Struan is currently the George A Miller Visiting Artist of
Theatre on the Centre for Advanced Studies Faculty at the
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.
Working across the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts as well as the Department of English and the College of Education, this residency has at its core the final research period for the one woman show, My Case is Altered: Tales of a 21st Century Roaring Girl. This will be premiered at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon in October 2015 and tour to the UK in 2016.
This company are: Actor, Lisa Gaye Dixon, Designer, Bobby Brewer Wallin, Composer/Sound Designer, Simon Deacon, Dramaturg, Laura Grace Godwin and Producer, Robert Gerard Anderson, with Struan leading the team as Director. This is the launch project for Struan’s company “Twenty-First Century Chorus”.
Around the Creative Research project Struan will be leading four key workshops and master classes open to artists and educators across the University. These will be in: personal practice, devising, Shakespeare and a final open rehearsal discussion on My Case is Altered. He is also leading a Design Studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture, teaching in the Dance and Theatre department.
This residency is funded by the George A Miller Visiting Professor and Scholar Programme at The Centre of Advanced Studies, Illinois Theatre and Dance, and the Krannert Centre for the Performing Arts and their Board of Producers. It also has the support for the Department of Landscape Architecture, Illinois School of Architecture, Department of English, College of Education and the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois Faculty.
Twenty-First Century Chorus
This company has been founded by Struan Leslie to make work which is based around the structures, forms and ideologies of the Classical Chorus: A group of people working intimately together to train and learn skills required to perform and create work that embraces the current issues and ideas and modes of performance.
University of Illinois - Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Day II of work with movement director/choreographer Struan Leslie in Sonal Modi’s Design Workshop. Creating movement scores, performing the scores, and observing event-conditions at sites around campus.