The Department of Theater & Dance is proud to announce that beginning Fall 2011, we have a student Presidential Scholar working with faculty on a research project:

Theater and Dance: “Innovation and Aesthetic Change in Scenography for Contemporary Dance.”

Sponsor: James Thurston, Adjunct Associate Professor of Theater and Dance (

Colby Academic Research Assistant (CARA) for 2011-2012:  Emily Post ’15

The digital age continues to revolutionize technology used in rendering more abstract scenographic visions. This intense technological change in turn radically reshapes choreographic possibility and, ultimately, the aesthetic used in creating dance. This aesthetic change is at the core of my research. How is the collaborative relationship changing between designers, choreographers, and performers? How is process, including scenographic process, altering the way these artists conceive of new work? What scenographic potential is now in the hands of the performer?

In addition to researching the above topic, Emily will pursue creative research as an Assistant Light Designer for The Long Christmas Ride Home.