Maine Artists to Discuss Results from COVID-Related Workshops

Two Maine music therapists along with a Maine-based theatre producer and director will present the results of their pandemic-related workshops. The talks are part of the Jack Pine Project, a community arts project organized by the Maine Folklife Center, Maine Studies Program and Fred Hutchinson Center at the University of Maine.


The first talk, presented by Zoom on Friday, April 16th at 7:00 pm, will feature music therapists Carla Tanguay and Kate Beever, who conducted separate workshops that taught non-musicians how to express their thoughts and feelings about the Covid pandemic through songs. Both will present the songs created during their workshops and talk about the process involved, as well as what their students said about the project.


Carla Tanguay recruited participants through the Beth Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth to highlight the experiences of people already facing a life-threatening illness, and explore how COVID-19 was impacting their lives. The song they created, “So This is COVID,” adapted a traditional folk tune to talk about their individual and shared experiences of the past year. Carla will also discuss how songwriting can be used with people who don’t consider themselves musicians to build community, discover strengths, and overcome fear.


Kate Beever worked with individuals who had recently lost their jobs or experienced other financial impacts as a result of COVID-19. Her students focused their songs on the pandemic’s effects on their personal and family lives, and on “normal” rituals like Christmas that were anything but normal last year. Beever will also talk about the inspiration for her own hopeful song, “Look Up,” inspired by a dream of her late grandfather, a Portland-area musician.


The talk, from 7:00-8:30 pm on Friday April 16th, will be by Zoom and is open to the public. Information on registration is below.


On Friday, April 23rd, also from 7:00-8:30 pm, another Maine artist will talk about working with theatre professionals to share their experiences of the pandemic. Playwright, director and producer Stephen Legawiec will talk about his workshop, “Scenes from a Darkened Stage.”


Legawiec worked with ten different Maine actors who wrote and performed monologues based upon their COVID-19 experiences. Tinged with regret and loss as well as humor and hope, the monologues, several of which will be presented during the talk, explore the many ways Maine’s vibrant theater community was impacted by the pandemic.


Both talks are free and open to the public, via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit the Jack Pine Project website (jackpineproject.com). You can also email folklife@maine.edu or call the project director at 207.580.1870.



Biographies


Kate Beever is a board-certified music therapist and owner of Maine Music & Health, which helps those with illnesses and disabilities reach their goals through the power of music. She has developed programs with Maine Medical Center, York Hospital, the Dempsey Center, Boston College, and the Portland and Bangor Symphony Orchestras, as well as thousands of clients with medical needs. Kate has an BA in percussion from USM and a Master's in Music Psychotherapy from NYU. Her website is www.mainemusicandhealth.com.


Carla Tanguay is a board-certified music therapist with over 18 years of experience in clinical practice and healthcare management. Her business, Modulations Therapies, LLC, provides music therapy services, lessons, and consultation to individuals, families, and organizations throughout Hancock and Penobscot Counties. Carla holds a Bachelor's of Music Education in Music Therapy from the College of Wooster and an MA in Music Therapy from St. Mary of the Woods College. Her website is www.modulationstherapies.com.


​Stephen Legawiec is an award-winning playwright, director, and producer. He has authored more than 30 plays, including the award-winning Aquitania and Red Thread. He has produced or directed nearly 100 productions, designed over 50 sets, and composed over a dozen theatrical scores. He founded Vermont’s White River Theatre Festival, the Invisible Theatre Project, the Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, and the Camden Shakespeare Festival, of which he is Artistic Director. Stephen is also a member of the International School of Theatre Anthropology.

 

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono, that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.

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