WOOSTER, Ohio – William Doan, the 2019-20 Penn State University Laureate, will present “The Anxiety Project” on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.) at The College of Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby.
“The Anxiety Project” explores what it’s like to live with anxiety and depression using a combination of personal experience and research into the complex world of mental health. It includes more than 400 drawings, multiple graphic narrative publications, and a live performance.
According to Doan, the intersections of art, science, and health are where he makes creative work informed by research and scholarship. For him, it is in these spaces where important questions of aesthetics, ethics, and representation lead to sustained collaborations with other artists, scientists, health care professionals, and audiences.
Doan is a professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture and artist-in-residence in the College of Nursing at Penn State. He is the past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, Doan has co-authored three books and several plays. He has created solo performance projects at a variety of venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Doan’s performance is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Psychology, and the Cultural Events Committee.
Additional information is available by phone 330-263-2241.