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    Professor Linda Pisano and Professor of Practice Heather Milam were contributors to The Art and Practice of Costume Design, published last spring by Routledge Press. Six authors were selected to author a chapter on a specific subject area in regard to the costume design and technology process from first inception through production. The book is available at Amazon.

    Women in the Shadows Assistant Professor of History, Theory, and Literature, Jennifer Goodlander's first book, Women in the Shadows was published in October by Ohio University Press.

    On Stage Names IU Contemporary Dance to National Top-Ten BFA Rankings!

    Christopher Rhoton ('15 MFA Scenic Designer) has a new set on display at IU. This newest set is not in the Theatre, but instead it is in the newly refurbished Franklin Hall as part of the new Media School's Beckley Studio for TV broadcast and production classes. You can read and see more about it here.

    The Department had an incredibly accomplished spring 2016!

    Senior Ross Rebennack has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Ross and his faculty mentor, Murray McGibbon will participate in the platform party at the Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00pm. Sponsored jointly by the Provost, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Award recognizes not only outstanding achievement in research and creative activity, but the importance of such creative and research experiences for undergraduates. This award also recognizes that faculty who mentor undergraduates make a significant difference, encouraging and guiding students, as well as engaging them in this learning process and advocating for them.

    Finishing up two major conferences, USITT and SETC, has resulted in the following accolades for Design & Technology faculty and students.

    Aaron Bowersox (lighting design), Kelsey Nichols (costume design) and Kristen Martino (scenic design) were all selected as three of only fifteen student designers nationally to win the honor to exhibit at the Young Designer's Forum last week. This is a prestigious honor and afforded them opportunities for feedback sessions and public viewing of their portfolios. This is a notable achievement and speaks well of the calibre of our students here at IU.
    Lani Tortoriello placed first in Costume Technology at SETC's annual conference.
    Aaron Bowersox placed third in Lighting Design at SETC's annual conference.
    Bridgette Dreher placed first in Scenic Design at SETC's annual conference AND won the Ready To Work Award.
    Kelsey Nichols received Honorary Recognition in Costume Design at SETC's annual conference.
    Kevin Nelson, scenic design, won the Midwest USITT Regional Design Competition and was recognized at the Regional Meeting at the Annual Conference.
    Kristen Martino, scenic design, was honorable mention/1st alternate in the USITT Midwest Regional Design Competition, recognized at the Annual Conference.
    Aaron Bowersox (lighting) will also be presenting at the Hemsley Lighting Review at the Lincoln Center this April.
    Kristen Martino (scenic) will be presenting at the NYC East Coast Showcase in May.

    Professor of Practice Heather Milam has won a USITT grant to spend her summer in Russia working alongside and researching/documenting the costume makers and designers in Moscow. She will make a formal presentation of her international work at the national conference in 2017.

    Assistant Professor Reuben Lucas and Professor Linda Pisano were two of only fifteen designers awarded nationally from 160 juried exhibitions to be featured in Theatre Design and Technology Magazine's summer edition 2016.
    Reuben's exhibit was for the scenic design of Mr. Burns and Linda's exhibit was for the opera production of La Traviata at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

    Associate Professor Paul Brunner oversaw the remount of the USA's Prague Quadrennial entry for its U.S. Premier at USITT. This was exhibited in Prague in the summer 2015 and was built by a team comprised of T.D. Paul Brunner and eight IU Design and Technology graduate students.

    Eileen Curly was named the new editor of TD&T MAGAZINE (Theatre Design & Technology) a highly noted and juried periodical of national and international importance to the performing arts and entertainment industries.

    Of special note: Many of our IU alumni are not only achieving their own successes, but many who are now teachers are bringing a superior group of young designers and technicians into the industry as evidenced by their excellent work, awards and exhibitions at these annual conferences.

  • The Times Ledger's 2015 Queens Kudos Awards nominations have been announced and Murray McGibbon has been nominated for Outstanding Director for Hip To Hip Theatre Company's Merry Wives of Windsor and they were also nominated for Outstanding Production.

    March 2015 brought numerous, national successes for the Department's Design/Tech graduate students.

    -- Eriko Terao (3rd year MFA Costume Design) was selected as only one of six graduate costume designers in the US to exhibit her work in the national conference of USITT next week. This is a highly competitive forum and is juried by an excellent panel of award winning designers.

    -- Chris Rhoton (3rd Year MFA scenic design) won the USITT Midwest Regional Section Digital Design Competition for his design of “King Lear”. As a winner he will receive complementary conference registration to USITT in Cincinnati.

    -- Katie Greunhagen (3rd year MFA lighting DESIGN) has received 2nd place for the lighting design of 'Romeo and Juliet' AND received the "READY TO WORK AWARD" to design an upcoming production at Omaha Stage.

    -- Andrea Ball & Chris Rhoton (3rd Year MFAs in scenic design) are presenting a workshop at the 2015 SETC in Chattanooga.

    -- Bridgette Dreher (2nd Year MFA in scenic design) is leading a panel discussion/workshop at the 2015 SETC in Chattanooga.

    -- Eriko Terao- (3rd Year MFA costume design) presented a workshop with Professor Heather Milam at the 2015 SET in Chattanooga.

    -- Andrea Ball, Chris Rhoton, Kristen Martino are competing in the design competition at the 2015 SETC.

    - Chris Rhoton won first place
    - Kristen Martino won third place
    - Andrea received excellent positive feedback for her designs from the jury for Pride and Prejudice

    -- Kristen Martino is part of the student team & Assistant to the Designer for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial-USITT USA National Exhibit

    -- Bridgette Dreher is part of the student team & Properties Master for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial-USITT USA National Exhibit

    -- Kelsey Nichols (2nd Year MFA costume design) is part of the tudent team for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial-USITT USA National Exhibit

  • Professor Emeritus Rakesh Solomon's latest book, Globalization, Nationalism and the Text of 'Kichaka-Vadha' was published by Anthem Press. See the press announcement from the publisher here.

  • IU Theatre Alumnus, Kevin Kline (BA '70) returned to Bloomington to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University.
  • -- During Mr. Kline's visit he sat down for a public interview led by Theatre Chair Jonathan Michealsen. He met with students from the Telecommunications and Theatre Departments at a post ceremony reception as well as attending a screening of his 1988 film, A Fish Called Wanda, at the IU Cinema. On the second day of Mr. Kline's visit he led a master class for the Theatre Department's third year MFA Acting students. A short video from that master class can be viewed at this link.
  • IU Theatre Alumnus, Arian Moayed (BA '02) returned to Bloomington to receive The College of Arts and Sciences' 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

    -- During Arian's visit he met with students from the Theatre Department as well as undergraduate film students from the Department of Communications and Culture, and Arts Administration students from SPEA. Arian was also interviewed by several local press outlet. Here is a link to one article from Indianapolis Monthly.
  • IU was well-represented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) in Cleveland, OH in March.

    -- Deana Nichols presented some of her dissertation work in a thoughtful paper called "Revis(it)ing Macbeth: David Greig's Dunsinane" for the Theatre History Symposium, which provided a thoughtful analysis of how Greig revised Shakespeare's original to provide a critique of world politics.
    -- Joe Stollenwerk presented in the Pedagogy Symposium a paper called "A Doll's Life: Teaching a Flop Musical in the Theatre History Classroom" that described many innovative ways to engage students in questions of theatre history (I plan to steal some of his ideas!) His play Red Sky at Night was performed as part of the Playwriting Symposium.
    -- Jennifer Goodlander's paper "Khmer Identities through the Arts after the Killing Fields in a Post 9/11 New York City" was selected for the Robert A. Schanke Research Award.
  • Several students attended the SETC conference in Mobile, Alabama in March. Meghan Potter, Chris Rhoton, Andrea Ball, Lauren Lusk, John Houtler-McCoy and Derek Jones all attended and represented Indiana University exceptionally well.

    The highlights include:
    -- Lauren, Meghan and John created and presented a successful workshop regarding repertory theatre
    -- Andrea (Cloud 9), Chris (Chicago) and Lauren (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) all entered the graduate design competition and received clear and thoughtful critiques of their scenic designs by Broadway designer Donyale Werle (Peter and The Starcatcher, Bloody Bloddy Andrew Jackson)
    -- Derek Jones also received a thoughtful critique of his Chicago lighting design
    -- In addition, the students took part in the job contact service and interviewed with a number of companies and received great interest for summer employment and beyond.
    -- And finally, Chris Rhoton placed 2nd in the Graduate Design Competition for his scenic design of Chicago.
  • Third-year M.F.A. playwriting student Nathan Alan Davis has had his play Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea selected as one of the six scripts to be produced in the 11th Annual National Showcase of New Plays, hosted December 6-8, 2013 in San Diego, CA. Read the NNPN press release.

  • Third-year M.F.A. playwriting student Kelly P. Lusk has had his play (a love story) selected as one of nine scripts to be produced in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PlayFest! - Harriet's New Play Series, November 8-10, 2013 in Orlando, FL. Read the OST press announcement.

  • Both plays produced as part of the 2013 At First Sight, a repertory of new plays at IU Theatre in the 2012-13 season will receive professional national readings in the fall of 2013.

  • Associate Professor of Acting and Directing, Murray McGibbon awarded New Frontiers grant
    An original, experimental production of William Shakespeare's King Lear performed in “Original Pronunciation” (O.P.) will be directed by McGibbon in the Wells-Metz Theatre in the spring of 2015.

    McGibbon will undertake extensive research in Wales, UK, with David Crystal, one of the world’s leading exponents of O.P., and will then edit the text and phonetically transcribe it into a rehearsal script.

    It is anticipated that an International Visitor’s weekend will coincide with the opening of the production.
  • Third-year M.F.A. playwriting student Kelly P. Lusk had his play (a love story) chosen by the National New Play Network as one of the eight plays for the M.F.A. Playwrights Workshop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., July 27-August 4, 2013. Read more about the NNPN workshop.

  • M.F.A. plawriting student Nathan Alan Davis was named winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Nathan's play The Wind and the Breeze was selected for the KCACTF Award. Nathan was also named a finalist in Cultural DC's 2013 Source Festival of Full Length Plays. His plays have been developed at Centerstage (Baltimore), Chicago Dramatists, and the NNPN/Kennedy Center M.F.A. Playwrights Workshop.
    Read more about the 2013 Source Festival.
  • IU Bloomington professor creates--and performs with--Balinese shadow puppets! Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Theory and Literature, Jennifer Goodlander showed off many of the brightly colored and intricately carved puppets she has mastered use of through her studies of an ancient Balinese art form -- wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry. Read the Inside IU article by Bethany Nolan.