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‘DIVERSITY FELLOWS’ TO BEGIN TWO-WEEK RESIDENCY AT MCLA


Jan. 26, 2018 
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that “Diversity Fellows” Marc Boucai, Ph.D, and Reya Sehgal will serve a two-week residency beginning on Monday, Jan. 29, to demonstrate how students and faculty might use the arts and performance as the campus conversation on diversity continues to move forward.

Several “Diversity Fellow” events will be open to the public.
 
An Artist Talk will take place at MCLA Gallery 51 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, when Boucai and Sehgal join Michelle Daly, director of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), in a conversation to answer the question, “What is critical camp as an artistic practice? The event is free and open to the public.
 
In addition, on Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Diversity Fellows will hold a workshop on how to create a performance response to a political topic. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the MCLA Church Street Center Social Hall.
 
The residency will culminate in two “Training Day” live arts diversity workshops that explore the languages and performances of diversity and multiculturalism in American institutional spaces. Although one performance is for students only, a second performance, to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Social Hall, is open to the public. Tickets are $10.
 
According to Daly, in addition to visiting classrooms to work with students in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, Boucai and Sehgal will offer open workshops for different groups on campus to encourage the use of performance as a diversity strategy.
 
“Although the class visits will primarily take place in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, there will be many other, open opportunities,” Daly said. “We really want this to be an experience that’s shared across the campus.”
 
Both Boucai and Sehgal have personal, academic, and performance understandings of diversity, Daly said.
 
Boucai is a theatre and performance artist, scholar, and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his Ph.D in performance studies with a designated emphasis in gender and women’s studies from the University of California-Berkeley. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in theatre and English literature from Swarthmore College, and was trained at L’Ecole Internationale de Jacques le Coq in Paris, France.
 
Also based in the New York City area, Sehgal is a Mellon Post-Graduate Fellow at the International Center of Photography. She is an Art Genome Project Contributor at Artsy and a freelance editor who previously studied at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, Calif.
 
Boucai and Sehgal unite theory, politics, and physical performance in their collaborative work, and have performed at conferences and performance festivals in the San Francisco, Calif., Bay Area, Detroit, Mich., New York City, N.Y. and in Providence, R.I.
 
“Training Day” replicates and deconstructs diversity discourse through participatory transformation. During the course of the show, audience members will be broken up into small groups of six to eight, and, as teams, will complete a round-robin/circuit training session with 10 different stations.
 
“It’s a heavy topic with an uplifting message, and is comedic at times. You don’t have to come to ‘Training Day’ with a lot of experience, or identifying as part of a certain racial or sexual orientation,” Daly said.
 
Tickets for “Training Day” are available at www.mcla.ticketleap.com/training-day for $10. For more information, contact Daly, (413) 662-5253 or Michelle.Daly@mcla.edu.
 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
 
For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.