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Arts in the Adirondacks in the Age of Coronavirus

Moderated panel with ADKX Chief Curator Laura Rice

August 17, 2020| 7:30 pm

* Registration for this program will open July 22, 2020

In late 2019, the Adirondack Experience, Adirondack Center for Writing, and Pendragon Theatre joined forces to create a live theatre program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The program would feature actors reading select letters collected by the museum for a new exhibition, bringing to live wartime words exchanged between beaus and their sweethearts, mothers and sons, and young soldiers and their high school coach. Momentum for the program grew—then suddenly all plans were stopped with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the theatre and the museum faced the difficult decision to cancel their 2020 seasons, and the fate of the planned show took a different course. Join us for an evening presentation featuring a brief reading from the diary of a North Creek soldier and a discussion about how cultural organizations in the Adirondacks are adapting to the challenges of this time—the most momentous period in US history since World War II.
Presenters:
Kimberley A. Bouchard is the Artistic Director of Pendragon Theatre. She has directed over 70 productions in professional and educational theatre in the USA, Canada, Spain, England, and Mexico and is a Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, Potsdam, where she taught theatre arts for 24 years.

Chris Leifheit studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Chapman College in Orange, California. He first acted at Pendragon Theatre in 1997 and has performed in over 25 productions since then.

Laura Rice is Chief Curator at the Adirondack Experience. As Chief Curator she is responsible for all activities conducted by the Curatorial and Education Departments.

Allison Studdiford is currently the Associate Artistic Director for Pendragon Theatre. She is a director and an AEA and SAG/AFTRA actor who was based in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She is also a co-founder of TheatreFirst, a professional theater company in Berkeley. Her dad, Andy Studdiford, worked in the boat building at the Adirondack Experience, and she is very happy to be back home.

Nathalie Costa Thill has been the Executive Director of the Adirondack Center for Writing, the literary organization serving the entire Adirondack Park, since soon after its inception in 1999. Nathalie sits on the board of LiTTAP, a state-wide group whose mission is to share challenges and best practices of literary organizations and presses and to raise the level of awareness of the literary arts throughout New York.