Ashland University Selected to Collaborate with The Farm Theater

Ashland University Selected to Collaborate with The Farm Theater
Emerging playwright Lindsay Joy has been commissioned to write a play that will be performed at Ashland University, one of the three colleges participating in the College Collaboration project.

5/19/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been selected as one of three colleges across the country to participate in a College Collaboration project with The Farm Theater located in New York City.

The Farm launched its innovative programming earlier this year at The Wild Project in New York City and the event included Brian Luna’s award-winning solo show “7th and 11th Dimensions” followed by the announcement of the company’s College Collaboration project.

Named after baseball’s farm system that develops new talent into Major League prospects, The Farm Theater cultivates artists, companies and projects through workshops, productions and mentoring. The company is partnering with three colleges -- Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio; Centre College in Danville, Ky.; and Clark University in Worcester, Mass. -- and has commissioned emerging playwright Lindsay Joy (The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen) to write a play to be performed at these colleges.

Ashland University’s Scott Hudson, assistant professor of theatre, believes this collaboration project is a great opportunity for all participants -- the universities, The Farm Theater and playwright Lindsay Joy.

"This collaboration connects our students and faculty with a community of talented emerging and established theatre artists in New York City as well as with other developing theatre students and research faculty at Clark University and Centre College," Hudson said.

Hudson said the partnership with The Farm Theater provides Ashland not only with high-level writing to work with but access to the playwright throughout the process. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” he said.

This summer, Joy’s play will receive a workshop with professional actors, director and dramaturge. Then during the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year, each university will independently produce the play and the process will be documented on a blog hosted by Indie Theater Now, which will also publish the play upon completion of the process.

Ashland University will be the first college to produce the show and the dates of the Ashland show are Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 6, Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., as well as Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. All shows will be performed in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

Hudson said the university partners are committed to this program, which offers their students a rare exchange with a playwright and insight into the play development process.

For more information on The Farm Theater, visit www.thefarmtheater.org.

Playwright Joy was born in rural New Hampshire and has since become a Brooklyn transplant. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and currently serves as co-artistic director to the Award Winning LabRats Theater Company in New York City.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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