Festival Farewell

Festival Survival Guide


Added performance of Sex: A Public Education, or Lessons in NOT Looking for Love performs in WIN 2.112 on Saturday, April 2, at noon.

The 3/30 performance of Footnotes for People Who Don't Speak Spanish is at 9pm. 

On 3/30, there is an 11:30 performance of The Sound Ascending. 

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Is it now?

Mere hours now separate us from the ribbon-cutting for the 2011 University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival. This weekend, dozens of busy "super-crew" and tech-gurus are transforming the Winship Building into a welcoming dynamic, multi-performance space. In the upcoming week, take a second to thank one of these talented folks, the Festival would not be possible without their hard work and dedication.

One Week to Go: What's on the mind of the folks behind the Fest?

The Festival kicks off in a week and I am excited - the can't-sleep-ready-for-it-to-start-tomorrow kind of excitement.

We, the members of the Executive Committee, have been planning the Festival for over a year, and I'm ready for the anticipation to be over. We're in the midst of finalizing all the details - like ordering more trash cans, getting light plots up and focused, and sending out invitations for the Keynote Kick-off with James Still. (Click on the link to RSVP!)

An Event You Don't Want to Miss: James Still at the Keynote Kick-Off

On March 28, the first day of the Festival, you are invited to the 2011 Keynote Kick-off. This year James Still, award winning playwright, will launch the Festival week with his keynote speech, "The Peaceful Warrior: What's Fabulous Got To Do With It?" Mr. Still is sure to deliver a speech packed with dynamic imagery and unique insights. This event takes place Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the B. Iden Payne Theatre inside the Winship Drama Building.


Did you catch those crazy dancers??

On Thursday, March 3, a ferocious force of Festival adorers took the UT campus by storm. Students walked across the south mall on campus, lazing in the sunshine, until the heart-throbbing pounding of the drums began and over 50 kids in black and yellow t-shirts busted out some radical dance moves. Why, you ask? Because they are freaking pumped about The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival!

Announcing the Guest Artists

We are proud to announce the guest artists attending the 2011 Festival. These thirteen artists are invited to spend the week among the new works created by the Festival artists. Through dialogue and feeback they provide an integral component of critical inquiry leading to progress in our artistic fields. This years guest artists range from writer to actor, dramaturg to puppeteer. Please see the list below of the artists and their bios. 

Call for Engaging Research Submissions for the 2011 Festival

We are excited to announce a brand new subcommittee for this year's University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival - The Engaging Research Subcommittee. The goal is to extend the Festival's mission by encouraging new expressions and outlets for the diverse research done in, around, about, and for the performances. The subcommittee will conduct a variety of conversations and critical inquiry during the Festival.

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Meet David Bjurstrom, Photographer and Artist

This week, the Festival blog brings you an exciting in depth view of one local artist who has been involved in previous Festivals as a guest artist and photographer, David Bjurstrom. David has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. Having honed technical and artistic skills creating pieces with graphite pencil, he turned toward photography in support of his artwork. After working as an assistant for several mail order catalog companies, he realized his adept skill behind the lense and was promoted to Senior Photographer.

Check out our fantastic new graphic for the 2011 Festival

2011 Festival

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