Arts and peacebuilding residencies with Polly O Walker and Kate Clarke

Posted on: 25th March 2014

The Playhouse and the Baker Institute have announced three special arts and peacebuilding events for part of two residencies by Polly O Walker and Kate Clarke from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.


Acting Together on the World Stage
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with Polly O Walker

Tuesday April 15th at The Playhouse 8pm Free Admission

The feature documentary "Acting Together on the World Stage"highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, describes exemplary peacebuilding performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence. The performances in the film illustrate that theatrical works and ritual are effective resources for non-violent resistance to injustice, for the rehumanization of former enemies and for acknowledgement, remembering and healing in the aftermath of mass violence.

Polly O. Walker currently is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She is a director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australian and lectures in peace and conflict at James Cook. Previously she was a research fellow in the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is co-editor of"Acting Together, Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict".

To book contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027.



Creating a New Story: Memorial Ceremonies involving Indigenous and Settler Peoples

A lunchtime Event Garden of Reflection Talk with Polly O Walker
Wednesday April 16th, 12:30 pm Holywell DiverseCity Partnership

This talk will explore the role of ritual and ceremony in transforming conflict between Indigenous and Settler peoples in Australia and the United States. Drawing on her participatory research in these rituals and ceremonies, Polly will share conceptual frameworks and experiential stories from:

• The Myall Creek Massacre Memorials and Stolen Generations Ceremonies in Australia
• The Two Rivers Powwow and Nez Perce Memorials in the United States.

Polly O. Walker is of Cherokee and Anglo American descent, and a member of the Cherokee Southwest Township. Her research, practice and teaching focus on Indigenous approaches to peace and peacebuilding performance. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland.

To book contact or (028)71261941


Theatre Master Class with Kate Clarke
Thursday April 17th 6-9pm The Playhouse
Kate Clarke is a singer, actress and teacher. A graduate of Oberlin College (BA) and the University of Washington (MFA), she has been seen on both small and regional stages in New York, Seattle, Edinburgh, Denver, San Francisco, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Moscow, ID. Kate has taught Acting, Movement and Voice at Oberlin Theater Institute, The University of Washington, Tulane University, and CUNY Hunter College. Kate is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors' Guild. She is currently the head of the Theatre program at Juniata.
For more information or to reserve - Emma Stuart 02871 268 017

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