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‘Fiscal responsibility’ factored into theatre shutdown

The cast of New Harmony Theatre's production of

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 4, 2020

It has been three months since the university has announced that they discontinued the New Harmony Theatre program and people are trying to move past the decision. Elliot Wasserman, chair of the performing arts department and former artistic director for the New Harmony Theatre, said the program ending...

Theater needs more attention, appreciation

Theater needs more attention, appreciation

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Growing up, my family instilled a passion and love of theater into me.  One of the first musicals I saw as a child was “Rent,” a musical about a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and make a life in Lower Manhattan.  Some might say that’s not appropriate for a child...

Students react to theatre closing

The cast of New Harmony Theatre's production of

Rhonda Wheeler and Hayden Olberding

January 28, 2020

For some, the New Harmony Theatre was more than just a thespian experience. It was an educational experience, an opportunity for professional growth and a step into a new world of theatre. With USI’s announcement in November that it would discontinue the Theatre, the door has shut on tha...

Community mourns ‘inspirational’ student, playwright

Community mourns 'inspirational' student, playwright

Riley Guerzini and Rhonda Wheeler

January 26, 2020

Andrea Morgan Dale was always excited for the next project. She planned ahead and found ways to encourage and include her peers in her projects. “She was an impeccable student,” said Maya Fein, assistant professor of theatre and lighting design. “Even if she had to miss classes or anything lik...

USI discontinues New Harmony Theatre program

The cast of New Harmony Theatre's production of

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2019

The university is ending the New Harmony Theatre program after 32 years.  A statement from the university said dwindling audiences and reduced charitable giving has put the program in a deficit. Attempts to turn the program around has been unsuccessful according to the university.  A...

‘Pygmalion’ great social commentary, mediocre love story

Bryan Vickery, who plays Henry Higgins, sips tea during rehearsal for

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 19, 2019

Once upon a time, I went to see a five-act play condensed into two, and so begins our story. “Pygmalion” was craftily done. From costume, to set, to the slightest mannerisms of each character, there was a purpose to each and every aspect of the show. I am always impressed by the ability ...

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 12, 2019

The Shield interviewed Otto Mullins, a junior theatre arts performance major, about the upcoming production of “Pygmalion,” which will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and at 2 p.m Feb. 17. The Shield: What is your role in the show? Mullins: I am Alfred Doolittle. So, I am the father of the ...

Trustees approve sale of old theatre properties

The Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former USI scene shop and costume shop at it's meeting April 27. The deed to the land will now go to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's desk for his signature over to the buyer of the property.

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

April 27, 2018

The university Board of Trustees approved the sale of the former USI Theatre scene shop and costume shop at it's meeting April 27. The property located at 96 North Barker Avenue in Evansville will be sold following a sealed bid auction. The building has been mostly vacant since the opening of the Performance Ce...

Old theatre properties to be auctioned off

Bids for the old theatre property on Iglehart Ave. will close April 19. The university has owned the property since they purchased it from the Evansville Catholic Diocese in 1970.

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

March 23, 2018

The aged walls of the former Indiana State University - Evansville Playhouse on the westside of the city quietly blended in the with the backdrop of homes straddling Iglehart Avenue. The Playhouse was built in 1950, with both the church and home across the street built in 1945. The Catholic Dioc...

What goes around comes around

What goes around comes around

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

February 16, 2018

The revolving door in the Performance Center does not perform. The university has no clear timeline as to when it will be fixed after remaining inoperable for over a month. Construction Project Manager Gary Burgdorf said that revolving door has caused problems since the Performance Center was ...

USI community collaborates at playwriting workshop

Junior philosophy and theatre major Andrea Morgan Doyle reads lines for one of the plays presented by the STAGEtwo Playwriting Workshop participants and community actors. Dale wrote a play that her fellow students performed at the event Friday evening.

Gabi Wy, Editor-in-Chief

August 5, 2017

When Andrea Morgan Dale heard her professor speak about Plato's “Symposium” and the philosophy of love last fall, she knew she had to write about it. "My play, 'The Philosophy of Love,' is about two philosophy professors who fall in love," the junior philosophy and theatre major said. "They debate...

Freshman overcomes adversity

Clifton Jett, president of the Black Student Union introduces Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Gabi Wy, Features Editor

February 9, 2017

Immediately after high school graduation, Clifton Jett’s mother sat down with her son and asked if he wanted to pursue college. “I was diagnosed with a learning disability in the second grade and was held back,” Jett said. “Since then, I’ve struggled academically. I decided to come to college be...

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