Wandering Aesthetics

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We wander in search of America. Through live theatrical performances devised from lived experiences, vigorous research into the America identity and deconstructing great works of Western canon, we forge a new mythology for generations of native Americans severed from their traditional roots. By exploring an array of artistic aesthetics and unique facets of the American identity , we weave a unified montage of what it means to "be an American in the present moment." We grow community, cultivating personal contact as a way to connect diverse tribes living under one Nation.

Office Bear in an office chair.
09/09/2020

Office Bear in an office chair.

She’s utterly amazing!Catch @love080401 on tonight’s final virtual #EPCooker.Look for the Zoom link around 9 PM.
09/05/2020

She’s utterly amazing!
Catch @love080401 on tonight’s final virtual #EPCooker.

Look for the Zoom link around 9 PM.

What will you remember most about the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret?
09/02/2020

What will you remember most about the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret?

#PlayWA this Fall!!!Radio PLAYSaturdays (9/19 - 12/5)Session #1 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Ages 5 - 9)Session #2 @ 11:30 AM ...
08/31/2020

#PlayWA this Fall!!!

Radio PLAY

Saturdays (9/19 - 12/5)
Session #1 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Ages 5 - 9)
Session #2 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Ages 9 - 14)
Entire Session: $130

"I think radio plays are my favourite medium, as they make the listener work and create and contribute in a way that TV and film can never do, and they have an immediacy that written prose often lacks."
~ Neil Gaiman

We’re living in a virtual world, so why not get with the times?! Radio PLAY is designed to teach students all about radio dramas. Working closely with Mr. Kyle and Mr. Matt over Zoom, students will learn all about radio plays, from foley to vocal work and even background music, before creating one of their very own.

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The @ampupakron stage is empty without you.Please submit your video for the final #EPCooker for the foreseeable future b...
08/29/2020

The @ampupakron stage is empty without you.

Please submit your video for the final #EPCooker for the foreseeable future by Friday, September 4th.

Submissions can be sent via Google Drive, Dropbox or We Transfer to [email protected].

Photoshoot for Akron On Deck.(Photos Courtesy of Thomas Skala)
08/21/2020

Photoshoot for Akron On Deck.

(Photos Courtesy of Thomas Skala)

Photoshoot for Akron On Deck.

(Photos Courtesy of Thomas Skala)

08/19/2020
Tales From The Witch's Cauldron Episode #1 Promo

WARNING: Contains Adult Situations & Language

A promo for the upcoming Tales From The WItch's Cauldron, which features Wandering Aesthetics storytelling in a radio play format. Episode #1 is entitled "Spin, Spin, Reel Off Skin."

(All sounds are created by the performers.)

In the “studio” working on our newest audio project, “Tales From The Witch’s Cauldron.”Catch a sneak peak during tomorro...
07/31/2020

In the “studio” working on our newest audio project, “Tales From The Witch’s Cauldron.”

Catch a sneak peak during tomorrow’s #EPCooker!

Making ghosts. #HowToFindAGhost
07/28/2020

Making ghosts.
#HowToFindAGhost

07/26/2020

Listen to this playful clip we created with our brand new looper pedal!

Rehearsal in the time of coronavirus. #HowToFindAGhost
07/20/2020

Rehearsal in the time of coronavirus. #HowToFindAGhost

07/19/2020

Artists! A friendly reminder that all #EPCooker video submissions are due by Friday, July 31st.

Please send via Google Drive or We Transfer to [email protected].

Mr. Matt takes excellent photos.
07/11/2020

Mr. Matt takes excellent photos.

Our Director of Education Kyle Jozsa had a delightful conversation with the incredibly talented B.C. Wehman on his podca...
07/10/2020
Kyle Jozsa

Our Director of Education Kyle Jozsa had a delightful conversation with the incredibly talented B.C. Wehman on his podcast, Wayward Planet. Check out the full episode here:

Quickly and easily listen to Wayward Planet for free!

#ThrowBackThursday to #TheAkriticalReport. We are extremely grateful to be working on three new projects with these two ...
07/02/2020

#ThrowBackThursday to #TheAkriticalReport.

We are extremely grateful to be working on three new projects with these two talented artists.

“At the same time, the work of cultivating mindfulness is also play. It is far too serious to take too seriously — and I...
06/19/2020

“At the same time, the work of cultivating mindfulness is also play. It is far too serious to take too seriously — and I say this in all seriousness!” John Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness For Beginners.

#ThrowBackThursday #FindingBalance

06/07/2020

Powerful performances tonight.

Check back tomorrow for a complete YouTube playlist featuring Eliza Beth Vild and all of the incredible acts!

Excited to highlight our emcee for tomorrow's Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret LVIII (Featuring Beth Vild): Eliza Beth V...
06/05/2020

Excited to highlight our emcee for tomorrow's Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret LVIII (Featuring Beth Vild): Eliza Beth Vild

Beth Vild is an environmental health equity community organizer, storyteller, eco-artist, urban permaculturist, socialist, race traitor, anti-colonialist witch. She has been organizing communities for 18 years and gardening for 31 years. She has been deeply involved in Akron’s nonprofit sector as the COO of The Big Love Network, an OG constituent of the WOMB, and often works as a consultant for such organizations as Akron Community Foundation, Neighborhood Networks of Habitat for Humanity, and One Living Water Association as either an organizer, administration assistance, or in the creation of food forests in food deserts. Years of fighting to decolonize people’s minds, free people’s bodies, and connect people’s souls back to the planet led her to a serendipitous trip to learn from elders at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The trip transported her through her past life experiences while vibrating in the present moment and giving her glances into the future. She is excited to share her experience with you while holding space for your talented expressions in such revolutionary times.

06/03/2020
ArtsNow

Here we go!

Join ArtsNow for the next installment in our Live From the Living Room Series with Wandering Aesthetics and their performance of "The Storyteller and the Seven Tales".

Thank you to Akron Community Foundation and Knight Foundation for making this series possible!

Want to wish Kyle Jozsa a Happy Birthday? Plan on submitting a video for the upcoming Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret L...
05/27/2020

Want to wish Kyle Jozsa a Happy Birthday? Plan on submitting a video for the upcoming Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret LVIII (Featuring Beth Vild)!

Send to [email protected] via Google Drive, Dropbox, We Transfer or some other preferred method.

05/11/2020

Who here has actually *read* “Gone with the Wind”?

(Audiobook counts.)

What are your thoughts on the (possibly) feminist nature/themes of the book?

Just completed our first ever audiobook recording for the students of Kimpton Middle School.Already looking forward to o...
05/09/2020

Just completed our first ever audiobook recording for the students of Kimpton Middle School.

Already looking forward to our next opportunity!

05/03/2020

Sorry everyone.

Working on a solution.

Your hard work will be showcased.

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Akron, OH
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It is the mission of Wandering Aesthetics to transform our community by strengthening human connection, empathy, and intellectual discourse through storytelling, live performance, classes, and other high-quality cultural encounters.

Dreamt into being on the mountains of Appalachia, where the company’s founders, Benjamin Rexroad and Kyle Jozsa, completed a thru-hike of the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail, Wandering Aesthetics rose, like an overused cliche, from the ashes of Heads Up Productions. Beginning the organization as an Akron-based storytelling theatre company bent on exploring our American roots and identity through the lens of narrative, we endeavored to build community through person-to-person contact, connecting disparate "tribes" through our performances, investigating the human link in our diverse cultural heritage.

Known for our investigation into the art of storytelling and the ever-changing dynamics between performer and audience, we craft our performances from scratch. Even during our extended rehearsal processes, Wandering Aesthetics engages the community through a series of reoccurring events and classes. These include: Youth Classes, Adult Classes, The Boiling Point: Akron's Alternative Play Reading Series, The Open Door: Akron's Performance Exchange, Full Circle Storytelling (an event for community storytellers), and The Electric Pressure Cooker Open Mic Cabaret. Most recently, Wandering Aesthetics was one of the 27 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Winners - awarded $75,000 for The Electric Pressure Cooker Presents...Bigger Than a Breadbox.

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I don't know if it helps but I restarted my pc, phone, router and ps3 just in case.
Way to go all! ❤️
Mr. Kyle doing his pre- show duties! 😂💖
Does Full Circle Storytelling start up again this week?
Today at StageFest
I have gone to this event twice, both time having the fun of speaking in front of a warm and supportive group. Why not try it yourself? Tomorrow nights topic is: " In Hell, I'll be In Good company" If you've listened to Moth Talks in You Tube (or podcasts) this is Akron's answer to that kind of venue...though apparently not quite so strict with the rules. For Toastmasters who want more practice out side the safety of your "home group" this is an excellent chance to spread your wings. For anyone just wanting to do something different besides another night in front of the TV set, you'll find a great variety of interesting speakers. Jilly's is pleasant, great staff, reasonably priced....and the "show" is free! We meet every 4th Wed starting around 7:30 til...we're done. Come join the fun.