Washington U. lecturer Sean Savoie discusses lighting design with hosts Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky after Bob and Gerry review (1) JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, at The Muny, (2) DREAMGIRLS, by Henry Krieger & Tom Eyen, at The Muny, (3) CORIOLANUS, by William Shakespeare, at St. Louis Shakespeare, and (4) THE WIZARD OF OZ, by L. Frank Baum, John Kane, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg, at Family Musical Theatre.
Two on the Aisle: July 26th
Washington University's Summer School has an open admission policy and welcomes students from other colleges and universities, adults who are seeking career advancement or enrichment, and qualified high school students. A transcript is not required for students who have earned a high school diploma, or its equivalent, by June. However, all students are expected to have completed the stated course prerequisites. The Performing Arts Department will be offering the following courses for Summer 2012 (click the name to find out more information on a specific course):
Malcolm Foley, who will receive degrees in religious studies and finance May 18, has a charisma that draws people to him, whether as an RA in Danforth House, conducting bible study classes on campus, or as an actor on the WUSTL stage. An Outstanding Graduate in the College of Arts & Sciences, Foley will be taking that charisma to Yale Divinity School in the fall.
Performing Arts students will celebrate the end of another great year with the PAD on Saturday, May 5 at the PAD Banquet. The seniors will be recognized and awards will be handed out to individual students. The theme this year is Cinco de Mayans (An End of the World Party...!). Students, faculty, and staff are invited to dress up as Mayans, in gold, or in the outfit they plan to wear the day the world ends.
Now a film director based in Los Angeles, Lagos will return to campus Monday, April 23, for a free screening of 96 Minutes, her feature-length debut. Loosely inspired by true events, the film centers on four teenagers from two different worlds, starkly divided by class — until those worlds slam together in the course of a carjacking.
Annamaria Pileggi, Senior Lecturer in the Performing Arts Department, was honored by the ArtSci Council as a recipient of the 2012 James E. McLeod Faculty Recognition Award on April 16th. Senior Amanda Spector was present to read her nomination essay for Anna and present her with the award.
Because it’s a woven material “Scrim is not a cheap material,” says Robert Mark Morgan, professor of scenic design at Washington University in St. Louis who has designed shows for the American Conservatory Theatre and Magic Theatre in San Francisco and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. “Only two places in the country do the weaving, so you need to keep that in mind when it comes to your budget. I like to use scrim as a softener—you can hang, say, a painter’s drop, and light it to get a nice night SFX. The scrim can really tone down a drop.” Muslin can be a good, affordable choice of material when you’re looking for true translucency—make sure to choose loose weave for best results.
My senior thesis is a study of how Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal created new theatrical methods to encourage social change. In addition to discussing Brecht’s Epic Theatre techniques and Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed,’ I focus on how what Brecht and Boal discussed in their theoretical writings did not always coincide with what they produced in practice, and what consequences this may have caused in terms of their ultimate goal of inciting social change.
Congratulations to the selected playwrights! To all who submitted, thank you for sharing your work with us. The selected plays will be workshopped with a guest dramaturg in the fall. Dates for the fall workshop are September 15-30.
My senior project, "It Does Ripple," is a coming-of-age story that depicts the lives of four women who are preparing to enter the real world. Through the dancers' interactions with each other and memories of the past, the audience will see the emotional roller coaster that they are experiencing. It has been a delight working with both my friends from home and from Washington University on this piece, and I hope the audience enjoys my story.
"One of the short plays, “Ladies’ Room,” is heavily connected to the Wash. U. community. Performing Arts Department senior lecturer Annamaria Pileggi directed the short show, which centers on a 17-year-old butch lesbian who is misidentified as a man in a mall bathroom. Senior Amanda Spector is the assistant director, and junior Kylie Gregory and sophomore Ariel Saul are in the cast. “Ladies’ Room” represents gender issues in a powerful way, making it a compelling watch for a college audience." (From Student Life Newspaper)
Dance students in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences get things moving Feb. 6, as part of an advanced master class led by acclaimed improvisational dancer Kirstie Simson. Described as “a force of nature” by The New York Times, Simson was on campus as the PAD’s 2012 Marcus Residency Dance Artist.
My thesis is an analysis of the idea of home as it is made manifest in Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill, Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard and August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. All three plays are in the canon of American Family Drama and the characters have a particular interest in the dysfunction of their homes. The mother characters especially feel the need to alter the state of the home (and sometimes the house as well) in order to find a stable sense of self identity. My thesis argues that the home these people so desperately yearn for is something that they already have. It is in a perpetual cycle of chaos and vulnerability, as well as through the struggle for independence and codependence that the family members connect and find home.
Ron Himes, the Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence and founder and producing director of The Black Rep, received the Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorious Service to the Community during the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis.
The graduate application for the M.A. in Theater and Performance Studies is due on Jan. 15, 2012. Complete your application soon!
Devised by alumna Liz Claire, the MADE in France program offers students a life-changing four weeks immersed in dance, choreography and costume design in Paris and rural France. MADE in France 2012 application deadline is February 15, 2012.
WUSTL co-founder and former Chancellor William Greenleaf Eliot (played by Jeffery Matthews, professor of the practice in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences) recites one of his sermons, “Steadfastness in Change,” Dec. 5 at his 200th birthday party.
Anyone interested in the art of making choreography is encouraged to prepare work for audition to be considered for the following opportunities: American College Dance Festival (3/20-25) and Young Choreographer's Showcase (4/6-8).
Performing Arts Department Chair, Robert Henke in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the movie Anonymous.
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Jock Soto led a master class for advanced ballet students on October 26. See "News" for a slideshow and New York Times article on Jock Soto's wedding!