Texas Tech University

WildWind Performance Lab

Students participating in WildWind Performance Lab (WWPL) are immersed in a non-traditional and process-oriented developmental laboratory, dissecting the art of theatre by questioning the how rather than concentrating on the what, the product. Students are offered the opportunity to experiment with all facets of the theatrical process, while concentrating on networking, play development, and contemporary design and performance methodologies.

Students' theatrical skills are challenged and developed in their primary discipline as well as across the entire theatrical spectrum. Students learn from guest artists who work not only as actors, directors, or designers, but as theatrical ambassadors, entrepreneurs, and storytellers. The guest artists help develop a student's aesthetic integrity, demonstrating the best in contemporary technique.

Most academic theatre productions are based on a four-to-six-week process, ultimately resulting in a final product: the play itself. WildWind, however, teaches exploration: myriad reactions to material, form, idea, and technique. In a unique environment, students learn the process and language of play development, using texts both from TTU students and professional playwrights.

Each summer, WildWind invites 25 guest artists to campus who not only share their professional journeys, but also serve as mentors and, in some cases, future employers. Students learn how best to network, collaborate, and create ensemble in a variety of workshops from design to performance to dramaturgy. TTU has invited students from the Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, as well as those who have earned national distinction from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

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2021 ON-SITE GUEST ARTISTS

Brian Quijada
Actor | Playwright | Composer

Jim Wren
UNC-Greensboro

Brett Ashley Robinson
Performer | Deviser | Clown

Ben Holbrook
Playwright

Daniel Irizarry
Director | Actor | Performer

Deb O
Designer

Hansol Jung
Playwright | Director

Julie DeVore
Stage Manager

Sara Porkalob
Artist-Activist | Creator

VIRTUAL GUEST ARTISTS

Jennifer Bilbo
Designer

Wendy Goldberg
Director

David Byrd
Goodspeed Musicals

John Clarence Stewart
Actor

Shishir Kurup
Actor | Writer | Director

Kelly Eviston-Quinnett
University of Idaho

Shannon DeVido
Actor

Lexy Leuszler
Director | Dramaturg

Chris Linn
Contrast Media Consulting

Idris Goodwin
Scriptwriter | Breakbeat Poet

Judy Boals
Boals, Winnett & Associates

Ben Izzo
Literary Agent

Diep Tran
Arts Journalist

Chay Yew
Director

Stephen Graybill
Actor

Reginald L. Douglas
Director | Producer

John Leguizamo
Actor