Jennifer Popple | Breakout Session
Jennifer will be joined by Lisa Hagen for a breakout session called "Creating A Feminist Community in the Rehearsal Room (and What to Do When That Doesn’t Happen)"
About this session: Join two academic and professional directors in a discussion around feminist community building in the rehearsal room. What circumstances help engender a feminist community, what practices help nurture it, and what do we do when the community doesn’t happen? Are certain plays more likely to create community, or can any play, with the right atmosphere, lead to a positive feminist community? How do you handle poisonous elements in the rehearsal process, from problem actors to difficult colleagues? Through examples, practical exercises, and shared strategies, we will explore best practices in creating power-sharing, artistically engaged, and feminist communities in the rehearsal rooms from start to finish.
Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Co-Director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Jennifer is passionate about collaboration, social justice, and feminist practice in the classroom, community, and rehearsal room. She has published on feminist directing, Restoration actresses, and Muggle Quidditch, and is currently writing an article about using a feminist lens to develop study away programs. Other favorite directing projects include Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play, and Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. After a lengthy hiatus, she returned to performing with the world premiere of Aaron Randolph III's Broken, developed in collaboration with Braking Traffik, a Quad Cities based organization dedicated to eliminating sex trafficking and supporting survivors of sex trafficking. She takes her second group of students to India next February to witness grassroots activism and will be directing Arthur Miller's The Crucible in the fall. She and her partner, Samantha (also an artist-teacher), have two daughters, two cats, and a dog.