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Center for the Performing Arts Program Development Director to Speak at National Conference about Combining Arts with Outreach to Veterans, Military Families and Others

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Amy Dupain Vashaw, audience and program development director at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, will join Anne Hamburger, president and executive producer of En Garde Arts, and several other university presenters in a panel discussion at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters national conference Jan. 9–13 in New York City.


Vashaw and Hamburger are scheduled to team with Meryl Friedman of the University of California at Los Angeles and Deb Sommers of the University of Richmond on Sunday, Jan. 11, to share their experiences presenting “Basetrack Live” and the outreach projects related to it. The projects are designed to engage military families, veterans, universities and communities leading up to and surrounding each performance of the show.


Produced by En Garde Arts, “Basetrack Live” is a multimedia contemporary theater production inspired by words and images of the 1st Battalion, 8th U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan. Created by Edward Bilous, the production is based on the life of a Marine in Afghanistan, his wife’s experiences at home and his challenges with returning from war. Two actors, live music from four musicians, projected film and a cascade of images from embedded photojournalists and veteran filmmakers punctuate a performance drawn from text taken from social media exchanges and interviews.


Vashaw worked with veteran and military organizations, the Dear Hero Program and community leaders to create engagement and talkback opportunities in anticipation of the Oct. 29 performance at Eisenhower Auditorium.


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