The Labor of Creativity

In preschool we build fantastic, imaginary worlds with play-dough, paints, and macaroni shells; rarely as adults do we maintain such a rollicking and whimsical spirit of creativity. This panel discussion will explore how there’s no such thing as non-creative people—that to be creative is the work of our lives, fundamental to who we are and how we relate to others. Panelists will delve into their own creative experiences and processes and discuss the necessity of being creative every day, whether in the studio, on the stage, on the page, or in our everyday work lives. 

TIM BUCKWALTER is an artist based in Albany, California.  In addition to making art, he has written about it for the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED. For the past four years, Buckwalter has been Director of Exhibitions at NIAD Art Center. He is married to writer Nell Bernstein. 

JENNIFER DEVERE BRODY is a professor in Theater & Performance Studies and an Affiliate in the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford University. Her work has appeared in Theatre JournalSignsGenders, CallalooText and Performance Quarterly and in several edited volumes. Her books, Impossible Purities andPunctuation: Art, Politics and Play discuss relations among sexuality, gender, racialization, visual studies, and performance. 

GRANT FAULKNER is Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and cofounder of 100 Word Story. His essays and stories have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York TimesPoets & Writers, Writers DigestThe Southwest ReviewThe Berkeley Fiction Review, and PANK. He recently published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, and has a collection of 52 essays on how to be creative year-round coming out with Chronicle Books in the fall of 2017.

MICHAEL RAY is the editor of Francis Ford Coppola’s story and art quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, which won the 2016 National Magazine Award for fiction. He is also a screenwriter whose films have been selected for the Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and San Sebastián film festivals, among others. His most recent film, While the Women Are Sleeping, starring Beat Takeshi, debuted at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

MICHAEL STURTZ is a sculptor, teacher, designer, and facilitator of creative thinking, known for his innovative creativity and ability to make challenging artwork and ideas possible. He is the founder of The Crucible, a nonprofit industrial arts school in Oakland, California, and is currently Executive Director of the Stanford Creative Ignition Lab.