David Gaines to Give Kershaw Lecture

March 10, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Writer, director and clown David Gaines will present the Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Presser Recital Hall in Cope Music Hall at the University of Mount Union. He will also present an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

A reception will follow each of the lectures in the lobby of Cope Music Hall.

Gaines studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and was a founding member of the Moving Picture Mime Show – a London-based movement theatre company that toured Europe and the world to great acclaim for 10 years. He was then invited by Monsieur Lecoq to return to Paris to teach alongside him at the school, which he accepted. It was during this time that Gaines honed his skills in the art of teaching the Lecoq approach to acting, improvisation, mask-work, mime, clown and commedia dell-arte that has earned the school its reputation among theatre cognoscenti.

As a writer and director, he has developed and directed shows for companies in England, Paris and Salzburg.

Upon his return to the U.S., he taught at the graduate school of theatre at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He now teaches in the Theatre Department of George Mason University in the Washington, D.C. area.

As a clown, he works for the Big Apple Circus of New York in the Washington, D.C. Clown Care Program – part of Big Apple Circus’ national program placing trained hospital clowns in many Children’s Hospitals around the country.

Gaines’ most recent solo performance pieces are “A Little Business At the Big Top” and “7 (x 1) Samurai,” which has won awards and sold out houses at Theatre and Fringe Festivals all across the continent.

The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, OH, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Bell's personal interest in Mount Union, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring distinction to Mount Union periodically, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue on the Mount Union campus. Due to ongoing construction at the site of the new Performing Arts Complex, no on-site parking is available behind the building. Alternate parking is available on Simpson and Vincent Streets and in the Eells Art Center parking lot, as well as in other campus parking lots. For further information, contact the Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063.


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