105: Art and education in times of crisis with Ian Finley, playwright and educator

A wide ranging conversation touching on art and education in times of crisis. Ian Finley describes his shifting work as a theatre teacher in a public high school, the essential elements for a theatrical experience, and writing audio drama.

[I’m delighted to say that Ian is a member of one of the Artist Soapbox Audio Collective writers group, and together with playwright Allan Maule, the three of us are  hard at work on another audio fiction series.]

Ian Finley holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School at New York University.  In 2012, he was named the Piedmont Laureate in the field of Playwriting and Screenwriting by the arts councils of central North Carolina. He is the author of many plays, you’ll see them listed in the show notes including: The Nature of the Nautilus (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award), And There Was War in Heaven (finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Native, The Greeks, 1960, Jude the Obscure, Suspense, A Perfect Negroni, 11:50, the Our Histories cycle of site-specific plays for Burning Coal and the First Night site-specific plays for Seed Art Share.

This interview was recorded virtually on March 21, 2020. We do discuss the COVID-19 epidemic.

ASBX Episode: 043: What good is a bad first draft? Playwright and arts educator Ian Finley extols the power of revision.

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