Elements Theatre Company to Host Theatre Panel with Louis Collaianni, Rob Weinert-Kendt & More, 2/7

On Friday, February 7 at 5:30pm at The Players, Elements Theatre Company of Orleans, MA will present an original work, Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language, exploring Shakespeare's influence on playwrights through the past four and a half centuries, from Sheridan to Ibsen to Stoppard. The production will be a springboard for a 7:00pm discussion in the ARTS IN CONVERSATION panel series hosted by Elements Theatre Company, on How Shakespeare Humanizes Our Culture: The Transforming Power of His Work. Panelists include:

  • LOUIS COLAIANNI, Author of How To Speak Shakespeare, Voice Teacher and Coach
  • ROB WEINERT-KENDT, Senior Editor, American Theatre
  • STEPHANIE YBARRA, Artistic Associate, The Public Theater
  • GEORGE DRANCE, SJ, Artist in Residence, Fordham University
  • JOSH CABAT, Co-Founder, New York City Shakespeare Festival
  • Moderated by DANIELLE DWYER, CJ, Elements Artistic Director

Admission is FREE to both the performance and panel discussion. Reservations are recommended; call 508-240-2400.

Honoring Shakespeare's 450th birth anniversary year, this timely panel will explore how the Bard's work challenges our modern concept of reconciliation in a world where school shootings, bullying, and acts of terrorism consistently make the headlines. What are the ramifications of choosing forgiveness or revenge? Is reconciliation possible without forgiveness? Is every act forgivable? "Shakespeare's grasp of the human condition - its excesses and depravity, its violence and love, its joy and heroism - provides a broader view on life, and reveals the importance of living in harmony with ourselves and each other," notes Elements Artistic Director Danielle Dwyer, CJ.

Louis Colaianni is a Voice and Speech innovator and coach for Broadway and regional theatre. He recently served as Will Ferrell's vocal coach for the Broadway and HBO productions of "You're Welcome, America;" dialect coach for the feature film "Little Red Wagon" (2012) and dialect coach for Will Power's "Fetch Clay, Make Man" with Ben Vereen and Evan Parke, directed by Des McAnuff. He has been Voice and Text Director for productions at: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Shakespeare & Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He has taught in numerous theatre programs including Pace University/Actors Studio; Vassar College; SUNY Purchase; The O'Neill Theatre Center; Columbia University; Ohio University, Dartmouth College, and Trinity Repertory Theatre/Conservatory (Anne Bogart, Artistic Director); among others. Louis has acted with Shakespeare & Company, American Shakespeare Theatre and New York Shakespeare Festival.

Rob Weinert-Kendt is Senior Editor at American Theatre magazine. He has written features and criticism for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Newsday, Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Guardian, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. He was the founding editor of Back Stage West.

Stephanie Ybarra is Artistic Associate at The Public Theater, where she line produces the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum. Prior to The Public, Stephanie spent three years as Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, where she produced early-career playwrights like Anna Ziegler, Jen Silverman, and Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco. She made her New York producing debut in 2007 with the original production of Tarell McCraney's The Brothers Size at the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival (directed by Tea Alagic), for which she received the inaugural Producer's Chair Award from the Foundry Theater. Since then she has produced at HERE Arts Center, Women's Project, Arts Nova's A.N.T Fest, Studio 42, and INTAR. Stephanie is a member of the LXP Producing Collective, an alumni of the Women's Project 2010-2012 Producer's Lab, and serves on the board of the Yale Latino Alumni Association. She holds a BFA from Baylor University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

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