Please join us in commemorating the opening of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College with a celebration of Appalachian Theatre. Academic panels will cover the following topics: Theatre in Appalachia & The Tourist Impulse, Social Activism & Appalachian Theatre, Regional Theatres & Academic Partnerships and Playwrighting & Performance in Appalachia Today. Featured events will include a reading by Robert Gipe, performances by Higher Ground and storyteller Hannah Harvey, and the opening of the E&H Theatre Department’s fall play under the direction of Dr. Kelly Bremner: Catherine Bush’s The Other Side of the Mountain.
- Robert Gipe is the acclaimed author of the illustrated novel Trampoline (2015), the director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, and one of the producers of Higher Ground, a theatre group presenting musical dramas based on oral histories and community concerns. Born in North Carolina and raised in Kingsport, TN, Gipe is also a faculty coordinator of the Crawdad student arts series and a former marketing and educational services director at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY.
- Higher Ground will be performing Find A Way at Emory & Henry. The fifth piece in a series, Find A Way is about the truth and the effects of telling it. Written by cast members and area students, the musical features stories from Harlan, Kentucky, as well as scenes depicting universal human difficulties. Dramatic lighting, live music, scenic effects, and choreography bring a range of tales – from lost dogs to confronting one’s parents – to life.
- Hannah Harvey A native of Northeast Tennessee, Hannah Harvey is a renowned storyteller and a distinguished scholar and teacher. While doing graduate work in performance ethnography and oral history for her doctorate in performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvey became deeply invested in family and regional tales. As a professor at Kennesaw State, she developed and directed the KSU Tellers storytelling company. Harvey’s current research is on the politics of cultural identity in Appalachia. Her fieldwork with miners from northeast, Tenn., and southwest, Va., will be the basis of her performance at E&H.
- Catherine Bush’s The Other Side of the Mountain directed by E&H Professor Kelly Bremner
All events except the performance of The Other Side of the Mountain are free and open to the public. Tickets for the play may be purchased on the McGlothlin Center for the Arts website for the public or reserved at the Arts Center Box Office for E&H students and employees.
All events carry Lyceum Credit for E&H Students and are open to the public.