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A cooperative of artists, researchers and civic leaders working across disciplines to explore the role of artists, increase professional opportunities for artists and equip artists to be engaged civic partners.
The Ensemble Lab was founded by Herberger Institute Professors Liz Lerman, Michael Rohd and Daniel Bernard Roumain.
As artists who have ongoing national and international bodies of practice including production, education and capacity-building across multiple fields and disciplines, we are thrilled to have an artistic home at ASU and honored to start a lab at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Her most recent work, Healing Wars, toured across the US in 2014-15. Liz conducts residencies on Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre Studio among others. Her third book, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press.
Michael Rohd is the founding artistic director of 17-year-old ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. He is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current projects include The Catalyst Initiative, a national program supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Local Landscapes, through which he is currently collaborating with Arts Councils at the State and Local level around the US. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. Recent/Current projects include leading a two-year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; a Sojourn partnership with Planning Commissions around the country utilizing civic practice in public engagement settings to help communities deal with difficult conversations and resource allotment; and, collaborating with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects.
Daniel Bernard Roumain's (DBR) work as a composer and a performer has been commissioned by artists and institutions worldwide. His outreach and residencies have garnered long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers including the Berklee School of Music (Boston), The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, and Vanderbilt University (Nashville). He served as Music Director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Assistant Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music; Artist-in-Residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and is currently the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence (University of Houston). Roumain is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a new chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, directed by Bill T. Jones; Meditations for Raising Boys, a new oratorio commissioned by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; and BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera in 4 Quarters, directed by Grethe Holby.
With a purpose of nationally and internationally relevant discoveries and impact, the ASU Herberger Institute's Ensemble Lab will focus on 3 main goals:
|Course||Course Title||SLN, Description and Registration||Instructor||Session||Location|
|Artist as Activist||26834 / 26835|
31675 / 26822
|Daniel Bernard Roumain||B||TEMPE|
|Hip-Hop and Opera||31730 / 31777|
31933 / 31934
|Daniel Bernard Roumain||A||TEMPE|
|THP 598||Devising Collaboration||28143||Michael Rohd||A||TEMPE|
|Animating Research||22198 / 22199|
26760 / 26756
22200 / 22201
|The Atlas of Creative Tools||30281 / 30282|
30268 / 30276
|DCE 494/598||Atlas of Creative Tools: Building an Online Course||30274 / 30275||Liz Lerman||B||TEMPE|
|Communicating Artist: Language as Perf & Practice||Daniel Bernard Roumain||Fall 2017||TEMPE|
|Leadership: Creative Industries||Daniel Bernard Roumain||Fall 2017||TEMPE|
|The Atlas of Creative Tools||Liz Lerman||Fall 2017||TEMPE|
|Devising Care Exams: Crs Sctr Prticipat Theatr Wrk||Michael Rohd||Fall 2017||TEMPE|
|Artists, Institutions and Change||Daniel Bernard Roumain||Spring 2017||TEMPE|
|The Atlas of Creative Tools||Liz Lerman||Spring 2017||TEMPE|
|Animating Research||Liz Lerman||Spring 2017||TEMPE|
|Civic Body: Art & Public Health||Michael Rohd||Spring 2017||TEMPE|
|Creative Facilitation||Michael Rohd||Spring 2017||TEMPE|
|The Communicating Artist||Daniel Bernard Roumain||Fall 2016||TEMPE|
|Transitions Project||Liz Lerman||Fall 2016||TEMPE|
|Devising Collaboration||Michael Rohd||Fall 2016||TEMPE|