Congratulations to the Playwrights, Directors, Actors, and Technical crew—all collaborated to make an evening of new plays possible.
BJU theatre arts Senior, David Veatch, successfully completed his senior project this past week. David chose to create and develop a play for his project. David worked under Faculty member David Schwingle to explore a number of playwriting styles and techniques. Faculty member Erin Naler gave one-on-one feedback during the final phases of the process. The staged reading was directed by BJU M.A. Theatre candidate Nathan Pittack. Congratulations David!
For the first half of the Masters in theatre Thesis project, Ashley Gwillim and Amy Murray produced a staged reading of two new plays. Ashley Gwillim wrote the plays while Amy Murray played the central role in each.
The talk-backs were lively! Look for the production of Antigone that's coming next semester from Ashley and Amy. This production will complete their Thesis work.
Under the direction of David Schwingle, the M.A. students in Theatre created a derived play. Using acting exercises, research, and historical photographs, the group created a 70 minute original play in the spirit of Grotowski and Commedia. The group researched a number of historical places and time periods, including rural America in the 1900s, the roots and early days of World War I, treason and imprisonment facts during World War I, and so on. The scenes and dialogue included historical details of place and time.
Ensemble members include: John Cox, Kaitlyn Chisholm, Rebekah Nason, Bethany Woodfin (dramaturge), Ashley Gwillim, and Amy Murray.
The bare-bones performance was given during the final week of classes. The group hopes to continue work on the script.
Thinking about Grad. School in Theatre? The Deadline for applying to the BJU M.A. in Theatre is April 15. Contact David Schwingle or Erin Naler if you have any questions about the program or the application process.
Below are links to the application instructions and the online grad. school application form.
—Interested in a GA position to help cover the M.A. Cost? Begin your search here:
—Application Page--click on the Grad. application section:
The second year M.A. students in Theatre continued the new play development process with a formal staged reading.
An invited audience enjoyed a new play by Micah Thompson and gave feedback to the Misfit Theatre Company's performance.
During the annual H.S. Festival, high school participants worked with faculty and Theatre Arts Majors and Graduate Stduents to stage new 10 minute plays in Performance Hall. 14 conteststants submitted plays during the contest; the faculty reviewed each play, announced 6 finalists, and chose 3 winning plays for production. The playwrights saw their writing come alive as festival participants performed for an over-capacity crowd in Performance Hall. Playwrights received awards at the end; the best acting ensemble also received acting awards. This marks the 3rd-Annual Playwriting and Acting-Ensemble category in High School Festival.