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Theatre

Theatre Clubs and Organizations

Central Theatre Club
Please see the call board for information and upcoming events.

U.S.I.T.T. (United States Institute for Theatre Technology)
The CWU student chapter of USITT is a University recognized club and is organized to provide additional training and support for students with interests in technical theatre and modern stage technology.  Our chapter actively participates in functions of the Pacific Northwest Inland Section and attends regional and national meetings of the Institute.  The club sponsors and participates in lectures and workshops, participates at the Northwest Drama Conference, and helps to recruit new majors for the Department.  Dues, which establish club members of the regional section, are $5.00 per year for students.  Check the USITT section of the Technical Call board for more information or visit www.inlandnwusitt.org/

Theatre Advisory Committee (TAC) Under revision
The Student Advisory Committee is the student representatives for the different areas of specialization.  Each group meets and elects one representative and one alternative to represent their class in TAC committee meetings.  The elected representatives then elect a chair from the committee who functions in a leadership and organizational capacity for the committee.  The TAC chair may appoint TAC committee members to assist with duties throughout the year and in collaboration with other committee members and the faculty advisor.
TAC gives voice to the student’s desires and concerns and presents them to the faculty for consideration in either a formal written format or informally.  A Department Chair-appointed faculty or staff member acts as their advisor and assists them in setting up meetings, drafting letters and setting their calendar and agenda for the year.
TAC is also given charges by the Chair of the Department who will ask them to gather student input, come up with recommendations on policies and disciplinary matters.  TAC meets on a regular basis and attendance to meetings is mandatory.  It is also mandatory that any TAC representative be a student in good standing at CWU and in the appropriate class that they are representing.  TAC is often involved in recommending significant and meaningful change to the faculty and it is both an honor and responsibility to serve.
Suggestions to TAC can be made by any student at www.cwu.edu/theatre/current/

KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL (KCACTF)
This national organization is a year-round program that covers eight geographical regions.  Central Washington University is a part of Region VII, which includes Alaska, Colorado Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, and Washington.

The goals of KCACTF are:

  • To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs
  • To provide opportunities for participants to develop their theatre skills and insight; and achieve professionalism
  • To improve the quality of college and university theatre in America
  • To encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works

KCACTF provides opportunities for college and university theatre departments to showcase their best work and to receive outside assessment.  Through regional and national festivals, participants celebrate the creative process; see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists.  KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
CWU Theatre Arts Department participates in the region by entering productions for response, which allows students to be nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions and recognized for student designs [and other contributions] through Certificates of Merit.  Students are encouraged to enter their original plays in one of the many playwriting awards programs, enter their design in the Barbizon/Mehron Design Awards programs, or perhaps participate in the National Critics Institute.  Our faculty and staff gladly provide support and guidance for students participating in KC/ACTF programs.
More information can be found at www.kcactf7.org/

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