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Dear Most Valued Customers…
Read a message from Robin Frohardt, the artist and creative mind behind The Plastic Bag Store.
Robin Frohardt: The Magic of the Mundane
The Plastic Bag Store creator Robin Frohardt joins U-M’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.
UMS Connect: Rachel Mars
UMS programming manager Mary Roeder interviews writer and performer Rachel Mars, in advance of her two shows coming to UMS's No Safety Net 3.0 Festival:
Growing a Long-Lasting Tomato 🍅
Robin Frohardt shares how a tomato is made for The Plastic Bag Store.
From Audience to Action: Making Connections in our Community
Connect with regional organizations whose work intersects with the themes encountered in UMS's No Safety Net 2.0 festival.
A Conversation with No Safety Net Theater-Makers
UMS's Michael Kondziolka (VP, Programming and Production) and Mary Roeder (Programming Manager) join No Safety Net artists at U-M's Trotter Multicultural Center.
My Time at the Fringe
21st Century Intern Isabel Olson shares insights on experiencing political theater from her time working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Wonder and Woe: The Challenges of Internet
U-M School of Information's Cliff Lampe explores bad internet behaviors in accompaniment to performances of The Believers Are But Brothers.
Reality Winner: Espionage or Whistle-Blowing?
A discussion of Reality Winner’s case with Brian Willen (lawyer and UMS board member), Barbara McQuade (U-M law professor and NBC News legal analyst), and Greg Stejskal (former FBI special agent).
“Believers” by Javaad Alipoor
UK-based artist, director, writer, and activist Javaad Alipoor shares insights into the development of his play, The Believers Are But Brothers, and its journey to Ann Arbor.
Faculty Spotlight: Theatre and Incarceration
SMTD Associate Professor and Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) Director Ashley Lucas explains the incorporation of Us/Them in her curriculum.
Disrupting the FRAME
“These kind of disruptions can be groundbreaking,” summed up Detroit native Taylor Renee Aldridge. “We need to have these dialogues.”
Challenging Times Require Challenging Art
In an increasingly polarized world, it’s tempting to take complicated issues and turn them into reductive problems that lack both substance and nuance. But as the American actress and playwright Lisa Kron has said, “If there’s only one point of view, there’s no drama. Drama only occurs when people come up against situations outside of themselves and are changed by them.”
Meet two artists performing in No Safety Net festival
Artists Becca Blackwell and Jen Kidwell chat with each other about their work and why they are excited to be part of No Safety Net.