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Notes from the Field (Online Only)

The Courage to Teach and the Courage to Lead: Considerations for Theatre and Dance in Higher Education

By Ray Miller

For many of us, there is a sense that as we move from one day to the next we are not so much accomplishing something as surviving something. Digital media of all kinds and the ready accessibility of the internet, smart phones, virtual clouds, and other digital technologies have pushed the future into the present. The future is often experienced as a plethora of possibilities that coexist all at the same time. We do not have the time to think forward. It is too much already to negotiate the present from one moment to the next. Douglas Rushkoff calls this “present shock” and claims that “[i]f the end of the twentieth can be characterized by futurism, the twenty-first century can be defined by presentism” (3).1 In this new world, jumping from one web link to the next is not viewed as disruptive and superficial, but as a way to surf the possibilities and to make unexpected discoveries.2 David Shields captures the feel of the worldview that informs the lives of many of our students with an unnerving poignancy in his book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.


Index of Chinese Characters for “Repertoire Is Technique: Programming Transmission at a Xiqu Festival”

By Josh Stenberg

(Starred names indicate performers and xiqu figures mentioned in the text and/or who, through semi-structured interviews or informal public or semi-public dialogues, provided or verified information contained in “Repertoire Is Technique” in the days during and surrounding the 2015 festival.)