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Dori A.Robinson

Director, Playwright, Educator

A bit about me...

THEATRE MAKER COMMITTED TO CREATING COMMUNITY and SOCIAL JUSTICE- ONE STORY AT A TIME

I'm a collaborator, a play maker, a director, a playwright, and an educator.  

 

Art enables an experience which can inspire, heal, motivate, and fashion a common vocabulary between people despite social and geographic boundaries.  I want to generate these kinds of exchanges by creating innovative stories and challenging questions which invoke constructive dialogue for diverse audiences. The intersection of theatre and education is where I find methods which I use in the hopes of being an agent for positive change in the world.  Theatre and education elicit my strongest skills: leadership, textual analysis, my concern with current events (and their past counterparts), and most of all, my ability to collaborate with an ensemble to generate visceral and immediate work. Amalgamating these skills enables me to fulfill my potential as an artist, an activist, and a person.

 

I began my professional career as an assistant director and dramaturg in Chicago, where I worked with such companies as Steppenwolf Theatre, Shattered Globe, The Bailiwick, The Side Studio, and Blind Faith. In my own work, I sought out projects that explored consciousness, moral responsibility, heroes, and the difference an individual can make in (or in spite of) society. Driven to create ongoing work with a community over time, I translated my passion for directing into teaching. My dedication to community-engagement led me to graduate school for Educational Theatre at New York University. While in New York, I collaborated on new play development, taught script analysis, directed, performed, fostered community through theatre, and organized a V-Day fundraiser with concurrent outreach programs. After moving to New England, I created the Jewish Theatre Collective in Amherst and directed its inaugural production, The Merchant of Venice, in a collaboration with Jewish and non-Jewish students and community members. My dedication to experiential learning manifested in developing educational experiences nationally and abroad in England, the Czech Republic, and Israel. I am currently the Director of Education at Greater Boston Stage Company, where I mentor teaching artists and students in educational methods, Shakespeare, performance, new play development, physical theatre, political theatre, and teach workshops in "performing” gender. As a freelance director, my work responds to the current political climate, including recent works A Bright Room Called Day and Silent Sky, winning the Norton for Best Play (Boston Fringe, 2017), along with several IRNE nominations.

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