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Department Chair:
Matthew Wright

Phone: 440 7758152
Fax: 440 7758340

Location:
Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

News & Announcements

News & Announcements


This is Why I Call Myself Other: A Night of Reclamation and Storytelling opens April 24th

                                                                                                                                                                               Productions

Oberlin Theater Presents

This is Why I Call Myself Other:

A Night of Reclamation and Storytelling

Directed by AJ Palacio '14

April 24, 25 | 7:30 pm

April 26 | 1:30, 7:30 pm

Language Maze (Middle of Third World, La Casa and German House)

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AJ Palacio's senior capstone for Theater. Made through a year of collecting narratives of identity from students of color at Oberlin and collaborating with artists, this varied performance piece tells of experiences of marginalization, vulnerability, power, and healing in the POC/QPOC community. Bring shoes to walk in and be open to participation.

Media Contact:

Eric Steggall

Theater, Dance, and Opera Managing Director

Oberlin College Theater & Dance Program

Email: theater.dance@oberlin.edu

posted 4.23.14



Dessa Rose Interest Meeting - Sunday, May 4th

                                                                                                                                                                             Student News

2 pm in Warner Studio 3

Dessa Rose is a musical written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty which follows the journey of two young women in the slave South.  Based on the novel by Sherley Ann Williams, Dessa Rose is rooted in fiction and fact.  In the early 1800's a young pregnant enslaved woman lead a rebellion to save herself, her companions, and her unborn child. At the same time, a young southern belle, abandoned by her husband on an isolated farm, began to take in runaway slaves.  The novel and musical imagine what happens if those two real people met and joined forces to escape the slave south.

Dessa Rose will be directed by Professor Caroline Jackson Smith in Hall Auditorium, February 5-7, 2015, and calls for a mixed race cast of 12 men and women. It is a Winter Term 2015 project, and there will also be a half-credit course in second module Fall 2014 for music preparation and dramaturgical/historical work. Those planning to be away in the Fall can still be considered for casting.

Though auditions will be held at the beginning of Fall semester, anyone who will not be here at that time or has other special circumstances, is welcome to arrange an audition now. However no one will be cast until after the Fall auditions.

Please contact stage manager, Hannah Montgomery (hmontgom@oberlin.edu) if you would like to have music or a script sent to you before Sunday, May 4. 

Please direct any questions to Professor Caroline Jackson Smith (Caroline.Jackson.Smith@oberlin.edu) or Hannah Montgomery.
  

posted 4.23.14



A Visit from Carly Cioffi, Friday April 25th

                                                                                                                                                                            Student News

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Dance Workshops with Monica Bill Barnes - Saturday, April 5th

                                                                                                                                                                           Student News

Calling all dance and theater majors!

There will be a workshop given by contemporary dancer Monica Bill Barnes this upcoming Saturday the 5th in Warner Dance Studio at two different times, 3:00 - 5:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pmThis means you have two different opportunities to come dance with this amazing lady!

Workshop description:

Based on the company’s performance style, which blends nuanced theatricality and explosive movement vocabulary, this workshop will focus on understanding how to use your technique to support your personal performance quality. Class begins with an easy to follow, fast-paced warm-up, which brings together an eclectic mix of modern techniques and highlights musicality and bold choices. The second part of the workshop focuses on learning and performing longer phrases that challenge students to move with clarity, theatrical intention and full-bodied power. The movement vocabulary swings from full bodied dancing to nuanced gesture, all drawing on a radical mixture of influences: pop-culture, show business, absurdity and high drama.

You can find more information at the Facebook event page.

Each workshop time will be capped, so make sure you sign up on the sheet when it goes up in Warner on the afternoon of Monday the 31st!

This workshop is sponsored by your lovely Dance Umbrella.

posted 3.31.14



Tommy Kriegsman '00 produces show in Cleveland

                                                                                                                                                                            Alumni News

PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland presents Not By Bread Alone, a show created & performed by Nalagaat Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble and directed by Adina Tal. Tommy Kriegsman, '00, an Oberlin Theater alumnus, is the director of ArKtype, the company producing the show. The show runs March 19 - 23: click here for ticket info!

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Hear Say opens March 14th

                                                                                                                                                                               Productions

Oberlin Theater Presents

Hear Say

by Leila Goldstein '14

March 14, 15 | 8pm

Warner Mainspace, Oberlin College

Hear Say

 

As Leila Goldstein (‘14) puts on a set of headphones, she inhabits the words and worlds of women affected by the BRCA mutation, a genetic mutation which greatly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  Based on interviews Goldstein conducted, the stories the women tell expose both the difficulties and fears linked to these cancers, but also how personal health issues intertwine with family secrets, generational differences, and divergent memories.  Complete with live original music by Valerie Perczek ('14), Hear Say is a verbatim style, solo performance full of the intimate, yet immediate visceral impact of documentary theater.

Media Contact:

Eric Steggall

Theater, Dance, and Opera Managing Director

Oberlin College Theater & Dance Program

Email: theater.dance@oberlin.edu

posted 3.4.14



Sarah-Violet Bliss '06 wins award at SXSW Film Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            Alumni News

Congratulations, Sarah! "Fort Tilden", a movie co-written and co-directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss '06, won the narrative feature grand jury prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Read more about the film's victory here.

posted 3.12.14



Applications open for Stage Management Apprenticeship at Aurora Theatre

                                                                                                                                                                            Student News

Aurora Theatre is now accepting applications for a stage management apprenticeship beginning in June and culminating in May of next year. Click here for details.

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OSTF 2014 Internship Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                             Student News

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival is looking for several College-student interns for the 2014 Season, in performance and technical capacities. Click here for details!

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The New Electric Ballroom opens March 6th

                                                                                                                                                                              Productions

Oberlin Theater Presents

The New Electric Ballroom

by Enda Walsh

March 6, 7, 8 | 8pm

March 8, 9 | 2pm

Little Theater, Oberlin College

The New Electric Ballroom

 

Three costumes hang on the wall and three sisters stuck in their tales of loss and love. Every day, Breda and Clara, now in their sixties, re-enact the night at The New Electric Ballroom, when hopes of a whirlwind romance turned sour and the sisters’ relationship was forever altered. Though their younger sister Ada acts as a warden to this self-inflicted prison, she dreams of a future, of stories yet to come. Directed by Zachary Weinberg (‘14), The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh is a play charged with fear, nostalgia and the vulnerability of falling in love. In his rich language and idiosyncratic characters, Walsh brings the humor and dark undertones of classic Irish drama to the modern stage. The ballroom has lost its glitz over time and the grimier details have started to show through the red lipstick. As Walsh himself said, “It’s about risk: is this person willing to open the door, step outside and interact with people? It’s a big thing getting up in the morning and living a day.”

Media Contact:

Eric Steggall

Theater, Dance, and Opera Managing Director

Oberlin College Theater & Dance Program

Email: theater.dance@oberlin.edu

posted 3.3.14



Hector Aristizabal to return to Oberlin

                                                                                                                                                                           Departmental

Interested in theater of the oppressed? Hector Aristizabal, internationally-known activist from Medellin, Colombia, is coming to Oberlin again this year from April 25-29! Hector worked his way out of poverty in Colombia to become a theater artist and pioneering psychologist--then survived civil war, arrest and torture at the hands of the U.S.-supported military. In 1989, violence and death threats forced him to leave his homeland. In exile, Hector struggled to channel his rage into constructive social action.

Since coming to the U.S., he's combined his training in psychology and the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work with torture and trauma survivors, incarcerated youth, immigrant families, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. As an activist, he uses theatrical performance and experiential workshops to work towards community building and reconciliation, strategizing, and individual healing and liberation.

At Oberlin last spring he ran "Theater of the Oppressed" workshops focusing on creatively, constructively, and collectively addressing issues of race, class, crime, and the college/town divide. If you have a group or organization that is interested in collaborating with or sponsoring him this time around, please contact Monica Hunter-Hart (mhunterh@oberlin.edu). He is interested in working with college, conservatory, and community members--anyone who wants to tap into the transformative power of theater and creativity!

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Show choices for Paul Moser's Directing class to be announced

                                                                                                                                                                           Student News

Students in Paul Moser's Directing II class will be announcing their selections for their final project, a brief play adapted from a short story. More information coming soon!

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Dominique Morriseau wins Kennedy Prize for Drama

                                                                                                                                                                  Departmental News

Dominique Morriseau won the Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History for her play "Detroit '67". She won $100,000 as well as assistance from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University libraries to create a teaching website on the play. When Morriseau visited last Spring, a staged reading of the play was held in Little Theater. The premiere of Detroit '67 occurred in March 2013 at The Public Theater in New York, in partnership with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater.

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