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Dudley Cocke

Dudley Cocke served as director of Roadside Theater from 1976-2018 and now works on special projects, including a forthcoming anthology of 10 Roadside plays that toured nationally in 43 states and internationally. Dudley has taught theater at Cornell University and the College of William and Mary, and often speaks and writes as an advocate for democratic cultural values.

Roadside Theater's Living Library
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Roadside Theater's Living Library

29 October 2018

David Dower sits down with Roadside Theater’s Dudley Cocke and Amy Brooks to talk about Appalachian theatre, the power of culture to foster positive social change, how we understand our shared history, and more.

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Rural Theater in a Democracy
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Rural Theater in a Democracy

1 October 2012

Dudley Cocke, the director of Roadside Theater, on Rural Theater, its specific gifts, and the necessity of its inclusion in American Theater.

 

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Interview with Dudley Cocke
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Interview with Dudley Cocke

4 March 2012

In this excerpt from Counting New Beans: Instrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, Dudley Cocke talks to Clayton Lord about Roadside Theater and its mission of encouraging conversation through theater in Appalacian communities.