On Occasion

A Monthly Think Tank on Public Performance in Chicago
On Occasion is a mini-symposia discussing public performance. On Occasion is hosted at Chicago Cultural Center and organized by Out of Site Chicago. Invited speakers include Moe Beitiks, Robin Deacon, Melissa Potter, Joanna Matuszak and Michael Rohd who will discuss their own work and present thoughts on public performance from their own specialized concerns. Each speaker will present a unique perspective from around the globe. We hope to give a broad presentation of the genre. After each speaker we will break off into workshop sessions to discuss the ideas and thoughts generated on public performance. Our hope is to generate lively debate and tackle the issues that surround public performance and its perception.

We will start the Think Tank in November and continue to April:
Saturday November 22, 12noon to 4pm Moe Beitiks
Saturday January 24, 12noon to 3pm Robin Deacon
Saturday February 21, 12noon to 3pm Melissa Potter
Saturday March 21, 12noon to 3pm Joanna Matuszak
Saturday April  25, 11:30am to 2:30pm Michael Rohd

All events will be held at Chicago Cultural Center

Every session will be in the First Floor Garland Room.

This is event is free and open to the public and we provide food.

Michael Rohd

Our Guest Speaker on April 25 at Chicago Cultural Center

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, a sixteen-year old ensemble-based company and a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Exemplar Award. He devises and directs new work around the nation and is on faculty at Northwestern University where he helps lead the MFA Directing Program. He wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue (15th printing, Heinemann Press, 1998). He leads Center for Performance and Civic Practice, an ongoing body of activity comprised of research, programs and projects that aim to make visible the power of the arts to demonstrably increase civic capacity. His work with the Center, Sojourn, and in non-arts sector settings around the nation focuses on social practice and civic practice cross-disciplinary projects through collaboratively designed arts-based engagement and participation strategies. He is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago.

Recent/Current projects include leading a two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; a Sojourn partnership with Planning Commissions around the country utilizing civic practice in public engagement settings to help communities deal with difficult conversations and resource allotment; and, collaborating with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn’s model performance/engagement process/production How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes