Our New Gold
2022 Our New Gold Digital Storytelling Festival
The second international edition of Our New Gold Digital Storytelling Festival (2022) was hosted by The Association for Hispanic Classical Theater (AHCT) and sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University, MacEwan University & Xperteatro. Our New Gold 2022, features the work of students exploring new ways of approaching, understanding, and adapting Spanish classical plays focusing on current social issues (such as gender, racial and social inequality, systemic oppression, cultural identity and environment).
Read about the jury below.
WINNERS AND SPECIAL MENTIONS
I use a Don Juan monologue from El burlador de Sevilla to mimic a hockey player’s drunken attempt to seduce their targeted woman, then follow the monologue with clips of myself, alone on campus, filled with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that just won’t go away. I aim to center the long-lasting impact that toxic practices of college male athletes have on women, and through these comparisons to El burlador de Sevilla, I emphasize how even the smallest or quickest uncomfortable interaction can traumatize a woman for years.
Emerita Professor of Spanish, she taught at Denison University, a selective Liberal Arts College in Granville, Ohio, having offered courses in all aspects of Spanish language, literature, and culture, with special emphasis in Spanish baroque (17th-century) and post-baroque (18th-century) theater and, in particular, the “comedia de teatro” (pieces with complex scenographical requirements).
In the classroom, her 3rd and 4th-year undergraduate students engaged with Spanish comedia in various modalities: from on-stage performance of comedias, to the development or adaptation of play scripts for contemporary audiences in various media (film, music, comics, puppets), to improvisational development of characters and situations.She has published various critical editions and is an active member of the AHCT Translation Lab.
He has directed theater shows based on texts by Calderón, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Cervantes, Juan del Encina, León Felipe, Max Aub and José Saramago, among others, on stages, festivals, and both national and international companies. He has given workshops on interpretation for opera and zarzuela singers at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá and at The Academy of Opera in Oslo, as well as workshops on Spanish Theater of the Golden Age at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India, at the National Theater Company of Mexico and the INSAAC (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle) of the Ivory Coast. In the lyrical field, he has performed the staging of more than 30 titles of the universal repertoire, demonstrating a special sensitivity for the zarzuela and the Spanish repertoire across many time periods.
He has been the Assistant Artistic Director at the Spanish Theater of Madrid; programmer of the International Festival of Contemporary Dramaturgy Dramafest of Mexico; and he has made collaborations with the Great National Theater of Peru, the National Theater of Bogotá and with the National Theater Company of Mexico, as well as many others.
In his work as a facilitator with the charity Tender, he works extensively with students, teachers, and healthcare professionals, exploring and promoting healthy intimate relationships in young people’s lives. Tas also devises and delivers bespoke training on leadership, justice and mercy, the outsider, as well as themes around gender and inclusion, within the voluntary, educational, health-care, corporate and military sectors. Current clients include the British Army, The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), as well as leading theatres and drama schools across the UK.
He is the artistic director of Collectivo Decollage and co-director of Mirage Teatro. He is a founder member of UK company Babakas directing their production of Our Fathers and has worked as a dramaturg, performer and educator across Europe for Limbik Theatre and Theatre Temoin (UK) La Guapa Teatre (ES) and Patari Project (GR).He originally trained as an architect before attending the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). His work deftly combines abstraction with complex narrative to create poetic, comic and politically charged work. Specialising in physical theatre, improvisation, devised works and adaptations, his work responds with sensitivity and risk-taking irreverence with the site, space and audience.
He has made over 30 works presented in: BAC London, MAC Birmingham, Greenwich Dance London, Jerwood Space London, DanceEast Ipswich, Teatro Español Madrid, Corral de Comedias de Alcalá, Matadero Madrid, Teatro Central Sevilla, Escenapoblenou Barcelona, BeirutSpringFestival inLíbano, TeatroMania in Polonia, PhysicalFestival Chicago, among others.
Natalie B. Wong
Natalie was the first resident assistant director at the Singapore Repertory Theatre where she was mentored by international directors such as the late Braham Murray, Bruce Guthrie, Scott Graham and Kate Golledge.
Her recent directing credits include Children of God by Jimin Suh (A short play adapted for film for New Stories online festival of new BE/SEA writings), The Tree of Objects (CAN Fest ’20), and Chapters of a Floating Life by Clarence Coo (Yellow Earth’s Typhoon’19).
With the Orang Collectif, Natalie has co-produced The Sane Asylum and The Giving (A promenade evening of Live Performances). And she directs and performs in their ongoing project, AN:ODYSSEY (9-vignette performance exploring themes of Home, Borders and Identity).
She enjoys working with youths and her experience spans performing and assistant directing children’s theatre; directing youth theatre and teaching theatre. She has worked extensively with youths of special needs and at-risk communities. She designed and led the theatre programme for The Little Arts Academy, Singapore from 2009-2013.
Her writing on community-engaged practices can be seen in publications such as Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Howlround Blog, TYA Today, Theatre Topics and Youth Theatre Journal, and she has presented workshops and research at conferences including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the NYU Forum on Educational Theatre. Cortney has worked as a guest artist at Texas State University, Anderson University, and James Madison University. She completed her B.A. in Theatre Studies at Furman University in South Carolina and her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from UT Austin.
He holds degrees from Kenyon College (B.A.), The Ohio State University (M.F.A.), and the University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD). He remains particularly proud of his second M.F.A. in musical theatre writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied under some of the nation’s greatest living (and Tony Award-winning) musical creators.