Selling Dead C***’s Stuff to Fund Our Artistic Dreams!

a senior thesis project for Vanessa Copeland and Jacob Yoder-Schrock
Mounds by Vik Muniz - Image depicts a pile of dice, beetles, dinosaur dung, plastic babies, cat hair, AZT, and other objects
Selling Dead C***’s Stuff to Fund Our Artistic Dreams! is a devising project exploring our relationship with objects (things, stuff, junk!), particularly as they connect to the past and our relationships with loved ones. Maybe you have a family heirloom passed through generations, or can think of a room in your house that looks like it was ripped straight out of Hoarders. Maybe you’re even a die-hard minimalist who owns three of the same shirt. These dynamics and more guide our investigation into everything from materialism to art-making to personal memory.
The development process will take place from October 2021 to February 2022, mostly consisting of ensemble building, content creation, and audience-focused exercises and workshops with our team.
If you’re interested in getting involved, join us for a devising and audition workshop on Sat., September 25 from 2-4pm!
This process is also a senior thesis project for Vanessa Copeland and Jacob Yoder-Schrock, and is centered around a few theatrical research goals. We can tell you more later if we pique your interest, but some questions we plan on exploring are:
  • How do objects in the present invoke the past, and how do we see the change they’ve wrought?
  • How can we link objects to stories, real and fictive, of the ensemble, and audience members?
  • How can we explore these disparate relationships (past and present, us and objects, performers and audience) in a theatrical and collaborative context? 
  • How can transformation of different kinds happen in theatrical spaces, and how we can make room for transformation within the devising and creation process?
  • How can we blur the world of audience, performers, and characters, so we can all undergo one kind of “magical” transformation together?
(Poster image, edited: Vik Muniz’s Mounds (4 works), 2005, laminated inkjet print on placemats, from
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Media and Downloads

PDF icon Audition information (.pdf - 211.38KB)

Performance Dates & Times

February 10, 2022 - 8:00pm

February 11, 2022 - 8:00pm

February 12, 2022 - 2:00pm

February 12, 2022 - 8:00pm


Theater and Performance Studies black box, 53 Wall Street

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp on the Church Street side. Venue and facilities are located on the main floor.


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