[Theaterfacultystaff] Upcoming Lunchbag Plans

Wagner, Maureen wagnerm at ohio.edu
Thu Feb 7 09:51:37 EST 2013

Friday February 8th:
We will have announcements followed by a volunteer work call focused on helping prepare the Baker for the reading of "8"

Friday February 15:
Our guest will be the School of Theater's 2013 Distinguished Alumni, Joel Ruark

Joel K. Ruark(Executive Director) led the staff of New Dramatists from 1989 through 1992. He returned as

Executive Director in 2000. Ruark served as Managing Director of the theatre division of Wind Dancer

Production Group. He also helped to establish and served as the Chief Financial Officer for Praxis Housing

Initiatives, a nonprofit housing development agency serving the homeless and people with AIDS. Ruark

previously held positions as Development Director of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ,

General Manager of the Lambs Theatre in New York City and Literary Manager of the Walnut Street Theatre in

Philadelphia. He has worked in a variety of positions at professional companies including the New Jersey

Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philadelphia Festival

Theatre. A graduate of Ohio University, Joel began his theatrical career as a literary management intern at

Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Friday February 22:
Our guest will be Visiting Glidden Professor Chad Goller-Sojourner
Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, humorist, solo performer and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been featured on NPR and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2010 he was appointed to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Diversity Task Force. In 2009, he launched a national college tour of his highly acclaimed solo show, Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy, which continues to tour. He has just started performing his latest show, Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness. Additional works include: a Chapbook entitled Born One Thousand Years Too Early: Fat, Dark-Skinned, Gay and Adopted by White Folks. A Fragmentary Journey Towards Alignment received accolades from Maya Angelou and has been described as poignant, chilling and prophetic.

Friday March 1:
Dramaturgical Discussion of Lysistrata


Maureen Wagner
Assistant Director School of Theater
Project Director Arts for Ohio
Kantner Hall 307
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