May 3, 2016

Inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis Features Professor Henry I. Schvey

Schvey will moderate "Tennessee Williams: The St. Louis Years" panel on May 15

As part of the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Henry I. Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature, will moderate a panel on Williams' controversial St. Louis years. 

“I think we should assume he did hate [St. Louis], but I think we confuse hatred with lack of connection,” he says. “Williams was deeply connected to St. Louis. The fact that he did or did not like it is not irrelevant, but it is a more complicated picture than like or dislike. I grew up in New York City, I hate it, but it is part of who I am. The fabric of St. Louis, even as [Williams] resisted it, was something essential to his writing and to his character.”

April 28, 2016

Professor Henry I. Schvey Awarded Research Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center & WUSTL Center for Humanities Seed Grant

Will continue work on book, '"The Might of Design, the Mystery of Colour": Tennessee Williams’s Visual Theatre'

Henry I. Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature, has been awarded a 2016-2017 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities for work on his book, "The Might of Design, the Mystery of Colour": Tennessee Williams’s Visual Theatre. Dr. Schvey was also awarded a Summer Seed Grant from Washington University's Center for the Humanities to work on the project.  

April 18, 2016

Performing Arts Department Chair Mark Rollins Appointed University College Dean

Will Continue as Department Chair through 2016-17 School Year

Mark Rollins, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Performing Arts Department, has been named Dean of University College, the professional and continuing education division of the College of Arts & Sciences.

“As Dean of University College, Mark will provide strategic leadership, vision, management and planning for the programs in University College,” Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor, said. “University College and its related components form a critical part of Arts & Sciences and fulfill the university’s mission in opening our doors to adult learners, the St. Louis community and nontraditional students."

Love and Information, Written by Caryl Churchill & Directed by Andrea Urice (April 2016)

April 13, 2016

Young Choreographers Showcase Presents Five Original Student Pieces

Biennial Dance Concert is April 15-17

On April 15, 16 and 17, the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences will present Young Choreographers Showcase. The biennial concert, which takes place in the Annelise Mertz Dance Studio on the Danforth Campus, will feature 14 dancers in five original works created by student choreographers in the PAD’s Dance Program.

“It’s a competitive field,” said Artistic Director and Professor of the Practice Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal, who co-directs the program with sophomore Emily Duggins. “We have some really exciting works, all of which are chosen by jury. Some are very internal and reflect what’s going on in their lives. Others respond to current events and what’s going on in the world.”

Tickets are available HERE.

Love and Information, Written by Caryl Churchill & Directed by Andrea Urice (April 2016)

April 1, 2016

Drama Major Danny Washelesky Wins Latin Translation Prize

Receives Advanced Latin Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South

Performing Arts Department drama major Danny Washelesky won the Advanced Latin Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South! Washelesky played Clitandre in the department's November production of The Misanthrope and the Marshal in its February/March production of Elephant's Graveyard. He is also directing student theater group All Student Theatre's spring show, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and his play Hell-Burnt was selected for the 2016 A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival.

 

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March 23, 2016

The Slaughter Project: Caravan Explores Kinship & Alienation

The Performing Arts Department's Resident Dance Company

As resident dance company in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, The Slaughter Project encompasses a wide range of backgrounds, movement styles, technical accomplishments and performance skills. This year's concert, Caravan, "explores the human experiences of kinship and alienation,” says Cecil Slaughter, professor of the practice in dance and founder of The Slaughter Project.

“The title piece was originally staged in 2010 and is inspired by nomadic culture,” Slaughter says. “As dancers move through the nine works of this year’s concert, they are united by the implied emotional states evoked by shared experiences.”

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