Tag Archives: Performing Arts

1:1 Chat with Douglas Hall

Douglas Hall joined the faculty at University of Southern Florida in 2015 after ten years on the faculty at CAP 21/NYU in New York City. He has directed at theaters across the country including The Williamstown Theater Festival, Mountain Playhouse, Seven Angels Theater and The Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival. He directed the New York premiere of THE RELIGION THING, other past credits include directing Austin Pendleton in the one-man play KEATS, both off-Broadway and in Los Angeles and the World Premiere of DUSE’S FEVER on Theatre Row. He has directed several plays at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival including GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, TENDERLY, and ALWAYS… PASTY CLINE. Douglas has directed FOREVER PLAID, THE DYING GAUL, OF MICE AND MEN, THE LONESOME WEST and freeFall Theatre’s production of DADDY LONG LEGS, among others. Douglas directed the short film, “Second Glance,” starring Valerie Wright and Robert Clohessy. He directs the annual New York Industry Showcase for The Federation of Drama Schools, a consortium of the top drama schools in Great Britain. In addition to CAP 21/NYU, he has taught at Pace University, The Growing Studio and Broadway Classroom. He holds BA in English from University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in directing from Rutgers University.

Douglass Hall will be on campus on Tuesday, April 30 from 10am – 12pm. Click here to schedule your 1:1 chat!

Arts, Culture and History Internship: Clemmons Family Farm- April 13 Deadline Date

The Clemmons Family Farm (CFF) offers community programs that bring people together to learn about and celebrate African American heritage.

CFF is looking for a student Arts, Culture and History intern for 30 hours a week from June 1 through mid- August, 2019 (start and end dates are somewhat flexible based on the student’s availability).The intern will assist our core team of collaborating artists in planning, developing and overseeing visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts programs for children, youth and adults at the Farm.

Other opportunities may include: researching African-American contributions to Vermont, cataloging Farm videos, assisting at events, leading tours for visiting youth and college students, and welcoming visitors to the Farm during workshops and retreats. Students who are studying African-American or African Diaspora history, art and culture, and/or who self-identify as being African American or of African descent are especially encouraged to apply for this internship. Applicants should have good communication skills, be able to work independently and have an interest in the Farm’s mission and African and African Diaspora culture, history and arts. CFF can provide a transportation stipend to facilitate the intern’s transportation to and from the Farm.

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Check out these great upcoming events happening on campus this week!

Sonia Shechet Epstein ’09, specializes in the intersection of science and cinema. At the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York, she runs the Sloan Science & Film initiative which is comprised of a website publishing writing about film from a scientific angle, commissioning scientists on film, and producing educational materials. Also at the Museum, Sonia curates an ongoing film series that brings scientists and filmmakers together for conversation following screenings of rarely seen films.
In her presentation, Sonia will use film clips to illustrate a fascinating talk about the history of documentary science films from the invention of the moving image to the present, and will provide a critical framework to think about what makes a good science film.

Website: Sloan Science & Film (scienceandfilm.org)
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program and Film and Media Culture

 

WHEN Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30pm
WHERE McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216
  (Lunch provided at 12:15pm)

 

Works of hand drawn animations from Studio Art courses ART 185 and ART 200 will be screened along with a concert performance by Raumshiff Engelmayer.
Raumschiff EngelMayer is a multifaceted musician who will be working along with the students finalizing their drawing animations. The resulting animations will be a part of his live concert.

WHEN Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7 – 9pm
WHERE Twilight Auditorium 101

Career Talk with Wendy Whelan- Wednesday, October 3

Wendy Whelan was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She is a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. She has performed all over the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia. Whelan has also been an influential guest artist with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. In 2012, as her career at New York City Ballet began to wind down, Wendy began to develop new collaborative projects. Her inaugural project, “Restless Creatures: premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2013, and is the subject of a documentary currently on Netflix. Sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships, Professors of the Practice, the Dance program, and Goose Creek Ventures, LLC

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3

Time: 10:10am-11am

Location: MCA Dance Theatre

Are you interested in the Performing Arts Industry?

There are several Midd alums currently working in the performing arts industry. I encourage you to contact them to learn how to succeed in this industry.

Search for them via Middnet and/or LinkedIn. Below you will find a short list where alumni have worked or interned in the past.

Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance, Gibney Dance, Parsons Dance Company, Issue Project Room, A Dance Vision by Nicole, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Dixon Place, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Sable Arts Projects, Purpose Productions, Atlantic Theater Company, Telsey and Company, National Artists Management Company (NAMCO), bloc Agency, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Icarus Theatre Collective, The Actors Theatre Workshop, Wise Fish Theatre Collective, The Barrow Group Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Middlebury- Town Hall Theatre, Lincoln Center, Alvin Aliley American Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Center, Writers Theatre of NJ, RCI Theatricals, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, StageAgent, Backstage, Via Brooklyn, NY- The Public Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theatre Company, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Lee Stratsberg Theatre and Film Institute, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Helluva Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Project Y Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center for Performing ARts, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, Weston Playhouse Theatre, Kitchen Theater Company, The Working Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, and Magic Theatre San Francisco

 As a student, you could continue to develop your skills and experience on campus. If you would like to discuss your interest in the performing arts industry, please schedule an appointment with me in handshake!

21 Things That Make Casting Directors Happy in the Audition Room

Casting directors are your advocates and champions. Your wonderful work makes us look good and actually gets the role cast. Your disconnected, tentative, muddled work does nothing for anyone. So we need you to be great! We’re here to host your experience and shepherd you in, not hold you back. We want to share in your excellent work—it makes us happy!

Casting directors await you on the other side of the door you can see as either a gateway or barricade. Whether it’s a pre-read for an associate or a full-blown director/producer callback session, this is your time, your experience, your opportunity to do exceptional work. Enter the space and do the work for yourself, for the gratification of the work itself, and yes, to collaborate with other creative people waiting to figure it out with you. They need you; they can’t do it without you.

Here are some choices you can make (and they are choices) to keep any casting director truly happy in the room.

Click here to read the list!

Agency and Opportunity in the Golden Age of American Television: A Public Conversation with Piper Perabo and Stephen Kay

Please join us for a public conversation with actor/producer Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly, Notorious, Covert Affairs, Cheaper by the Dozen), and writer/director Stephen Kay (Friday Night Lights, Taken, Get Carter, Sons of Anarchy) as we discuss the opportunities and challenges of navigating careers in the golden age of American television.

Moderated by Alex Draper, Chair, Dept. of Theatre and Dance, and Jason Mittell, Chair, Dept. of Film and Media Culture.

WHEN   Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30pm
WHERE   Axinn Center 232