Theatre and Dance
STAGE School of Theatre and Dance
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
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
5 2006 Productions
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
director of devel-
opment for college
accomplish their dreams
ALUMS HAVE OFTEN told
At the top: section view of the dance
me that Madison ser ved a s
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
Pippert is available to discuss the
possibilities. You can reach her by
calling (540) 568–3195 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Announcement New Dance Festival opened season 5
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.
tor/writer for the Papermill Theatre A playful period musical comedy
Children’s Theatre Company, and set in 1922 New York City, Millie
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Starring roles 9
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.
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. (email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.