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“Singing in the Rain” Colloquy

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Join us for a colloquy exploring the relationship of theater to the culture at large during the Stage Raw/PLAY LA Weekend Festival!

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Panelists: David Allen Burns, Kurt Eggert, Frederick R. Lynch, and Laura Zucker.

Moderated by Steven Leigh Morris

“Singing in the Rain” directly addresses our current cultural moment — one of cruelty, race baiting, cynicism and disinformation. A panel of experts from the fields of social media, psychology, politics, and the arts examines theatre’s newfound relevance in a time of uncivil wars.

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David Allen Burns is a life-long Californian and lives and works in both Southern California Desert (near Joshua Tree) and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He received an MFA in Studio Arts from UC Irvine and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. David is co-founder of the collaborative art project Fallen Fruit, a contemporary art duo that uses concepts, actions and objects from "the public realm" as material for creating contemporary art projects that investigate the boundaries of what is public and private. These include urban geographies, historical archives and time-based media. Prior to his work with Fallen Fruit, David was core faculty in 2 different programs at CalArts from 1994 to 2008 and also was visiting faculty in Social Practice at California College of the Arts from 2012 to 2015. David's practice also investigates narrative structures in contemporary art with notable curatorial projects for Leonardo at MIT, The Armory Center for the Arts and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. David's work activates nuances of social spaces, public archives and cultural indexes as a material that negotiations mythologies and narratives which reframe time-based understanding of the world. Concurrent to the development of his career in contemporary art and academics, David's early work in digital technology and social media developed strategies for corporate branding, advertising and television as for projects with Mercedes Benz, Discovery Channel, SEGA Gameworks and more.

His solo video work has shown in festivals and exhibitions including; The Getty Center, Los Angeles, The Tate Modern/Tank.tv, London, The Armenian Museum of Experimental Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, and in festivals including; InsideOUT, OutFest, MIX, NEWFEST, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and others. Burns’ recent art projects has exhibited at The Athens Biennale, Greece, Ars Electronica, Austria, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Netherlands Architecture Institute at Maastricht, The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Armory Center for the Arts, Machine Project, and Artists Space in New York. Reviews and publishing on his recent works may be seen in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Artillery, X-tra, Cabinet, Paper, Rhizome, The L.A. Weekly, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and more. Recent curatorial projects include: Artists + Institutions for MAK Center, Let Them Eat LACMA, The Drama of the Gifted Child for The Armory Center for the Arts, BUMP for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Embodied Technologies for Art Interactive & Leonardo. Awards include: National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, Metlife, Oregon Community Foundation, Califorina Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Art Matters, Good Works, YouTube Featured Video, LA Weekly’s Best of L.A., Rhizome.org new media award, Yahoo! Best of the Web, Berkeley Film Festival, Best Experimental and Sydney Underground Film Festival, among others.

Kurt Eggert is a Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. He runs the Alona Cortese Elder Law Center, which provides free legal services to the elderly and indigent of Orange County. Besides his work on elder law, Kurt is a nationally-known expert on mortgage law and was on a committee that advised the Federal Reserve Board on subprime mortgages and other consumer credit issues. He has also lectured internationally on gambling law and consumer protection in the gambling industry, and has testified to Congress numerous times on both mortgage and gambling issues. Kurt is also a member of a choir that has performed in Carnegie Hall and on America’s Got Talent, where it reached the semi-finals.

Frederick R. Lynch is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches courses on inequality, health care, and juvenile justice. His most recent book is One Nation Under AARP: The Fight Over Medicare, Social Security and America’s Future. Previous books include The Diversity Machine and Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action. He is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters ranging from “Social Theory and the Progressive Era, Theory and Society (1977) to several recent Op Ed essays in The New York Times. A frequent panelist at professional academic conferences, he has been profiled and interviewed by most major newspapers, television networks, National Public Radio, etc. Lynch received in B.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled: Beyond Political Correctness.

Laura Zucker is a nationally recognized arts leader whose expertise spans cultural policy, capital project master planning, arts education, public art, cultural tourism, and funding strategies. She is a senior associate with the global arts management consulting firm, AEA Consulting, and also consults on an extensive roster of projects independently. She is a senior fellow with the Masters in Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches courses in cross sector work in the arts and cultural policy, and is on the board of The Music Man Foundation. She served for 25 years as executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now the LA County Department of Arts & Culture). In that capacity, Laura managed the civic art policy for the largest county in the United States and directed the funding for more than 400 arts organizations. Major accomplishments during her tenure include implementing the regional initiative to restore arts education to 81 public school districts, spearheading the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and the California Cultural Tourism Initiative, creating the largest paid arts internship program for undergraduates in the country, and completing the $70 million revitalization of the Ford Amphitheatre. She also was executive producer of the Emmy® Award winning Holiday Celebration. Prior to the Arts Commission, Laura was executive director of the Ventura Arts Council and producing director of the Back Alley Theatre. She has served on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, and was a founding board member of Arts for LA, which created an annual fellowship in her honor. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.

Moderator

Steven Leigh Morris is the Founding Editor of the community-funded digital journal, Stage Raw (stageraw.com). He was the Theater Editor and Critic-at-Large at LA Weekly, writing on topics ranging from urban redevelopment to urban chickens. He is recipient of the National Entertainment Journalism Awards’ Print Critic of the Year, he has chaired and served on the Pulitzer Prize jury for Drama, written for a range of publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine and DRAMA Magazine in London. Steven is also a published and produced (in L.A. and Off-Broadyway) playwright with works developed at London’s Tricycle Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, City Garage and The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. His first novel, “Fowl Play” (Padaro Press) is the 2016 Gold Prize winner of the Human Relations Indie Book Awards.

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