Applied Theatre and Contemplative Practices
What does leadership mean in education? What are the changes needed to improve inclusivity on campus and in the classroom? In this interactive workshop, Professor Biagi will ask participants to bring ideas for change. By using applied theatre exercises and contemplative practices, Dr. Biagi will invite students, faculty and staff to imagine forms of leadership that are sustainable and inclusive, and provide skills to implement change. The workshop will specifically address the importance of emotional intelligence and self-awareness in the making of leaders, and the role of personal responsibility in the process of community building. Everyone is welcome; no previous training in contemplation, performance or leadership required.
- Led by: Dr. Laura Biagi (DePaul University)
- Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
- Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
- Location: University Center Ballroom
- Sponsor: CAT+FD
Note: Laura Biagi, Ph.D., is a performance artist, educator, and yoga teacher working in the fields of performance studies, contemplative pedagogy, and inclusive leadership. Dr. Biagi is currently working as the Multicultural Faculty at DePaul University’s Theatre School, where she teaches performance studies, solo performance, theories of directing, yoga philosophy and practice, and storytelling at Cook County Jail (CCDOC). She has lectured on identity, inclusion, performance and contemplative pedagogy at conferences and in guest talks at DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Howard University, Xavier University, and the Inside-Out Center. Dr. Biagi earned a Master of Arts, and a Ph.D. in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. In New York, she studied performance studies with Richard Schechner and Barbara Browning, “extended vocal techniques” with Meredith Monk, Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and Ione, and “Theatre of the Oppressed” with Augusto Boal. In Chicago, Laura Biagi has been devising student plays at DePaul that focus on identity, diversity and belonging (Be/Longing, 2016; Bee’s Knees, 2017). Her solo piece, The High Priestess, was showcased as part of Collaboration’s 2017 Peacebook Festival at the Goodman Theatre and Chicago Ideas Week in the summer and fall of 2017.