TDPS Speaker Series | Directing and Patriarchy: Towards Theater of Empowerment

Lecture | January 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Éva Patkó, Theater Director, University Teacher, and Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of Arts Târgu-Mureș, Romania

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Coming from an Eastern European theater tradition, Éva Patkó will present possible shifts from the Theater of Power towards the Theater of Empowerment.

Theater of Power follows patriarchal models and the credit for the work achieved is given to the director. It is a very comfortable position for a director to be in. Theater of Empowerment, on the other hand, is outside the establishment, it is under-financed, it is risky, and it is in the periphery of attention.

Éva also experienced this transition in her work, and the year she spent in Berkeley a decade ago was a milestone in making this move.

Periphery is familiar to her. As a woman director socialized and trained in a theater tradition built on patriarchal models, and also as an ethnic minority living in Romania, Éva’s work in theater has come to focus on modalities of acknowledging the other, partnering with the other, and ultimately empowering the other.

The TDPS Speaker Series is offered on monthly Thursdays, 4–5pm, throughout the academic year.

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