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Public invited to participate in deliberative theater event at WQED regarding Marcellus Shale

July 18, 2011

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano

Public invited to participate in deliberative theater event
at WQED regarding Marcellus Shale

Wednesday, July 27
4:30 – 8:15pm
WQED Studios
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Media is invited to attend the dress rehearsal on July 27 at 2 pm at WQED. Representatives from the partnering organizations will be available for interviews and the dress rehearsal can be photographed.

PITTSBURGH—Through a unique partnership between WQED Multimedia, Pop City, Pittsburgh’s Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, Carnegie Mellon’s Program for Deliberative Democracy, and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, a year-long initiative to focus on Marcellus Shale and its impact on the community will kick-off Wednesday, July 27 at the WQED Studios in Oakland.

The public is invited to attend Managing Marcellus, an evening of deliberative theater and discussion that will engage the community in democratic dialogue from 4:30 – 8:15 p.m. at WQED.

Attendance is by registration at popcitymedia.com and deadline to register is Wednesday, July 20. Seating is limited and participants will be selected at random, not first to sign up.

Participants will participate in a pre-event survey from The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, watch an original performance from the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company dramatizing issues raised by Marcellus Shale, discuss the production with others in the audience including a panel of local experts and government representatives, and take a post-event survey coordinated by the Coro Center and Program for Deliberative Democracy.

The panel of local policy-makers will include:
Sala Udin, former Pittsburgh City Councilman and current CEO of Coro Center for Civic Leadership will serve as the evening’s moderator;
Bracken Burns, Washington County Commissioner;
John Hanger, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and President and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) who now serves as Special Counsel at Eckert Seamans law firm and runs Hanger Consulting, LLC;
• and Angela M. Zimmerlink, Fayette County Commissioner and Chair of the Fayette County Marcellus Shale Task Force.

Upon completion of the evening the Coro Center and Program for Deliberative Democracy will develop a final report that will be used to determine the content areas WQED will focus on for future elements of the initiative later this year.

“The goal of this project is to engage the audience in thoughtful reflection and dialogue with area leaders currently working to address the goals and concerns of both businesses in the industry and citizens,” said Darryl Ford Williams, WQED Vice President of Content.

Managing Marcellus will be recorded and used as part of a future production to air on WQED-TV in the fall of 2011. Throughout the year several other WQED productions regarding the Marcellus Shale drilling are planned along with a website dedicated to related resources regarding the environment, economy and health and social implications of drilling in the region. Included on this page will be three future webinars facilitated by WQED’s education department to include conversations with experts in the fields of geology and engineering, mapping and data capture, legal and financial guidance and public safety and archived there for use by citizens, academia and high school educators.

Funding for this year-long initiative was made possible by a grant from the Colcom Foundation.

In the last year, WQED has produced major content on Marcellus Shale. WQED addressed the issue in a series called What's In The Water in June 2010. In November 2010, Marcellus Shale: The Price of Progress aired as part of WQED’s Experience documentary series. Also in November, WQED produced and broadcast a town hall meeting on the subject. In March 2011 WQED produced Drilling for Answers: The Marcellus Shale Debate, underwritten by PNC. Host Chris Moore moderated a discussion with a panel of experts representing the gas drilling industry and environmental groups.

To view these and other related programs viewers should go to http://www.wqed.org/tv/watch/ and search “Marcellus Shale.”

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Pop City is a free, weekly online magazine about the people and places advancing the Pittsburgh region. With a subscriber base of more than 30,000 Pop City takes on issues that matter to the community. Pop City was launched in March, 2006 with the goal to change the conversation about Pittsburgh and encourage Pittsburghers to get more engaged with their community.

The Program for Deliberative Democracy strives to improve local and regional decision-making through informed citizen deliberations. The Program is housed at Carnegie Mellon University and is a joint venture between CMU’s Center for Ethics and Policy and Pittsburgh’s Coro Center for Civic Leadership. The Program develops deliberative procedures for democratic dialogue and decision-making.

The Coro Center for Civic Leadership aims to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. The Coro Center is building a leadership pipeline to foster collaboration within and across Pittsburgh’s business, nonprofit and government sectors. More information on Coro Pittsburgh can be found at www.pittsburgh.coro.org.

Unseam’d Shakespeare Company engages a diverse group of Pittsburgh artists from various disciplines to develop and present innovative new visions of classic plays. As an extension of its artistic mission, the Company’s productions are often accompanied by activities that engage the community in a conversation about the themes and issues in the plays it presents.

Colcom Foundation aims to foster a sustainable environment to ensure quality of life for all Americans by addressing major causes and consequences of overpopulation and its adverse effects on natural resources.

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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
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Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate


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