Shows, guests and departmental collaboration
In December, students began auditioning and rehearsing for January’s annual one-act festival. The department also hosted a number of guest artists, including theatre educator Craig Slaight from the American Conservatory Theatre, faculty from the Contemporary Performance Practice Program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the annual alumni panel. This year’s alumni panel featured John Tufts (IAC 96, IAA 97-99) and Natalie Knepp (IAA 00-02), who taught master classes on classical acting and on-camera audition techniques respectively. Later in December, two more guests, alumnus Nick Westrate (IAC 00, IAA 00-02) and actor Billy Carter also taught master classes.
While most of the activity in December took place off stage, many theatre students lent their talents to the performances and productions of other departments. Several students acted in thesis films produced by Motion Picture Arts seniors. Others, including faculty member Gulshirin Dubash, appeared in the Dance department’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Theatre students also assisted Comparative Arts students with the staging their April performance, Neruda’s Suitcase.