The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance and the School of Art, both housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA), are hosting The Marfa Intensive, which began July 28 and runs through July 28 through Thursday.
Now in its fourth year, The Marfa Intensive is described as an unforgettable experience in learning and creating devised theater while considering the relationships between theater and visual art. Devised theater is the act of originating a new, ensemble-built work that does not depend on a previously written text, but rather starts with an “invitation to obsession” called a hunch. The hunch for this year’s intensive is “transformation.”
Under the direction of Rich Brown, professor and award-winning director/deviser from Western Washington University, theater students will follow his yearlong model for devising in an abbreviated, 11-day intensive workshop. Theater students will research, create, rehearse and perform a devised work based on the idea of transformation using Marfa and its environment as a backdrop for creative exploration and inspiration.