CWUTheatre NewsTheatre News Classic, Fiddler on the Roof, Opens May 8, 05 May 2015 13:35:01<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 387px; float: left;">Winner of nine Tony Awards, a record-setting Broadway run and a musical score that has withstood the test of time, <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em> has enthralled audiences world-wide for more than half a century.</p><p>Based on the writings of Sholem Aleichem, the story follows Tevye, a simple milkman, as he navigates the rough waters of a turbulent time.</p><p>“Although the production will be interpreted traditionally, the values and sentiments are extremely timely—universal as it were,” said Patrick Dizney, director, and Central Washington University professor of theatre arts. “It really focuses on Tevye’s struggle to maintain his faith in the winds of great change and persecution.”</p><p>As Tevye raises his five daughters, he struggles to maintain his familial and cultural traditions as the currents of political and social change pull his family further and apart. Strewn with such classics as “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and&nbsp; “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” theatregoers will be humming the music from “Sunrise [to] Sunset.” Full of warmth, humor, and a beautiful musical score, <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em> is sure to please audiences for years to come.</p><p>The role of Tevye will be played by seasoned theatre professional Eric Jensen. Jensen has been performing in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest since 1989.&nbsp; He has performed with ACT, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Childrens Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and the Village Theatre, as well as the the Ordway in Minnesota and the Globe in California. A professional actor for the past 25 years, he has toured throughout the United States and the world—Barcelona, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Canada. His past roles have included not only Tevye, but also Javert (<em>Les Miserables</em>), The Beast (<em>Beauty and the Beast</em>), and Emile DeBeque (<em>South Pacific</em>) and others. He has also worked as an educator and director for Village Theatre's Kidstage program</p><p><em>Fiddler on the Roof</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m., May 8-9 and 14-16, and at 2:00 p.m. on&nbsp;May 10 and 17 in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $15-20 for adults, $12-18 for students and seniors and $7 for CWU students w/ID.</p><p>Advanced purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets go to Tickets may also be purchased by calling 509-963-1429, or in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residence hall lots and in specifically designated spaces.</p><p><em>Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children. May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>May 5, 2015</p>CWU's Scott Robinson Honored with Gold Medallion for "Extraordinary Contributions", 20 Feb 2015 13:00:23<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 75px; height: 113px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Scott Robinson, </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> arts professor and chair, received a second Gold Medallion of Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Festival at the President’s Reception, Thursday, February 19 at Central Washington University. It is the most prestigious regional award given by </span>KCACTF<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and is one of the great honors in </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> education.</span></p><p>“Scott’s tireless work behind the scenes in service to the students and faculty of our beloved region is inspirational,” said David Lee-Painter, professor, theatre, University of Idaho, and national chair of KCACTF. “For at least a dozen years, Scott has been the chief fiscal officer of our region—and as the fiscal belts continue to tighten in academia across the country and across the regions—Scott has kept us on the path to fiscal health.</p><p>“As if that wasn’t enough, he also runs registration (a HUGE job)—prints name tags, coordinates registration packets, negotiates transportation and hotel contracts, and kept a bumbling chair like me safe and relatively sane,” Lee-Painter continued. “Scott has been a Herculean presence on our regional executive committee—I KNOW I could not have done the job without him as a wonderful partner—nor would I have wanted to, either.&nbsp; He was, and is, a blessing in my life.”</p><p>Kennedy Center Artistic Director, Greg Henry, gratefully acknowledged Robinson’s 13-year tenure, with an open-ended appointment of service, as Region VII’s chief financial officer during the presentation.</p><p>“The real honor is the ability to work with an organization full of fantastic artists, teachers, and student mentors who are engaged in building up the next generation through the varied programing of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival,” Robinson said.</p><p>He is a recipient of several Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards. In addition to the Gold Medallions, he has received meritorious awards for his costume design work on Fantasticks, and Man of La Mancha and scenic designs for Bird Woman: The Story of Sacajawea, and the world premiere of Blankity Blank.</p><p>Under Robinson’s leadership, CWU’s Theatre Arts Department has tripled in size and become a regional powerhouse for developing young talent in acting and design. Presently, CWU is the only public institution in Washington State that offers a bachelor of fine arts with specializations in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</p><p>In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at CWU, Robinson’s professional work includes Waterville Opera House, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Musical Theatre. He has been a reviewer for the American Library Association's Choice Magazine. He has served on numerous state and regional theatre organization's boards and committees and currently serving as the Financial Officer of Kennedy Center ACTF Region VII.</p><p>Prior to his arrival at CWU, Robinson was a faculty member at the University of Montevallo, and taught at Northern Michigan University, Illinois State University, and Lethbridge Community College. Robinson received his BFA in design from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, and his MFA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal.</p><p>Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.&nbsp; Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Hubbard Recognized for Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity., 21 Jan 2015 23:56:18<p>Cwu-Theatre Arts Professor, Brenda Hubbard, has been selected to receive Central Washington University's inaugural Diversity Award. Her nomination, which was initiated by&nbsp; Juleen Murray Shaw, a recent MA - Theatre production graduate, clearly testifies that Hubbard is a faculty member who:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Displays Intentional and sustained commitment to diversity and inclusivity.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Contributes to effective change related to diversity and inclusivity.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Demonstrates engagement with diversity and inclusivity through practice.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Actively nurtures a supportive environment for diversity and inclusivity.</p><p>​To honor her contributions, she will be the guest of CWU President James Gaudino, joined by the Board of Trustees, award nominees and esteemed colleagues for the inaugural Diversity Awards Banquet on February 5, 2015.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 147px;"></p></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Theatre Almuni on Dock to be Best in Seattle, 17 Nov 2014 22:09:08<p>Nine CWU Theatre alumni have been nominated as some of the Best in Seattle’s theatre in the 2014 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards.&nbsp;</p><p>Dustyn Moir Man of La Mancha&nbsp; (Seattle Musical Theatre) - Nicholas Tarabini Once Upon A Mattress&nbsp; (All Saints Theatrical Repertoire Assoc (ASTRA)) -&nbsp; Sam Armitage Tommy&nbsp; (Seattle Musical Theatre) - Cherisse Martinelli Man of La Mancha&nbsp; (Seattle Musical Theatre) - Ryan Bohannon Avenue Q&nbsp; (Bainbridge Performing Arts) - Andrew Shanks The Pillowman&nbsp; (SecondStory Repertory)&nbsp; - EmilyRose Frasca The Last Five Years&nbsp; (Lungfish Productions) - Chauncey Trask Little Shop of Horrors&nbsp; (Mount Baker Theatre)</p><p><br>Several of alumni vie for “Person to Watch” title:&nbsp; Ryan Bohannon, Chauncey Trask, Nicholas Tarabini, Alex Davis-Brazill, EmilyRose Frasca,</p><p>See more at:</p></br>Nisqually Earthquake Explored in One Day in Cascadia, 05 Nov 2014 10:22:00<p>The Nisqually earthquake, also known as the Ash Wednesday earthquake, hit western Washington at 10:54 a.m. on February 28, 2001. One of the largest recorded earthquakes in Washington State history, it measured 6.8 on the moment magnitude scale and lasted approximately 45 seconds</p><p>Central Washington University Central Theatre Ensemble is bringing the stories of the Nisqually earthquake to life in <em>One Day in Cascadia: The Nisqually Earthquake Stories</em>. The one-time performance will be held on November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre. The event is free and open to the public and a discussion will follow the performance. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residence hall lots and in specifically designated spaces.</p><p>Directed by Jay Ball, professor and graduate coordinator, Theatre and Performance Studies,&nbsp;<em>One Day in Cascadia</em> is a staged reading of a script that incorporates interviews, research materials and stories from the media during that time.</p><p>“Natural disasters provide a lot of material for drama,” said Ball, who partnered with scientists from CWU’s Cascadia Hazards Institute (CHI) to develop the script. “One of my discoveries was that the emotional responses to the earthquake were all over the place, from euphoria to despair.”</p><p>Ball added that it was a great interdisciplinary experience, developing a work that was based on both the arts and the sciences.</p><p><em>One Day in Cascadia: The Nisqually Earthquake Stories</em> is sponsored by the Cascadia Hazards Institute, which advances and supports interdisciplinary research and education about Cascadia hazards to improve the safety of the public and business resilience in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>For more information, contact the Theatre Arts Department at 509-963-1750, or</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Internationally Renown Dramaturg to Meet with CWU Theatre Studies Students and Faculty, 30 Oct 2014 21:32:20<p>Dr. PAUL WALSH, Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University, will meet with Theatre Studies Masters' candidates and selected faculty in a private lunch,&nbsp; as part of a visit to CWU December 5.&nbsp; Walsh will join CWU Professors Hubbard and Smith in the oral examination and thesis review for MA candidate Maggie Bell, that same day.</p><p>Please join us in welcoming Dr Walsh.<br><br>Dr. Walsh joined the Yale faculty in Dramaturgy and <img alt="" src="data:image/jpeg;base64,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" style="width: 152px; height: 114px; float: right; margin: 5px;">Dramatic Criticism in fall 2008. Prior to&nbsp; Yale, Walsh taught dramaturgy and dramatic literature at the University of Massachusetts and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served as senior dramaturg at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) from 1996-2005. His translations of Ibsen’s <em>A Doll’s House, Master Builder, and Hedda Gabler </em>have been produced at the American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theater, and Yale Repertory Theatre among others. In addition, Walsh has worked as dramaturg with theater companies across the country, including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, with which he collaborated on such award-winning productions as<em> Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream, Don Juan Giovanni, Germinal, </em>and<em> The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Walsh's version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, </em>co-written with A.C.T. director Carey Perloff, has played at A.C.T. since 2005. Walsh served as Artistic Director of the New Harmony Project from 2006 to 2012. Publications include articles in The Production Notebooks, Re-interpreting Brecht, Strindberg’s Dramaturgy, Theatre Symposium, Essays in Theatre, Studia Neophilologica, Canadian Theatre Review, and Contemporary Literary Criticism Yearbook. Walsh received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.</p></br></br>C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:44<p>This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theater, or Creative Writing, or who are pursuing a research project pertaining to the History, Geology, Archeology of Kittitas Valley. This scholarship provides one year of in-state tuition, $200 book allowance, and project costs. Please see their website for more information.</p><p><a href="/theatre/sites/">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship</a></p><p>This scholarship is not distributed by the Department of Theater.&nbsp; Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="/theatre/sites/ Description Guidelines and Application (2).doc"><img alt="Theatre Scholarship Poster" src="/theatre/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;"></a></p>Theatre 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></br></br></br>