CWUTheatre NewsTheatre Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/newsen-usDIALOGUES: VOICES FROM PERFORMANCE kicks off this Friday, 10AMhttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3330Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:21:35<p>Dialogues is a free colloquium series that highlights the work of diverse artists, scholars, and activists in the fields of theatre, dance, and performance studies.</p> <p><strong>September 25th @ 10am: Dr. Dotun Ayobade&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Facing the Music: AIDS, Social Death and Gendered Survival after Fela Kuti</strong></em></p> <p>Go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/dialogues" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/dialogues</a> for info and links to the streamed event.</p> <p>I locate my scholarship and teaching in the areas of dance, performance and African popular culture, as well as in the intersection of gender, class and nation in the production of myriad theatre and performance forms in postcolonial Nigeria. I also investigate how, beyond the modalities of writing, [West] Africans activate aesthetic and everyday social performance to shape their lived realities, forge belonging, and declare their presence within the African political economy. My first book project tentatively titled Fela Kuti&rsquo;s Queens: Performance, Play and Punishment in a Nigerian Music Subculture (currently under contract with Indiana University Press) examines the art, activism and politics of the wives of late Nigerian activist and musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. My work demonstrates how in the 1970s and 1980s postcolonial Nigeria the Queens evolved a host of self-fashioning performance strategies to negotiate agency and visibility in the face of social rebuke and state repression.<br /> I earned my Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. I also obtained portfolio certificates in African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) as well as in Women and Gender Studies (WGS).<br /> <br /> UPCOMING THIS FALL:<br /> October 30th at 10AM PST: CHARLES O. ANDERSON<br /> November 13th at 10AM PST: DR. LISA B. THOMPSON<br /> REGISTER AND STREAM: WWW.CWU.EDU/THEATRE/DIALOGUES</p> <p>THIS SERIES IS PRESENTED BY THE THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT AND AFRICANA BLACK STUDIES PROGRAM.<br /> GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST, THE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY CENTER, THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, AND THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT.<br /> CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX Institution. For accommodation email: DS@cwu.edu</p> CWU Student Ellie Cook a finalist in Broadway Dance Competition https://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3328Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:25:28<p>CWU student&nbsp;Ellie Cook (BFA Musical Theatre) is NOW IN THE TOP 9&nbsp;of the Broadway World <a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/index.cfm"><em><strong>Next On Stage</strong></em></a> dance competition and is seeking to move onto the top 5&nbsp;after this week&#39;s cut.&nbsp;Those moving on to the next round each week will have Friday through Monday to record and submit a new song, fitting within a specified theme, for the next round of the competition!</p> <p><a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/index.cfm"><em><strong>Next On Stage</strong></em></a> will feature weekly live shows on Facebook with Broadway judges who will provide feedback and have the opportunity to move one of the contestants on to the next round by unanimous decision.&nbsp;Both the college and high school winner of The LaDuca Achievement Award for Excellence will receive a Broadway prize-pack with merch from the BroadwayWorld Theatre Shop, shoes from LaDuca, a scholarship to Steps on Broadway&#39;s summer programs and a $1000 donation to a charity of their choosing.</p> <p>This week&#39;s round of 9&nbsp;nominees and their auditions&nbsp;can be found here: <a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/nominees.cfm " target="_blank">https://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/nominees.cfm&nbsp;</a></p> <p>To VOTE for Ellie and show your support, go here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/elizabeth-cook" target="_blank">https://www.broadwayworld.com/nextonstagedance/elizabeth-cook</a></p> CWU Student Participates in National Competition at the Kennedy Centerhttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3326Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:15:27<p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Easton Benson, a Central Washington University junior (Theatre) is one of four 2019 nominees for the prestigious Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Dramaturgy Award.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The award is a result of a unique collaboration between LMDA, the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Regional finalists for the award will receive a one-year membership in LMDA and will be considered for residencies at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis or the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;For more information, go to: <a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/The-Kennedy-Center-Announces-50th-KCACTF-National-Festival-20190409.">www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/The-Kennedy-Center-Announces-50th-KCACTF-National-Festival-20190409.</a></span></p><p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; 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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 <strong>December 5</strong>, the CWU community will have an opportunity to experience the results of a rewarding collaboration between Wahluke Junior High school students, CWU Theatre Arts, CWU World Languages and MECHA. The Mattawa Monologues will be performed at <strong>7:00 p.m. in the SURC Theatre</strong>. The event is <strong>free</strong> and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p>Prior to the performance, MECHA, CWU Theatre Arts, and CWU World Languages will host a closed mixer with the young authors of the selected monologues and their parents. The goal of the mixer and project is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.</p><p>This fall Theatre Arts professor Patrick Dizney and Theatre Arts graduate student Brandon Carter teamed up with Wahluke Junior High students to explore the topic of bullying through exercises and written assignments. “WJH teachers Autumn Harlow, CharRe Burnum, Rachel Greshock and Principle Andrew Harlow have been instrumental to this collaboration” states Dizney. “Autumn and I started the collaboration last year, unsure of where it might lead us, and it has really taken off.” Their objectives for The Mattawa Monologue Project were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students. “For a lot of these students attending a university seems out of reach. We’d like to change that perception; have them meet some of our students, ask how they ended up at Central and maybe plant a seed.”</p><p>Nathalie Kastellis’ Spanish Translation and Interpretation class will be working with Theatre Arts and MECHA students on the project this year. “We are very excited to have some of the monologues be performed in Spanish this year, and to have students from each of the involved organizations perform” Dizney states. “This is a true collaboration that brings so many perspectives and disciplines together.”</p><p>In November, 20 CWU students will travel to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high. 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><em>Photo: CWU Theatre Arts students performing the </em>Mattawa Monologues<em> at Wahluke Junior High School in Mattawa</em></p>The Mattawa Monologue Project Gives Voice to Young Students November 20https://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 https://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 One of Top Ten Most Underrated Northwest Theatre Programshttps://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>She Kills Monsters Finds Truth through Fantasy Gameshttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3234Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:57:23<p><em><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/she%20kills%20monsters%20kooser%20puppets.jpeg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></em></p><p><em>She Kills Monsters</em>, by Qui Nguyen, is a comedic, yet poignant, journey into the world of fantasy role-playing games (RPGs). The Central Washington University Central Theatre Ensemble production begins December 1.</p><p>The play explores the gamut of relationships among women, as siblings, classmates, coworkers, lovers, and loved ones. Through role-playing, the characters are able to come to terms with excruciating losses, such as the death of a sister. And ultimately, they are able to face their own realities and their futures</p><p>According to the <em>New York Times</em>, "It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart." The <em>Denver Post </em>called it " . . . droll, witty and geeky in the best sense of the word . . ." Winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, <em>She Kills Monsters</em> is directed by Central Washington University’s Patrick Dizney, professor of Theatre Arts. “It is a romp,” says Dizney. “The most fun you can have in a theatre!”</p><p>For patrons who may not be knowledgeable about the RPG culture and the vocabulary of <em>Dungeons and Dragons</em>, around which the play revolves, the production team has developed “A Visitors Guide to the World of the Play.” The material also includes information on the playwright and numerous awards the play has garnered. The material was developed by Robert Hanson, a master’s candidate in Theatre Production. The guide can be downloaded for free at http://bit.ly/2fCClSS.</p><p>Local artist Brian Kooser has joined the production design team and has been working with CWU students in the creation of the special monster puppets. Kooser is well known for his larger-than-life characters that are seen throughout the region at parades and special events such as the Fremont Solstice Fair in Seattle and Ellensburg Buskers.</p><p><em>She Kills Monsters</em> will be performed December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A special talkback session with the cast will be hosted by CWU Women’s and Gender Studies immediately after the performance on December 1. On December 3, there will be two performances: one at 4:00 p.m., and a special10:00 p.m. showing. Between the performances, a student club will host RPG game tables in the theatre lobby for novices as well as those skilled at RPGs. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on December 4.</p><p>Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students under 18 years old, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advance purchase is recommended. 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.</p><p>This play is suitable for mature audiences.&nbsp; Some material is inappropriate for children under 17. The play includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</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>Photo: Monster puppet workshop. Photo by Scott Robinson</p><p><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><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>CWU’s "Gruesome Playground Injuries" Explores the Emotional Bond of Painhttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3221Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:53:13<p>From school infirmaries to hospital wards, Kayleen and Doug meet, reconnect, and bond through physical and emotional pain. Rajiv Joseph’s <em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em>, a Central Washington University Theatre Arts student workshop production, explores how characters develop a sympathetic intimacy by sharing their private traumas.</p><p><em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m., November 10, 11, and 12, in Studio 119 (McConnell Hall 119). All tickets are $5, and may 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.</p><p>This production has been led by BA Theatre Studies senior Allison Price, who will be directing the show. The Central Theatre Club and the CWU student chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology are providing support for the production.&nbsp;</p><p>Academic mentor, Theatre Arts professor Patrick Dizney, describes Price as, “one of the artistic leaders in the next generation of theatre-makers.”</p><p>This is Price’s second directing experience at CWU.&nbsp; This past summer she spent three months as a directing intern at Smock Alley Theatre, in Dublin, Ireland.&nbsp; Prior to the summer experience she spent a term at University of Hull (UK).</p><p>Price is a graduate of West Valley High School in Spokane.&nbsp; She is the daughter of Tim and Wendy Price of Spokane, WA.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&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>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>November 3, 2016</p></br></br>Crash course: Falls, fights and fires are all in a day’s work at Seattle stunt schoolhttps://www.cwu.edu/theatre/node/3220Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:17:15<p><img alt="" src="/theatre/sites/cts.cwu.edu.theatre/files/images/CWUstuntmanschool.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 305px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">David Boushey, a Hollywood Hall of Famer [and CWU alumnus] helps stunt performers learn how to fall from dizzying heights, take hours’ worth of punches — and break into a tough business.</p><p>THE STUDENTS ARE trying to look stoic, standing in a gravel parking lot near Bothell under the scorching August sun — but they all know that, by the end of the day, every one of them is going to be set on fire.</p><p>As they burn, they’ll be scrutinized by their instructors, professional stunt performers, who could potentially make or break their budding careers.</p><p>Read more of this story in the Seattle Times' <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/crash-course-falls-fights-and-fires-are-all-in-a-days-work-at-seattle-stunt-school/" target="_blank">Pacific NW Magazine</a>.</p><p>Story by Brendan Kiley/photo by Benjamin Benschneider</p><p>October 27, 2016</p>