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Canadian theatre scholar to present Biever lecture and workshop

February 6, 2009

Dr. Michael Devine, Canadian theatre director and founder of BoxWhatBox performance creation workshop, will present a lecture followed by a panel discussion on “Balkan Art and Politics on Both Sides of the Serbian/Kosovo Border.” The lecture takes place on Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus and is free and open to the public. Devine’s visit is sponsored by the Biever Guest Lecture Series and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

The panel will include Albanian director, playwright and Fulbright scholar-in-residence Arben Kumbaro, Ph.D.; Roger White, Ph.D., vice provost and associate professor; Behrooz Moazami, assistant professor of history; and Amir Berbic, who will contribute his work via PowerPoint.

The discussion will explore war and art as it relates to Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia, and delve into the impact of shifting alliances in creating art.

Devine will also teach a class for theater majors on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 12:30-1:45 p.m., and a theater BoxWhatBox workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 3:30-5 p.m. The class is open only to theatre students, and the workshop is open to Loyola faculty, staff and students.

In the theater workshop, Devine will introduce his approach to creating original, unconventional material for the theatre and fostering self-expression in actors and non-actors, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Devine has directed 13 productions in seven languages throughout the Balkans. He has a unique perspective on Kosovar independence, having directed three productions there, including his play, “Punch and Judy Murder Love,” in 2008. He has also directed four productions in Serbia, including his own adaptation of Cyrano, “Cyrano XXI,”at the National Theatre in Niš. In 2009, Devine plans BoxWhatBox projects in East Africa, Kosovo, Austria, Ukraine and Serbia.

BoxWhatBox has been featured at several major festivals in Eastern Europe, including the Festival Internationale de Théâtre in Sibiu, Romania; the MESS International Theatre Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; International University Global Theatre Experience in Malpils, Latvia; and the International Student Theatre Festival in Belgrade, Serbia.

For more information, contact Artemis Preeshl, assistant professor of theatre arts and dance, at aspreesh@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2686.

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