Friday 17th July, 5.00pm
Earagail Arts Festival in association with An Grianán Theatre present
Beyond the Pale – Meet the Makers – Symposium opening and Keynote address – From Community Theatre to a Theatre of the Community
Eugene Van Erven, Artistic Director of the International Community Arts Festival, Rotterdam.
This keynote speech from Eugene Van Erven, addresses the challenges of making theatre in a community setting, the opportunities it presents and the different approaches of international artists who have attended ICAF in the past. Eugene Van Erven holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Vanderbilt University (1985, US). He has worked at Victoria University in Wellington (New Zealand) and at Utrecht University (Humanities, University College), where he has taught literature and drama courses. Between 2004 and 2006 he conducted oral history research and taught in the Caribbean island of Aruba. He has been back at Utrecht University since then, teaching in the theatre studies department and working ‘on loan’ to the Community Art Lab of the Peace Treaty of Utrecht and as artistic director of the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam.