Jessica Kahkoska


Mar 01 2022


6 PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET
7:00 pm

It Takes a Village: Responding to Wildfire with Theater and Collaboration: Lecture by Jessica Kahkoska

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Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire

In the 11-week online lecture series Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire, in collaboration with the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University, we’ll scan the horizon for the ideas and stories that can guide us through this critical and disorienting time. We’ve invited speakers who offer perspectives from across the arts, humanities, and environmental sciences to think about questions like: What can we learn about transformation from fire’s destructive and creative force? How should we live differently, both with each other and on the planet, in this era of wildfires? How can we honor fire as an ancient, rejuvenating element while also honoring all that has been lost to wildfire?

This series is also co-sponsored by OSU’s Center for the Humanities, OSU’s Sustainability Office, OSU’s Arts and Education Complex, and

Everyone is invited to attend this live Zoom event with Jessica Kahkoska. In her talk “It Takes a Village: Responding to Wildfire with Theatre and Collaboration,” she’ll discuss the creation and process of Wild Fire, a play with music that received its World Premiere Production in August 2021 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and toured across Colorado. Wild Fire responds to the 2020 East Troublesome Fire, was inspired by real testimony from over 30 interviews conducted by Kahkoska, and featured songs by prominent Colorado folk artists. Kahkoska will reflect on the creative process from inspiration to production, featuring special guests including a Grand County fire chief, former park ranger, and professional actor in the production.

Jessica Kahkoska (she/her) is a writer, dramaturg, and researcher most interested in projects driven by interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, and her love of the American West. She has received the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, a RedLine Contemporary Arts Center “Arts-in-Society” grant, the Marion International Fellowship, and many other honors.



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