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March 29, 2010

Shapiro & Smith Dance's Recent Performance Features Dance Program Faculty Members

Associate Professor Joanie Smith's company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, performs at The Southern Theater April 1-4, 2010. Besides Smith's choreography, the concert will feature Department Chair Carl Flink and Dance Program Director Ananya Chatterjea.

For more information:

Spotlight: Shapiro & Smith Dance

Shapiro & Smith Dance at the Southern this week

Shapiro & Smith Dance

The Southern Theater

March 23, 2010

Auditions for A Winter's Tale Announced


A Winter's Tale

Directed by Lisa Channer

Production Information:

Rehearsals begin October 25th, 2010 (tentative)

Rehearsals will be held M-F 6:30pm-10:30pm & Sat. 12:00pm-5:00pm

Rehearsals will not be held during winter break, but will continue beginning the first week of Spring Semester 2011.

Performances February 11-13 & 17-20 (tentative)

All dates are subject to change.

For this production, the director is looking for actors and singers as well as acrobats, jugglers, and circus artists for non-speaking roles.

Audition Information:

Students should prepare either a Monologue from any Shakespeare play OR

A prepared scene with a partner from any Shakespeare play

Monologues should be under 2 minutes in length, and prepared scenes should be under 3 minutes in length.

Actors who ALSO have circus skills should be prepared to show a monologue and demonstration of circus skills.

If you are a SINGER, be prepared to sing

20 seconds of material a Capella

If you are an acrobat, juggler, and/or circus artist please be prepared to demonstrate your acrobatic, juggling and/or circus skills.

If you are auditioning for a non-speaking circus role, you do not need to prepare a monologue or scene.

Please be aware that if you have multiple components to your audition, they must all fit within the 5 minute time frame of your audition slot. Please make sure to CIRCLE all components of your audition underneath your name!

**CALLBACKS will be held on Thursday, April 1st, 2010

From 6:30pm-10:30pm

Performers will be called back for specific roles and sides will be available the morning after auditions.

Affiliate Faculty Member T. Mychael Rambo Wins Sally Award

T.Mychael Rambo received a Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation and Furthering of Arts and Arts programs. He was awarded in the field of education.

This award is usually only given to arts organizations, but he received it for his individual achievements--one of only four individuals to have ever done so. He was also the first African-American to ever receive the award.

For more information:

Sally Award winners announced


March 16, 2010

Alum Peter Graves Passed Away

U of M Theatre Alum Peter Graves passed away in his California home at the age of 83. Graves grew up in Minnesota, and by age 16 he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota and then headed to Hollywood, where he first appeared on television and later made his film debut in Rogue River (1951). Numerous film appearances followed, especially in Westerns. Graves is primarily recognized for his television work, however, particularly as Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1966).

For more information:

Mission: Impossible and Airplane! actor Peter Graves dies at 83

An appreciation: How Peter Graves made his mission possible

Peter Graves dead at 83

March 8, 2010

Theatre Arts BA Allison Witham Awarded 2010 President's Student Leadership and Service Award

Theatre Arts BA and Department Peer Allison Witham has received a 2010 University of Minnesota President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The qualities of leadership used to determine recipients of this wonderful honor are 1. independence and interdependence, 2. goal orientation, 3. self awareness, 4. resilience, 5. appreciation of differences and 6, tolerence of ambiguity. A nominee need only excel in up to three of the five qualities, but those who know Allison know that she excels in all five.

For more information about the award: 2010 President's Student Leadership And Service Awards

March 2, 2010

Professor Michal Kobialka's Book "Further On, Nothing" Reviewed in "The Times Literary Supplement"

Professor Michal Kobialka's book Further On, Nothing, which offers a new perspective on the work of avant-garde theatre artist Tadeusz Kantor, was reviewed in the February 19, 2010 issue of The Times Literary Supplement.

For more information about the book:

University of Minnesota Press

Google Books

Associate Professor Margaret Werry Discussing Stem Cell Research in Upcoming University Sponsored Television Program

The University of Minnesota is producing a television series called Driven to Discover: The Research Series, which will feature research at the U. In one of the episodes entitled "Lines of Reason," Regent Patricia Simmons will moderate a panel discussion on the topic of stem cell research between Associate Professor Margaret Werry and professor Kirk Allison.

For more information:

TV series to focus on U research

Driven To Discover: University of Minnesota Research Series