Your faculty has worked very hard to adapt your courses to the new reality. Rest assured that we have planned a semester full of assignments that will challenge you to develop your creativity and craft and continue your journey of growth as a theatre artist.
Most courses will be offered remotely, while some courses will return in a hyflex or hybrid model. That means some of the class sessions will take place on campus, and some will happen online. Your professors will have more information about how your course will be conducted on the first day of class.
As we slowly begin to come back to campus, it is extremely important that we adhere to the University’s Panthers Protecting Panthers safety guidelines which include wearing masks at all times while on campus, maintaining a social distance of at least six feet, frequently washing your hands, and checking in on the P3 app before coming to campus to complete the health screening.
The P3 app will ask you questions about any symptoms you may be experiencing and either clear you to come on campus or tell you to remain off-campus and monitor your symptoms or get tested for covid.
Although some classes will return to the building, our production work will remain remote. We have two exciting online productions lined up for Spring 2021, both with a full design and rehearsal process. While we undoubtedly miss the experience of live theatre, this unusual situation provides us with unique opportunities to innovate.
Our first production is the raucous Ancient Greek comedy, Lysistrata about an ordinary woman who finds her power and says enough is enough. Then in April, we present Jose Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century, a radiant play about the things we take with us as we begin again.
This semester each play will stream on three separate days, giving everyone more opportunities to. Visit our website for more information on the plays and the links to reserve your streaming ticket.
Spring also means participating in the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which will also be held remotely this year. The Festival will give you the opportunity to attend workshops, watch productions, and connect with other theatre artists from around the region. Also, our design students and Irene Ryan acting nominees will be able to present their work for respondents from around the region for an opportunity to win scholarships and awards.
We are also honored to have been invited to present last semester’s production of Pipeline at the festival. This is our fourth invited production in the last five years, an incredible accomplishment that serves as a testament to the talent of our students and faculty.
Finally, we close out the semester celebrating the incredible work of our talented seniors. The BFA Acting Senior Projects and our BFA & BA Design Senior Expo is the culmination of four years of hard work, growth, and creativity.
Make sure you continue to check your department email and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to receive important updates about department activities, workshops, and our productions.
If you have questions or need any help in achieving your learning goals, please do not hesitate to contact me or the rest of your faculty. We are here for you.