Cyberbullying Play The Whisperer to be Performed at Nichols School January 28
THE WHISPERER Evolved out of Improvisation over Two Semesters and Premiered at the Daemen 2012 Academic Festival
January 14, 2013
Inquiries: Dr. Robert Waterhouse
Asst. Professor, Theatre
and Director, Arts Administration Program
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
On January 28, 2013, Daemen College Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Robert Waterhouse, together with Daemen performing arts students, will perform the anti-cyberbullying play “The Whisperer” at the Nichols School.
THE WHISPERER is an original play researched, written, and performed by Daemen College students, who were moved to take action following the 2011 death by suicide of Jamie Rodemeyer, the local high school student whose sexuality made him the target of cyber-bullies. A team of over a dozen Daemen College students, which included writers and actors, spent hundreds of hours researching the topic of cyber-bullying and interviewing college and high school students.
THE WHISPERER evolved out of improvisation over the course of two semesters, and the company premiered the finished play at Daemen's Academic Festival in 2012. A later reprise of the production, for high school teachers, led to a ThinkTank grant that would allow the students to perform for high schools.
"In many ways, this is a first step for Daemen's new degree in Applied Theater," says director Robert Waterhouse, an assistant professor with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, who has also earned local awards for his direction of professional productions.
"Applied Theater is, in brief, the process of using theatre to reflect or effect change in a community, and the passionate and committed company at Daemen demonstrates both the possibilities for theatre in this regard and the urgent need young people feel to address developments that are taking the lives of their friends."