Figures of Speech Theatre

Figures of Speech Theatre (FST) will be used to support a community-wide educational residency in Eastport, Maine this winter in partnership with the Eastport Arts Center.

In late January, three artists from FST will spend two hours per day with the 7th & 8th grade students adapting local tales into live shadow plays. During the week, our artists will spend two additional hours with every K-6 student in the district and offer a master class for adults. The Art of Memory: Stories from Eastport will be performed live for the entire community on Friday.

The stories that have been selected were previously gathered by Naphtali Fields, an Island Institute Fellow in the community from September 2016 to August 2017. This production will be the latest iteration of The Art of Memory, a shadow performance series that began as a year-and-a-half-long collaboration between FST, The Island Institute, and the students in six one-room schoolhouses on islands off the Maine coast. The resulting film, The Art of Memory: Stories from Maine’s Outer Islands, was screened for all six island communities, Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, and Portland. It is now available to view online at http://www.vimeo.com/figuresofspeech/memory/.

For the upcoming Eastport residency, FST's Director of Education, Ian Bannon, will be joined by musician Director Dave Noyes, a member of numerous Portland-based bands, including The Rustic Overtones and The Fogcutters, and visual artist Devon Kelly Yurdin, who previously worked at Eastport Arts Center as the Publicity, Outreach and Education Director from June 2013 until April 2015.

This week of activities has been partially funded by an Arts Learning Grant, recently awarded to FST by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. More information about Figures of Speech Theatre is available on their website: www.figures.org.