This semester has been full of sweet blessings. I coached and accompanied our Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Irene Ryan nominees to the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Oahu, Hawaii.
Our fall production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee that I directed was asked to participated in the Evening of Invited Scenes and we had 4 original cast members plus our Assistant Director present so we remounted two musical numbers to great response from the audience.
I am teaching Theatre and Society to a new cluster of students who are willingly walking through the inspirations of theatre artists historical and contemporary to gauge the relevance and social functions of theatre in our changing cultures. We flip the classroom with the help of a WordPress Blog on which they read/post about myriad theatre ideas and movements.
The Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Minor for which I developed a new course teaching The Creative Mind to business students was approved for next year!
Opera Workshop is developing another semester of beautiful vignettes from well-loved operas, operettas and early classical musicals. I am always so proud of the hard work and artistic growth that comes from the students in this interdisciplinary craft.
Once again I am the faculty advisor for the graduating Senior Projects. This year’s graduating class marks my 4th year at USD. These students started here when I started here. Among them are original plays, live radio theatre podcasts, and independent films. Two have collaborated on a Student Lab production of This Is Our Youth and are culminating their work into 1) a director’s reel and 2) a psychological examination of actors’ emotional journeys. The presentation of their work will be at the end of their semester and I will probably be all mushy-eyed as they walk across the platform to take their diplomas on May 22nd.
Finally we have initiated and are enjoying the first cast of Alpha Psi Omega, Alpha Eta Omega chapter here at USD. It is the national theatre honors society in which we have 11 members who have shown dedication of scholarship and craft to the department. We have outings to see shows, perform service for the department and the San Diego theatre community at large, and will be looking forward to more events and opportunities to spread the good-theatre-word as the society grows!