Odyssey Postcard

Theatre Outreach in the Community

CU Theatre has a rich history of taking live theatre to the community. Most recently it has brought small touring companies of student actors to local elementary and secondary schools where they present shortened and accessible versions of great classic plays including A Midsummer Night’s DreamCyrano de Bergerac, and H.G. Wells’ Time Machine.  These troupes also teach workshops on thinking creatively, acting skills, and stage combat for young audiences.

Generously supported by the CU Outreach and Engagement, the theatre tour offers opportunities for undergraduate performance students to experience the rigors of a touring production and for graduate students to gain experience in directing, play adaptation, and producing.

The Spring 2017 CU Theatre Outreach tour is:

The Odyssey-Remixed
Heroes, Myth, and Adventure: A Greek Classic remixed for today!

This 50-minute production of The Odyssey- Remixed transports a great historic text into the present and highlights its relevance to current times.  The modern adaptation focuses on communication through the character’s romantic, friend, and family relationships transforming this classic piece of literature into an insightful and delightful performance accessible to audiences of all ages.

For details and booking information, contact Peg Posnick at 303-492-4336 or thdnoutreach@colorado.edu

Performers Without Borders is a student group housed in the Theatre & Dance department that is open to all CU students interesting in using performance to illuminate social issues and ignite positive social change.  So far we have traveled to the Navajo Nation to perform an original shadow puppet/live action musical entitled Clean Energy Access: The Musical and have also performed this at the Performing the World conference in New York City at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street.  We host monthly theatre games at the local mental health clubhouse and welcome anyone to drop in and participate.  We present workshops on the use of applied theatre to enhance community participation for the CU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and are working to strengthen our partnership with them so our students could collaborate with them on their projects in Rwanda, Nepal or Peru.  Beth Osnes is the faculty advisor for this group—feel free to contact her at beth.osnes@colorado.edu