Embodying Emotional Connections to Science Through Theatre
January 26, 2021
He is a self-proclaimed “theatre archaeologist.” What does that mean? Much as archaeologists reconstruct the story of a society from the artifacts they excavate, he builds theatrical stories from the artifacts he uncovers in his life. These might be a rug that lay in front of his grandfather’s fireplace, the process of LASIK eye surgery, or the artwork of Keith Haring. Each provides the foundation for the creation of projects ranging from a site-specific solo show to a large university production of “Angels in America, Part One.” Through his movement-based excavation process, Tobin hopes to find the life of these artifacts and create vibrant theatre that speaks to our current moment.
During this event, Tobin will show us his approach to science communication, melding his experiences in theater, his training in archaeology, and his collaborations with scientists.
Tobin is the theatre specialist and director of the Abbey Players at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. In addition, he is a senior faculty cellow in the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech.