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Michael Rohd

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the 18 year old national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Insititute for Design & Art and is the author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice where current initiatives include The Catalyst Initiative, Civic Body & Learning Labs. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago.

Recent/Current projects include collaborations &/or productions with Goodman Theater, Bush Foundation, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Americans for the Arts, Nashville’s MetroArts, ArtPlace, Cleveland Public Theater, United Way, Catholic Charities USA, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Alaska, ASU/Gammage & Steppenwolf Theater.

Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad
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Working With(In) Communities/ Trabajando Con y Para la Comunidad

Modeling Decolonized Practices/Las Practicas Hacia La Descolonización

31 May 2018

Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian talks with representatives of organizations which are intentionally working towards decolonized practices.

Open and Roving Rehearsals
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Open and Roving Rehearsals

7 October 2016

Michael Rohd and Maureen Towey share an excerpt from their new book The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care, writing about creating and rehearsing a show in a retirement community.

Translations—CPCP Update 3
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Translations—CPCP Update 3

New Civic Practice Case Studies

18 August 2015

Michael Rohd with an update on the Center for Performance and Civic Practice’s Catalyst Initiative. 

About Ensembles and Universities
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About Ensembles and Universities

100 Questions, 3 Ideas, 1 Story and a Ghost

16 November 2014

Offering insight into the relationship between ensembles and universities, Michael Rohd shares the text of a talk he gave at the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

 

Translations—CPCP Update 2
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Translations—CPCP Update 2

The Catalyst Initiative

18 November 2013

Kati Sweaney interviews Michael Rohd about what and how the Catalyst Initiative promotes arts-based practices in meaningful community activities.

Translations—CPCP Update 1
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Translations—CPCP Update 1

Lookingglass Theater and the Civic Practice Lab

3 November 2013

Through a series of questions, Michael Rohd gives an update on the pursuits and accomplishments working with Lookingglass Theater Company on the new Civic Practice Lab. 

The Ideology of Dialogue
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The Ideology of Dialogue

2 September 2013

Michael Rohd continues the series on the intersection of political ideology and art in their work. We know that content is political... but how can form dictate a play's mission as well?

Logo for Audience Revolution.
Translations
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Translations

Listening is the new Revolution

21 February 2013

Michael Rohd writes about the importance of listening when collaborating with civic partners, and how sharing assets may just be the key to uniting theaters with the communities they serve.

LEAN IN
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LEAN IN

Sojourn Theatre, Civic Practice & Catholic Charities USA

12 January 2013
Translations
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Translations

The Distinction between Social & Civic Practice and Why I Find It Useful

1 September 2012

Michael Rohd responds to Andy Horowitz's essay with how he delineates social and civil practice

The New Work of Building Civic Practice
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The New Work of Building Civic Practice

9 July 2012

The needs of non-arts organizations, and theatre artists' assets can intersect through Civic Practice. This guide from Michael Rohd offers examples of application and what this work can accomplish.

Scrabble letter arranged to spell the word engage.
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Translations

Engaging Engagement

7 April 2012

This column, published every 4-6 weeks, examines issues of translation as they relate to the field of theatre and its intersections with other public and civic sectors. This edition: audience engagement.

Michael Rohd teaching in front of several people sitting in chairs.
Interview with Michael Rohd
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Interview with Michael Rohd

8 March 2012

Rebecca Novick interviews Michael Rohd, founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, about audience engagement, measure of success, and how location informs art.

Translations
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Translations

The Job of the Future

3 March 2012

Michael Rohd talks about the role of translation in data science and its connection to theatre in this new column, dedicated to discussing the role of translation in theatre.

Civic Theater
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Civic Theater

Part 2

28 November 2011

Michael Rohd details the how, the why and the what of his approach to making civic theater. 

Civic Theater
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Civic Theater

29 May 2011

Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"

Civic Practice, Theatre, and Arts-Based, Community Led Transformation
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Civic Practice, Theatre, and Arts-Based, Community Led Transformation

A batch of articles that investigate, in their own ways, questions such as: what we mean by engagement; who is changing what for whom when we talk about ‘change’ work; and how theatre, democracy and aesthetics can intersect within a framework of justice-aimed values and intentions.

Translations 
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Translations 

This column examines issues of translation as they relate to the field of theatre and its intersections with other public and civic sectors.