Alumni News

Alex Westrum, a 2013 graduate of our department, is currently on tour with the Disney Live shows. He came across this job when our Technical Director, Ron Koinzan, received information about an opening for the productions and recommended Alex for the position. Below, Alex describes what his job entails:

Alumni Updates

Brad Carlson is a UNI alumni who graduated in 2003. Currently, he is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Missouri. Most recently, Brad was recognized by the American College Theatre Festival as a production critique. This award recognizes his serivces as he goes to other universities productions and gives constructive feedback. Below, Brad describes what the award means for him:

Mauritius featured on Arts Overlook!

We once again have the pleasure on being featured in Arts Overlook in honor of opening our show, Mauritius, this weekend. The episode is available on YouTube, as well as the several times it will air daily on Channel 17.

Graphics Lab Added to the Theatre

The Department of Theatre introduced a lab to the Graphics Room this Spring Semester. The purpose of this lab is to help the students with drafting and Production assignments. Mark Parrot was the head of this idea and he was very pleased with the outcome, “The Dean was very helpful with this endeavor. I felt it was important that our students get a lab in a building they would be comfortable in; before, we were in Schindler, and that was nice, but I like the idea of our students having a lab.” The computers will have Vector Works (a drafting program) as well as other programs.

Workshops Offered to Cornerstone Students

Students participated in a workshop in partnership with the Cornerstone class.

This last Saturday, the Department hosted three more workshops for any students participating in the Cornerstone program. The three programs, led by Gretta Berghammer, Amy Rohrberg, and Cynthia Goatley, respectively, were Playing with Spontaneity, Food for Thought:  Can it be Art?, and Creating Theatre from Your Life. These programs are here to encourage students to use creative thinking in hopes that they’ll utilize their learned skills throughout the remainder of their college career. 

Mauritius Design Presentation

Director Steve Taft begins the presentation with a summary of the show.

On January 21st the Department of Theatre hosted a Design Presentation to introduce the first show of the spring semester Mauritius.

Dedication of the Strayer-Wood Lobby

On Saturday, November 2nd directly following a performance of Spring Awakening we dedicated our lobby in the Strayer-Wood in honor of Kenneth G. Butzier. Kenneth was a drama and speech director at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. 

Spring Awakening featured on Arts Overlook!

The second mainstage production of our Fall season was featured on Arts Overlook this week. Here is a link to the video and be sure to purchase your tickets to our show, opening this week!

Departmental Meeting focuses on Internships

students discuss summer jobs

On Friday, September 6, members of the department got together for about an hour to talk about summer theatre internships. Several students shared details about their recent experiences, which ranged from two different youth theatre internships to drama director at a summer camp to professional acting, design and managment internships at the Orpheum Theatre.

Students were encouraged to start their search now for a summer theater experience that can propel their career.

Kickoff Meeting for Theatre UNI!

new theatre students playing an ice-breaker gane

On Sunday night (8/25) we welcomed a new group of students into the department! In addition to greeting close to 30 new students, auditions for the two fall shows got underway and will continue until Thursday. In this picture, theatre professors Matt Weedman and Cynthia Goatley engage in some theatre games with the new students!

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