CWUTheatre NewsTheatre Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/newsen-usCWU professor joins arts and humanities speaker serieshttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3322Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:16:33<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/dizney.jpg" style="width: 104px; height: 104px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Central Washington University Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Patrick Dizney will give a public talk titled “Practicing Theatre in the Digital Age” as part of CWU’s Celebrating Arts and Humanities Speaker Series.</p><p>Read more of this article in the <a href="https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/inbrief/cwu-professor-joins-arts-and-humanities-speaker-series/article_2aa2b945-0feb-53e2-abf1-4704a5150f52.html">Daily Record</a>.</p>CTE Presents Stimulating "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)"http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3321Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:53:51<p>Shocking and funny, <em>In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) </em>addresses love, intimacy, and the advent of electricity in the Victorian Age. Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble will have you gasping with laughter in this rollicking, and yet at times poignant, look at love and sex in an era of repression.</p><p>Written by Sarah Ruhl, who received a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award, <em>In the Next Room </em>was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play in 2010.</p><p><em>In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 3, 8, 9,11; at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 5; and at 2:00 p.m. March 10 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, alumni and students; and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advance ticket purchase recommended</p><p>NOTE: This production is intended for mature audiences. Some material is unsuitable for children under 17 and Includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p><br>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p></br></br>Short Works Festival Showcases Student Talenthttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3320Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:17:45<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/CTE.jpg" style="width: 174px; height: 130px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Short Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world.</p><p>The Central Washington University Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 8, 9, and 10 and at 2 p.m. on February 11 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, alumni and students; and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.</p><p><strong>NOTE:</strong> The Short Works Festival is recommended for mature audiences; some material is unsuitable for children under 17. Performances may include language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>The following short plays and scenes are produced and directed by senior theatre arts students:</p><p>Production Team:<br>Producers, Michael Smith, Meredith Magoun; production manager, Jerald Dougherty; production stage manager, Anna Mae Whatley; lighting designer, Graeme Buchanan; master electrician, Shay LaPierre; costume designer, Jackson Berhow; scenic designer, Derik Radcliffe; sound coordinator, Anna Mae Whatley; light board operator, Alisa Muench; sound board operator, Georgi Grimm</p><p><em>The Purity Patent</em></p><p>Director, Brandon Carter; playwright, Annie Jankovic; stage manager, Jay Sharma; stage fighting consultant, Pierce Williams</p><p>Cast:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Frederick Banting--David Arnold; James Collip--Devin Duggan; Charles Best--Evan Garfein; John Macleod--Skyler Lenhoff; Elliot Hastings--Megan Christensen</p><p><em>Signing Shakespeare</em></p><p>Director, Jeryn Sonnabend; stage manager, Allie Baele;<br>Cast: Jeryn Sonnabend</p><p><em>Waiting</em></p><p>Director, Isaac Pauls; playwright, Ethan Cohen; stage manager, Austin White</p><p>Cast: Mr. Nelson--Aaron Smart; Receptionist--Emma Pope; Nick McMartin--Clint Barke; Polhemus--Sean McGehee; Sebatacheck--Cash McAllister</p><p><em>Suffer Up</em></p><p>Choreographer/Director, Annie Powers; composers of original music, Chris Powers and Arvo Part; stage manager, Annie Jankovic</p><p>Cast: Karli Reinbold, Jill Faulk, Alex Aragon, Andreya Pro, Chesley Sheppard, Jamie Dahl, Noah Skillman</p><p><em>The Lonesome West</em></p><p>Director, Andrew Jamshidi; playwright, Martin McDonagh; stage manager, Erika Laulainen; dialect consultants, Jeryn Sonnabend and Michael Smith</p><p>Cast: Coleman--Dylan Eckstein; Valene--Ben Usher</p><p>Music: "Wolf Blood" by Adrian von Ziegler, used with explicit permission from the composer and creator.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><br><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>Wednesday, February 7, 2018</p></br></br></br>Mattawa Monologues Project Comes to CWU December 6http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3317Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:32:06<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Mattawa_Monologue_Project_group.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>On December 6, the CWU community will have an opportunity to experience the results of a rewarding collaboration between junior high school students and CWU theatre arts majors. The <em>Mattawa Monologues</em> will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in the SURC Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p>Prior to the performance, MECHA and other CWU organizations will host a mixer with the young authors of the selected monologues and their parents. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.</p><p>In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create <em>M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project</em>. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.</p><p>Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.</p><p>“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.</p><p>CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.</p><p>In November, more than 20 CWU students traveled to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high.</p><p>Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p>“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”</p><p><em>Photo: CWU Theatre Arts students performing the </em>Mattawa Monologues<em> at Wahluke Junior High School in Mattawa</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>December 4, 2017<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br> Annual Red Curtain Broadway Revue Brings Broadway to the ‘Burghttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3316Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:43:26<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/cte.jpg" style="width: 218px; height: 163px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">A perennial favorite, the <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em> brings an evening of entertainment to Ellensburg to rev up the holiday season. Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble will perform top-notch singing, dancing, and choreography from some of Broadway’s best shows, including selections from <em>Les Miserables</em>, <em>Rocky Horror</em>, <em>Heathers</em>, <em>9 to 5</em>, <em>Anastasia</em>, and more.</p><p>The <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on November 30, December 1, and December 2. There will be a matinee showing at 2:00 p.m. on December 3. All shows will be in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $20/$15 general admission, $15/$12 for seniors/students/alumni, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.</p><p>Tickets can be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><br><strong>Parental Guidance</strong><br>Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children.<br>May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.</p><p><br><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, design and production, and theatre education.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>The Mattawa Monologue Project Gives Voice to Young Students November 20http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3314Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:50:37<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/cwu%20theatre%20arts.png" style="width: 198px; height: 254px; margin: 2px 5px; float: left;">In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create <em>M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project</em>. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.</p><p>Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.</p><p>“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.</p><p>CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.</p><p>On November 20, more than 20 CWU students will travel to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high. The WJH and CWU students will have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss the work.</p><p>In addition, MECHA and other CWU organizations have been invited to a mixer with the authors of the selected monologues and their parents before a second performance on December 6. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.<br><br>Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p>“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p></br></br></br>CTE's Good Kids Focuses on Youth and Social Media http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3305Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:28:06<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Good%20kids-a.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 273px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can't remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, <em>Good Kids</em> explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who's telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?</p><p>Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble will perform <em>Good Kids</em>, by Naomi Iizuka, at 7:30 p.m., November 8, 9, 11, 13, 16-18, and at 2:00 p.m. November 19, in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, alumni $12 and students, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service in the Student Union and Recreation Building, or by phone at 509-963-1429. Advance ticket purchase recommended</p><p><strong>Advisory:</strong> Flashing lights and haze are used in this production. The content includes strong language and mature themes.</p><p>Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces or in residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>CWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome Students from China Fall 2017http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3274Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:57:46<p><img alt="" src="http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/NUAA%20Partnership.png" style="width: 450px; height: 127px; float: right;">Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>April 19, 2017</p></br>CWU One of Top Ten Most Underrated Northwest Theatre Programshttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3268Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:58:08<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/Les%20Miserables-crop.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 360px;"></p><p>"The program at Central Washington University is so good, that we wouldn't be surprised if next year, its ranked as one of the best programs in the country. They offer highly intensive and hand-on BFA/BA programs in everything from Performance, Design and Musical Theatre. In addition to education student, they also have a fabulous Summer Intensive program for drama teachers."</p><p>Here at OnStage, we spend months compiling, researching and comparing college theatre programs to come up with what we feel are the very best colleges in the country. While names like Tisch, Juilliard, Emerson and Baldwin Wallace get plenty of attention, there are a ton of schools out there with incredible programs that deserve more.</p><p>Read more of this article at <strong><a href="http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2017/4/5/the-top-10-most-underrated-college-theatre-programs-for-2017-north-west-region">Onstage</a>.</strong></p><p>April 7, 2017</p>CWU Students Selected for Prestigious KCACTF Presentationshttp://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3265Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:51:41<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/kcactf.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 268px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">Sixty-eight Central Washington University Theatre Arts students will participate in the 2017 Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), February 20-24 in Denver. Five CWU theatre faculty accompanying the students will also present scholarships and lend their skills in organizing the annual festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This may be the largest group of students from one school attending the festival,” exclaimed Patrick Dizney, CWU professor of performance. Dizney is also the current chair of Region 7, which includes Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This year, on top of the regular participation, we received an invitation to present in the Night of Scenes,” enthused Scott Robinson, chair of Theatre Arts and two-time recipient of the coveted KCACTF Gold Medallion Award. “The scene is from CWU's 2016 production of <em>Mary Poppins</em>, “The Banker Scene,” which will feature more than 30 students in a stunning and imaginative tap number. Jadd Davis, artistic director from the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, recognized the exceptional interpretation of the scene and nominated for it inclusion last May.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>KCACTF allows members from other institutions, called outside guest responders, to nominate outstanding performances for inclusion in the festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“It is rare to have the opportunity to showcase our musical theatre productions as they simply are too large to travel efficiently,” Robinson continued. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the strength of our distinctive BFA program as well as individual students.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Actors, designers, theatre technicians and stage managers will compete for scholarships, summer employment, graduate programs and unique training opportunities through auditions, interviews and competitions.&nbsp; Student Chelsey Sheppard will lead workshops in Stage Combat and Stage Dance.&nbsp; Student director Allison Price is bringing her production of <em>Gruesome Playground Injuries </em>to be performed at festival as a “renegade production.” The production was initially mounted at CWU in November 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dizney will perform in a scripted reading of a new play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at festival.&nbsp; CWU Lecturer Casey Craig will be leading workshops Stage Dance.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CWU also registered the production of <em>She Kills Monsters </em>for inclusion in the festival. Although It was not selected to travel this year, it was named first alternate, if one of the other selections cannot be performed.<br><br>CWU usually takes 50 students to the festival, who participate and vie for scholarships in a variety of disciplines, including performance, research, directing and design and production.&nbsp; Each year winners from these areas move forward to a national festival.&nbsp; CWU has sent students to the national festival at least 12 times in the past 15 years.<br><br>The Region 7 festival includes performances by top performers and participating productions selected by a highly competitive and rigorous process.<br><br>Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design. For more information about KCACTF-7 go to www.kcactf7.org</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>February 16, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>