Shepard Staged Reading
Sophomore Directing major Melaina Ricks did a staged reading of Tectonic Theatre Project's play The Laramie Project. The play deals with the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in1998. The staged readings are script in hand presentations with two hours of rehearsal. The format offers the directors the chance to work with actors on a script they admire. It provides Conservatory students with the chance to hear a wider range of theatrical literature. Melaina was a student at NOCCA in New Orleans where Tectonic Theatre Project was in residence. Melaina's reading included images of other victims of hate crimes and allowed the audience to share their personal thoughts on the subject.
Spring Semester Guests
The Conservatory welcomes two guests this semester. Kate Glasheen is a visiting professor teaching voice and speech. Kate is a professional actor, choreographer, and voice and dialect coach. Before coming to Webster Kate taught at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and the City Literary Institute in London, England. She has dialect coached for many regional theaters including the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, as well as several theatres in London. Returning as guest director is Paul Mason Barnes. Paul will be directing The Tempest on the main stage. This past fall Paul directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Paul serves as Producing Director of Great River Shakespeare in Minnesota. Give both Kate and Paul a big St. Louis welcome.