Alumnus provides gift to support Theater
St. Olaf College and the Theater Department benefit from a recent gift from Steven Fox ’77. Read more here
Students attend conference
Seniors Annie Stewart ’15 and Noelle McCabe ’15 (see photo at right) represented St. Olaf College at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville College Days Conference from March 27-29, 2015. At the conference, both Stewart and McCabe made it on a list of 20 students to participate in a masterclass with award winning American theatre and opera director and one of the Artistic Directors of SITI Company, Anne Bogart. Also at the conference, the students were able to see new works performed at Actor’s Theatre’s Humana Play Festival, including Charles Mee’s new work “The Glory of the World.” and Pig Iron Theatre Company’s opening night premiere of “I Promised Myself to Live Faster”, among others.
Wilson named to Quade Chair
Professor Karen Peterson Wilson has been named to to the Patrick J. Quade Endowed Chair in Theater recently established with the support of gifts from alumnus Steven Fox ’77. Read more here.
Alumnus presented at conference
Adam Levonian ’14 presented his paper “Helen Resurrected: Objectification and the Presence of the Body in Ellen McLaughlin’s The Trojan Women” at the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Kansas City, MO in March of 2015. Originally written in TH271, his paper was featured in the sole undergraduate panel of this regional conference for advanced graduate students and professional theater academics.
Willcoxon co-organizes theater as a liberal art focus group
July 23-24, 2014, Jeanne Willcoxon co-organized the Theater History and Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA) Focus groups pre-conference (to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s annual conference) on “Dreaming of Theater History: Pedagogy in the Trenches.” The pre-conference was in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel.
Theater faculty members Dona Freeman and Jeanne Willcoxon focused their 2013 summer studies in an actor’s workout, exploring Johnna Adams’ new play, Gidion’s Knot, which was directed by Minneapolis’ Frank Theatre’s Wendy Knox. The play, performed in Rolvaag 515 the first weekend of classes, is a frank, raw and emotionally arduous ninety-minute one-act between a fifth grade teacher (Willcoxon) and the mother of one of her students (Freeman) who has recently committed suicide. The play, as explained by theatre critic Julinda Lewis, is built like the fabled Gordion knot, seeking to untangle issues of “homosexuality and homophobia; freedom of speech and the power of words; creativity versus conformity; and the gray area between one individual’s right to be himself versus the greater good of the majority — and exactly who has the right to determine what is the greater good”. The piece played to full houses of students and faculty, starting off another year that is sure to be filled with theater experiences on the Hill.
Kudos to Jake Roberts ’14
Jake was one of three students selected for an award for his scenery design exhibition at the recent United States Institute for Theater Design and Technology (USITT) Fall Regional Conference at SMSU in Marshall MN, September 13 & 14. Jake’s exhibit featured his scenery design work for last years St. Olaf Theater Production of Antigone. As part of his award, Jake will receive a complimentary registration to the National USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo, held in Fort Worth, Texas this year.
The USITT is a non-profit membership organization which aims to advance the skills and knowledge of theater, entertainment and performing arts professionals involved in the areas of design, production and technology, and to generally promote their interests. The USITT holds conferences and exhibitions, has publications and gives awards along with supporting research.
In the Summer of 2012 Dona, Sari, and Sean went to Callan, Ireland, to experience theater making as therapy with adults with developmental disabilities. Read their blog about the experience here. Read the press release here.