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Theatre Professor in Virtual Premiere of Lauren Gunderson One-Woman Play

Kaja Dunn performs the role of “She” in the premiere of Natural Shocks.
   March 25, 2020

Assistant Professor of Acting Kaja Dunn performed the role of “She” in the premiere of Natural Shocks – A One-Woman Play in a Tornado, a new work by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson. The virtual staged reading, presented by the Women’s Theatre Festival, was streamed live on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 pm EDT via the platform Twitch and was followed by a Q&A with the...

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Play by Theatre Department Chair Receives World Premiere

"The Mother," by Dr. Lynne Conner, opened March 6 at Dramatic Repertory Company.
   March 7, 2020

The Mother, a new play by Department of Theatre Chair Lynne Conner, received its world premiere by Dramatic Repertory Company in Portland, Maine, in March. The play explores the effects on a mother – and her family – of a school shooting that is perpetrated by her son. A...

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Student Wins SETC Sound Design Award

Gianna Agostino won the competition for the sound design for “Far Away.”
   March 5, 2020

Student Gianna Agostino won first place in the Sound Design competition at the 71st annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Convention, which was held February 26 – March 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Gianna is a junior pursuing a double major in music and communications with a minor in theatre. She won the award for her design for the Department of Theatre production of Caryl Churchill’s...

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Students Take Prizes at Kennedy Center Festival

Eight students competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV.
   February 10, 2020

Eight UNC Charlotte students recently competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is a national program to benefit college theatre students. The program supports eight regional festivals in January and February and a national festival in April.

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Theatre Professor's Children's Book Adaptation is on Stage in Chicago

Aly Amidei has adapted "Bunny's Book Club" for Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries.
   January 22, 2020

Assistant Professor of Costume Design Aly Amidei has adapted the children's book, Bunny's Book Club, for the stage in a world premiere production at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre. The show, part of the Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries, opened on January 11 and runs through February 16. Amidei has also designed the production's costumes.

This is Amidei's second adaptation for the...

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Come From Away Actors Visit Musical Theatre Workshop

Two cast members from the national touring Broadway production of Come From Away were on campus.
   January 10, 2020

Two cast members from the national touring Broadway production of Come From Away led a special Musical Theatre Workshop for students on Friday, January 10. The show has run at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk Theater, January 7-12.

Sharone Sayeghi and Amelia Cormack conducted a master...

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Production Directed by Theatre Professor Witt Among Chicago's Top Ten for 2019

The Steep Theatre production of "Pomona" was listed as one of top theatre productions in Chicago.
   December 20, 2019

The Steep Theatre (Chicago) production of Pomona, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Robin Witt, has been named one of the Top Ten Chicago theatre productions of 2019 by the Chicago Tribune.

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Theatre Professor Named NET Board Member

CarlosAlexis Cruz will join the FY20 Board Class for the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
   December 9, 2019

Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz will join the FY 20 Board Class for the Network of Ensemble Theaters, one of six new board members drawn from across the United States. The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) is a national community of artists and arts organizations committed to the advancement...

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Broadway Actor Gives Musical Theatre Masterclass

Phillip Boykin was in Charlotte for the tour of Once On This Island.
   November 15, 2019

Broadway actor Phillip Boykin was in Rowe Recital Hall on November 14 to lead a masterclass in the Musical Theatre Workshop. Boykin, a bass-baritone, was a lead cast member in the 2017 Broadway production of Once On This Island and was in Charlotte for the touring production of the show at the...

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Faculty Direct and Design Cape Fear Regional Theatre Production

"No Child" directed by theatre professor Kaja Dunn, with set by Tom Burch.
   November 4, 2019

Two members of the Department of Theatre faculty have directed and designed a new production at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, N.C. No Child..., a play by Nilaja Sun, is directed by Assistant Professor of Acting Kaja Dunn, with a set by Assistant Professor of Scenic Design...

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