The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents SEGAL TALKS with Manuel Moran, Claudia Orenstein, and Paulette Richards livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 10 June 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).
Manuel Antonio Moran was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has worked as an actor, singer, writer, composer, puppeteer, theater and film director and producer in his country, Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (www.teatrosea.org [teatrosea.org]), with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. Celebrating its 35 years in 2020, SEA’s objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality, for kids, the youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural artistic expressions.
Claudia Orenstein Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Recent publications: Women and Puppetry: Critical and Historical Investigations with Alissa Mello and Cariad Astles; The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance with Dassia Posner and John Bell. Dramaturg for Tom Lee and Nishikawa Koryū V’s Shank’s Mare and Stephen Earnhart’s Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Board Member UNIMA-USA, Associate Editor Asian Theatre Journal. Current book projects: Thinking Through the Puppet: Essays on Puppet Dramaturg. With co-editor Tim Cusack, Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects. Recipient of 2021-22 Fulbright Research Fellowship for research on Japanese ritual puppetry.
Paulette Richards is a puppet artist and independent researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in French Civilization from the University of Virginia and has taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, and Georgia Tech. Richards has taught animatronic puppetry workshops at the Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur Makers, the Dekalb County Public Library, the Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Puppeteers of America 2017 National Festival. She co-curated the Living Objects: African American Puppetry exhibit that ran at the University of Connecticut’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry from October 2O18 to April 2O19. She is currently curating an exhibit of African American puppetry at the Center for Puppetry Arts and her book, Object Performance in the Black Atlantic is forthcoming from Routledge.
About SEGAL TALKS:
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the new line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS. Since the beginning of March the series featured close to 100 talks with 150 artists from 50 countries. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics will talk daily during the week for one hour with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand— the State of the World. After a break in August the series will now also focus on Theatre, Performance and The Political, highlighting the Segal Center’s 2022 New York International Festival of the Arts Project and the Center’s Public Park Project. The Segal Center is the only theatre institution in NYC and the US creating new, original, daily content for the global field of theater and performance. The series was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020.
SEGAL TALKS are free, open access, without ads will be live-streamed in English from Monday to Friday on HowlRound Theatre Commons and on the Segal Center Facebook. This program is presented in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. All SEGAL TALKS are archived on HowlRound, and on the Segal Center YouTube Channel.
The work of the Segal Center has been supported in the past by Susan and Jack Rudin(†), the Hearst Foundation and currently by, Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Chair, The Graduate Center CUNY.
Executive Director: Frank Hentschker
Next Generation Fellow: Andie Lerner