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WCMA Presents Beyond the Canvas: Exploring Artistic Narrative by the Williamstown Theatre Festival

For immediate release: August 2, 2012

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) are proud to present Beyond the Canvas: Exploring Artistic Narrative. Theater and art lovers alike will enjoy a series of site-specific performances inspired by the WCMA collection, featuring artists from the WTF Workshop.  Each piece, directed by 2012 WTF Workshop company members Elizabeth Carlson, Jordan Fein, Kel Haney, and Joe Pikowski, will be conceived around artworks from WCMA’s exhibitions and permanent collection. The promenade-style performance will move throughout the museum. The performance will take place at WCMA, Thursday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m.

About the WTF Directors

Elizabeth Carlson is a freelance director in New York City. She is currently a Directing Assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, where she directed ARCHITRUC by Robert Pinget and A BICYCLE COUNTRY by Nilo Cruz, as well as assisted David Hyde Pierce on the Mainstage production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and May Adrales on the Nikos production of WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! Recent New York credits include THE 1s AND 2S by Donaldo Prescod (#serials@TheFlea), JANUARY 2ND by J. Holtham (|the claque|), A KID LIKE JAKE by Daniel Pearle (NSD), SMOKE DETECTOR by Meghan Deans (EST) and THE ONLY CHILD by Jessica Hinds (FringeNYC). Recent Assisting Directing credits include GIANT by Sybille Pearson, Music by Michael John LaChiusa, dir. Michael Greif (The Public) and MEDIEVAL PLAY written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (Signature Theatre Company). MFA, The New School for Drama.

Jordan Fein is a New York based theater and opera director. He is currently a Directing Assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, where he directed Edward Albee’s THE ZOO STORY and Lisa D’Amour’s ANNA BELLA EEMA in addition to assisting Scott Ellis on the Nikos production of THE ELEPHANT MAN. Select New York credits include THE QUEEN OF THE MAY…(Galapagos Art Space), THE MAIDS (Fourth Street Theatre), RAGS PARKLAND (Ars Nova Ant Fest) and EDIBLES INC. (Incubator Arts Project). This Fall Jordan will direct Purcell’s DIDO & AENEAS at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Kel Haney is currently a Directing Assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, where she directed LITTLE ROCK by Rachel Bonds and ROW AFTER ROW by Jessie Dickey and where she assisted Michael Greif on the Mainstage production of FAR FROM HEAVEN. Kel has directed and developed new work with Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, Ars Nova, Partial Comfort Productions, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Directors Company, 52nd Street Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, the Lark, Studio 42, Vampire Cowboys, 3Graces, and Westport Country Playhouse. Recent directing credits include: THE CONSEQUENCES (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), SEALAND! by Nathan Leigh (The Flea/Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), THE MOTHER FU**CKER WITH THE SOCIAL LIFE by Jonathan Caren (Old Vic), INTERVIEWING MISS DAVIS , (Ensemble Studio Theatre), MARCH by Sharyn Rothstein, GOOD EGG by Dorothy Fortenberry (Red Fern Theatre Company). Also: Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Director in Residence, & Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program. www.kelhaney.com.

Joe Pikowski is a theater director and producer based in New York City, and currently the Workshop Assistant at Williamstown Theatre Festival, line producing the Directing Corps projects, Fellowship program, Free Theatre and other WTF programming. Most recently he directed a new adaptation of THE LOWER DEPTHS with Joyseekers Theatre in New York.  Assistant directing experience includes Carl Forsman (KEEN Company), Henry Akona (UTC61), Elizabeth Carlson, Aaron Rossini (Fault Line Theatre) and Katherine Carter (The Other Mirror). He has also worked at Signature Theatre, The Drama League and 59E59 Theaters.


Summer Gallery Talks

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

The Vitality of Influence—Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects

Miriam Stanton, Interim Assistant Curator

Using Museum Models: Students Take On Celebrated Architects as a conceptual model, Interim Assistant Curator Miriam Stanton will explore the creative friction embedded in the learning process. Young artists often look to their famed predecessors for inspiration, but instead of producing the “anxiety” described by scholar Harold Bloom, this influence can yield vitality—generating new art that is not derivative, but innovative.


Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Highlights of the Collection

Kendall Follert, Williams College, Class of 2013

View highlights of the museum collection from a fresh perspective in this tour guided by Williams students. Every summer WCMA’s education interns study the collection, devise a thematic focus for exploration, and chart a path through the galleries to share their research and generate thought-provoking conversation.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series

Deborah Rothschild, WCMA Senior Curator Emerita of Modern and Contemporary Art

Tour this exhibition of Laylah Ali’s critically acclaimed Greenheads series with Guest Curator Deborah Rothschild. The Greenheads series, painted between 1996 and 2005, chronicle an often dystopian and regimented world inhabited by enigmatic, roundheaded figures. Dr. Rothschild will discuss Ali’s painstaking working method, as well as her motivations as an artist, and consider the ways these compelling pictures, at once topical and timeless, invite viewer response.