Over 45 students and faculty from the theatre program participated in the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, March 6-9. Several Brenau faculty members presided on panels and workshops as well as three students; in addition, dozens of students auditioned and interviewed for summer theatre work. Senior Stefanie Lehmann won two major national awards, the Robert Porterfield and the Alpha Psi Omega awards. Both are money grants that defray the costs of graduate or further career training for graduating students.
Theatre faculty members Ann Demling and Gay Hammond, along with senior Eleanor Kahn, gave a panel on “Defining the Senior Capstone in College Theatre;” Larry Cook and senior theatre major Joshua Crisp presented “A Ghost in the Room: Producing a Theatre for One Experience;” senior Stefanie Lehmann presented “Phoenix Rising: the Current State of the Arts,” and Celeste Morris presented “Faerie Doors: Using Polymer Clay for Three-Dimensional Modeling.” Gainesville Theatre Alliance students, Caleb Barfield and Skyler Passmore, were two of only five students chosen to write ten minute plays for the ten minute play festival. Students have only a few hours to write a complete play, which then gets a performance in an evening play festival.
Students who auditioned or interviewed for acting and technical theatre jobs were successful in getting dozens of interviews with theatres from across the country; several have already been offered positions.
Congratulations to the faculty and students of Brenau and the University of North Georgia at Gainesville for shining at the Southeastern Theatre Conference!