Department News (3-11-14)

Check it out! has a new look!  The site’s new look is now more parallel to the rest of the college’s site, but Kyle Stapley and Derek Reinhardt, have given the site some extra sizzle and more easily accessible information.  The site has three main tiers.  The top tier highlights the latest information about the program; the second tier provides direct links to the areas students ask the most questions about, and the last tier includes the latest posts and opportunities available for students.   And, in case you were wondering, tickets for Final Cut, the Media Arts’ Program’s student film festival, go on sale TODAY.


A Man for All Seasons is now playing. Performances will run until March 22 in the Margetts Theatre.


Michael Morris will be a guest speaker at this week’s theatre forum.  Michael is a PhD candidate at Tufts University  in Theatre History.  He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard, and went on to get an MBA from BYU.  Michael describes this week’s forum topic as follows:  ”When Thomas Schumacher, the president of Disney Theatricals, talks about how Julie Taymor was brought on to direct the stage adaptation of The Lion King, he talks about flipping through his rolodex and being struck by the idea of her directing the show. What some scholars, journalists, and critics have characterized as an intentional move by Disney away from the theme-park aesthetic of Beauty of the Beast towards the avant-garde, Schumacher describes as a combination of inspiration, chance, and pragmatism. Is Disney Theatricals guided by a collective intentionality, an invisible magic mouse, or by a man in collaboration with countless other men and women? I’ll explore this question by drawing on information gathered in interviews and observation of the rehearsal process for The Jungle Book directed by Mary Zimmerman and by considering the full range of Disney’s theatrical activities across the globe.”


This week, TMA will host Professor Diane Timmerman, who currently serves as the chair of the Department of Theatre at Butler University in Indianapolis.  Professor Timmerman will be reviewing A Man for All Seasons, and will be interviewing the production’s company on Friday and Saturday.  From her short bio on Butler Univesity’s website:  ”Diane Timmerman, professor of theatre, received her M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University and her B.A. in Theatre and German from Southern Illinois University. She studied for one year at the University of Hamburg on a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD) and for one year at the University of Vienna. Ms. Timmerman is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, one of about 100 worldwide. She teaches a variety of voice and acting courses at Butler.  Ms. Timmerman is an active professional actor whose favorite credits include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Emilia in Othello and Nerissa in Merchant of Venice for the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre where she is a company member; Karen in August: Osage County, Arlene in Next Fall, Bernstein in David Mamet’s November, the crack-smoking Agnes in Bug, and Sandra inBeautiful Thing, all at the Phoenix Theatre; and Beautiful Thing, and Spinning Into Butter at the Human Race Theatre Company. Other credits include Angel Street at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and numerous roles on Chicago stages. Diane has appeared in many commercials and films, including The Package with Gene Hackman and Amanda for Indy’s Adrenaline Motion Pictures. Ms. Timmerman’s books include: Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing; 90-Minute Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 90-Minute Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet. As a director, Ms. Timmerman focuses on Shakespeare, brand new plays, and voicescapes. Diane is a two-time recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.”


Next week, TMA will host Margaret Peot, the dye and paint designer from New York, who will be visiting our TMA students and faculty from March 19 to 21, 2014. During this time, Ms. Peot will be presenting the Design Forum in the Nelke Theatre at 11 a.m. on March 20.  On the same day, she will visit the TMA design students to give  her thoughts and comments on the students’ artwork, notebooks and portfolios. The next day, Friday March 21, She will present a dye and paint master class/workshop from 8-12 p.m. Margaret is a professional artist and is the author of Alternative Art Journals, Inkblot, Make your Mark, Artist Career Guide, and many journal articles.  She also teaches for higher education and she gives professional workshops.


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