Celebrating “Critique Is Creative”

Wesleyan University Press and Wesleyan University Center for the Arts 
in association with 
Alternate ROOTS, American Lyric Theater, Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO),
Dance & BMore, Dance Exchange, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale,
Green Music Center/Sonoma State University, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Theatre Workshop,
Rising Youth Theatre, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts/University of Georgia, and 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


The Critical Response Process® in Action
A webinar in celebration of the release of Critique Is Creative
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT
Registration Required – This is a Zoom webinar

Over the course of 30 years, Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process® (CRP) has transformed the practice of feedback in arts, education, and civic life. Both a structured method and a flexible set of principles, CRP  is now the focus of its first in-depth study in book form. Join us for this celebration of the release of Critique Is Creative: The Critical Response Process® in Theory and Action to hear from co-authors Liz Lerman and John Borstel and some of 21 contributors to the book’s exploration of CRP and its applications. With samples from the book and lively conversation, the session will touch on such topics as: 

  • What do we mean by “good feedback” and how can it enhance creative process?
  • How do feedback principles like relationship-building, agency, and inquiry function in teaching and learning?
  • How can changes in the ways we give and get feedback impact current-day reckonings of equity, justice, and consent? 

Devised by choreographer Liz Lerman in 1990, Critical Response Process® (CRP) is an internationally recognized method for giving and getting feedback on creative works in progress. In this first in-depth study of CRP, Lerman and her long-term collaborator John Borstel describe in detail the four-step process, its origins and principles. Critique Is Creative also includes essays on CRP from a wide range of practitioners. With insight, ingenuity, and the occasional challenge, these practitioners shed light on the applications and variations of CRP in the contexts of art, education, and community life. Critique Is Creative examines the challenges we face in an era of reckoning and how CRP can aid in change-making of various kinds.

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