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‘We are storytellers’

Parker Dean, senior theatre and philosophy major, interviews Heather Himes, instructor in dance performing arts, for the YouTube series
Students showcase department through creative lens
January 8, 2019

At the beginning of the fall semester, Assistant Professor of Theatre Maya Fein asked her students in the public relations lab how they could showcase their department. Parker Dean wasted no time...

Theatre season opens with strong performance

The university theatre opened their season with the play
October 15, 2018

The university’s theatre held its first production of the season this weekend with the play “The Dog in the Manger.” The romantic comedy was set in royal 17th century Spain, and was filled with...

Play to showcase painful, hillarious love triangle

The university romantic-comedy
October 10, 2018

Whether Jason Merslich is doing ordinary tasks like washing dishes or walking to class, he is constantly reciting his lines for his upcoming performance in “The Dog in the Manger.” “I look...

The beauty of relationships

The beauty of relationships
April 10, 2018

Bev Jones Hadin Hart said that many of the motivations in fairy tales can be black and white. “This play it is gray,” the freshman theatre major said  “Everything is not what we are used...

Progressive play on the way

Progressive play on the way
Production to focus on mental health
March 20, 2018

USI theatre is entering new territory with a story of mental health from the upcoming production of “Standing on my Knees” by John Olive. The show will play in the Mallette Theatre March 22-24 at...

Play to portray passion, process

Play to portray passion, process
February 13, 2018

Jorden Auker Cast members of USI Theatre’s next play describe it as a messy love story. The theatre opens “Italian American Reconciliation,” written John Patrick Shanley and directed by Elliot...

Play provides powerful performance, little plot

Jason Merslich (Anon) sophomore theatre major, performs in the university's fall play Anon(ymous), which is loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. Merslich portrays a refugee trying to find his place in America.
October 17, 2017

Anon(ymous) combines aims to tell the story of immigrants lacking identity in the homogenous melting pot of America by way of re-envisioning The Odyssey. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out why...

Sex, math and philosophy

Colin Culliver, Richard Price and Aimee Grace rehearse for “Arcadia,” Tuesday night which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18-20.
Play spans two eras, filled with sexual innuendos
February 10, 2016
The only thing that prevents mathematics and predictability from working is sex. This phrase taken from the upcoming USI Theatre production of “Arcadia” is the “truest thing anyone can say,” said Elliot Wasserman, the play’s director.

Performing arts chair sheds light on ancient gender roles in ‘Lysistrata’

Photo courtesy of Angela Torres
November 11, 2014

The audience can expect to see a group of clever actors in an improvisational play that is “funnier on its feet, than on paper," said Elliot Wasserman, Performing Arts Department chair. Wasserman...

Teaching Theatre opening delayed two months

August 20, 2014

The Teaching Theatre, which the university broke ground on two years ago, will not be wowing students and faculty when they return from summer break as originally planned. Obstacles pushed the opening...

Stone quarry number one reason for theatre delay

March 18, 2014

Construction at the new USI Teaching Theatre is taking longer than expected, but it should  be ready for the fall semester. The new building is still on budget, said Gary Burgdorf, the construction...

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