Kathleen Mulligan | Breakout Session
About this session: This session is about Kathleen's collaboration with Theatre Wallay, Islamabad, entitled "On Common Ground" - an original theatre piece, exploring the effect of violence on public space. It was created in Islamabad, Pakistan and then toured to Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Two actors from the company then spent three weeks at Ithaca College working with students, who created additional material on the theme from a U.S. perspective. The final stage of the project, currently underway, is a five-city tour of Pakistan. The team, comprised of three U.S. theatre artists and the Theatre Wallay company, received a $347,000 grant for "On Common Ground". Kathleen will speak about the various stages of the project, and three of her students from the Ithaca College residency will perform their original pieces.
Kathleen Mulligan is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at Ithaca College. In 2010 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to Kerala, India with her project "Finding Women's Voices", focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. She spent the spring of 2015 in Pakistan as a Fulbright specialist collaborating on her project "Voices of Partition" with husband David Studwell and members of Islamabad's Theatre Wallay. The resulting piece Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn), based on interviews with survivors of the Partition of 1947, toured to Ithaca, Boston and Washington D.C. in October 2015. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Fulbright organization.
In 2015, Kathleen again collaborated with David and Theatre Wallay on an original piece exploring the effects of violence on public space. Playwright and actor Linda Alper joined the team for this collaboration. The resulting piece, On Common Ground, performed at The Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival before returning to Pakistan for a four-city tour.
Kathleen is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Acting credits include The Acting Company (national tour), American Repertory Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park and PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA.