The Interview Project

In these upcoming posts, I will be posting interviews from artists who have studied abroad. These interviews center around their experiences and their perceptions of different cultures through various artistic lenses. While their observations and opinions are honest, accurate, and true to their own experiences, the interviewees are not professed experts on the history or culture of the countries they studied in. Assumptions and perceptions are just that, and might not be absolute fact.

These interviews are an attempt to understand art as it functions in culture on an experiential level and they are a first step in comparing the United States to other countries around the world. It is also a glimpse into the effects that studying abroad has on artists as they return to their work in the United States.

Author: Lydia

Hi! My name's Lydia Brinkmann and I am a Freshman here at the University of Oklahoma studying Dramaturgy. Now I know most people don't know what that is so I'll give you a brief summary. A dramaturg is a theater analytic, we are the experts on the scripts, and we do a bunch of digging and research on the play. We then use this information to collaborate with the director, designers, and performers to create the best show possible. We're the theater nerds in the truest sense :) I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and I've lived there all of my life. I've only ever traveled outside of the United States once, when I went to El Salvador for a week. I hope to travel to a Spanish speaking country while at OU and fully engross myself in their culture. I want to one day incorporate the traditions of all different countries and their cultures into my art. I want to bring life from around the world to people here in the United States and share my love for theater and our global community at the same time.

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