"Show-vember" in Theatre Arts

  • Michael Arden (left, seated in chair) and Dane Laffrey join Theatre Division Director William Church (right chair) during a talk with theatre students.

December 4, 2015

Nov. 9-13 was alumni week! We had a series of master classes with alumni Torsten Johnson, Shelby Lewis and Whitney Winfield. They held special sessions on voiceover acting and working with classical text. They also worked with students on their audition monologues during the evenings. We also had a visit from alumni Michael Arden and Dane Laffrey. These two Academy graduates came to us straight from Broadway, where Michael made his Broadway directing debut and Dane his Broadway design debut (both sets and costumes) for Spring Awakening. (See more photos from this and other master classes in the link below.)

November, or Show-vember, as we like to call it, was full of performances. Caucasian Chalk Circle performed in the Phoenix Theatre and was soon followed by Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Right before Thanksgiving Break, Urinetown opened in the Harvey Theatre. And Theatre majors continue to be featured in MPA films.

Finally, Maya Lagerstam received a Merit award from YoungArts.