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Elliot B. Quick
Theater History, Playwriting
In Memoriam, 1984-2020
Elliot B. Quick died after a fall on February 19, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. He was 35.
Elliot was a theater artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He received an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, where he served as Production Dramaturg for 16 productions at the Yale Rep, YSD, and the Yale Cabaret.
Elliot was the Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director for the 2011 Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival and the Associate Artistic Director for the Yale Cabaret’s 43rd Season. His work as a director has appeared at the Yale Cabaret, HERE Arts Center, Electric Pear’s Synesthesia Festival, The Brick, and the NYC Fringe Festival. He also worked as a Literary Assistant at Playwrights Horizons and a Literary Associate at the Yale Rep and Page 73.
I love teaching theater history and playwriting because I get to deepen my relationship with some of the greatest work the human race has produced. While some of the work is hundreds of years old, it springs to life anew each time we look at it together—just as it does each time it passes across a stage. The students at the Maggie Flanigan Studio are engaged in rigorous training. This process is physically, emotionally, and psychologically demanding. It is crucial that we also make space to sit together, feed the soul, and fortify the mind. My classes are an opportunity to ask why performance has been a vital medium of human expression for thousands of years, and to remind ourselves what we love about it.
I love teaching here at Maggie Flanigan because my classes are where we get to sit around and talk about why we do what we do. All the students here are engaged in this rigorous process of training their body and their voice but we also have to make space to expand the mind and in my classes, I get to share all of this incredible work from so many centuries of performance in theater.
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