I spent two weeks at the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University. I met inspiring people and had an incredibly fruitful time there. I am still processing the impact and outcome. It was very intense and certainly requires some time to think over what I learned and came away with. One thing I would say is that I acquired a new found respect for what we do within the field of performance and theatre. I will not go into the reasons as to why the subject is important, but being at Harvard and talking about the subject of performance for the entire time allows you to remember why we do it, what it does, how it can be used and its interdisciplinary qualities. One such project that caught my eye was the research being conducted by Kristin Flade which focuses on the artistic practices in Palestinian and Israeli societies, more information on Kristin's work can be found here http://www.applied-theatre.org/projects/good-pain-artistic-practice-conflict-zones.
A summer programme like this really reminds you of the fantastic work that is continuously happening out there!
Theatre maker, researcher.