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Junior directing major Gio Bakunawa (r.) serves as assistant director on the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of A Christmas Carol. Directing the production is the Rep's artistic director Steve Woolf. Directing alum Michael Fling is back in the rehearsal hall serving as an assistant director working with the children in the show.
The Costume Shop Prepares for Macbeth
As the students work to prepare for the fall production of Macbeth, the shop is running at full speed to create clothing for the production. Pictured above is a small sample of the mountain of painting/dyeing/distressing needed to create the world of Macbeth. Photographing the heap of clothing is Maddie Weglarz, sophomore Wig and Makeup Design major serving as Crafts Head on the show.
Directing Seminar Staged Reading
Junior Brooke Viegut tackled Aaron Posner's Stupid F*cking Bird for her fall staged reading. Casting from among her classmates, the project is given a brief, simple staging. The presentation is part of classwork for the directing program, but it also provides actors with a chance to tackle complex and challenging roles.
Webster Students Present After Orlando at Arcade Building
A mixed group of Webster students presented ten short plays that combine to create a theatrical event called After Orlando. The project honors the memories of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier in 2016. Professor Gad Guterman helmed the project in conjunction with Professor Robin Assner-Alvey from the art department. The performance happened in the gallery of Webster's new downtown campus at the Arcade Building.
Sophomores work with Professor Battles in Voice Class
Students in the Acting/MT programs of the Conservatory, study voice and speech on and off throughout their four years of study. Here sophomore Bradley Fertita works with Professor Joanna Battles on alignment and breath.
Study Abroad in Vienna
Directing students Max Friedman and Melaina Ricks sent some photos from their fall studies in Vienna. Max wrote: "By far one of the coolest experiences in Budapest was sitting on the Green Bridge during the sunset with Hungarian locals. The crowd ranged from teens having a drink to full families spanning multiple generations enjoying the night. We saw so many bridal parties and people celebrating life as we picnicked on the bridge and it was absolutely amazing to experience local culture as the sun set on beautiful Budapest."
Slasher Costume Designer Presents Designs to the Crew
Before a costume build begins for a show, the costume designer introduces their designs to the crew who will build them. Here Slasher Costume Designer Bonny Green, introduces her designs. Here crew includes Costume Design Assistant-Tyler Arnold, Drapers-Claire Miller, Sarah Velling, First Hands-Sarah Lockwood, Emma Silva, Stitchers/Craft Artisans-Rachael Clayton, Tyler Tippet, Maddie Weglarz-Ward, and Wigs-Veronica Parcels.
Wig/Makeup Design Students and The Little Black DresS
To launch the new semester the Wig/Makeup Design students went to see The Little Black Dress exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. The Museum has previously had exhibits on fashion, including the history of women's undergarments. St. Louis has a great cultural scene including a number of nationally known art museums, the new National Blues Museum, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Conservatory Student's Summer Projects
Smith Has Article Featured On HowlRound
Webster University alumna, Lauren Smith had an article featured on the theatre blog, HowlRound. She shares her experiences at a music store and how they might inform how theaters interact with audience members. Lauren was a stage management major and continues as an SM along with her writing.
Professor Gary Glasgow in Athens, Greece
Conservatory Professor Gary Glasgow is participating in Webster University's Global Leadership Academy. The prestigious program provides leadership training to faculty. In Athens, discussions ranged from security versus privacy, the shooting in Orlando, the future of the European Union, challenges facing higher education, and the importance of the relationship between Greece and Georgia. "Institutions like Webster University feed us ideas to help us solve global problems," Ambassador Nanobashivili said. Gary teaches second year acting.
Conservatory Work Showcased at BRIEFS Festival
Webster University alumni, students, and professors demonstrate creativity at the 5th annual BRIEFS: A Festival of Short LGBTQ Plays. Co-produced by That Uppity Theatre Company and Vital Voice, BRIEFS is a unique showcase in St. Louis that brings together numerous directors and theatrical artists to showcase the work of eight different playwrights all under one roof. BRIEFS presents theatrical work that address the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning people.
Founded by Distinguished Webster Alumna Award recipient Joan Lipkin ’75, this year’s festival features the work of several Webster community members. Gad Guterman, assistant professor in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, directs The Grind by Webster Conservatory student Max Friedman '17, featuring Webster Conservatory students Jared Campbell '17 and Kai Klose '17. The festival also includes Webster Conservatory student Quinn Erb '18 who will be working as one of the assistant stage managers. Friedman’s play was created through a Webster playwriting class taught by Webster professor Michael Erickson.
“Michael Erickson was the one who actually pointed me in the direction of the BRIEFS Festival and encouraged me to apply," said Friedman. "The play is about whether or not dating apps are actually helping us form human connections that can last past a few messages and perhaps a first date.”