Formed in 2004, The Sixth Act provides co-curricular support for the study of drama across disciplines at MCC. To this end, The Sixth Act (1) develops co-curricular events and materials for MCC faculty and students, especially those who might teach or study plays or playwriting, and (2) provides enrichment opportunities to encourage all MCC faculty, students, and staff to see and talk about plays produced at MCC and in the Rochester area. The Sixth Act seeks as its leaders faculty, staff, and students drawn from a variety of academic disciplines and departments. The Sixth Act is supported by MCC's Creative Arts Committee and Liberal Arts Program.
Visiting Playwright: Judith Thompson
Thursday, March 1, 7 PM, Monroe A, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, March 2, 12 PM, 8-200, Playwriting Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community
Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, and artistic director of RARE theatre. She is the author of some fifteen published plays, many translated and produced around the world. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Dora Award, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The mandate of RARE theatre is to stage communities seldom heard and rarely seen. The first production, rare, was performed by actors with Down Syndrome, while the second, Borne, was co-written with actors who use wheelchairs, having both quadriplegia and paraplegia. The most recent production, Wildfire, was written by Judith Thompson for performers with Down Syndrome, addressing the horror of recently closed institutions for those with differences. Judith is also a Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.