Category Archives: College and university theater

UCF theater renames itself — again

The Theater Formerly Known as UCF Conservatory Theatre has a new name — Theatre UCF.

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New season announces at Seminole State

Here’s the upcoming theater season at Seminole State College’s Fine Arts Theatre:

Stetson announces coming season

Here’s the coming season for the Stover Theatre at Stetson University in DeLand:

Theater job available at UCF

Here’s a note from Sam Waters about a job available in the UCF theater department:

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Valencia looking for Florida playwrights

Valencia Community College’s theater department is conducting its annual competition for a Florida playwright, whose winning work will be produced at Valencia next season:

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UCF announces summer season (and the rest of 2011-2012)

UCF Conservatory Theatre has announced the titles in its summer season, which begins June 9 with Barefoot in the Park. Here’s the rundown:

Nine plays you shouldn’t miss

Robin Williams, Brad Fleischer and Glenn Davis in Rajiv Joseph's 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.' (Carol Rosegg)

It’s been all Fringe, all the time here lately, so here’s something completely different.

Two theater professors from my college, Nora Hussey and Melinda Lopez, have put together a list of nine plays that theater-lovers should not miss — a bucket list for theater-lovers. It’s an interesting list — some obvious, some not so much.

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New seasons announced for Rollins theaters

Rollins College’s Annie Russell and Fred Stone theaters have announced their 2011-2012 seasons — the main-stage season at Annie Russell and student-directed and -produced shows at Fred Stone:

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Valencia announces coming season

Here’s the 2011-2012 season from the Valencia Character Company at Valencia Community College:

Transitions: David Lee to NYC

David Lee

David Lee, who has spent the past half a dozen years as associate director of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and as an assistant professor of theater at UCF, is leaving those posts to return to New York, where he’ll teach and direct.

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Seminole State student receives award honoring Paul Wegman

Amy Blaker

Amy Blaker, a student at Seminole State College, has been given the first Paul M. Wegman Scholarship from Seminole State. The award honors the beloved actor Paul Wegman and also the beloved director Sara Daspin, who was Paul’s mentor and helped set up this scholarship.

Wegman died of AIDS in 2004. Daspin, the longtime head of the theater program at what was then Seminole Community College, died of cancer in 2008.

Here’s the full information on the new award:

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Theater auditions: New play at Valencia

Here’s an audition notice from Julia Gagne at Valencia Community College:

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Paul M. Wegman scholarship to be awarded

Here’s an announcement from Paul Luby, at Seminole State College, that has touched me for two reasons. Seminole State’s theater department plans to award the first Paul M. Wegman Scholarship before the curtain rises on Seven Guitars Saturday night, Feb. 5.

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Theater folks coming to speak at Rollins

There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.

Let’s start with this weekend and move onward:

Critic/author Terry Teachout back at Rollins

Writer Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of the best-selling biography Pops, about Louis Armstrong, is back at Rollins College this month as part of the Winter Park Institute.

He’s already presented one program (the e-mail notice went out late) but has two more in store. Here they are (and theater fans may want to note that local actor Dennis Neal appears in the second of these programs):

Playwright Arlene Hutton at Rollins

Playwright Arlene Hutton, whose play Letters to Sala will be presented Feb. 11-19 at Annie Russell Theatre, is at Rollins this week in preparation for that production.

She’ll talk about her play, and about the process of adapting a work from the page to the stage,  at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Annie Russell Theatre. Hutton is here as part of a series sponsored by the Winter Park Institute, which will look at women in the Holocaust.

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Annie Russell gets new website

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Image by Robert Blackie via Flickr

Congratulations to the Annie Russell Theatre (and to Olivia Horn, the marketing guru there) for the theater’s new website, which may have been years in the making but which will now answer all your Annie Russell needs (and mine, I’m sure). Lots of info, lovely pictures and easy to get around. Thanks, Annie!

Theater auditions: ‘The Crucible’ at Valencia

Here’s notice of an audition for The Crucible at Valencia Community College next week:

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Halloween costume sale at UCF

For those of you out there looking for Halloween costumes, here’s an option at UCF:

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Theater review: ‘The Chimes’ at UCF

Theater review: ‘The Chimes’ at UCF Conservatory Theater

To most of us, prep school seems like a rarefied setting – all the jackets and ties, the secret societies, the breaking in and out of dormitories at all hours of the night.

But playwright Kevin Christopher Snipes sends the boys of a New England boarding school crashing up against the larger world in The Chimes, a bittersweet drama in which truth and brotherhood are no match for a maelstrom of more powerful forces sweeping four students into its path.

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