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Fall 2006




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                                     This architect’s rendering reveals an exterior view of the new Center for the Performing Arts facing S. Main St. An important part of the building
                                     construction will be a large pedestrian viaduct from the Quad under the street for safer access to the entire complex.




                                     Center for the Performing Arts
                                     HOPEFULLY YOU’VE ENJOYED following the progress of our new performing arts building in recent
                                     issues of backSTAGE. In the past year, the building has been designed in broad strokes that have defined the
 Contents                            function and scope of the spaces. Now, we are entering the design stage where decisions are being made that
 2 Performing Arts Center            impact the practical and aesthetic nature of the building: from the finishes of wall surfaces, to the locations of
   renderings
                                     light switches, to the width of seats, to the locations of computers. The result of this long collaborative process
 4 JMU School of Theatre and Dance
   welcomes new Musical Theatre      promises to be an educational facility that will be one of the finest in the region.
   Coordinator Kate Arecchi
                                        This state-of-the-art facility will serve the superb group of students now entering the theatre and dance
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                                     programs at JMU. With a student population of more than 200 majors and nearly half that number of minors,
 6 Children's Playshop
 6 Faculty highlights                we are one of the largest undergraduate programs in the state. These spaces will not only accommodate the
 8 Starring roles                    increasing number of students but will also provide the resources for the ever-increasing quality of classroom
                                     and artistic experiences.
                                      performing arts center renderings for theatre and dance                                                                          3


                                                  Conceptual drawings for the
                                                  evolving shape of the mainstage
                                                  proscenium theatre within the
                                                  Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center
                                                  for Theatre and Dance




Tassie Pippert,
director of devel-
opment for college
and university
programs


Helping alumni
accomplish their dreams
ALUMS HAVE OFTEN told
                                                                                    At the top: section view of the dance
me that Madison ser ved a s
                                                                                    performance space
their first stage. As an alum of
this wonderful institution, you
know the value of a good edu-
cation. I have surprised many of
you when I mention that JMU
falls far behind its peer institu-
tions in the amount of assis-
tance we can give a student. By
giving as little as $5,000 a year
for five years, you can endow a
scholarship that will enrich the
education and life of a student.
You can also pay lasting tribute
to a professor or program, or
remind your friends of the time
you spent at Madison through
your donation. To find out how
to lend your support to scholar-                                                                                            Center and bottom: developing plans
ship or faculty support through                                                                                             for the new flexible studio theatre. The
your gift, please contact me.                                                                                               balcony level can be used for seating
                                                                                                                            or performance.
Pippert is available to discuss the
possibilities. You can reach her by
calling (540) 568–3195 or by
e-mail at pippertl@jmu.edu.
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                                JMU School of Theatre and Dance welcomes                                                                                    THE NEW DANCE FESTIVAL
                                                                                                                                                            2006 brought cutting-edge con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              company Isabel Gotzkowsky and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friends. JMU dance artist Shane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gram Director Robin Harris. JMU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                faculty member Suzanne Miller-
                                new Musical Theatre Coordinator Kate Arecchi                                                                                temporary dance to the Lat-                       O’Hara premiered a solo to music                  Corso and part-time dance faculty
                                                                         in New Hampshire won six 2004             and has performed in both regional       imer-Shaeffer Theatre stage,                      by composer and pianist Robert G.                 member Kimberly Field performed
                                                                         New Hampshire Theatre Awards,             and New York City theatres.              showcasing dances by profes-                      Kaplan, Arizona State University’s                a jazz duet, and part-time dance
                                                                         including best director, best chore-         Arecchi is thrilled to join the       sional choreographers and JMU’s                   Department of Dance music direc-                  faculty member Roxann Morgan
                                                                         ographer and best musical.                faculty, staff and students at James     nationally renowned dance profes-                 tor. JMU faculty member Cynthia                   premiered a duet with Washing-
                                                                            Arechhi spent two years as the         Madison University, and is excited       sors. The concert included fea-                   Thompson premiered a solo by                      ton, D.C., artist Stephanie Wong.
                                                                         director of theatre at Holderness         to get to work on the spring semester    ture works by New York dance                      North Carolina State Dance Pro-
                                                                         School, served as the artistic direc-     musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Baseball
                                                                         tor/writer for the Papermill Theatre      A playful period musical comedy
                                                                         Children’s Theatre Company, and           set in 1922 New York City, Millie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                launched the
                                                                         as the artistic director/associate pro-   follows a small town girl as she tries
                                                                         ducer of Galveston Island Musicals,       to make her mark on the Big Apple.
                                                                         a summer theatre in Texas. Arec-          Based on the 1967 Oscar® -winning
                                                                         chi is also a member of the Actors’
                                                                         Equity Association and the Screen
                                                                                                                   film starring Julie Andrews and
                                                                                                                   Mary Tyler Moore, the Broadway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                theatre series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TOM ARTHUR’S last production
                                                                         Actors Guild, and she is an associ-       production of Thoroughly Modern
                                                                         ate member of the Society of Stage        Millie won six 2002 Tony® awards                                                                                                             before retirement at James Madison
                                                                         Directors and Choreographers.             including best musical. A contem-                                                                                                            University opened the theatre series
                                                                            Interested in new and adapted          porary musical featuring 1920s stan-                                                                                                         in October with Rebecca Gilman’s
                                                                         work, she collaborated with com-          dards, music from the original film                                                                                                          The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. This
                                                                         poser Mildred Kayden, adapting and        and new music by Jeanine Tesori                                                                                                              production provided a poignant
“I am actively looking to       PAPERMILL THEATRE Artistic               directing Storyville. She also directed   and Dick Scanlan, the musical styles                                                                                                         look at what celebrated painter
                                Director and Plymouth State Uni-         a workshop production of Kait Ker-        in Millie run the gamut from toe-
 collaborate with musicians,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dana Field did to survive success
                                versity Adjunct Musical Theatre Pro-     rigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s The          tapping Broadway dance tunes, to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Megan Tusing (right) as celebrated painter Dana   and disappointment.
 artists, writers and           fessor Kate Arecchi became JMU’s         Woman Upstairs at North Shore             bluesy jazz, to Gilbert and Sullivan                                                                                                                                                       Chorus member Brynn Dorsey (left) forces
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fielding and Selçuk Korütk as Gary in Rebecca
                                School of Theatre and Dance’s new        Music Theatre and Boston Conser-          and operetta-inspired numbers.                                                                                                                                                             Herdsman Megan Tusing to confess in
                                                                                                                                                                               Graphic design by Wade Lough   Gillman’s The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
 choreographers to create       musical theatre coordinator and          vatory. Most recently, she directed          According to Arecchi, “this is a                                                                                                                                                        Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring
                                assistant professor of musical theatre   a reading of Marita de Lara’s play        great show for our students to do
 new work, both ‘traditional’
                                in August 2006. Arecchi adminis-         You Pick Color at East West Players       because it gives them the opportu-
 and ‘experimental’ in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Performances
                                ters the B.A. Musical Theatre Con-       in Los Angeles. Other directing and       nity to perform so many different
                                centration for the School of Theatre     choreography credits include Sweeney      musical and dance styles over the
 nature, combining visual,      and Dance and directs the musical        Todd, Carousel, City of Angels, Quil-     course of one show.” A mix of humor,                                                                                                                                                       IN LATE MARCH, Theatre and
 musical and dramatic art       theatre productions.                     ters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,          intrigue and romance, Thoroughly                                                                                                                                                           Dance closed out its 2005-06 dance
                                   Arecchi holds a B.F.A. in musical     Conference of the Birds, Beauty and       Modern Millie showcases lively char-
 forms to tell compelling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     season with the Contemporary Dance
                                theatre performance from Syracuse        the Beast and Macbeth.                    acters coming of age during a time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ensemble in Concert, showcasing
 stories and create a living,   University and a M.F.A. in direct-          Active in theatre education, Arec-     of prosperity and new opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new work by JMU dance students
                                ing from Pennsylvania State Univer-      chi spent two years as the direc-         for American women, who were
 transformative theatrical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and that of guest artists Monica Bill
                                sity. She has worked as a performer,     tor of theatre at the Holderness          breaking new ground, joining the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barnes (New York City) and Meisha
                                director and choreographer at the-       School (N.H.), and she served as the      workforce, bobbing their hair and
 experience.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bosma (Washington, D.C.) JMU
                                atres around the United States,          associate artistic director of Perfor-    trying to balance traditional values
                                including Expanded Arts (NYC),           mancePLUS (N.H.) Arecchi teaches          with new-found freedoms.                                                                                                                                                                   dance professor Suzanne Miller-
                                Syracuse Stage (N.Y.), Northern          workshops and coaches privately,             Thoroughly Modern Millie comes                                                                                                                                                          Corso premiered a new work.
                                Stage (Vt.), Mill Mountain Theatre       specializing in musical theatre per-      to Latimer-Shaeffer main stage                                                                                                                                                                Tom Arthur directed Sophocles’
                                (Va.), Summerfest Cabaret (Ala.)         formance, monologue preparation           Feb. 13-18, 2007.                                                                                                                                                                          Oedipus Rex in late April 2006. A
                                and Downstairs Cabaret (N.Y.) The        and audition technique. She has                                                        All photos by Richard Finklestein                                                                                                             version of Oedipus Rex, which was
                                production of Pirates of Penzance        traveled the country on the national                                                                                                                                                                                                 developed in a first-semester theatre
                                                                                                                                                             Contemporary Dance Ensemble membres Meghan Amoroso, Meghan Ballard, Taryn Bazinet, Sarah Birgfield, Jillian Boelte, Sara Cart, Kimberly Gower,
                                that she directed and choreo-            tours of Joseph and the Amazing Tech-                                              Michelle Grazio, Emily Hynes, Amanda Jasionowski, Allie Larson, Dana Lokitis, Ashley Parks, Kara Priddy and Lindsey Rutherford danced to guest    seminar, was the one presented in
                                graphed at the Papermill Theatre         nicolor Dreamcoat and Shenandoah                                                   choreographer Monica Bill Barnes’ Gone By.                                                                                                        Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre.
                                                                                                                               Faculty
                                                                                                                               highlights                                                                                                                                                                                              7

                                                                                                                               Tom Arthur attended the sixth          Theatre Collective’s Honey In the          In the theat-                          the prestigious Prague Quadrennial      Daniel Nagrin’s work for fall 2007.
                                                                                                                               World Congress of the International    Rock. This September, she worked           rical design                           in summer 2007, the largest such        O’Hara is on academic leave this
                                                                                                                               University Theatre                     as a lighting designer for The             arena, Richard                         exposition in the world. He is one      semester during which time he will
                                                                                                                               Association meet-                      National Portrait Gallery Gala in          Fi n k e l s t e i n                   of only four American designers         do set work at the University of
                                                                                                                               ing in Urbino,                         Washington, D.C.                           is working on                          selected to exhibit in two design       Maryland, College Park, on the
                                                                                                                               Italy, in July, and                    Dennis Beck’s article “A Life of           three premieres.                       disciplines (scenery and lighting).     Shenandoah Contemporary Dance
                                                                                                                               gave the presenta-                     Slaying Dragons and Other Dra-             One in upstate                         Both shows accepted were JMU            Theatre and for performance artist
                                                                                                                               tion “On Acting;                       matic Business” will be published          New York, pro-                         productions, Medea and Hamlet           Heather Lundy (’94). O’Hara will
                                                                                                                               On Teaching; On                        in the next issue of Theater (Yale).       duced for a                            Variations. Finkelstein’s involve-      also do a Florida teaching residency
                                                                                                                               Teaching Acting." Both Arthur and      Beck also edited the summer/fall           possible Off-                          ment during the summer as the           at Florida Community College,
                                                                                                                               Dennis Beck had articles pub-          issue of the newsletter for the Amer-      Broadway run, was written and          official photographer of the qua-       Jacksonville, and at the University
                                                                                                                               lished in Les Presses collégiales du   ican Society for Theatre Research          performed by South African artist      drennial USA International Ballet       of Florida, Gainesville.
                                                                                                                               Québec ENR, Valleyfield, Quebec,       (available online at astr.org). Beck       Naava Piatka entitled Better Don’t     Competition saw his photographic        Diane Stewart became a part-time
                                                                                                                               Canada, by the Association Inter-      worked on a prospectus and his             Talk, which pays homage to Naa-        work featured in The New York           faculty member for the fall 2006
                                                                                                                               nationale du Théâtre à l’Université    book, tentatively titled Stages of         va’s mother, Chayele Rozenthal, a      Times, The Christian Science Moni-      semester. Stewart teaches perfor-
                                                                                                                               Press, Liege, Belgique. This is the    (R)evolution: Czech Alternative            star on Broadway and the Yid-          tor, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit,      mance analysis.
                                                                                                                               journal with the best of the previ-    Theatre, 1968-1989, and proofed/           dish Theatre in Poland and South       Dancer, The Cincinnati Enquirer         Cynthia Thompson presented a
                                                                                                                               ous AITU presentations. Arthur’s       revised the translation of a recov-        Africa. Finkelstein is designing a     and other publications around           video version of her dance Moon
                                                                                                                               was entitled “United States Theatre    ered cabaret performance from the          new production of Jane Eyre at The     the world.                              Blooms at the Ballet Corps Interna-
                                                                                                                               Study: Some Curricular Consid-         WWII Terezin Ghetto Camp for               Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.,                                               tional conference in Toronto. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roger Hall acted the lead role in
                                                                                                                               erations.” Beck’s article was enti-    Theatre Survey. He also profession-        and this spring, in New York, he’ll                                            also attended a weeklong teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Becca Worthington’s (’02) new
                                                                                                                               tled “Theatre: The Message of the      ally reviewed a theatre history text       design scenery for the premiere of a                                           seminar at the National Ballet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        play, How to Fall Apart, in the
                                                                                                                               Medium in a Mediatized World.”         and compiled a list of what should         new Agatha Christie work that has                                              School of Canada. While Shane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Experimental Theatre in March.
                                                                                                                               Arthur, who has been with the          be included and revised for the 10th       been fully approved by her estate.                                             O’Hara is on educational leave,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hall led a group of 28 students,
                                                                                                                               department since 1973, will retire     edition of Oscar Brockett’s History        In the stage photography arena,                                                Thompson will serve as coordinator
                                                                             The Children’s Playshop — one of the best real-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        including several theatre majors,
                                                                                                                               after the spring 2007 semester.        of the Theatre, at the request of the      Finkelstein is one of a handful of                                             of the Dance Program.
                                                                             world experiences JMU theater students can get!                                                                                                                            on the JMU summer Semester-in-
                                                                                                                                                                      publisher Allyn & Bacon.                   designers invited to present work at

Children's Playshop                                                                                                            Andi Arndt served as publicist for                                                                                       London program during May and           During the spring semester, Kate
                                                                                                                               the 2006 JMU Children’s Playshop                                                                                         June. While there, he saw approxi-      Trammell taught several modern
                                                                                                                                                                      Jenner Brunk designed costumes
                                                                                                                               season. She also worked at WMRA                                                                                          mately 20 plays.                        master classes and an anatomy class
WORKING ON the Children’s             was the experience that our stu- and signed countless autographs                                                                for the Illinois Shakespeare Festi-
                                                                                                                               as guest host of the live talk show    val’s production of Pericles, Prince                                                                                      at the West Virginia Dance Festi-
Playshop is a labor of love for the   dents gained by working in the — and they did it all with good                                                                                                                                                    Pam Johnson designed costumes
                                                                                                                               Insight. This fall, Arndt will con-    of Tyre.                                                                                                                  val in Charleston, W.Va. She also
entire staff. In many ways, this      Children's Playshop.               nature and dedication. Soon we                                                                                                                                                 for The Velveteen Rabbit and directed
                                                                                                                               tinue her Linklater Voice Teacher                                                                                                                                gave two lecture demonstrations at
was one of our most successful          The actors faced the challenges will begin planning a show during                                                                                                                                               Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp for
                                                                                                                               designation training in New York       William Buck worked with the                                                                                              Harrisonburg’s Spotswood Elemen-
seasons. More than 4,000 people       of portraying heroes and villains, the school year to be performed                                                                                                                                                the Children’s Playshop. Johnson
                                                                                                                               City. Arndt teaches basic acting       architects on the detailed designs                                                                                        tary School. Trammell directed the
attended performances in Theatre      young and old, and a variety of downtown in Court Square The-                                                                                                                                                     also directed performance aspects
                                                                                                                               and is returning to professional       for the new Center for the Perform-                                                                                       Virginia Repertory Dance Com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of orientation for JMU’s incoming
II, and The Mouse and the Motor-      different species. They worked on atre, as well as our 14th summer                       voiceover work in radio, television    ing Arts. Buck also produced the                                                                                          pany in a residency at St. Cathe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        freshmen and their families.
cycle had the highest attendance in   crews, sold tickets, scooped (and season next year.                                      and industrials/narration.             summer Children’s Playshop season                                                                                         rine’s School and Collegiate High
our history. But more important       swept) popcorn, gave interviews                  — William J. Buck                                                              and directed and designed The Vel-                                                Part-time faculty member Roxann         School in Richmond, Va. Tram-
                                                                                                                               Emily Becher-McKeever was              veteen Rabbit and The Mouse and the                                               Morgan took the Virginia Reper-         mell also co-directed the JMU Lon-
                                                                                                                                                                      Motorcycle. In the Spring semester                                                tory Dance Company to teach and         don Intensive on Contemporary
London Intensive                      BRAVING both cutting-edge performances and World Cup pub action,                         the lighting designer for the JMU
                                                                                                                               Children’s Play-                       he directed a Playshop production                                                 perform at Flint Hill High School in    Theatre and Dance from June 12
                                      the London Intensive in Contemporary Theatre and Dance was a resound-
in Contemporary                       ing success! The group, consisting of theatre and dance majors from JMU                  shop productions                       of The Adventure of Hannah and                                                    Fairfax, Va. Morgan has also formed     through July 7.
Theatre and Dance                     and students from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, attended                   of Aladdin and the                     Gretel at Court Square Theatre.                                                   the Next Reflex Dance Collective
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (http://www.nextreflexdc.com).
                                                                                                                               Wonderful Lamp                         Staff costumer Kathleen A. Con-
                                      more than 14 performances in 25 days. Each student also took more than
                                                                                                                               and The Mouse                          ery married former Harrisonburg                                                     Shane O’Hara co-directed the
                                      20 classes in theatre, dance and movement training with professional Brit-
                                                                                                                               and the Motorcycle.                    Daily News-Record arts reviewer Jeff                                              JMU London Intensive on Contem-
                                      ish course instructors and guest teachers throughout the movement centers                Becher-McKeever                                                                                                          porary Theatre and Dance. O’Hara
                                                                                                                                                                      Hoodock on Aug. 12, 2006, in
                                      in London. The goal for the second round for the intensive was to bring                  was also the lighting designer for     Harrisonburg, Va.                                                                 was invited to visit the Centre
                                      the three concentrations of the School of Theatre and Dance together.                    Troilus and Cressida at Nashville                                                                                        National de la Danse in Paris to
                                      Performances included amazing work by artists from Argentina, Ireland,                   Shakespeare and for the world pre-                       Kathleen A. Conery and                                          organize a performance/conference
                                      Britain, Korea, Germany and Australia.                                                   miere of Nashville Underground                            husband Jeff Hoodock                                           on the New Dance Group and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Alumni from the School of Theatre and Dance have carried their talents and education to venues far and wide. They’re working in theatre and dance companies,
                                                                                                                                                                                        teaching and pursuing advanced degrees. Others are touring regionally and nationally with Broadway shows. The faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance would


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                                                                                                                                                                                        like to hear from you and share your news with your fellow alumni. If you have performance and production photos, we may be able to use them. Please send your
                                                                                                                                                                                        news and photos to backSTAGE, School of Theatre and Dance, MSC 5601, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
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Cindy Leal (’06) played the lead role          at The House of Tribes Theatre. He             D.C., and can be seen as a lead role in the   Among Slaves. This fall and winter,                                                    David Frydrychowski (aka David                  Marni Penning (’92) played Lady             postgraduate theatre studies in Eng-
in Anna Karenina under the direction           designed lights for dance company Con-         black bear episode of Hunter & Hunter on      Kaleba will work on both Hamlet and                                                    Lamb) (’95), is playing Quasimodo in            Sneerwell in School for Scandal at the      land at Lancaster University before
of Sally Story (’94) (see page 9) at           tra Tiempo in the New York Interna-            The National Geographic Channel.              I Hate Hamlet at American University.                                                  Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame with             Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre in   receiving her M.F.A. in theatre/direct-
Live Arts’ 7th Annual Summer Theater           tional Fringe Festival, and he is the assis-                                                 He has been invited to direct Wilde’s                                                  Inwood Shakespeare (New York City).             June. The Pittsburgh                        ing from Virginia Commonwealth
                                                                                              Courtney Hand Bassett (’01) has been                                                                                                                                                 Post-Gazette said                           University. Wormald, a member of
Festival in Charlottesville, Va., in July      tant director for a production of Trojan                                                     Salome at the Community College of                                                     Jenny Maguire (’94) portrayed Kathleen
                                                                                              promoted to director of alumni relations at                                                                                                                                          “Marni Penning                              Actors’ Equity, directed The Syringa
and August.                                    Women v 2.0. Krometis has launched                                                           Baltimore County.                                                                      in Acts of Mercy: passion-play at Rattlestick
                                                                                              Walnut Hill School, an arts boarding high                                                                                                                                            has Lady Sneer-                              Tree at Richmond, Va.’s Barksdale
Sara Eshleman (’05) played Iris,               the Examined Man Theatre company                                                             In June and July,                                                                      Playwrights Theater until mid-March.
                                                                                              school near Boston. Bassett dances with                                                                                                                                              well’s bitchy                                Theatre in April and May.
Eurydice, Myrrha and Psyche in Live            (http://www.examinedman.org).                                                                Matthew R. Staley                                                                      The New York Sun’s Helen Shaw called
                                                                                              the arts ministry ILLUME.                                                                                                                                                            comedy down
Arts’ production of Metamorphoses              Kat Wisener (’04) appeared in Happy                                                          (’00) starred as                                                                       Maguire “incredible” and The New York                                                       In 2006, Denise Cooper (’75) was the
                                                                                              Geoffrey A. Ehrlich (’01) lives in New                                                                                               Times’ Honor Moore called Maguire’s             pat..." Penning
in March.                                      Hour at The Big Little Theatre in New                                                        Edgar Allan Poe                                                                                                                                                                    company manager for two of the four
                                                                                              York City and is working in the art                                                                                                  performance “engaging.”                         also appeared in
New York Theater Company’s Kids                York City in July.                                                                           in the Bristol Val-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the “Cold Stones”                            2006 Tony Award® nominees for Best
                                                                                              department on the upcoming television
With Guns co-founding member Rachel            Ryan Chrisman (’03) is an M.F.A. can-                                                        ley Theater world                                                                      Sally Story (’94)                                                                              Play, Rabbit Hole and Shining City,
                                                                                              show The Black Donnellys. Ehrlich col-                                                                                                                                               episode of The
Bauder (’05) stage-managed six August          didate and dance instructor at the Uni-                                                      premiere produc-                                                                       is one of three                                                                                 both of which were produced by
                                                                                              laborates with Kelly Bartnik (’01) and                                                                                                                                               Sopranos in May.
performances of The Blue Martini at the        versity of Maryland, College Park. Dur-                                                      tion of Nevermore in                        the role of Tu-Bao in the new musical,     new part-time fac-                                                                               the Manhattan Theatre Club at
                                                                                              Dena Ghieth (’01) on video projects                                                                                                                                                  Penning earned
DR2 Theatre during the 2006 New York           ing the summer, Chrisman interned with                                                       Naples, N.Y. Staley                         Journey to the West, which was selected    ulty members with                                                                                the Biltmore Theatre. Cooper was
                                                                                              for their production company, Gk1                                                                                                                                                    a nomination
International Fringe Festival.                 Performance Plus at The John F. Ken-                                                         studies with acting coach Wynn Hand-        to be in the prestigious New York          JMU’s School of                                                                                 also the executive producer of Klea
                                                                                              Productions.                                                                                                                                                                         for outstand-
                                               nedy Center for the Performing Arts in                                                       man at Carnegie Hall in New York.           Music Theatre Festival in September        Theatre and Dance.                                                                           Blackhurst’s album, “Autumn in New
Meredith Holcomb (’05) appeared in                                                            Corinne E. Dame (’02) acts in Colo-                                                                                                                                                  ing supporting
                                               Washington, D.C.                                                                             Stacy Pfeifer (’99) is a dance teacher at   (http://www.journeytothewestthemusi-       Story received her                              actress, resident                            York: Vernon Duke’s Broadway” on
Elvis People at the Norfolk Southern                                                          nial Williamsburg’s living history pro-
                                                                                                                                            Richmond, Va.’s Collegiate School and       cal.com).                                  M.F.A. in directing                             play, for her por-                            the Ghostlight Records label. Cooper
Festival of New Works at Roanoke,              Molly Hood (’03) appeared in Rich-             gram, The Revolutionary City.
                                                                                                                                            is a member of Tara Zaffutto Mullins’                                                  from Temple Uni-                                trayal of Ashley                               teaches at New York University’s
Va.’s Mill Mountain Theatre. Holcomb           mond, Va.’s Barksdale Theatre at the                                                                                                     Kate McDermott (’98) is an artis-
                                                                                              Diana (Fix) Girtain (’02) draped              (’96) Z. Mullins Dance Company, as is                                                  versity. Story teaches                          Hammond in                                     Tisch School of the Arts, Depart-
began working at The Barter Theatre in         Hanover Tavern in Barefoot in the Park                                                                                                   tic associate with Uma Productions in
                                                                                              for the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s         Kendall (Baltimore) Neely (’97).                                                       introduction to the-                            the Woolly                                      ment of Drama.
Abingdon, Va., in August.                      from January through March.                                                                                                              Chicago.
                                                                                              production of Anthony & Cleopatra                                                                                                    atre at JMU.                                    Ma mmoth
Elise Boyd (’04) teaches speech and            Ryan Hugh McWilliams (’03) is the                                                            Michael Sag (’99) married Lindsey T.                                                                                                                                                     Marilyn McAvoy (’75) has
                                                                                              this summer. Girtain is the assistant                                                     Tom Reed (’98) is an acting instruc-                                                       Theatre
drama at Midlothian, Va.’s Bailey              assistant to the editor at The Village                                                                                                                                                                   Jon Zimmer-                                                                   been appointed senior director
                                                                                              costume director at Northern Illinois         Brooks, the Manhattan Theatre Club’s        tor at Alverno College in Milwaukee,                                                       Company’s
Bridge Middle School.                          Voice and one of the co-founders of The                                                                                                                                                                  man        (’94)                                                               of development for University
                                                                                              University.                                   associate general manager. Sag is the       Wis. In 2007, Reed will play the father                                                    production
                                               Gossip Factory.                                                                                                                                                                                          returned to the                                                                Initiatives in Arts and Culture
In 2005, Kristen Hummerston, aka                                                              Aebony Shepard-Mitchell (’02)                                                             in The Christmas Story at First Stage                           Latimer-Shaef-             of     After                                        at San Diego State University.
Kristen Comyns (’04), performed                Keven Quillon                                  received a certificate in arts management                                                 in Milwaukee and will also perform                              fer stage with             Ashley.                                            This is a newly created position
at the Fulton Opera House in Lan-              (’03) appeared in                              from the University of Massachusetts,                                                     in Henry IV, Part I with Milwaukee                              Isabel     Gotz-           Penning                                            for the university’s upcoming
caster, Pa., in Seussical: The Musical         the Los Angeles                                Amherst. Shepard-Mitchell works for                                                       Shakespeare. This fall, Reed will direct                        kowsky        and          is a member                                        capital campaign with respon-
and appeared as Shelley in Batboy:             premiere of Irving                             several arts organizations in the central                                                 The Burial at Thebes: A Translation of                          Friends during             of the Australian/                               sibility for raising major gifts
The Musical. Comyns was also on the            Berlin’s     White                             Pennsylvania area including Theatre                                                       Sophocles’ Antigone.                                            the September              American        theatre                         ($100,000 and up) for programs
national tour of Thoroughly Modern             Christmas (ensem-                              Harrisburg, where she builds theatre                                                                                                                      8-9 run of The             company, The Pro- Marni Penning as
                                                                                                                                                                                        An article about the company and work                                                                                                  in theatre, dance, music, visual arts,
Millie in 2006, where she played Ruth.         ble) at the Pan-                               curriculum for education programs.                                                                                                                        New Dance Fes-             duction Company. Lady Sneerwell
                                                                                                                                                                                        of Ashley Graves-DeFabio Gearing                                                                                                       film, television, media production and
Keith Foster (’04) is in a new play in         tages Theatre. Last                                                                                                                                                                                      tival. While here,         Penning is coaching
                                                                                              In late January, The Washington Post                                                      (’97) was published in Curio: The Val-                                                                                                 citywide arts collaboratives.
the New York City International Fringe         summer,      Quil-                                                                                                                                                                                       Zimmerman                  full time.
                                               lon was in Beauty                              published a feature article, “Theatre         senior manager for Broadway Asia Enter-     ley Feature Magazine. It can be read in
Festival, sharing the stage with Ariella                                                                                                                                                                                                                taught an inter-                                                       Margot Haliday Knight (’74) is pres-
                                               and the Beast and                              on the Fringe,” on Forum Theatre and          tainment and has relocated to China to      full at http://www.curiomagazine.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mediate modern             Candace (Decker) Johnson (’91)              ident and chief executive officer of
                                               Crazy For You at                               Dance. The company was founded by             open a new office to manage ground          dance/index.htm. Gearing’s company,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and advanced               appeared in the cabaret Love, Candy,        United Arts of Central Florida, an
                                               California’s Sacramento Music Circus.          Paul Frydrychowski (’01), Kelly Bart-         operations for shows they will produce      New Directions in Dance, LLC, is one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        modern class.              as part of the University of Wisconsin-     Orlando-area organization that raises
                                               Quillon is a member of the Actors’             nik (’01) and artistic director Michael       and to hire and manage local staff to       of the few programs in the Shenandoah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zimmerman                  Marshfield Performing Arts Series, held     more than $5.6 million annually for
                                               Equity Association.                            Dove (’01). The article can be read in        create new theatre businesses.              Valley for people with disabilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        studied acting             at Wood County’s Helen Connor Laird         regional cultural organizations and art-
                                                                                              full at http://www.washingtonpost.com/                                                                                                                                               Theatre. Johnson teaches acting classes     ists. Knight chairs the UAF Council for
                                               Casey Blake (’02) received her M.F.A.                                                                           Virginia      Theatre    Donna Costello (’96) dances with                                for two years at
                                                                                              wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/                                                                                                                                                   as part of UW’s continuing education        Americans for the Arts. Last year, she
                                               in dance and technology from Arizona                                                                            Association Board        Mollie O’Brien’s Mob productions,                               Virginia Tech,
                                                                                              AR2006012601887.html.                                                                                                                                                                program.                                    was elected to JMU’s Alumni Board.
                                               State University in 2005. Her work,                                                                             Member Russ Staggs       which will premiere Mammal at Dance                             then transferred
                                               The eyes of the i’s, with animator and         Roy A. Gross (’00) is the production                             (’99) won the best       New Amsterdam in October. Costello                              to JMU, where              In mid-March, Michael Rosenberg’s
                                               visual artist Arina Melkozernova and           manager of the new Atlas Performing                              director award at the    also works with Jill Sigman/thinkdance                          he obtained a              (’90) Drama Dept. produced A Night of
                                               composer Nahla Mattar was shown                Arts Center in Washington, D.C. He                               Southeastern The-        that will present Rupture with Danspace                         B.S. in dance in           Burlesque compiled by artistic director
                                               at the Third International Symposium           is also the Actors’ Equity Association                           atre Conference in       Project at St. Mark’s Church in the                             1994. Zimmer-              Douglas Carter Beane and backed up
Gossip Factory Members shown are:
Mark Johanson, Ryan McWilliams, Katie Lawson
                                               of Digital Media Design at Yeditepe            stage manager for Washington, D.C.’s                             Orlando, Fla. Staggs     Bowery in February. Costello is a teach-   man teaches Pilates® on Manhattan’s             by The Ben Waltzer Trio at New York
Leigh Diveris, Keith Foster, Sarah Elliot      University, Istanbul, Turkey. Blake is         African Continuum Theatre’s produc-           teaches at Chesapeake, Va.’s Great Bridge   ing artist candidate for the Lincoln       Upper West Side.                                City’s The Tuscany.
                                               dancing as a guest artist with Desert          tion of The Gingham Dog and for Sig-          High School.                                Center Institute.
Beth Bowden (’04). Foster works with           Dance Theatre and teaching at Scotts-          nature Theatre’s production of Crave in                                                                                              Nick Rose (’93) has been filming inde-          Producer, writer, broadcaster and
                                                                                                                                            Jeremy Beck (’98), Dave Dalton              Andy Hite (’96) is the artistic director
The Gossip Factory, a theatre collective       dale Community College. This August            Arlington, Va.                                                                                                                       pendent short films for the 48 Hour             reviewer Mark Jordan Legan (’82) has
                                                                                                                                            (’98) and Christopher Yeatts (’95)          of the Marriott Theatre in Chicago.
formed from JMU theatre alumni, of             she launched Dance in Phoenix (http://         Marisa Impalli (’00) teaches dance at                                                                                                Short Film Challenge. Rose stage-               weekly segments for Slate (“Summary
which he is a co-founding member.              www.danceinphoenix.com/).                                                                    were on campus April 17, for a presen-      Shannon Hummel’s (’96) Cora Dance          managed Our Town for the Cincin-                Judgment”) and National Public Radio
                                                                                              Watchung Hills High School in Watc-
                                                                                                                                            tation of Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet. Dave      is performing this year in New York        nati Shakespeare Company (formerly              (“Day to Day”).
April Gruber (’04) is the education            Brooke Marshall (’02) is the assistant         hung, N.J.
                                                                                                                                            Dalton directed.                            at La MaMa Theater in The Bowery,          festival), played Satan in The Last Days
director and tour manager for Dance            production manager at Arlington, Va.’s         Casey Kaleba (’00) has joined the                                                                                                                                                    Keri Wormald (’80) is one of three
Alloy in Pittsburgh, and a teaching                                                                                                         Nicholas Kohn (’98) recently fin-           BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the         of Judas Iscariot for The Know Theatre
                                               Signature Theatre, which will open its         teaching staff at the Shakespeare The-                                                                                                                                               new      part-time
artist for the company’s school and                                                                                                         ished perform-                              92nd Street Y, and out of town, at         of Cincinnati and has signed to play
                                               new facility in 2007 with a gala produc-       atre in Washington, D.C. This spring,                                                                                                                                                faculty members
outreach programs. Gruber has been a                                                                                                                                                    Rhode Island College and in Virginia as    Leontes in the Cincinnati Shakespeare
                                               tion of Into the Woods.                        Kaleba acted in and did fight direction       ing in the Tony                                                                                                                        at JMU’s School
                                                                                                                                                                                        part of the Crossroads Project.            Company’s production of The Winter’s
guest master teacher at the University of                          Mike Setti (’02)           for the University of Maryland’s pro-         Awa rd® -w i n-                                                                                                                        of Theatre and
Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and at                                                                                                                                                                                             Tale this winter.
                                                                   appeared in the pre-       duction of Goodnight Desdemona (Good          ning Broadway                               Jim Moye (’96), who has worked on                                                          Dance. Wormald
Pennsylvania State University.                                     miere of Lady Killer       Morning Juliet). Kaleba has recently          show Avenue Q                                                                          In April and May, Kara McLane                   holds a B.S. in
                                                                                                                                                                                        Broadway (Urinetown, The Full Monty),
Damon Krometis (’04) made his New                                  for the first annual       done fight direction for The Studio           in Las Vegas at                             gave three lectures on “Auditioning for    Burke (’92) played Norca in Our Lady            theatre and broad-
York City directoral/playwriting debut                             Capitol Fringe Fes-        Theatre’s 2ndStage, the National Play-        the Wynn Hotel.                             Musical Theatre and Theatre” in April.     of 121st Street at Live Arts in Charlot-        casting from JMU
with a spring run of Epic Encounters                               tival in Washington,       ers and the documentary, A Prince             Kohn will play                                                                         tesville, Va.                                   and did a year of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance
                                                                                                                                                     The 2006-07 Theatre and Dance
                                                                                                                                                     Scholarships were announced on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 thanks these donors,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   whose gifts during the past year have helped educate our talented students

 2006-07 Scholarship Award Winners                                                                                                                   Wednesday, April 26, 2006.                    and mount productions that benefit students and delight the community.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dr. William J. Allen                              Mr. J. Burns Earle III                      Ms. Kathryn K. Litten                          Mrs. Cephe F. Place
Theatre Scholarships                       Amy Kellett received the Phillip S.                 Dance scholarships                                  Other news                                      Mrs. Charlene R. Alvey                            Mr. Charles Edwin Estes                     Mr. William C. Loomis III                      Ms. Sonia Purkey
The 2006-07 Horace Burr Scholarship        Grayson Award for Excellence in Tech-               Jessica Burgess received the 2006-07                • Web master Richard Finkelstein                Mrs. Cathy G. Anderson                            Mrs. Susan E. Estes                         Dr. Maribeth P. Loynes                         Ms. Hedy L. Reese
was awarded to Shelly Thiss. It rec-       nical Theatre.                                      Dr. Earlynn J. Miller Scholarship Award.              (rfinkels@msn.com) has created a num-         Drs. Thomas H. and Kathleen G. Arthur             Ms. Jayne T. Flowers                        Mrs. Barbara C. Maclam                         Dr. Phillip M. Renick
ognizes a theatre major who has dem-                                                           2006-07 Partial Tuition Scholarships                  ber of enhancements and updates to the
                                           Lyndsey Cole and Angela Stellute                                                                                                                        Dr. Christopher A. Ashton                         Dr. Frank W. Gearing                        Ms. Hildegarde Marvel                          Dr. Helen M. Rose
onstrated excellence in academic and                                                           were awarded to Meghan Amoroso,                       theatre and dance Web site including:
                                           received the Achievement in Musical
practical theatre work.                                                                        Sarah Birgfeld, Sara Hoke, Eve Karlin,               1) A new Web address (http://www.              Ms. Susan K. Bartee                               Dr. Jason K. Gentry                         Dr. Henry F. Mason                             Mrs. Cindy M. Sabato
                                           Theatre Award.
                                                                                               Ashley Tucker and Dawn Young.                        jmu.edu/theatre and http://www.jmu.            Dr. Barry M. Berger                               Mr. Steven Grande                           Ms. Carol I. Mathews                           Mr. and Mrs. Stanley K. Schelhorn
The 2006-07 Stratford Players Scholar-
ship was awarded to Brynn Dorsey and       Evan Moritz received the Senior Recog-                                                                   edu/dance).
                                                                                               Meghan Ballard, Jillian Boelte, Jes-                                                                Dr. Herbert E. Bing                               Mrs. Lynn S. Hampton                        Mr. Robert B. Mathews                          Dr. David F. Scudder
Stephanie Ganacoplos. It recognizes        nition Award.
                                                                                               sica Burgess, Sara Hoke and Dawn                     2) The Masterpiece Season 2006-07              Mrs. Judith H. Blonski                            Ms. Betty J. Harding                        Ms. Lynne O. McClaugherty                      Dr. W. Craig Sease
Stratford Players who have demonstrated    James E. Lawlor III received the Out-               Young received 2006 Summer Study                     online (http://www.jmu.edu/theatre/
excellence in academic and practical                                                           Scholarships.                                        prod.htm).                                     Dr. Michael J. Botticelli                         Ms. Daryl V. Harrison-Carson                Mrs. Sharon S. Mercke                          Mr. William T. Shuler
                                           standing Senior Award.
theatre work.                                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. Joan S. Bradford                             Ms. Shirley Hasdin                          Dr. Earlynn J. Miller                          Dr. M. Catherine Slusher
                                                                                                                                                    3) A new calendar system (http://www.
The 2006-07 Mary Latimer Cordner                                                                                                                    jmu.edu/theatre/cal.htm).                      Mr. and Mrs. William J. Buck                      Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Henderson III       Mr. Nathan H. Miller                           Mrs. Caroline B. Smith
Scholarship was awarded to McLean                                                                                                                   4) An expanded alumni resources sec-           Dr. Leslie S. Burt                                Mr. T.P. Hern Jr.                           Mr. and Mrs. Bob Milner                        Dr. Susan B. Smith
Fletcher and Lauren Meyer. It is named                                                                                                              tion. When alumni submit news through
for a former JMU theatre professor and                                                                                                                                                             Dr. Dane Byers                                    Ms. Theresa H. Hobson                       Ms. Kelly J. Moran                             Mr. and Mrs. Tommy W. Thompson
                                                                                                                                                    the online form, it will now be displayed
given to junior or senior theatre majors                                                                                                            online. To send your alumni news, click        Carilion                                          Ms. Susan Hopp                              Dr. Marcus Morra                               Dr. Jon R. Tomei
who demonstrate excellence in academic                                                                                                              on Share Your Alumni News! Fill out            Ms. Anne J. Cline                                 Dr. and Mrs. Alden L. Hostetter             Ms. Shari Moxley                               Mr. Matthew K. Tureck
and practical theatre work.                                                                                                                         the form and click on “Submit.” If you         Mr. and Mrs. David A. Collins                     Mrs. Peggy Huffman                          Dr. and Mrs. Danny Alan Neal                   Dr. Craig A. Westwood
The 2006-07 Steven Synder Memorial                                                                                                                  do not want your news/address updates
                                                                                                                                                    posted online, send your news to sim-          Dr. F. Edward Comer                               Ms. Shannon L. Hummel                       Dr. Louis E. Nelsen III                        Mrs. Eliot D. Westwood
Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth
Coco, Lash Dooley and Matt Kagen. It                                                                                                                monea@jmu.edu and include your                 Mr. Thomas M. Culligan Sr.                        Mrs. Dawn F. Kern                           Drs. Zack T. and Judith S. Perdue              Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Whitman
recognizes creative work in theatre.                                                                                                                graduation date!                               Dr. Marcia S. DeFreese                            Mrs. Virginia R. Kisner                     Dr. and Mrs. Jose R. Perez                     Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Whitten
                                                                                                                                                   • Costume and textile historian Colleen         Dr. John P. Delisio                               Ms. Margot Haliday Knight                   Dr. Allan L. Pettie
Megan Tusing received the 2006-                                                                                                                      Callahan is the School of Arts and
07 Steven Snyder Creative Achieve-                                                                                                                                                                 Ms. Sherry L. Driver                              Mrs. Elizabeth Pranis Kurr                  Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Mo Philon
                                                                                                                                                     Letters Visiting Scholar and Theatre
ment Award, which recognizes creative                                                                                                                and Dance’s Costume Designer in Resi-         Mrs. Doreen M. Dvorscak                           Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Leonidoff              Mrs. Alana Mahdali Pilcher
achievement, particularly in The Experi-                                                                                                             dence this semester. Callahan is curator
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                P support the performing arts at JMU
mental Theatre.                                                                                                                                      emeritus of The Valentine Museum in
Sade Namei received the Tom King
Scholarship, which recognizes out-
                                                                                                                                                     Richmond, Va. Callahan held open
                                                                                                                                                     classes for theatre and dance, art history,
                                                                                                                                                     history and american studies.
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Upcoming productions at the School of Theatre and Dance
Main stage season at Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre
Theatre series 2006 – 2007             him still alive. The details of his      Contemporary Dance Ensemble              Experimental Theatre
The Laramie Project                    supposed crash and the explana-          March 22–24, 2007, 8 p.m.                The Wild Party
by Moisés Kaufman                      tion for its occurrence unfold to        A showcase of new work by JMU            by Michael LaChuisa
Nov. 7–11, 2006, 8 p.m.                reveal shocking and disturbing facts     dance students and professors along      Directed by Katie Culligan
The Laramie Project is based upon      about the Keller family, their busi-     with guest artists including choreog-    Nov. 14 – 18, 8 p.m. and
the recollections of Laramie, Wyo.,    ness and their world. All My Sons        rapher Donald J. Laney, co-artistic      Nov. 18; 2 p.m. matinee.
residents, who witnessed what was      is Arthur Miller's direct address of     director of the West Virginia Dance      Tickets on sale at Theatre II Nov.
to become a national symbol of         wartime ethics, American ideals and      Company and JMU music professor          13 from 4 –7 p.m. and at the
intolerance. Recommended for           conscience.                              John Hilliard, resident composer         door two hours before curtain. ALL
mature audiences.                                                               and co-chair of the Contemporary         Theatre II productions are intended
                                       Dance series 2006 – 2007                 Music Festival. Professors Cynthia       for mature audiences
Thoroughly Modern Millie               Virginia Repertory                       Thompson and Shane O’Hara will
Feb. 13–17, 2007, 8 p.m. and           Dance Company                            collaborate with Hilliard on two         Additional Dance Concerts
Feb. 18, 2 p.m.                        Dec. 7–9, 2006, 8 p.m.                   pieces. Thompson will perform a          The Student Dance Concert will be
Winner of six 2002 Tony® awards                                                 piece to Mozart Rounded-Off —            held Nov. 16-18, 2006 and the The
                                       Kate Trammell, artistic director, and
including best musical featuring                                                Hilliard’s completion of a composi-      Dance Alumni Concert will be held
                                       the students in the Virginia Reper-
1920s standards, music from the                                                 tion fragment for cello and piano left   Jan. 19-20, 2007. For information
                                       tory Dance Company perform new
original film and new music by                                                  unfinished by Mozart. O’Hara will        on either concert, call Nancy Kupec
                                       choreography by JMU faculty mem-
Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan.                                                perform a Mozart inspired composi-       at 568-6511.
                                       bers and national guest artists. Guest
All My Sons by Arthur Miller           choreographers Isabel Gotzkowsky         tion piece — Mosaics on Mozart.
April 10–14, 2007, 8 p.m.              (NYC) and Keith Thompson (Phil-
The country is at war and young        adelphia), will perform new work
pilot Larry Keller is down and         with JMU faculty member Suzanne
missing. Only his mother believes      Miller-Corso and Trammell.