Speaking Out! The Artist as Citizen/The Citizen Artist

Miller Humanities Fellow - Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Common Hour event series
Sponsored by Department of Theatre, Dance & Film

Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:30 a.m.-12:35 p.m.

For the past 35 years Stuart Pimsler (F&M Alum ’71) has embraced such issues as love, loss, and social conflict creating performance works for his company, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater. The Artist as Citizen/The Citizen Artist will explore the ways in which the creative approach of Mr. Pimsler and his company of 8 performing artists has impacted a variety of workplaces and communities through performance excerpts and discussion. SPDT’s dedicated commitment to community engagement as well as arts and education and arts and healthcare work continues to inform and enrich the company’s performance work, and visa versa. Through extensive residency work in communities throughout the world, SPDT continues to involve community members in creative experiences that give voice to their own unique lives. Participants have included nurses, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, interpreters, medical students, chaplains, low-income families; at-risk youth; homeless families; American Indian woman in recovery from substance abuse; recent Hmong, Russian, and Latino immigrants; African-American youth; teen parents; senior citizens in low-income housing; people with mental illness; stroke survivors and their caregivers; homeless LGBT teens; and others.

Mr. Pimsler will illustrate how issues of political conflict and social justice have informed his critically acclaimed and creatively significant stage works through the performance of selections from the company’s repertoire.  

STUART PIMSLER, selected by CityPages as Twin Cities “Artist of the Year” in 2004, is celebrating thirty-five years as Artistic Co–Director of SPDT. His work has been honored with Choreography Fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Major Fellowship and six Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. Mr. Pimsler has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, the Lila Wallace Arts Partners Fund, National Performance Network Creation Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the Wexner Center, University of Minnesota, and the Walker Art Center, among others. Mr. Pimsler's first children's play, My Grandmother's Tsotchkes; Tales of a Gambling Grandmother had its national premiere in March 2010 at SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul. In August, 2012 he was a guest artist at the Bejing Modern Dance Festival in China.


Mr. Pimsler holds an A.B. in English from Franklin & Marshall College and has a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1975 and the following year was accepted as an M.F.A. Fellow in Dance at Connecticut College. His mentors have included Martha Myers, past Dean of the American Dance Festival and past Chair of the Connecticut College Dance program, and Daniel Nagrin, whose solos Spanish Dance (1948) and Word Game (1968) he continues to perform.


 As cultural acitivist, Mr. Pimsler has served on the Board of Directors of Dance/USA (1990-97) and the Steering Committee of the National Performance Network (1992-95). In October, 2005, Stuart Pimsler founded the SAGE Awards for Dance, which are an annual celebration of outstanding dance achievements in the Twin Cities community. He co-coordinates the yearly event with Dana Kassel. www.sageawards.org

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Miller Humanities Fellowship

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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