Date of Submission

Fall 2013

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Jonathan Rosenberg

Abstract/Artist's Statement

My senior project was conceived and born in Berlin where I spent my second semester Junior Year and first semester Senior Year abroad. The importance of this European capital in the context of the play Christina Mirabilis, a new play written by Cameron Seglias, staged a few moths later, is its connection to one of Berlin’s former inhabitants: the theater-maker Einar Schleef. In Berlin I was finally able to connect my surname to research on this captivating theater persona and to use those seeds of knowledge, acquired through studying this artist and his body of art, to water and dung my own work, which has now, back in Annandale-on Hudson, blossomed into a sunflower. The sunflower named Christina Mirabilis, a mystery play. The text revolves around the life of Christine the Astonishing, the 12th century Flemish mystic.

The written component of my project—In Conversation with Einar Schleef: The making of Christina Mirabilis—should be regarded as a conversation between the two parts, which make up my senior work. The first two thirds explore the first-hand research I conducted on Einar Schleef, while the last third reflects on Christina Mirabilis, a mystery play—the piece made in response to and motivated by my findings on the German theater maker and his idiosyncratic working method.

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