Virginia Sea Grant Director, Troy Hartley, welcomes attendees to the 2013 Project Participants' Symposium. ©Vivian Hollingsworth/VASG
A theater director walks into a scientific conference… It may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but that’s exactly what happened recently at Virginia Sea Grant’s fourth annual Project Participants’ Symposium. Jenifer Alonzo of Old Dominion University’s Communication and Theater Arts Department delivered the keynote and encouraged the students, scientists, resource managers, and extension staff in attendance to allow themselves to be “a little vulnerable” by collaborating across disciplines. Alonzo is the founder and director of Science Alliance Live!, a project that creates theater productions based on scientific research.