Kirk Everist

Kirk Andrew Everist, a Fallen Radical Anarchist Gnostic Lutheran (FRAGL), was raised by two pastors and later lured into the church of theatre. He began exploring esoteric traditions at Grinnell College, and participating in Pagan communities while studying at Indiana University. A teacher, director, actor, and scholar, Dr. Everist has experimented with improvisation, theatre, and para-theatre for over twenty years. He holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, but occasionally puts it down when his hands are full. He begins teaching theatre studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, this fall.

Improvisation for Rituals

How do you warm up for a ritual? Improvisation for the theatre is fundamentally directed at building openness to connection between participants and each other, their environment, and their audience. Comedy is often a consequence, but not necessarily the primary goal. This workshop will explore several very basic theatre games that can be used to prepare participants for active, engaged, creative, and passionate ritual practice, primarily concentrating on how players connect with each other and their context. If time allows, we’ll also discuss how to modify or create new exercises specifically for ritual use. No experience is necessary, but there is some movement involved.

Pagan Christian / Christian Pagan

In an America increasingly polarized by matters of religion, can we maintain a civilized dialogue between Christians and Pagans? Is it possible to combine traditions and cultural heritages that are often seen not only as irreconcilable, but mutually antithetical? Or is the designation Christian Pagan or Pagan Christian an irresolvable paradox? This workshop seeks to perpetuate and continue a discussion of the similarities and contrasts between Christians and Pagans, and how these world-views and practices can sometimes overlap or coincide.

The Sacred Spectator

What is the difference between a ritual and a performance? Does the presence of someone watching a ritual dilute its religious or magical efficacy? Is it possible to actively participate in an event by watching it? This presentation and discussion will address the boundaries created and crossed when some of the participants are merely watching.


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