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  • Q&A with URTA President Cal MacLean |
    focuses more specifically in research methods for the particular discipline Both undergraduate and graduate programs may attempt to foster and train students in particular skills associated with their area of interest but an undergraduate degree whether BA or BFA will need to also address the needs of a general education Your program will be recruiting candidates this year in costume design lighting design and scenic design What qualities are your recruiters most interested in as they interview design candidates and review their portfolios First they look for aptitudes a lively and inquisitive mind abilities to express oneself verbally and in writing curiosity and facility to pursue productively that curiosity and some degree of potential to be able to express oneself artistically Artistic and technical skills are less valued although how well the individual expresses him or herself has much to do with their skill set We try to gauge potential as well as evaluate current skill level How would you describe your own time in graduate school And has your training benefited you in your own career Absolutely I learned what to do as a director in graduate school I learned how to think like a director how to communicate with other theater artists How to better express myself verbally and especially in writing I learned how other disciplines music visual arts dance could contribute to and inspire my own work I learned what was expected of me and what was not I learned how to begin to actually collaborate which is I think the essential artistic task of the theater artist What do you feel a student actor or designer should look for in a prospective graduate program The feel of various opportunities with the faculty with the facility with the educational objectives and philosophies with the production program One should trust one s instincts with the individual teachers do they excite you Do they connect with you Does their work interest you What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of teaching The renewal that comes as young artists discover themselves and gain maturity as they pursue their goals It is a feeling akin to successful parenting What advice would you give to someone who has just completed a MFA and is about to embark on their theatre career The next five years are important in the process of assimilating your education Provide yourself with opportunities to work on that assimilation Seek professional opportunity but do not only take on careerist pursuits You have to practice Like a piano player do your scales work on your craft There is a certain amount of hanging around and dues paying one must do but it is important to work in obscurity for a while a lot of learning can happen in the safety of that obscurity Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Cal Cal MacLean is the current President of the University Resident Theatre Association He has served jointly as Head of the Department of

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  • URTA Talks with Ward Duffy from Penn State Centre Stage’s GOOD PEOPLE |
    keep exploring you can open a previously unopened door and you know there s going to be something of value there Whether you and this group of people you re working with choose to highlight that or another facet who knows but there is an abundance of riches to choose from Are there any things in particular you re looking to explore in new ways in this production Well the nuances in the relationships between the characters will of course be new I ve been lucky enough to work with extremely talented casts and directors before and this time is no different Johanna Day and Amelia Campbell two Tony nominated actresses play Margie and Jeanne the wonderful Jane Ridley who has made Penn State her home base for many years is Dottie the beautiful talented Joy Hooper a PSU Alum is Kate Kevin Toniazzo Naughton a current student plays Stevie he s so young and very talented you really want to hate him but he s too nice a guy Rob Schneider who attended and taught at PSU is the smooth guiding hand directing it all So the chemistry between Johanna and myself and Joy and myself the first love the current wife and what they bring to each of their characters is all new territory to explore and will help shape this Mike As an actor having to leave the place you re from and set out to a city like New York for your career how have you handled some of the same issues as your character Mike I see the core issues for Mike and his departure from Southie as fairly different from my own His leaving Southie is a flight for survival in many ways Where he was growing up the lack of opportunity the poverty the inflamed racism of that place and time and certain events of his youth shaped his view of Southie as a black hole he needed to escape I don t view my own setting out from home to be nearly as dramatic and that s a good thing I think I had it pretty easy in comparison GOOD PEOPLE explores many different viewpoints on themes dealing with social class obligations and what it really means to be a good person What do you hope audiences will come away with Great questions I ve always felt that s what the best theater and art for that matter provide Televangelists give us answers politicians give us answers Great theater and great plays give us great questions So along with a wonderful story wonderful characters lots of laughs and lots of human truth you ll be left with great questions which I believe in the end serve to expand the humanity of those who choose to search for the answers Have you found the audience reaction to the play to be different in the different cities where you have performed it Definitely Not that it couldn t be very different night to night

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  • National New Play Map from HowlRound |
    A feedback gathering about the project recently hosted at Arena Stage in Washington D C identified just some of the potential uses including A Scouting Discovery Learning Tool Follow specific projects artists orgs by email alerts and RSS feeds See an Event Calendar A Demonstrate Your Impact Tool Play playwright organization showing what she he it has done Exporting and sharing play journeys outside of the website online and printed An Artistic Development Dramaturgy Tool Artistic process tracking on the Journey production notebooks patching in feeds uploading dramaturgy A Matching Need to Opportunity Resource Tool Resource filter mapping resources I have rehearsal space residency opportunity and you need what I have I want to champion this play and am seeking partners I want to broadcast what show I m looking for You can find the New Play Map here and click here to learn about the project in greater depth Add your own project find out what s happening near you or within your professional circle and much more Posted by URTA Posted on 07 May HowlRound New Play Map new works non profit theater theater commons Theatre Post Comments 0 Drop us a line Cancel reply Your email address

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  • URTA Proud to be a Sponsor of KCACTF Allied Design & Technology Award |
    the Design Expo for the duration of the conference While there they have the opportunity to attend workshops network interview for internships look into graduate school opportunities and much more This year s regional winners are Rachael Perry Eastern Connecticut State University Region I Krista Intranuovo Adelphi University Region II Dan Thelen Hillsdale College Region III Brittney Harrell University of South Alabama Region IV Mathew Foster Normandale Community College Region V Ethan Hartman University of Oklahoma Region VI Elizabeth Carlson Eastern Washington University Region VII and Glenn Starr Mesa Community College Region VIII The award is open to students who have completed major design or technology projects in areas including but not limited to makeup projection properties millinery masks tech wigs scenic art draping tailoring technical direction puppets special effects costume craft audio engineering etc The students work will be adjudicated by a panel of experts and one student is selected to receive the scholarship to attend eight weeks of SILV master classes during the summer The University Resident Theatre Association URTA is proud to once again be a sponsor for the Award Other sponsors include the U S Institute for Theatre Technology USITT Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas

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  • Upcoming Events | Design Showcase East |
    about the event and leave a RSVP on our website Attending Schools Southern Methodist University Brooklyn College City University of New York University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Indiana University at Bloomington North Carolina School of the Arts University of California Irvine University of Maryland University of Nevada Las Vegas University of Florida Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date May 9 Time 5 00 pm 10 00 pm Organizer

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  • Events for May 2016 |
    All 4 Events 26 BYU Musical Theater Actor s BFA Senior Showcase UCSD and NYU Graduate Actor s LA Showcase BYU Musical Theater Actor s BFA Senior Showcase View All 4 Events 27 Chapman BFA Showcase LA Chapman BFA Showcase LA 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The New School for Drama MFA Actor Showcase The New School for Drama ACTOR SHOWCASE 2016 Design

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  • Events for April 4, 2016 | Events |
    1 00 pm The Juilliard School Actor Presentations NY BFA and MFA April 4 1 00 pm 9 00 pm The Juilliard School 155 West 65th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway Third Floor New York NY United States Google Map 1 00pm 2 00pm 5 30pm 6 30pm 8 00pm 9 00pm The Juilliard School Actor Presentations NY BFA and MFA April 4 2016 at 1 00pm 5 30pm

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  • Upcoming Events | The Juilliard School Actor Presentations – NY (BFA and MFA) |
    2 00pm 5 30pm 6 30pm 8 00pm 9 00pm The Juilliard School Actor Presentations NY BFA and MFA April 4 2016 at 1 00pm 5 30pm or 8 00pm Seating is extremely limited Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date April 4 Time 1 00 pm 9 00 pm Event Category MFA BFA Actors Organizer Unnamed Organizer Email please visit 4yr Juilliard edu showcase php to reserve a seat Venue

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