Sojourn Theatre creates new performances in Portland, Oregon, and around the nation that utilize multimedia, site-specificity, and civic-engagement practices to partner with audiences as co-authors in the development and production of non-traditional theater events. In the last ten years, Sojourn Theatre has been awarded nine Portland Drammys, toured to Australia, and been named one of twelve Animating Democracy Exemplar organizations in the nation by Americans for the Arts. The company has presented at the Wexner Center (OH); PICA’s TBA Festival; Delle Arte (CA), Sandglass Theatre (VT), NACL (NY), and Lookingglass Theater (IL), and has participated in more than a dozen University-based residencies at schools including Georgetown, Northwestern and Trinity College.
Michael Rohd, Sojourn’s founding artistic director, has created and directed almost all of Sojourn’s twenty-four major projects. Rohd is a recipient of Theatre Communication Group’s 2001 New Generations Grant, and their 2002 Extended Collaboration Grant with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. An associate artist with Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles and an artistic associate with Ping Chong & Co in New York City, he is on faculty at Northwestern University’s Theater Department (Chicago) with a focus on Devising Performance, Directing & Civic Engagement. He is author of the book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue.
Shannon Scrofano (Company Member) is a scenic and multimedia designer based on the west coast. Working to create original devised work with a focus on site specificity, integrated media, civic engagement and dialogue strategies, her collaborations include live performance, installation and film projects throughout the US and internationally. Bringing participation into contact with architectural and urban theory, she works to develop new strategies for immersive visual dramaturgy of experience and displacement of expertise. Selected work has been seen or honored at PICA : TBA, REDCAT, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Orchard Project, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Evidence Room, Woolly Mammoth, Manual Archives, Miami Light Project, Highways, Montreal Fringe, Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlinale, the 81st Annual Academy Awards, and recently with Project Por Amor, El Teatro Público and the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba, as part of a cross-cultural collaboration between Cuban and American performance, film and music artists. Her site work has taken place in car dealerships, state legislatures, barns, condo showrooms, plazas, libraries, warehouses, medical labs, skyscrapers, open fields, kitchens, crumbling cathedrals, and rooftops in multiple cities. She has taught or lectured at universities including Georgetown University, Northwestern, Cal State, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fordham, Pacific Northwest Film Center and at various festivals and conferences. She is a company member of Sojourn Theatre and the performance collective TENT, a graduate of Northwestern University, and holds her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where she currently teaches.
Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Disjecta, Le Happy, Wealth Underground Farm, Bear Deluxe Magazine, Northwest Film Center. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a supporter of the lecture series please let us know.
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