet the Artist’ series at the Bruno Walter Theater again in March 2015. Rubino is a professor of theater at Lang College/The New School, where she has coordinated the undergraduate B.A. Theater Program and is the coordinator of the ‘I Have A Dream’-Harlem Theater & Education Program. She regularly teaches an Acting Shakespeare class at The New School and has recently directed productions of ‘As You Like It’ and ‘The Tempest.’

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Dr. Gary Vena
The New School, Department of Playwriting, History and Criticism

Gary Vena holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from NYU. He is the author of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh: Reconstructing the Premiere; How to Read and Write About Drama; and Drama and Performance: An Anthology, which he co-edited. His articles and reviews have appeared in English Studies, Resources for American Studies, Cineaste, and the Eugene O’Neill Review, for which he has served as an advisory editor. He has moderated annual roundtables for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and was a guest speaker in Brussels, the People’s Republic of China, and at the Nobel Symposium in Stockholm for the Eugene O’Neill Centennial. He is Professor Emeritus of Manhattan College’s English Department, and received its Bonus et Fidelis Medal for Outstanding Service. He was a member of the Structuralist Workshop, and has performed at the Amos Enos Gallery, The Performing Garage, and The LaMama Annex.

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Victoria Abrash
Faculty, New School Eugene Lang College

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Peter Jay Fernandez
Actor & Faculty, New School for Drama

Recent: ‘Father Comes Home From The Wars, Pts 1.2 and 3’( Public Theater).

Broadway: ‘All the Way’, ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’, ‘Jelly’s Last Jam’, ‘Henry IV’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘, ‘The Merchant of Venice’.

Off Broadway: ‘Macbeth’,’CQ/CX’,’Richard III, ‘Zooman and the Sign’, ‘The Pain and the Itch’, ‘Too Much Memory’, ‘ Widowers Houses’, ‘Thunder Knocking on the Door’, ‘ Phaedra in Delirium’, ‘As you like it’, ‘Henry VIII’,’ ‘Split Second’, ‘The Winter’s Tale’,’Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and more.

TV/FILM: ‘House of Cards’,‘Deception’,‘The Good Wife’, ‘Blue Bloods’,’Elementary’,’Fringe’,’Gotham’, Law and Order(s),‘Adjustment Bureau’,‘Mama I want to Sing’ and more.

Part time faculty: The New School of Drama,Graduate Division.

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Danielle Dwyer, C.J.
Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted,

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

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