Put The Community In Community College
Since coming to Palomar in 1995, I’ve noticed the paradox that our sprawling community college often lacked a sense of community. It is my passionate belief that The Performing Arts provide a unique forum for building community by bringing people together for a shared experience that opens hearts, minds and eyes. Over the years I have initiated several collaborations to explore those possibilities. The momentum has been building as the community has appreciated these projects and the technology to connect large numbers of people in dialogue has developed. The Performing Hearts Project brings all these efforts together into a multilayered collaboration on the internet, in classrooms across our campus, the community at large and in the intimate setting of our performance venues.
The Performing Hearts Project was sparked when the Palomar College Committee to Combat Hate (PC3H) invited the Theatre Program to present a play that would be relevant to the LGBTQ&A (LesbianGayBi-SexualTransgenderQueer&Allied) community and would contribute to making Palomar an open, welcoming campus. A project was born! An invitation to dialogue and action.
The culmination of our 2011-12 project year will be a theatre production on an LGBTQ&A theme that will be chosen by a vote from our community.
The beauty of the project is that it creates opportunities for participation in many levels and scales. Anyone can create a project that relates to our theme. It might be a classroom project that involves only a handful of students. It might involve one person standing on a street corner with a sign. It might be ambitious enough to engage a wide range of students, faculty, staff. community members, classes, committees etc. Make your project. Post pictures, videos or other documentation here on the blog. Get you participants to post comments and dialogue here on the blog.
Let’s put the community in community college.
-Michael Mufson, Professor of Theatre-
In response to our Coffee Talk theme, The Telescope Newspaper conducted interviews on campus asking a variety of people, “What does it mean to be a good person?”
The Telescope Newspaper wrote an excellent article about the Coffee Talk for The Good Person of Setzuan.
We want your help choosing the final play of our season. Is there a play that you want to see at Palomar Theatre? Is there a theme or a subject that you think we should address? The only criteria are that it must have at least 8 characters and it cannot be a musical. Use the comment box below to submit your suggestion.
The whole world seems to be experiencing a critical juncture. Everywhere we look conflict and crisis foment uncertainty. How can our political, economic and social structures respond to the rising tide of environmental degradation, climate change, ideological extremism, unemployment, poverty, disease, racial injustice and war? How do individuals cope with the instability and uncertainty of their fragile situations. Our performance projects and associated public forums will explore these questions and look for innovative thinking and...
In our current political and economic climate, what are the obstacles and challenges to creating a well-informed citizenry capable of grappling with the difficult choices that face our nation?
Click on the “Read More” button below to go to the entry page for Connecting Classroom. Use the comments box to enter the names of the classes you teach that are participating in this project . Optionally, you can include the meeting times. Participation is as simple as incorporating discussion of a relevant topic into your classroom.
Click the “Enjoy Participating” tab on our Welcome Page for some specific suggestions of ways to participate.
Look for classes that meet at the same time and consider sharing your discussions and insights together.
Critical Thinking Under Attack
Paragon Springs Interview of Steven Deitz and William Brown courtesy of www.timelinetheatre.com TimeLine’s Artistic Director PJ Powers [PP] chatted recently with playwright Steven Dietz [SD] and director William Brown [WB] about TimeLine’s production of PARAGON SPRINGS. [PP] Steven, what inspired you to do an adaptation of Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE? [SD] I was approached by the Milwaukee Rep. about the adaptation. [Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director] Joe Hanreddy felt it was a timely play and could be given a new, American...
Our theme for 2012-13 is “The Right To Think?! Science, Politics and Public Perception.” Our four theatre productions investigate different aspects of the current American discourse on the relationship between truth and ideology. In each play, knowledge provided by science creates personal and social crisis over questions of ethics, morality , politics, economics and the public good. These American landscapes include the issues of industrial waste and pollution, media manipulation in the interest of economics, the uninformed...