UW–Madison’s Mark H. is dramaturg for ‘Deep Blue Sea’


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Mark H.

UW–Madison’s Mark Hairston (Mark H.), an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama, served as the dramaturg for “Deep Blue Sea,” a new work by celebrated director, choreographer, and dancer Bill T. Jones.

The show is an immersive arts experience that explores the relationships between the individual and the larger community, as well as performer and audience, and revolves around the interplay of single and group identities.

A preview of the show notes that Jones, Janet Wong, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company conceived the highly personal work in pursuit of the elusive “we” during these fractious times through a cast of 100 dancers and community members, and a deconstructed text from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”

Mark H. is a director, performer, and educator with a primary focus on American theater and theater of the African diaspora. He approaches theater as an art form, as well as an ancient technology for sight, communication, development, and healing. 

“Deep Blue Sea” was commissioned by Park Avenue Armory and premiered at the Wade Thompson Drill Hall in New York City from Sep. 28 to Oct. 9.

Read more about “Deep Blue Sea.”