Many of us in the SLU community are remembering Mark Wilson this week, a cherished colleague and friend who died very unexpectedly one year ago. Mark was an associate professor in the theatre program and taught undergraduate courses on performance, lighting, and design. At the time of his death, there was an outpouring of stories paying tribute to his remarkable ability to use theatre to connect with students, inspire innovative collaborations across campus, and bring people together. You can read examples of these tributes by clicking here and here.
Mark had a special relationship with the Reinert Center. In addition to participating in several of our teaching institutes and workshops over the years, he was named an Innovative Teaching Fellow in 2015 and taught a theatre course in the Learning Studio in 2016. You can read more about the fellowship by clicking here and watch a video of Mark reflecting on his fellowship experience by clicking here. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Mark in this capacity and continue to mourn the loss of someone who believed so strongly in our mission and found such value in our work.
As a tribute to Mark, next week’s blog post will focus on the use of theatre activities to support student learning across disciplines and teaching situations. Special attention will be given to Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a text that Mark discovered during his Innovative Teaching Fellowship and found particularly useful for aligning the goals of his course with the Jesuit tradition of social justice and caring for the whole person. Developing, sharing, and using these resources is one small way that we can remember Mark and ensure that his teaching legacy lives on.
Please use the comments section below to share your memories of Mark Wilson and the impact he made on SLU’s teaching and learning community.