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Edwards, Gus


Abstract Gus Edwards, Professor of Theater and Films, retired from ASU in 2010. Gus first came to ASU as Playwright in Residence in 1984-86 and returned as an Associate Professor in 1988.

In the interview Gus talks about growing up in St. Thomas and moving to New York City in 1959. Gus goes on to discuss:
• Living and Working in New York
• Becoming a Playwright culminating with presentation of “The Offering” performed by the Negro Ensemble Company.
• His Academic Career teaching theater at ASU
• His thought about writing
• His experiences teaching film, the creation of a Film School, and Running Wild Films
• Challenges, the need for University’s to promote experimental work, and the need to follow your passion
Table of Contents New York Years:
1. Growing up in St. Thomas @ 0:01:28
2. Living in New York @ 0:02:57
a. Working: Off-Off-Broadway actor @ 0:03:02
b. Writing: Initial Efforts @ 0:04:16
c. Watching / Learning: Films @ 0:04:25
Becoming a Playwright @ 0:04:42
3. Voracious Reader @ 0:04:53
4. William Somerset Maugham @ 0:06:11
5. Writing Plays – off-off-Broadway to Negro Ensemble Company @ 0:08:34
6. Buddy Bolden – Father of Jazz @ 0:12:48
Academic Career @ 0:17:13
7. Working as Playwright in Residence @ 0:17:23
8. Teaching Theater at ASU @ 0:19:04
9. Mentoring Students @ 0:21:59
Thoughts on Writing @ 0:24:17
10. Using Classroom Experiences @ 0:24:22
11. A Good Playwright Does Not Pontificate @ 0:25:23
12. Adding Depth and Breadth to African American Roles... (more)
Created Date 2019-11-14
Contributor Eckard, Bonnie (Interviewer) / Arizona State University Retirees Association (Producer)
Subject Founding Programs / Film School
Series Faculty, Fine Arts
Type Moving Image
Extent 56 Minutes
Language English
Copyright
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Citation Edwards. Gus, Interview. 14 Nov. 2019. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents. https://repository.asu.edu/items/55326
Note Interview Crew
Interviewer – Bonnie Eckard
Camera – John McIntosh
Audio – Roger Carter
Director – Linda Van Scoy
Interview Crew – Dave Scheatzle
Video Editor – Barry McNeill
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


  Gus Edwards interview, 2019
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