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Constructing and Locating (Creative) Freedom

transcript: “When given a completely blank canvas I feel constrained. When I am told what the boundaries are, and I have a place to focus, I feel actually free. In terms of this…and I’m really just thinking through this out loud. If they [learners] never feel freedom, and the experience of freedom in this context is alien to them, what is it to construct a freedom within circumstances that they’re familiar with so that they become adept at using the existing constraints to locate freedom.” -Karie Miller

Karie Miller, Pages 2017-18 artist-in-residence, is a maker, performer, and scholar raised in Kentucky and throughout the Midwest, USA. Most recently, she devised The Else or Something inspired by the first part of Emile Zola’s Germinal, and completed her dissertation, Practicing a New Hospitality, about the intersection of theatre and care. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Theatre Performance, History, and Theory from Ohio State University. She is an ensemble member with Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company, and currently she is a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College.

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