Professor of Theater Mark Lord is joining with artist and innovative gallery owner Shelly Spector as part of unique residency aimed at allowing creators to question assumptions about their artistic product and process in ways that working with one’s immediate peers may not,
As part of the "Cross Pollination" residency, seven pairs of artists will spend a week with Swim Pony Artistic Director Adrienne Mackey exploring interdisciplinary artistic processes. Swim Pony was founded in December of 2009 by Mackey to give a name to the body of genre-defying work she creates with an ensemble of multidisciplinary artists who have made a commitment to one another and to live and work in Philadelphia.
Lord is the Theresa Helburn Chair of Drama at Bryn Mawr College, where he has taught since 1987. He teaches courses in acting, directing, playwriting and performance theory, as well as providing direction and guidance to students in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program's two plays per year.
A graduate of Swarthmore College and The Yale School of Drama, he is known for his direction of site-specific theater projects, including the world premiere of Gertrude Stein’s Pink Melon Joy, an award-winning production of Beckett’s Endgame, and Nothing, a site-specific Hamlet In/sights, and numerous commissioned productions for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, including Peter Handke’s The Ride Across Lake Constance, Zone, an existential vaudeville based on Apollinaire’s poem of that name, and Across, an immersive performance spread over a ten-block area in Old City Philadelphia.
He is the academic director of the Headlong Performance Institute, where he teaches Dramaturgy for Performance and is a contributing editor of Yale’s Theater Magazine. His writing on theater and dramaturgy is widely taught and has been published in many leading journals. He has worked as a dramaturg in acclaimed theaters (Yale Rep, BACA Downtown, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma Theater) and, since 2004, has been pioneering the fields of dance and performance dramaturgy. He has served as dramaturg for all of Headlong’s major productions since 2004.