The “Square Peg Round Hole” workshop, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, explored the world of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder with the internationally renown theatre Company The Tectonic Theatre Project. Through the generous support of the Bucknell Innovation Group and The Geisninger Health System who co-sponsored the workshop, we had an exciting and successful week culminating in a final showing and reception on Friday, May 26 2012 for Bucknell Faculty and Geisinger professionals. Our audience shared with us their responses in a talk back following the presentation. Comments were enthusiastically positive and many shared how moved they were by the engaging and theatrical approach the company used to approach the sensitive topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This interdisciplinary project brought together Bucknell faculty, alumni and students from several different departments in order to develop a work that promises a full production in NYC through the Tectonic Theatre Workshop in their 2013-2014 season. Below is a list of cast/workshop participants for the project, which include representation from the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Music, Dance, Art, Philosophy, Theatre and Neuroscience. Thanks to BIG, initiatives like this have the opportunity to impact our community and others in many new and exciting ways. Thanks BIG!
Andy Paris (Tectonic Theatre Company), Prof. Anjalee Hutchinson (Theatre), Anushka Paris-Carter (Tectonic Theatre Company), Christina Cody (Theatre ’12), C.J. Fujimura (Philosophy ’13), Prof. David Evans (Neuroscience), Diego Chiri (Theatre ’12), Prof. Heath Hansum (Theatre), Prof. Joseph Tranquillo (Biomedical Engineering), Prof. Joe Meiser (Art), Kaitlin “Sparky” Marsh (Theatre ’13), Katharina Schmidt (Theatre ’13), Prof. Kelly Knox (Theatre), Mark Hutchinson (Theatre), Prof. Phil Haynes (Music), Prof. Steven Shooter (Engineering), Prof. Sarah Martin (Theatre – Adelphi University).