Appalachian State University professor Georgia Rhoades will return to Derry~Londonderry for a special residency with The Playhouse this month.
Specialising in Women's Studies at Appalachian State University in North Carolina Georgia Rhoades has taught and performed in Derry since 1995 with Black Sheep Theatre.
The Artillery Street theatre and community arts centre is delighted to have her back for residency from today (April 13) to Sunday May 3.
As part of her spring residency she will hold a special residency event, ‘After the Witch Trials of Islandmagee': A Talk and Reading' in The Playhouse Green Room, showcasing scenes from new play in progress about the witches of Islandmagee.
Georgia Rhoades directs the Writing Across the Curriculum Program for Appalachian State University. In 2013, her play The Cook was commissioned by The Playhouse for the City of Culture celebrations. The Cook, the story of Cecily Jackson, who was executed by burning at Bishop's Gate in 1725, was directed by Black Sheep's Dennis Bohr and performed by Derry actors.
During her residency she will also offer several free workshops with local groups including workshops on writing about historical women and talks about women accused of witchcraft in Ireland.
‘After the Witch Trials of Islandmagee': A Talk and Reading' will feature local actress, writer and broadcaster Mary Murphy, actor and teacher Maeve Connelly, and director, producer, and actor Denis Bohr, teacher of composition at Appalachian State University, and will be held in The Playhouse Green Room on Tuesday 28 April from 7pm- 9pm. All are welcome to attend this special free event. For more information contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk
Writer in Residence
Professor Georgia Rhoades
Application State University
April 13-May 3
Georgia Rhoades has taught and performed in Derry since 1995 with Black Sheep Theatre, which is based in Boone, North Carolina, where she directs the Writing Across the Curriculum Program for Appalachian State University. In 2013, her play The Cook was commissioned by The Playhouse for the City of Culture celebrations. The Cook, the story of Cecily Jackson, who was executed by burning at Bishop's Gate in 1725, was directed by Black Sheep's Dennis Bohr and performed by Derry actors. Rhoades is writing a novel version of the play as well as a play about the witches of Islandmagee.
During her spring residency at The Playhouse, Rhoades will offer writing workshops and will also speak about the real story of Cecily Jackson and Irish witches and mermaids. Rhoades has presented her scholarly work in Ireland, England, Belgium, Norway, and the U. S. and published in a variety of scholarly journals.
"Witchwork," "Waterwoman," "Treehome," and [with Dennis J. Bohr] "Old, Out-of-Step Antiwar Peacenik Hippies" and "Irish Stew"
G. Rhoades and Lynn Moss Sanders. "Learning to Create Knowledge through Primary Research." THE SUBJECT IS RESEARCH. Ed. Wendy Bishop and Pavel Zemliansky. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2001.
G. Rhoades. "Listening to Women's Voices and Reading Women's Words: How Women's Studies Has Helped to Transform the Teaching of Literature." TRANSFORMING THE DISCIPLINES. Ed. Elizabeth L. MacNabb, et al. New York: Haworth Press, 2001.
G. Rhoades. "Surprised into Knowing: Twelfth Graders Reading Marge Piercy." ENGLISH JOURNAL, 82.7 (Nov. 1993): 87-89.
G. Rhoades. "Dealing with Racism in the Classroom." FEMINIST TEACHER, 6.1 (Summer 1991): 34-36.
Denis Bohr, teacher of composition at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Denis he works in the University Writing Center and is a Writing Across the Curriculum consultant. He is the author of Pope Joan: The Hiss of the Snake, The English Whore (a one-man show), Old, Out-of-step, Anti-war Peacenik Hippies (co-written with Rhoades), Macbeth: The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name (all of which have been performed at The Playhouse), Burn in Hell, and Dark All Day (and All of the Night), among other plays. He is a director, producer, and actor and has performed in various roles with Black Sheep, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, God, the Devil, and a Martian lesbian.
Mary Murphy is a former head of English at Thornhill College. She is an actress, writer and broadcaster with the BBC, and was a founder member of the Theatre Club in Derry/ Londonderry with Sean McMahon. She has been involved in theatre since she was a child and has performed a variety of productions and one woman shows.
Maeve Connelly worked in professional theatre in Belfast, London and around the repertory theatres of England in the early 90s; her most memorable stage role being Juliet in ‘Romeo and Juliet' in the Cheltenham Everyman theatre. On returning to Derry she has become a full time teacher and parent whilst still managing to perform on television mainly with Westway Film doing ‘Seanchai' and other local TV dramas. She has worked in several Playhouse productions including ‘Home Boy Home', Halloween tales, ‘Tillies' and ‘Thirteen Steps' by Patsy Durnin.