|A Serendipitous Sabbatical|
|Friday, September 16, 2011|
During his Spring '11 sabbatical, Posnick was invited to serve as Artist in Residence at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. The residency included a series of salons with students and faculty on various topics under the heading of Art and Spirit; close work on a student thesis production of Martin Buber's only play, Elijah, and other works of philosopher Martin Buber including the "I and Thou" relationship. This was culminated with a colloquium devoted to the an epic poem written by Profressor Posnick's father-in-law celebrating Cuba's first national hero, a Taino Indian called Hatuey, who fought against the Spanish conquistadores in the early 1500s, soon to be composed as an opera. This is a story well worth telling. Professor Posnick's sabbatical focused on what serendipity and the quest for serendipity and what it means in the theatre. He concluded that art can be seen as "a holy sacred experiment" and how "all theatre comes from ritual."
Professor Posnick has served as Director of the Department of Dance and Theatre at Manhattanville College since 1994. He has taught and directed both graduate and undergraduate levels at Yale and Hunter College, has worked with the National Theatre of the Deaf for more than 25 years and served as Artistic Director of Mosaic Theatre at the 92nd Street Y. He also taught at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and was a visiting artist with The Lincoln Center Institute. Mr. Posnick has directed nearly one hundred theatrical and musical productions at venues which include: The Manhattan Theatre Club, Yale Rep, the 92nd Street Y, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He recently served as dramaturge with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for Davenen, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Joyce Theatre. He is co-editor of Nine Contemporary Jewish Plays. He holds an MFA from Yale Drama School and an MS in Education from Yeshiva University.