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Erica Nagel

Erica Nagel is the Director of Education and Engagement at McCarter Theatre Center, where she serves as a senior member of the artistic staff, and oversees a variety of programs for learners of all ages. She teaches courses in community-based performance and devising theatre with youth at Princeton University. Previously, Erica served as the Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter and has also worked on the artistic staffs of Geva Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Premiere Stages, and as a freelance developmental dramaturg throughout the country. Erica’s work exploring the intersection of play development and community engagement has been published in the LMDA Review and the Journal Theatre Topics, and has been presented at conferences including Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, the International Conference on American Drama, and the Steinhardt Forum on Theatre for Young Audiences. She is a proud past participant in the TCG New Generations program, which “seeks to identify exceptionally talented theatre professionals who will impact the field in a positive way.” Erica received her MFA in Performance as Public Practice (Theatre and Social Change) at the University Texas-Austin, where she was a recipient of a University Continuing Fellowship for her thesis project, Collaboration, Context, and Common Ground: A Model for Community-Engaged Dramaturgy.

Relaxed Performances
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Relaxed Performances

The Nuts and Bolts of Offering Sensory-Friendly Experiences to Your Audience

29 September 2016

In this #IdentityWeek blog, Erica Nagel of the McCarter Theatre discusses how, and why, they’ve made Relaxed Performances part of their equity, diversity, and inclusion work. 

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The Revolution will be Intersectional (and the Dramaturgs and Educators Will Lead It)
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The Revolution will be Intersectional (and the Dramaturgs and Educators Will Lead It)

22 October 2013

I love that engagement has become such a major part of the conversation in our field. But I do worry that if we are not vigilant, “engagement” has the potential to become a code-word for “extra.”