Naropa University's MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance Program Presents "Work on the Edge" Performance Festival


Work on the EdgeBoulder, Colo. (January 27, 2014): Naropa University's MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance program is proud to present "Work on the Edge," a February performance festival of new works by the program's 2014 graduating class. The festival will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from February 8 through February 23, 2014, with performances at various Boulder locations.

WHAT: "Work on the Edge" February performance festival
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays starting February 8, through February 23, 2014
WHERE: See specific performance times and locations here.
COST: Tickets cost $7; free for Naropa staff, faculty, and students. Multi-ticket packages available here.

The "Work on the Edge" festival's eclectic group of eleven performing artists delves deeply into what makes us uniquely human. The performers are as follows: Ana Cantoran Viromontes, Nate Speare, Jacques White, Andi Dudziak, Jamie McKittrick, Ye Taik, Victoria Curtis, Kebrina DeJesus, Hrefna Larusdottir, Jenni Messner, and Molly Kampf. Using multiple performance methods that incorporate the program's research into voice, movement, and devised work, these intrepid individuals bring three weekends of lively entertainment from the edge. Find detailed information about the festival here.

Founded in 2004 by Wendell Beavers, in collaboration with Naropa faculty Ethelyn Friend, Erika Berland, and Barbara Dilley, as well as a number of prominent guest artists, Naropa University's MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance program has been recognized nationally and internationally as a leading innovator in contemporary theater training. With more than one hundred active alumni, the program has developed a new paradigm in performance training, based on new somatic techniques, contemplative practice, and world theater and dance forms. The program has attracted both emerging theater artists and seasoned mid-career performers, and has accumulated an impressive record of innovative and experimental productions. These have included Celebration Service (2006), composed and directed by Meredith Monk; SITI Company's collaboration with the MFA program, 23 Seconds About John Cage (2008); a musical version of The Trojan Women (2009); a multimedia adaptation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, titled Luminous Emptiness (2009); Carol Churchill's Mad Forest (2010), performed in a North Boulder warehouse; a Butoh treatment of several Samuel Beckett plays (2010) with guest artist Katsura Kan; a contemporary production of Shakespeare's The Tempest (2011), directed by Stephen Wangh, author of An Acrobat of the Heart, a widely-used primer on psychological acting; and The Siddhartha Project (2012), based on Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, adapted and directed by Wendell Beavers. Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Monica Dionysiou at  or at 804-822-2650 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.