Category: Theater & Dance

“The Caretaker” provides intensely pitted portrayals among three-man cast

“The Caretaker” provides intensely pitted portrayals among three-man cast

Three-man cast of theater majors play two brothers and a homeless man in tense-filled play, “The Caretaker,” by Harold Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Photo courtesy of Bozark

“The Caretaker,” a 1960 play by Harold Pinter, will be performed by three students in the theater department who depict two brothers and a homeless […]

Dance in Concert to display mix of themes choreographed by various artists

Dance in Concert to display mix of themes choreographed by various artists

Dance in Concert performances will be held Wed – Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Dunham Hall Theater
Ten pieces ranging from depicting love and death to moving boxes will be featured in Dance in Concert, held this week by the Theater and Dance Department.
Dance in Concert consists of 20 student dancers […]

Black Theater Workshop explores Trayvon Martin case, social justice

Black Theater Workshop explores Trayvon Martin case, social justice

Students will recite poetry, dance and act out artistic expressions at the annual Black Theater Workshop in response to the Trayvon Martin case and social justice.
Students Craig Williams and Ashley Dozier rehearse for the 2014 Black Theater Workshop, which focuses on the Trayvon Martin case and social justice. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Stallings
Martin, a Florida […]

Bentley’s theater endeavors earn her $20,000 fellowship from Regional Arts Commission

Bentley’s theater endeavors earn her $20,000 fellowship from Regional Arts Commission

Theater professor Kathryn Bentley is among the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission's fellows photo credit RAC

Theater professor, director, actor and community activist Kathryn Bentley has reason to celebrate in dramatic fashion–she and nine other artists received a $20,000 fellowship from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC).  The 10 were chosen from an applicant pool […]

'The 39 Steps' makes its SIUE debut this week

‘The 39 Steps’ makes its SIUE debut this week

Monty Python meets Alfred Hitchcock.
That’s how theater and dance professor Peter Cocuzza described the department’s latest production, “The 39 Steps,” which runs Nov. 13 – 17. Cocuzza said the production is a murder-mystery spoof that has previous adaptations in book (John Buchan’s 1915 publication) and film (Hitchcock’s movie of the same name).
“It’s still about spies […]

Dunham Hall window replacements expected to save in energy costs

Dunham Hall window replacements expected to save in energy costs

Window replacements on Dunham Hall are expected to save SIUE between 50 percent and 70 percent in energy costs, according to Bill Retzlaff, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Window replacement construction began last month on Dunham Hall and are expected to be completed by early December. Photo by Kari Williams
“The expectation is […]

New SIUE faculty Van Leishout named to Educational Theatre Association National Hall of Fame

New SIUE faculty Van Leishout named to Educational Theatre Association National Hall of Fame

Theater education coordinator professor Leslie Van Leishout was named to Educational Theatre Association National Hall of Fame
Whether it’s the Socratic method of teaching that incites open discussion, learning new insights from students or mentoring theater education student teachers, Leslie Van Leishout, theater education coordinator professor, loves instructing the dramatic arts.
She has been teaching and performing […]

“Fast and Loose” streamlined with ethical complexities, relatable emotions

“Fast and Loose” streamlined with ethical complexities, relatable emotions

"Fast and Loose" actors onstage Photo credit: Valerie Goldston
“Fast and Loose” is a whirlwind of emotions that probes into the complex nature of the human heart.
Theater professor Kathryn Bentley, also director of “Fast and Loose,” said issues dealing with ethics are complex.
“Nobody is exempt from dealing with issues that will make you question yourself and […]

Acis and Galatea, SIUE’s student opera, toppled with high school caricature portrayals

Acis and Galatea, SIUE’s student opera, toppled with high school caricature portrayals

SIUE opera performers Sarah Paitz and Ben Rardin with Tyler Green looking on
SIUE’s classically trained operatic singers juxtapose their performances with armpit sniffing, book-slapping and nerd-mocking high school playacting. It smells like teen spirit; it reeks of high school awkwardness; but it’s to the music of one of George Frideric Handel’s most well-known operas- “Acis […]

Students get hands on Japanese puppetry during Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe workshop and show

Students get hands on Japanese puppetry during Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe workshop and show

Students interact with The Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe during last Thursday evening's show
Last week, The Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, the only traditional Japanese puppet troupe active outside Japan, held a workshop and show at SIUE.
Professor Martin Holman, of the University of Missouri – Columbia Japanese Studies Program, directed his troupe of 11 students, who are […]

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