ABSTRACT: Lee Worley has been a faculty member of Naropa since its inception in 1974. She is the director of the Theater Studies Program and chair of the Interarts Department. She discusses her memories of Naropa Institute’s early years and the ideals of the people who were invested in creating this non-traditional approach to higher education.
She describes the plays that were written and produced and the interdisciplinary performances incorporating theater, music, dance, and art. She recalls Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Naropa, and how his philosophy and personal style impacted Naropa’s creation. She also recalls his involvement and encouragement in the development of the theater program and his role as a playwright as well as spiritual teacher.
People: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ed Povoll, Marvin Casper
Subjects: Boulder in 1970s, Buddhism, Buddhism and theater, Naropa Institute (beginnings: 1973-1976, Theater Conference at first Summer Institute, philosophical goals, early locations, change from Naropa Institute to Naropa University, meaning of the name Naropa), position as director of theater program at Naropa (growth of program, description of plays that have been performed, technical challenges for theater department), plays by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.