sivan

SIVAN
BATTAT

HOMETOWN:
Woodbridge, CT
HIGH SCHOOL:
Amity High School and ACES Educational Center for the Arts
MAJOR:
Theater  
STUDY ABROAD:
Moscow, Russia
THESIS:

I will be directing a production of Jean Claude van Itallie’s The Serpent and writing a paper that explores van Itallie’s label of the play as a “ceremony.”

FAVORITE CLASS:

Professor Mary Jane Rubenstein’s Introduction to Religion. It was my first encounter with religion and ritual theory and completely exploded my definitions of religion. Rather than focusing just on specific traditions, we studied how religion functions in society, what produces religion and how to use the framework of religion as a lens for interpreting and understanding just about anything else. Professor Rubenstein brings so much energy to the classroom; she challenged me as a thinker and as a writer and the course has informed how I engage with theory ever since.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

I am very involved in the theater community on campus. I have worked on many shows in different capacities: as actor, director, designer, choreographer, technician, etc. I also run a community service program that brings Wesleyan students into Middletown public schools to facilitate discussions about diversity and stereotype reduction. I have been involved in the Jewish community on campus, danced in assorted student choreography pieces, am the co-chair of the Theater Majors’ Committee, and have lived in Art House.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

One of my favorite things to do is to spend an afternoon on Foss Hill when it is nice out. It becomes a sea of students playing music, hanging out and just enjoying being together. Those are the moments when you really feel and see the community that this school is.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

During my summers, I’ve interned with a developmental
playwrights’ workshop in Cape Cod and Collective Consciousness Theater in New Haven. This summer, I’m excited to be interning with an Arab/Hebrew coexistence theater company in Tel Aviv and spending all the rest of my time visiting my dad’s side of the family.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

Right after college, I hope to go work on a kibbutz (a sustainable agricultural community) in Israel for at least a few months. After that, I plan to pursue theater in some fashion as an actor or a director. I may end up going to
grad school for an MFA in directing, but I’ll definitely spend a few years assistant directing around New York and trying to make my own work first. Ultimately, my dream would be to spend my life creating work that links my passion for activism and my passion for theater, using this form as a mechanism for social change.

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