VoxFest: Dartmouth Alumni Create Innovative New Works

A week-long theater residency held each summer, VoxFest brings Dartmouth alumni back to campus in order to develop and incubate innovative new theatrical projects alongside current students and faculty.

About the Festival

VoxFest

Founded in 2013 by Matthew Cohn '08, Kate Mulley '05, and Thom Pasculli '05, VoxFest is a laboratory and a performance platform for the development of the daring, the innovative, and the unique. Dartmouth alumni spend a week in residence on campus, workshopping current projects and works-in-progress alongside current students and faculty. With a focus on devised theater and the experimental performance experience, VoxFest offers current students the opportunity to immerse themselves in contemporary theatrical practices and trends.

Current students participate in VoxFest as part of THEA 65: Summer Theater Lab, a remarkable and unique academic class offered by the Department of Theater each summer that also includes performance and production work on the Frost/Dodd Playwriting Festival and the New York Theater Workshop.

More on recent VoxFest Seasons:

VoxFest 2019
VoxFest 2018
VoxFest 2017

Current VoxFest producers are Nicolle Allen '16, Matt Cohn '08, Emma Orme '15, and Thom Pasculli '05. Visit the Vox Theater website HERE.

The 8th Annual Festival

VoxFest 2020

Typically an on-campus residency event, the 2020 festival will involve remote performances of developing projects throughout the month of July. Dates, times, and remote performance platforms to be announced.


good god
written by Nkenna Akunna ‘16

Three young women from across the African diaspora meet at a New England liberal arts college, forming a bond that will grow strong enough to conjure a deity and unearth centuries of  institutional secrets. good god is their coming of age story.

House of Sticks
written by Maia Matsushita ‘13

Growing up homeschooled by a single mother in the back roads of New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Iphis escapes the reality of her home life with the help of a vivid imagination. Then, when a social worker enters the secluded home, Iphis is forced to grapple with the stories she has been told about herself and fight to become the author of her own story.

Wrinkled Intentions
written by Celeste Jennings ‘18

Wrinkled Intentions is a choreopoem set in the past and present as well as heaven and Earth. The story addresses the cycle of racism in the south and questions if future generations have a choice to break the cycle of hatred, ignorance, and violence.

MEAT
written by Robert Leverett '16
directed by Liza Couser '17

At a luxury health facility in New Hampshire, a staff of doctors, scientists, and robots assist patients' transition to a meat-free lifestyle with the help of the Lone Star tick, a parasite whose bite causes the development of a meat allergy. Through spectacle, comedy, and a sci-fi spin, MEAT questions our ability to create lasting change in an uncertain time.

What We Need Are New Forms! 
The Empathy Études
created by Olivia Gilliatt ‘08

In a time of social distancing, what is the spark in live theater that can continue? What, of the ephemera of shared human experience, is translatable in lieu of a story told around a campfire? Through a series of conversations, experiments, and experiential exercises,  Études in Empathy will investigate how we can use the technology and various media available to us to get to the heart of character; the specific, nuanced lenses that allow us an intimate peak at each others' psyches, and how we can apply these kinds of cross-pollination and examination to the larger context of Performing Art. Above all, Art can increase our ability to relate to our fellow humans; it should be fun! An investigation into how to express ourselves in new ways and how to delve into each other's lived experiences.

Drive
written by Deborah Yarchun

The 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Playwriting winner. Drive tells the story of truckers who lose their jobs to self-driving vehicles; an exploration into what the next stage of automation might mean in a country where individual identity is defined by one's work.