SITI and Urban Bush Women: Talking Into the Future
Imagining the future of theatrical ensemble work with arts leaders. Recognized for their pioneering repertoire, collaborative foundation, and groundbreaking technique, SITI Company has been heralded as one of the most innovative and successful American theater ensembles working today. After three decades of virtuosic theater-making, the Company's full-time producing ensemble prepares for its final bow. This unparalleled team of artists looks forward to the future of their field through a series of dialogues and dynamic conversation with artistic collaborators and peers. SITI aims to create a "gymnasium for the soul," to ask bold questions, unite local and global voices, and shine a light on the next generation of artists and theater makers. The Hopkins Center is honored to present the first conversation in the series, which pairs SITI's co-artistic directors Anne Bogart and Ellen Lauren with Urban Bush Women's Founding Artistic Director/Chief Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Artistic Director Chanon Judson. These innovative female leaders discuss where both companies are in their respective life cycles, their relationships to the postmodern perspective, and examine how the ensemble structure responds to the qualities of leadership needed for the future. The dialogue poses the questions: "Who is at the table?" "Who should be included that isn't?" and "How do we challenge the old patterns of leadership?"