Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth recently presented their research at the 35th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
The theme of the conference was “Revision,” and it addressed such issues as “What does revision mean for theatres, practitioners, and scholars through history and around the world?” and “How is revision a cultural marker, an indicator of ideology, a representation of a place and time?” among others.
May presented in the symposium on practice and production. Her paper was titled “Devising and Revising–Responding to Feedback without Losing the Message.” She also acted in a staged reading of the play “Pictures 2” as part of the playwriting symposium.
Woodworth presented in the theatre history symposium. Her presentation was titled “(Re)Visionary Influence: The Stage(d) Life of Neysa McMein and the Algonquin Round Table.”
Also during the conference, Woodworth was elected associate conference planner. In this role, she has assumed an eight-year commitment to the organization that will culminate in two years as president.
May joined the faculty last fall after leaving Auburn University, where she had been on the faculty for six years. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre and drama from Indiana University, an M.A. in drama from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in theatre from Grinnell College.
Woodworth joined the faculty in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. She has directed such productions as “In the Blood,” which portrays a family sunk in poverty.