The current cohort of M.A. theatre candidates recently presented their research papers to the faculty and theatre students. In Dr. Erin Naler's theatre history course, the M.A. candidates explored American Theatre and the modernist/anti-modernist divide. Students examined the aesthetic through the lens of an American playwright.
Congratulations to the winning Duo-acting team of Mary and Rebecca Conn!
Congratulations to the winner of the Poetry performance contest, Rebekah Frampton!
Congratulations to all of the finalists!
In a send-up of typical awards shows, Department Head Ron Pyle gave out the annual "Tiny" awards to the graduating seniors and M.A. candidates. Fun was had by most.
The second-year Theatre arts M.A. candidates successfully completed their thesis production. Amy Murray and Ashley Gwillim produced and fulfilled several artistic roles in this production, including playing Antigone (Murray) and Directing (Gwillim). The creative team chose Seamus Heaney's Burial at Thebes, an adaptation of the Greek Classic filled with Irish resonance. The M.A. students creatively repurposed the MainStage space in Rodeheaver auditorium, with audience, actors, set, action, and spectacle all gathering behind the curtain directly on the stage. First year M.A. students, Ben Hamann and Nathan Pittack also assisted with acting, light and set design, and marketing.
2016 M.A. Theatre graduate Stephanie Schlosser recently left her job as a production technician at The Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina to take a job with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Her eleven-month assignment is in Sacramento, California where she will be working as a Corps Team Leader in the Pacific region. We are excited to see how Stephanie develops her skills in order to help others during a disaster. Congratulations Stephanie!
Congratulations to 2017 Theatre Arts graduate Elisabeth Emhof, who has been accepted into the highly-competitive Teach for America program. With only a 15% acceptance rate for applicants, Teach for America admits top-tier university graduates, placing them in classrooms in neglected urban and rural schools. Next year she will be at Lake City High School, Florence District 3, teaching high school English. We are so proud of Elisabeth’s hard work, and her interest in making a difference in her community.
The winners in each category will be announced soon. Winners will receive honors and will perform during the honors recital.
A big congrats. to all the finalists!
Theatre Arts Graduate to to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. assassination with special performance
From the Greenville Journal article:
"Jeremiah Dew, performer of the one-man theater experience, “One Voice: A Black History Narrative,” will hold two special performances to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This event will be held April 4 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Bible Church, 200 E. Butler Road, Mauldin. The anniversary performance will incorporate new material from Dr. King’s last speech, known as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” which was delivered in Memphis, Tenn., and addressed the sanitation workers strike of 1968.
Dew has been touring his performance of “One Voice” in the Upstate for over eight years. The experience encompasses more than 180 years of black American history as seen through the eyes of eight characters...."
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BJU's Classic Players association is proud to announce auditions for the Fall, 2018 production of Shakespeare's King Lear.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 4, from 4-6 pm. To Audition, click the button—
The finalists of the Poetry and Duo-Acting commencement contests will compete on Monday, April 9 in Stratton Hall. This final round of contests will begin at 5:00 pm.
Admission is free! Come out and see the top 3 in each category compete for the commencment
The new BJU Theatre Arts Podcast has just launched. The first episode explores the M.A. program's thesis process. Check it out on iTunes or Soundcloud.