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University Theater expands course offerings in dance

By University Theater on September 11, 2014

Tanya CalamoneriThis fall, Tanya Calamoneri joins the Colgate faculty as a visiting assistant professor of English in the University Theater, teaching courses in contemporary dance and dance imagery and improvisation.

Calamoneri (BA, American University; MA, New York University; PhD, Temple University) comes to Colgate from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she has been project manager for DanceMotion USA for the past two years. She also brings teaching experience from Temple University, New York University, and New College of California. Calamoneri’s dissertation title is “Becoming Something, Becoming Nothing: Performer Training Methods in Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku Butoh.” Her teaching specialties and research interests include dance technique and creative process, dance cultural studies, somatic studies, ethnographic research, and movement and consciousness studies.

University Theater announces second round of auditions

By University Theater on September 8, 2014

Seeing the Beast Audition PosterThe theater program at Colgate has invited director Scott Sheppard to create a devised performance with our students for this fall’s main stage production. Scott’s project, Seeing the Beast, will investigate the contradictions in how humans relate to non-human animals.

In Scott’s words, “What principles lead us to sometimes consider animals sentient beings with emotional lives and other times treat them merely as materials: a source of feathers, leather, fur, and meat?” A second round of auditions will take place during preliminary rehearsals on Thursday, September 11, and Friday, September 12 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. in Ryan 212. Everyone is welcome!

Scott Sheppard is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Groundswell Theatre Company. He has been a co-creator, producer, and performer for all of their productions including Go Long Big Softie (Philly Fringe 2013) and Hackles (Philly Fringe 2012). During the 2013-2014 season, BRAT Productions (Philadelphia) selected Scott to be their resident artist; the focus for this residency is directing devised theatre. He was twice selected to be part of FringeArts’ Jumpstart Program for his original works Underground Railroad Game (2013) and Lessons for the Lobotomized (2012).

Underground Railroad Game was later selected for a Deep Space Residency with NACL Theatre in October 2014 and for the 2014 ANT Fest at Ars Nova in New York City. Scott is a proud member of the inaugural class at Pig Iron’s school for Advanced Performance Training (2011-2013).

Hometown newspaper profiles theater major Charlotte Arbogast ’16

By University Theater on August 14, 2014

Charlotte Arbogast

Over the summer, rising junior Charlotte Arbogast ’16 worked as the production stage manager with LONEtheater productions in New York City. She acquired the funded position as a part of Colgate’s undergraduate summer research program.

Arbogast, who is from Wilton, Conn., had her hands full coordinating a series of five “site-specific theater” productions. These non-traditional and sometimes interactive productions were performed for small groups, or even individuals, often taking place in public places. One of the productions, titled Witness, featured Colgate professor April Sweeney.

Learn more about Arbogast’s experience on the website of the Wilton Bulletin.

Colgate students who are interested in pursuing educational and enriching summer employment experiences are encouraged to explore the following resources:

A play for you alone: April Sweeney performs in LONEtheater

By University Theater on August 14, 2014
April Sweeney stands in a moving subway car

April Sweeney in Witness (Gustavo Mirabile/Courtesy LONEtheater)

Professor April Sweeney was recently featured in a spot on WNYC, one of New York City’s flagship public radio stations. The spot explores the merits of her work on Witness, a 30-minute “theatrical intervention” from LONEtheater’s undergroundzero festival.

Sweeney’s performances were unique, as they were one-on-one between Sweeney as the only actress and a single audience member. Each performance took place while traveling in an actual subway car, surrounded by real travelers.

Rising junior Charlotte Arbogast ’16 also worked with LONEtheater over the summer as a production stage manager for a series of five plays, including Sweeney’s Witness.

Learn more about Witness on the WNYC News website.

Dani Solomon ’13 premieres new solo show about catcalling

By University Theater on June 6, 2014
Dani Solomon '13 in artistic attire standing next to street graffiti

Courtesy of Phindie.

Phindie, an organization providing independent coverage of theater and the arts in Philadelphia, recently published a question and answer session with Danielle Solomon ’13. At the end of June, Solomon will be premiering a solo show titled Catcal], which explores the emotional impact of unsolicited catcalling. Click here to read the interview.

Solomon is a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute, and Catcal] is her second original play.

Read a review of Catcal] in the Philadelphia City Paper.

Performance details:

  • June 25-29 at 2:00 p.m.; June 28-29 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Reservations required: E-mail danimsolo@gmail.com with desired date and time.
  • Meet at Fairmount and Broad Streets (Philadelphia)

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg earns award from NYC Theatre Development Fund

By University Theater on May 20, 2014
Professor Marjorie Bradley Kellogg

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg was honored by the Theatre Development Fund. (Photo courtesy of Live Design)

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, associate professor of English and scene designer at Colgate, was recently awarded The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. The prestigious award was presented by the Theatre Development Fund earlier this month at the Hudson Theater in New York City.

Read more about this award in the Colgate University news.

Professor Adrian Giurgea directs bilingual production

By Christian DuComb on April 14, 2014

Younger woman wipes the brow of an elderly woman on stage

Professor Adrian Giurgea, director of the University Theater, has just returned from Tallinn, Estonia, where he directed a bilingual production of Caryl Churchill’s recent play “Love and Information.” The cast included both Russian and Estonian actors speaking simultaneously in their mother tongues, reflecting the linguistic and ethnic dualism of contemporary Tallinn.

Churchill’s script, which includes over a hundred characters, explores the changing nature of human relationships in an era of information overload — a theme amplified by Giurgea’s production. As tensions over language, ethnicity, and nation mount in Ukraine (several hundred miles south of Estonia), Giurgea’s staging of “Love and Information” delves into timely issues key to the cultural and political future of Eastern Europe at large.

Senior theater majors perform all over campus

By Christian DuComb on April 11, 2014

Theater majors in the class of 2014 have cooked up a wide range of exciting capstone projects, five of which culminate in performances between now and the end of the semester:

Ben Mandell '14 and Charlotte Arbogast '16 in A Dreamplay

Ben Mandell ’14 and Charlotte Arbogast ’16 in A Dreamplay.

Carlie Lindower, Tycho
A staged reading of an original musical based on the crazy life of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe
April 18, Persson 27, 7:00p

Tierra Jackson, Magnapict
An interactive video and performance piece with live feeds from around campus
April 21-27, The Coop

Jesus Reyes, Lungs
A workshop performance of Duncan MacMillan’s searing new play
April 21-22, Ryan 212, 7:00p

Evan Tomlinson Weintraub, Gruesome Playground Injuries
A workshop performance of Rajiv Joseph’s play, lightly adapted
April 23-24, Brehmer Theater

Laura Uhlig, Candyland
An original performance developed by and for the children of Hamilton
May 3, Hamilton Center for the Arts, 3:00p

Two of this year’s theater majors have already completed their capstones. Ally Macey’s hilarious and provocative solo performance, I’m a Feminist… Now What?, debuted at the Hour Glass in downtown Hamilton in March. Ben Mandell’s superb performance as the Lawyer in the University Theater production of August Strindberg’s A Dreamplay drew audiences from across campus to Brehmer Theater in early April. Congratulations to them both!

Children’s Theater Workshop Presents Wald: A Wondertale

By Christian DuComb on April 9, 2014

Inspired by the traditions and grammar of the Grimm’s Fairytales, this play is is wholly written and performed by Colgate students in the Children’s Theater Workshop.

Poster for Wald, a WondertaleWhen:
April 14 & 16: 10:30 a.m.
April 17: 7:00 p.m.

Brehmer Theater, Dana Arts Center

Free admission!

For information:
Please call 315-228-7641

Workshop: bless thee! thou art / translated

By University Theater on March 28, 2014

Informational poster about the workshop with Paul WalshOn Wednesday, April 2, Paul Walsh, Christian A. Johnson Artist-in-Residence in Theater and Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University, will lead a freewheeling discussion of translation and adaptation for the theater, drawing examples from his work with the plays of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg and his collaborative adaptations with Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Translation is a profoundly dramaturgical act, based in a meticulous and deeply participatory act of reading, that is at once creative and monstrous. Adaptation can be equally monstrous, but encourages taking greater liberties. Each has its own responsibilities and rewards.

Date: Wednesday, April 2
Time: 4:15–5:45
Location: Lawrence 109

Also join the Theater Program for a post-show talk with Paul Walsh, translator of August Strindberg’s A Dreamplay directed by Simona Giurgea, April 3 following the production in Brehmer Theater in the Charles A. Dana Arts Center, 7pm