Shea, who died in September 2022, was a profound force, writes Ates in an essay adapted from his remarks at Shea’s memorial gathering, held last month.
“As I reflect on Maureen’s life, impact, and practice as an educator and artist at Emerson College, where she was the longtime department chair (and where I went to undergrad), I am struck—and, frankly, stuck—by the profoundness of Maureen’s force.
How, with words, can someone describe—truly describe—a mountain? Such is the challenge of honoring Maureen.
And so, I will use the tools my mentor taught me, and I’ll make something here to share.
I will simply break it into beats—I’ll score it out—and share some lessons that Maureen, my teacher, shared with me. I have assembled and sorted these lessons after harvesting my notebooks, emails, and scribblings in the margins of scripts.”