Labor's of Invention: Lynn Nottage

“Labors of Invention:  Lynn Nottage, Intimate Apparel, and African-American Performance”

Dr. Jocelyn Buckner (Chapman University)

Prof. Karen Gilmer (University of Pittsburgh)

Dr. Keith Kirk (University of Pittsburgh)


Friday, October 7th, 2016

12:00 - 130 PPM

602 Cathedral of Learning

"I always thought of my mother as a warrior woman, and I became interested in pursuing stories of women who invent lives in order to survive."--Lynn Nottage

Dr. Jocelyn Buckner, editor of and author in the recently published critical companion to the work of Lynn Nottage, will discuss the intersectionalities of gender-race-labor in the work of award winning playwright Lynn Nottage, as well as the nuances, possibilities  and urgencies of  the artist-critic relationship in performance scholarship.

Prof Karen Gilmer, direct and designer of UP Stages production of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, will discuss how her work is deeply informed by the ways in which history is carried thru race, economic, and class struggles in objects and through the labors of domesticity, intimacy and the female body. She will discuss images from her research and design processes, demonstrating the bridges between research and practice.

Dr. Keith Kirk will offer a response to both talks, contextualized by African American performance and history in the United States.  Discussion to follow.

Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided; please arrive 10-15mins early to enjoy.

Please plan on attending UP Stages production of Intimate Apparel, October 6-16.  For tickets:

The event is made possible through the generous support of The Welcome Table Initiative of the Theatre Arts Department, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh.

Organized by Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, Please contact with questions.