Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Works Offers Free Workshop

In the case of inclement weather or any other reason for cancellation, updates will be posted at wtfestival.org/main-events/community-works/ WTF artists Lee Overtree and Laura Savia will lead a workshop open to anyone in Western Massachusetts, to join in WTF’s year-round community theatre program. CommunityWorks brings together hundreds of Berkshire residents from all walks of life to connect with each…

EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel Hosts an Open Dialogue on Art

TROY, NY—Why is there art? Why should anyone care? Isn’t everything art and everyone an artist? What is the place of art in this society and at Rensselaer? And what is EMPAC’s place in all this? On Wednesday, April 11, at 7PM, Johannes Goebel will host ART!??!!!, a dialogue on these and other questions at EMPAC | Curtis R.…

EMPAC’s Other Uses Series Continues with Filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins

Troy, NY — On Monday, March 26, at 7PM, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute presents the next event in its yearlong film series Other Uses. Focused on the work of filmmaker Ulysses Jenkins, the event will feature documentary and performance videos the artist made from the 1970s to the present. Jenkins will be making a…

Restless NYC’s This Was the End transforms Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into a multimedia theatrical installation

Troy, NY — In playwright Anton Chekhov’s canonical work Uncle Vanya, the titular character asks, “What if I live to be 60?” Contemporary dramaturg Mallory Catlett and her troupe Restless NYC have attempted to answer this question with This Was the End, an Obie Award-winning work featuring four actors in their 60s. The project will now enter a new phase of development at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental…

The Crossing to perform Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon’s “Anonymous Man” at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 22, at 7:30PM, Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing will perform composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon’s new choral work Anonymous Man at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Commissioned by the 24-voice choral group, the hour-long piece expands on Gordon’s architectural approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sounds on top of…

Swedish Composer Ellen Arkbro Performs New Work at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 PM, Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro will perform at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The concert will feature the premiere of a new piece written for electric guitar and algorithmic synthesis that Arkbro has developed over a two-week residency at the center. Ellen Arkbro is a Stockholm-based musical alchemist whose…