Presenter: Regan Linton

  • Date: Monday, Apr 3
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

In a world of smartphones and Netflix, what keeps people going to Theatre? Explore trends in contemporary American theatre, including where, how, and with whom theatre-makers create exciting work…and where they misstep. Can Shakespeare enable an inmate to transcend the walls of a prison? Are Sam Shepard plays more visceral when performed in a farmhouse? What about casting a woman as Julius Caesar, or a white man as MLK? Topics include site-specific and applied theatre, relaxed venues, autism-friendly performances, and color-conscious casting.

Participants will be invited to assess readings from new and reimagined plays that incorporate recent theatre trends and innovations. 

LintonRegan Linton is a professional theatre actor, playwright, and currently artistic director in residence for Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, CO. She has performed regionally in productions across the Northwest, and taught at UC San Diego, CU Boulder, UC Denver. She is a leading contributor to the national conversation around inclusion in the arts, with past presentations at TEDx and the Kennedy Center. She currently splits her time between Denver and Bozeman, where she enjoys life with her partner Will and dog Zeta.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust