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
Ecstatic dance and music fuel political uprising in Soyinka’s adaptation of Euripides’ classic play about a god and the despot who attempts to control him.
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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.
When a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams.
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.
The final production of the UMass Department of Theater’s Mainstage 2017-2018 season represents not one, but four graduate student theses! Meet third year graduate students Jen Onopa who is directing The Lily's Revenge.
How Did We Get Here?: Using Verbatim Documentary Theatre to Make Sense of Our Contemporary Political Landscape
In the January 2017, playwright and director Joe Salvatore '97G collaborated with economist Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD-France) to create Her Opponent, a re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 U. S. Presidential debates with gender-reversed casting.