Artists Rep’s Fresh Eyes program brings ‘civilians’ into the rehearsal process. On selected productions each season, we invite writers from diverse backgrounds to join us for a few rehearsals, and then share their observations of the process and the play in the Fresh Eyes blog. We hope the distinctive perspectives of our guests will illuminate the inner workings of a production, and enrich the experience for our audiences and community at large.
For the 2019/2020 season, our cadre of Fresh Eyes includes:
La Ruta: Andrew Dawes is an Associate Professor of Physics at Pacific University where he teaches in both the physics and optometry programs. Although his research focus is photonics and quantum optics, he is much happier to talk about his wide-ranging hobbies which include robotics, electronics, music, and theatre.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD (@ElizETavares) is assistant professor of English at Pacific University, specializing in playing companies, theatre history, and Shakespeare in performance. As a scholar-practitioner having worked with a variety of companies in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest, she is currently completing a book, Playing the Stock Market: The Elizabethan Repertory System before Shakespeare. Elizabeth has previously been an observer on Feathers & Teeth, Magellanica, and Teenage Dick.
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play: Anthony Hudson (Confederated Tribes Grand Ronde) is an artist, writer, performer, filmmaker, and programmer best known as Portland, Oregon’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together they host Queer Horror, the only LGBTQ+ horror screening series in the country at the historic Hollywood Theatre, and Anthony's new play Looking for Tiger Lily will make its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in May 2020. Anthony has also been Fresh Eyes on Feathers & Teeth and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Indecent: Matthew Minicucci is a poet and teacher. His most recent collection, Small Gods (New Issues), won the 2019 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award in Poetry. He’s currently the Emerging Writer/Teacher Fellow in the English Department at Linfield College. Matt has previously observed our productions Magellanica and Everybody.