Ales & Ideas: Living as a Performing Art: What Live Theater Can Teach Us About Living Well

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery announce the fifth program of the 2013/2014 Ales & Ideas education series, Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the Fort George Lovell Showroom.

As long as humans have gathered together in communities, people have used live performances in an attempt to provide their community vicarious insight into individual experiences.  While over millennia the forms and conventions of live performance have evolved into widely diverse traditions, ranging from coming of age rituals and religious pageants to musical comedy and the theater of the absurd, the centrality of the live performer interacting with the live audience remains the compelling core of good theater.

Although much of contemporary performance has been mediated over the last century, Tom Gill will discuss what live theater can teach us about better ways of living our own lives in ways that even the best film, video, or audio recording cannot.

Please join Tom Gill for an engaging evening of inquiry.  The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the program begins at 7:00pm.  Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase.  Minors are welcome.

Photo of Tom Gill, Dean of Transfer EducationTom holds a BFA in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA in theatrical directing from the University of Oregon.  He has directed dozens of productions, from melodrama (Ten Nights in a Bar Room) to rock opera (The Survival of Saint Joan).  He has designed lighting, sets, costumes, and sound for dozens more.  He taught theater arts at Chemeketa Community College and Willamette University and has been a visiting artist at the University of Oregon and Linfield College.  He currently is Dean of Transfer Education at Clatsop Community College and is not currently active in the theater arts.

Direct inquiries to: Nancy Cook, 503-338-2335.



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