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Dr. Priscilla María Page ‘00G uses the Feinberg Innovation Space to close a gap in theater scholarship
Dr. Priscilla María Page ‘00G made creative use of technology to help her students gain access to artists through a Feinberg Innovation Grant that allowed her class to use teleconferencing facilities.
When she came to UMass Amherst, Sound Design Lecturer Amy Altadonna planned to teach her students about her medium by tackling sound design for theater — she is a faculty member of the Department of Theater, after all.
Things didn’t quite turn out that way. Altadonna’s Sound Design II course attracts students from a diverse set of majors, not to mention a wide range of experience.
by Anne Washburn
songs by Michael Friedman
directed by Erin Nicole Eggers
by Wole Soyinka
directed by Judyie Al-Bilali
Free audition workshop
Ecstatic celebrants in Ancient Greece. Fleeting moments of community at a Japanese water station. A racist incident on a college campus a lot like UMass Amherst. A future society careening towards a new kind of operatic form based on The Simpsons.
The plays selected for the 2019-2020 UMass Theater season span the globe but hit close to home as they each illuminate some facet of how we connect, conflict, and celebrate with the people around us.
Sharp and funny, Baltimore is a timely dramedy set on a college campus not unlike ours. When a racist incident divides her first-year students, Black resident advisor Shelby becomes the reluctant sounding board for upset friends, I'm-not-a-racist-but apologists, and people who just want everyone to get along. As pressure to address the controversy mounts, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. After each performance, we'll gather with undergraduate moderators for small-group conversations about creating positive change.
Sometimes UMass Theater students drift away from their roots once they’ve graduated. Take Alissa Mesibov, for example: “You look at where I started, studying dramaturgy, being a Shakespeare nerd, and here I am now fundraising for civil rights. It’s a bit of a left turn.” But the transition from Shakespeare to social justice did not come out of nowhere — in fact, there's more of a connection than it might seem at first.
Auditions for Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden
Starting this fall, for the first time ever, undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will have the option of minoring in theater.
We have heard from many UMass students who love theater and want to be involved but who, for various reasons, cannot commit to the full major. In response to this demand, the Department of Theater has created a 16-credit Minor in Theater that will be available to all undergraduates come fall 2018.