Plans are already under way for the 2007 exciting and innovative new theatre, dance, art, architecture, film and who-knows-what of the University Co-op presents David Mark Cohen New Works Festival! We'll be building on the smashing success of the 2005 festival which featured 70 performances of 32 projects in 8 days. Thousands of audience members and hundreds of participants made the last festival a whirlwind event to remember, and the next festival promises to be just as exciting!
The biennial Festival, organized by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, celebrates original works created by UT students, faculty and recent graduates. Audiences will experience a variety of performances, readings, choreography, guest artists' panels, and workshops. The festival's provocative events range from full productions of new plays to experimental works in site-specific locations. Every year the festival expands further into multidisciplinary work by including contributions and collaborations from other departments such as Radio-Television-Film, Music, Architecture, Visual Art, and more.
Thanks to the continuing generous sponsorship of the University Co-operative Society, the Festival will offer free admission. All seating will be general, first come, first served. For the smaller venues, we recommend arriving at least a half hour ahead of time.
The Festival began in 2001 as a tribute to the late David Mark Cohen, Professor of Playwriting, who died in a car accident in 1997. To honor his memory, the Department of Theatre and Dance raised an endowment in his name with donations from family and friends. The David Mark Cohen Memorial Production Endowment in Playwriting was established to support the staging of new works by UT playwriting students. Funds from this endowment are also used to underwrite the biennial festival that continues Cohen's commitment to new play development.
Over the next few months this website will feature more and more archival photos and news stories about the 2005 festival.
For additional information about the Festival, please contact one of the festival producers: .
All photos taken by Charlie Fonville