On Saturday, April 28, students in the Master of Arts in Theatre Studies program, participated in commencement activities at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. They were among 4,000 of 6,200 graduating Florida State students who participated in commencement ceremonies spread over two days.
Florida State University grads make DEAD DAD Come Alive at 2012 Florida Film Festival World Premiere
Friends and former classmates’ film is one of 167 selected from 1,706 entries from around the globe. DEAD DAD was created by friends and former FSU classmates who stuck together after graduation from the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, heading to Hollywood, Calif., to immerse themselves in their passion for film making.
Twelve Leon County 11th grade students visited the School of Theatre at Florida State University on Tuesday, April 10 for a stage makeup workshop. The students, part of Youth Leadership Tallahassee, learned how to create injuries and bruises.
The School of Theatre’s current production of The Sea Gull, running in the Lab Theatre through April 1, is the result of a collaboration of many artists, scholars, actors, and production team members working together to bring Anton Chekhov’s famous work to life on stage. Bryan Schmidt has served as the dramaturg for the production, working with director Fred Chappell to dive into the text and shape the production. We sat down with Schmidt to talk about the dramaturgical process for The Sea Gull.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies Dr. Elizabeth Osborne will be participating in the 3rd Annual FSU Author Day on Friday, March 23 in the Augustus Turnbull Conference Center. There will be a book signing from 4:30 – 5:30 which will be followed at 5:30 by a reading from her book, Staging the People: Community & Identity in the Federal Theatre Project. The reception is free and open to the public; other FSU authors reading at the event include Joseph Hellweg, Ned Stuckey-French, and Wayne Wiegand.
Dr. Kris Salata was recognized as a recipient of the Guardian of the Flame Faculty Award on March 13, receiving the award for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance.
Gaylen Phillips (of the School of Theatre's production of The Full Monty) shares her enthusiasm for the arts both on and off stage with FSU's students and the Florida community.
Music Theatre alums Montego Glover (c/o '96) and Kevin Covert (c/o '92) are performing in Memphis, a musical that combines Broadway splendor with the roots of rock. Other alumni participating behind the scenes include alum Steve Rankin (MFA Acting, c/o '77) as the production's Fight Director, Hair Supervisor Michelle Rutter (BFA Design Technology, 1995), Associate Wardrobe Supervisor Fred Castner (BA Theatre, 1985: MFA Costume Design, 1990), and Scenic Design Intern Caite Hevner (BFA Design Technology, 2006)
The late John A. Degen met few of the theater students who use his books, manuscripts and artifacts, and he won’t meet the students who hold the award that bears his name. Nevertheless, Degen, a former professor of theater studies at FSU, has provided valuable resources that will shape the lives of students in The Florida State University School of Theatre for generations to come.
Rebekah Suellau and Zdenka Turecek received top playwriting awards at the Kennedy Center Region IV American College Theatre Festival in Daytona Beach, January 31 to February 4. They are students in the MFA Writing for Stage and Screen program.