CWUTheatre NewsTheatre News Studies MA Program Welcomes Dramaturgical Scholar, 02 Oct 2014 21:36:52<p>CWU Department of Theatre invites our friends to join us in welcoming Dr. Wade Hollingshaus' and his lecture, “A Political Bowie: The Democracy of His ‘Flux of Doing Stuff’”</p><p><strong>When</strong>: Thursday, October 23 at 3:00 PM</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Shaw-Smeyer Hall, Room 210</p><p><strong>Description:</strong> Drawing on Jacques Rancière’s recent work on the relationship between politics and aesthetics. Dr. Hollingshaus will offer a new interpretation of David Bowie's cultural significance that emphasizes the artist's deep commitment to democracy when understood and desired as a state of "flux" where each citizen has endless freedom to self-fashion her identity.</p><p><strong>About Dr. Hollingshaus</strong>:&nbsp; "Wade Hollingshaus is a member of [Brigham Young Univeristy Theatre and Media Art’s] Critical Studies faculty and the head of Dramaturgy Studies. He is also an affiliate faculty with BYU’s Scandinavian Studies program.</p><p>He is a member of the Performance Philosophy research group, and his work has been published in Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, Theatre Topics, Scandinavian Studies, and The Journal of Finnish Studies. He is the author of Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie (Scarecrow, 2013). He was recently selected to deliver a Raymond E. and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture in Communications (2014), sponsored by BYU’s Dept. of Communications.</p><p><strong>Education</strong></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BA, Theatre Education (Honors), Brigham Young University, 1998</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MA, Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington, 2001</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PhD, Theatre History/Theory/Criticism, University of Minnesota, 2008"</p><p><a href="">Wade Hollingshaus CV</a></p><p>&lt;;</p>CWU’s Grand Production of Les Misérables Premiers May 9, 06 May 2014 13:57:08<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p><p>Epic and inspiring, Les Misérables has thrilled audiences all over the world. One of the most popular musical productions in the world, Les Misérables will be performed by Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble, accompanied by the CWU Orchestra, beginning May 9.</p><p>The classic story of human frailty and triumph, set against the background of the political upheaval of 19th century France will be brought to life by CWU’s David Brown, musical director and conductor; Terri Brown, stage director, and Anneliese Childress, choreographer. A 40-plus-member cast and crew features Ellensburg brothers Ben Sasnett as Jean Valjean and Joseph Sasnett as Javert, and includes an irresistible cadre of child actors from local elementary schools.</p><p>“This is one of our most ambitious productions,” said Scott Robinson, theatre arts chair and professor. “Our students have really pushed their personal and professional boundaries to create an exceptional work of theatre.”</p><p>A short video of a Les Miserables rehearsal can be viewed at</p><p>The show will also feature a 140-pound Vietnamese potbelly pig. Princess Buttercup is a Vietnamese potbellied pig who is the Sasnett family pet. Although there isn’t a real pig in the original story, Princess Buttercup will be used to underscore the unseemly traits of one of the characters.</p><p>Tickets are $15-$20 for general admission, $12-$18 for seniors and students without ID, and $7 for CWU and EHS students with ID. Special dinner and show packages are also available through production partner Dakota Café.&nbsp; Tickets are available at, the CWU Welcome Center or at the Wildcat Shop. The musical will run May 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the McConnell Auditorium.</p><p>Les Miserable is made possible by a generous contribution from Knudson Lumber of Ellensburg, Washington and support from</p><p>The group photo of Les Miserables cast is courtesy of Scott Robinson.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>A Children's Show of Shel Silverstein Poems Comes to CWU, 06 Apr 2014 10:36:22<p><br>A simple invitation from George Elementary school has turned into an 'extended tour.'&nbsp; When Kate Gregory, CWU Theatre Arts and Education senior,&nbsp; was invited to develop a small show for the students in George Elementary, she had no idea it would have such a life.&nbsp; Once the show had performed in George, the daycare in Brooklane heard about the show and asked if it could be performed there as well.</p><p>“We may be bringing it to Ellensburg Elementary,” said Gregory. “It may also be using this piece for the Homeschooled Co-op in Ellensburg.”<br><br>Together with cast members Adam Fisher, Tim Scott, Jenalee Mariotti, Kaylinn Turpin, Miranda Bellah, Ryan Anderson, Jennifer Ives, and Allison Price , Gregory developed a piece they call A Children's Show of Shel Silverstein Poems.</p><p>Gregory wanted the group to be able to perform it for Central.&nbsp; It is schedule to be performed in Hertz 122 at 5 pm on April 11.&nbsp; This is a free performance.</p><p>The production is intended for all ages.</p><p>Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p>CWU to Host 1,000 High School Thespians at Festival, 17 Mar 2014 16:55:07<p>Playwriting, stage blood, wigs, masks, and teeth are among the topics covered in workshops offered during the Washington State Thespians Annual Festival this week at Central Washington University.</p><p>More than 1,000 student thespians and adult chaperones from 38 state high schools are expected to attend the Thursday through Saturday conference. Students will participate in workshops, watch their peers perform in plays and musicals, compete for showcase performances, and audition for scholarships. CWU will award tuition waivers of $500 to $3,000 to the winning students, which can be used fall quarter at any CWU campus for any field of study.</p><p>The numerous workshops will teach students about audition techniques and monologues, improvisation, acting in commercials, dialects, African dance, scene painting, stage lighting, and much more. A Thursday evening audition gives students a chance to perform in a musical production planned for Saturday’s closing ceremony.</p><p>Washington State Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association. The organization hosts multiple events to honor student achievement and support theater educators in Washington. The Educational Theatre Association is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. The association’s mission is to shape lives through theater education. It operates the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theater students since its founding in 1929.</p><p>CWU offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in performance, design and production, and musical theater; and bachelor of arts degrees in theater studies, and film and video studies.</p>Graduate Students Presenting at National Conference, 05 Mar 2014 10:31:02<p>MA Theatre Studies students <strong>Chelsea Roberts</strong>, <strong>Cassandra Whit</strong>e, and <strong>Justin Almquist</strong> will be presenting papers at the national Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland (April&nbsp; 3-5th). Chelsea will be giving a paper on “Re-Historicizing the Rhetoric of Avant-Garde Failure: Six Public Acts and Their Outcome(s).” Cassandra will be delivering a paper entitled "Walls of Books: Heretical Education in Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney." And Justin will be offering "Neo (Liberal) Classicism in Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love.”</p><p>The MA-Theatre Studies program is designed to build the research and analytical skills students will need for an academic career in theatre. It is the only&nbsp; program of its kind Washington State.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Polaroid Stories Exposes Truth, Lies, and Myth, 03 Mar 2014 10:13:37<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 296px; height: 320px;"></p><p><em>Polaroid Stories</em>, by Naomi Iizuka, explores the fluid nature of truth, told through the experiences of street kids, society’s throwaways. Performed by Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble, the play will draw you into the turbulent world of homeless youth, for whom truth is a shifting wasteland of broken promises.&nbsp;</p><p>Described as visceral, heartbreaking, and “brutally good,” the themes in <em>Polaroid Stories</em> will persist in your psyche long after the curtain falls.</p><p><em>Polaroid Stories</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 and at 2:00 p.m. on March 16, at the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. General admission is $12, $10 for seniors and students and $7 for CWU Students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 509-963-1429, or in person at the Welcome Center on University Way or the Wildcat Shop Customer Service desk in the Student Union Recreation Center.</p><p>This play is intended for mature audiences only, and includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive. There is some material that is unsuitable for children under 17.</p><p>Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU to Offer Tuition Waivers at Thespian's Festival, 01 Mar 2014 10:37:09<p>CWU is pleased to announce that they will award tuition waivers to competition winning students at the upcoming State Thespian's&nbsp; Festival,&nbsp; March 20-22, 2014</p><ul><li>Monologues - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $1,500 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Duo Acting - CWU&nbsp; Tuition Waiver Award $1,000 for each pair or $500 for each performer of the Duo $500 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Solo Musical - CWU&nbsp; Tuition Waiver Award $1,000 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Duet Musical - CWU&nbsp; Tuition Waiver Award $1,000 for each pair or $500 for each performer of the Duo $500 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Short Film - CWU Waiver Award $1,500 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Scenic - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $3,000 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Costume - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $3,000 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Lighting - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $3,000 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Sound - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $3,000 for one year for the top two students</li><li>Stage Management - CWU Tuition Waiver Award $3,000 for one year for the top two students</li></ul><p>Awards may be used for students entering CWU in the fall 2014, pursuing any major offered at CWU,&nbsp; at any campus.</p><p>CWU offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Performance, Design and Production, and Musical Theatre; Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre Studies and Film and Video Studies.</p>CWU and Ellensburg High School Join Forces in Annie Get Your Gun, 20 Feb 2014 11:54:28<p>The whole family will enjoy <em>Annie Get Your Gun</em>, a rollicking musical about the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The romantic comedy depicts the story of Annie, and her rival and eventual husband, Frank Butler.</p><p><em>Annie</em> showcases talented high school students from the EHS musical theatre club, with technical support from CWU’s Theatre Arts Department.</p><p>The show features some of Irving Berlin's best songs: “You Can't Get a Man with A Gun,” “The Girl that I Marry,” “There's No Business Like Show Business,” and “Anything You Can Do.”</p><p><em>Annie Get Your Gun</em> will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on February 22, 27, 28, and March 1 in the McConnell Auditorium. Tickets for reserved seating are $15/12 for adults, $8 for children and $8 for CWU/EHS students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 509-963-1429, or in person at the Welcome Center on University Way or the Wildcat Shop Customer Service desk in the Student Union Recreation Center.</p><p>Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p>CWU's Hubbard to Direct PAC's Glass Menagerie, 27 Jan 2014 07:56:32<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Brenda Hubbard directs Tennessee Williams' great&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">American play, </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">The Glass Menagerie</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, at Portland Actors Conservatory opening on Valentine's Day.</span></p><p>"It is befitting that this iconic play opens on a day that we celebrate love and relationships," said Hubbard. "Williams lived in a time when he wasn't allowed to follow his heart or sexual tendencies. Instead, he was caught between family responsibilities and his need to identify as a loving, sexual human being."</p><p>As a professor at Central Washington University, Hubbard teaches a class addressing human sexuality and staging genders in theatrical productions. She was able to research Williams through his writings and interviews while measuring his responses to the culture of sexuality during his lifetime.</p><p>Read more about this story at <a href=""></a>.</p>CWU Theatre Arts Junior Awarded $35,000 Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship, 07 Jan 2014 13:23:12<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 256px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Kylie Rose, a Central Washington University theatre arts junior was awarded the $35,000 <a href="">Dr. Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship</a>. Rose, a native of Kelso, Washington, will attend a university in London to further her studies in classical acting.</p><p>“I’m looking at several institutions, such as the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the British American Drama Academy,” said Rose. “I’ll have to audition for a place with one of them.”</p><p>The conditions of the scholarship require Rose to complete a scholarly project in addition to studying classical Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre performance—“I’ve always loved Shakespeare,” she related, “so this is basically a dream come true.”</p><p>“For my project I plan to analyze how dialect impacts character, and develop a regional dialect book using the phonetic IPA (International Phonetics Association) symbols and including regional voice recordings.”</p><p>At CWU, Rose has &nbsp;performed in productions such as <em>Challenger</em> and <em>The Red Curtain Revue</em>. She was a featured actor for <a href="">Leavenworth Summer Theater</a> in 2013 as Liesl in <em>The Sound of Music</em> and Judah's Wife in <em>Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat</em>. She has also been involved in Central’s Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz 2, the Central Theatre Club, Sharks with Legs Improv, and Swing Cats, a swing dance club.</p><p>In 2013, she joined the <a href="">University Learning Commons</a> as a writing tutor—“possibly because of my lingering desire to teach. I love tutoring because it gives me the chance to serve as a catalyst for change, movement, and growth.”</p><p>When attending Kelso High School, she participated in choir and theatre, and upon graduation in 2011 Rose came to CWU seeking a degree in music education—but the lure of the stage proved to be too strong. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance, and plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in either speech pathology or acting and directing.</p><p>The Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship was established by the Dr. Betty Evans Estate to honor the memory of the revered theatre arts professor. Up to $35,000 for the academic year is available to fund a worthy project of one year's residency. The scholarship requires rigorous academic and performance requirements and is awarded only once every two years, and then only if the exacting criteria are met. A New Zealand native, “Dr. Betty” (as she was fondly called) joined the CWU faculty in 1967. A prolific writer and performer, she was a veteran of more than 40 stage roles, and penned numerous plays and poems.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>January 7, 2014</p>