Short Course: Performed Encounter

Performed Encounter: Playing the Interview

Columbia University

May 5 and May 12, 5pm-8pm

509 Knox Hall – 606 W. 122nd St., New York, NY 10027 – View Map

Instructors: Nicki Pombier Berger & Liza Zapol
This hands-on workshop explores the many possibilities at the intersection of theater and oral history, looking closely at the site of the interview.

For those interested in staging oral histories, and for those who want to examine the performative elements of oral history, we will explore how the language of theater can enrich the practice of oral history. We will invite participants to experiment through play, newly considering or considering anew the experience at the core of oral historical practice – what happens in the space of the interview.