The theater program at Colgate has invited director Scott Sheppard to create a devised performance with our students for this fall’s main stage production. Scott’s project, Seeing the Beast, will investigate the contradictions in how humans relate to non-human animals.
In Scott’s words, “What principles lead us to sometimes consider animals sentient beings with emotional lives and other times treat them merely as materials: a source of feathers, leather, fur, and meat?” A second round of auditions will take place during preliminary rehearsals on Thursday, September 11, and Friday, September 12 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. in Ryan 212. Everyone is welcome!
Scott Sheppard is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell Theatre Company. He has been a co-creator, producer, and performer for all of their productions including Go Long Big Softie (Philly Fringe 2013) and Hackles (Philly Fringe 2012). During the 2013-2014 season, BRAT Productions (Philadelphia) selected Scott to be their resident artist; the focus for this residency is directing devised theatre. He was twice selected to be part of FringeArts’ Jumpstart Program for his original works Underground Railroad Game (2013) and Lessons for the Lobotomized (2012).
Underground Railroad Game was later selected for a Deep Space Residency with NACL Theatre in October 2014 and for the 2014 ANT Fest at Ars Nova in New York City. Scott is a proud member of the inaugural class at Pig Iron’s school for Advanced Performance Training (2011-2013).