Conversations with Creative Souls 1



(Image Mark Perry in On the Rooftop with Bill Sears)

 

Mark Perry on Drama Circles

The other big thing is the “Drama Circle”—a course that combines theater training with spiritual principles as enunciated in the Bahá’í writings. We’re working now with junior youth, and the results so far are very promising. The name “Drama Circle” most simply comes from the idea of a study circle teaching drama. The principle of the circle though is inherent in my view of this kind of work.

Extract from interview Mark Perry’s Story – Drama Circles and On a Rooftop with Bill Sears

Mark: I’m serving a life sentence in drama as far as I can tell. As I recall, I first got bit by the theater bug at twelve when I saw my Junior High school’s production of "My Fair Lady. " I was in awe of the phenomenon of theater, the magic that was going on in the room. The next year I tried out for the musical, and that was that. My mother claims that when I was six, we went to see a play and I told her “that’s what I’m going to do with my life.” I don’t remember that far back. I’m now 35, have a B.A. in theater arts, and an MFA in playwriting. I live in a university town in North Carolina (in the south of the United States.) I teach playwriting part time for the university and elsewhere. The rest of the time, I’m either writing or doing something with the Faith. (Or goofing off, flitting from one distraction to the other, but I’m really trying to stop that.:-) So I write and teach mostly, but I also act and direct, and by necessity produce.

June: What led to the creation of the Drama Circle concept? Can you tell me the story of it?

Mark: I started the Drama Circle officially in 2002 with the immediate goal of producing “A Dress for Mona” here in North Carolina. It had been my thesis play from graduate school and had just been published, and I felt if no one else was going to produce it, I should, and so I did… with lots of help.Since then, we’ve also produced the Bill Sears play and sponsored a couple of playwriting contests. The other big thing is the “Drama Circle”—a course that combines theater training with spiritual principles as enunciated in the Bahá’í writings. We’re working now with junior youth, and the results so far are very promising. The name “Drama Circle” most simply comes from the idea of a study circle teaching drama. The principle of the circle though is inherent in my view of this kind of work.

For the full interview with Mark Perry the founder of Drama Circles click on the following link Interview with Mark Perry

News from Divine Notes – First Baha’i Musical Ebook


Wildfire: Reflections on Music, Drama & Dance
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