Current NACL Works
NACL Theatre continues its collaboration with scientists on urgent, contemporary subject matters. Scheduled to premiere in 2018, our latest art-science project focuses on depression. Neuroscientist, Dr. Allison C. Waters (a collaborator on Struck) and Tannis Kowalchuk are currently devising a new form of live performance: blending the art of experimental theatre with an academic lecture, to convey results of their scientific investigation on emotion and the brain.
Tannis Kowalchuk performs the role of Anne Hathaway in this lively song-filled solo performance about the life of the wife of William Shakespeare. Basing the narrative upon the little information known about the Bard’s wife, playwright, Vern Thiessen has written a sensitive and humorous text in verse, taking great delight in imagining and inventing the robust, earthy, and intelligent character of Anne Hathaway.
An outgrowth of NACL Theatre's recent outdoor community-engagement spectacles, Courage and The Weather Project, the company offers weekly training workshops in street theatre skills (stilt walking, juggling, music, and acting). From this training the NACL Streets ensemble has grown, made up of community members of all ages who appear in parades and perform short vignettes at festivals, and events across the region, under the direction of Tannis Kowalchuk. NACL Streets has recently performed at the Scranton Bonfire Festival, the NOFA-NY conference, and the Climate March in Ithaca, NY.