October 2016 College News

at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV. He was offered a position as a North American Language and Cultural Assistant ( Auxiliares de conversación ) through the Spanish government and will spend ten months teaching in the small town of Valencia de Don Juan in León. In the meantime, he has started a monologue business titled Monologue Mogul. The Saturday Evening Post has published Dakota Smith’s (BFA Musical Theatre, 2014) short story, “The Tragedy of Mallory and Benjamin.” Fiction on the Web also published Dakota’s short story “Mia Maybelle’s Troubled Relationship with a Puppy of Pure Evil.” Annie Wallace (BFA Musical Theatre 2014) just booked the first national tour of Aladdin . STUDENT ACCOLADES Sidney Rushing (MFA Dramatic Writing) presented a paper at the Kennedy Center as part of An August Occasion: A National Conference on the Life and Legacy of August Wilson (October 6-8, 2016). William Tinker (BFA Performance and Production) has been hired as part of the motion capture team for the new James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez feature film Alita Battle Angel . Chris Gibson (BFA Performance and Production) was hired as a performer in the Prey Haunted House at the annual Howl-O-Scream event at SeaWorld, San Antonio Ryan Sultemeier (BFA Performance and Production) is interning as a production assistant on the film, Texas Honky Tonk Nites , produced by Tristan Fowler and Leland Prater and line produced by Mark Headley. DEPARTMENT ACCOLADES The Department of Theatre and Dance hosted the 14th annual Black and Latino Playwrights Conference in mid-September. Renowned playwright, actress, and director, Regina Taylor [2] , was Guest of Honor at a tribute celebration featuring scenes from her most famous play, Crowns . Two plays, Black Super Hero Magic Mama and The Veils received workshop rehearsals and were performed as staged readings to standing-room-only audiences during the weekend. TARTUFFE BY MOLIERE OCTOBER 4-9, 2016 The Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presented Tartuffe by Molière [3] , translation by Ranjit Bolt. The show was directed by graduate student Jessica McMichael, through Oct. 9 in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre. Tartuffe claims to be so virtuous that every form of pleasure is an abomination. Orgon, a rich merchant, is completely duped by the scam and plans to give Tartuffe his fortune, his house and finally his daughter. This is, until Orgon’s wife strips the con man bare in this raucous new translation of the classic comedy. The show played to 76% capacity. College of Fine Arts and Communication | 19