Theatre Thesis Festival 2021
April 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2021
THEATRE THESIS FESTIVAL 2021
EVENING A: Wednesday, April 21, and Friday, April 23
EVENING B: Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24
Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage - Free
Each year, the Theatre Thesis Festival showcases the work of our senior theatre majors. They are all enrolled in Theatre 450, the Senior Seminar. The Seminar provides the academic context for a capstone experience that normally includes both a creative project and a written thesis. We have three concentrations within the major – dramatic literature/theatre history, performance, and design/technical theatre. Because we believe in a well-rounded major experience, these concentrations share a strong core of requirements; but these concentrations also allow some flexibility within the major and do encourage students to pursue their particular interests within the theatre arts.
The Theatre Thesis Festival represents a culmination and a continuation of our students’ training within the department, and this year’s Festival will feature original works by our graduating Seniors. The Performance-based projects will range from an original Murder Mystery Musical written, directed, and performed in collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Arielle Scene-Shifrin, to two solo performances by Sofia Marks and Sam Gensler exploring femininity, womanhood, identity and shame, based on the mythical Aztec goddess Quetzalcoatl and the friction between the myths that shape American manhood and men’s actual lived experiences in the form of a Spalding Gray-like monologue respectively, and our Design and Technical major, Mo Fries will present an immersive experience through projected visuals and music, telling the story of Peter and the Wolf.
The Theatre Thesis Festival will be performed live for a limited audience and streamed to the wider community on four evenings from Wednesday, April 21st to Saturday, April 24. More information about the performance titles and specific times and places will be provided in the course of the Spring semester.
Theatre Class of 2021:
Morgan Fries, Samuel Gensler, Sofie Marks, Robert Rodriguez, Arielle Scena-Shifrin