The 2016-2017 Season
March 2-5, Black Box Theatre
The Way of Water (2012), by Caridad Svich, examines the lives of two couples living on the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The play takes a deep look at the nature of truth and who is empowered to tell their truth, the quest for an honorable life, and ultimately, the connection between environment, ethics, and quality of life.
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Henrik Ibsen's classic An Enemy of the People (1882) takes place in a small, Norwegian spa town that depends largely on the economy of tourists who visit for their baths. When the town doctor discovers that the springs have been contaminated and wishes to warn people, the town pressures him otherwise. The text explores the intersection of standing alone to tell one’s uncomfortable truth versus bowing down to a corrupt or complacent majority.
The Department of Theatre at Concordia University Texas encourages students to explore such topics as the relationship between theatre and community, theatre as a tool for social change, and the myriad ways in which theatre helps us to understand what it is to be human.
From their first year, our students get hands-on experience in the classroom and in production, developing leadership, collaboration, and artistic skills. We present two mainstage productions a year, the fall play aligned with the Service Learning Week theme. Participation in production is open to all students and can be taken for academic credit.
The Theatre Minor (18 credits)
ENG 3302 Drama (3)
ENG 3323 Shakespeare (3)
THEA 2322 Theatre for Social Change (3)
THEA 3321 Theatre Practicum (3)
THEA 3322 Acting: Scene Study and Improvisation (3)
THEA 2301 Experience of Drama OR ENG 3307 Drama at Stratford (3)
As a student, you will learn about theatre within the context of an excellent Liberal Arts education. Class sizes are small enough for students to receive individualized attention and training, to work in close collaboration with faculty and other students, and to create their own opportunities based on their specific interests.
Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon, Director of the School of Fine Arts (Ph.D Theatre, University of Georgia; MA Directing, Emerson College; MS Organizational Leadership and Ethics, St. Edward's University; BA Theatre, Ohio Wesleyan University)
Gordon has taught at Brevard College, UNC-Greensboro, UT-Dallas, and Ohio University. She earned a certificate from the Management Development Institute of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and has studied at Piven Theatre in Chicago, La Mama's International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy, and is a trained mediator. Her writing has appeared in Theatre History Studies, Lighting Dimensions, The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, The Dallas Morning News, Ecumenica, and The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. In 2009, she was awarded the Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award by the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In 2012, The American Theatre and Drama Society recognized her work with The Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award. She is the granddaughter of actor Eddie Bracken. During her four years at Concordia University Texas, she has directed Doubt, by John Patrick Stanley, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged, Revised), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Container, by Clare Booth, The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, Antigone, by Sophocles, Bocón, by Lisa Loomer, and Permanent Collection, by Thomas Gibbons.
Bren Coombs (Set Designer, An Enemy of the People) has built sets for numerous stage productions, films, and commercials, with some of her most memorable builds including a two-story, self-supporting spire of one-hundred-year-old church pews, a portal literally in the middle of a National Forest which magically led to an abandoned downtown LA hospital, a fifty-foot, hand-painted vintage hippie bus, and a six-level interactive haunted play. Primarily a Producer and Marketing Consultant, Bren recently left the smog of Los Angeles and returned to her home state for a breath of fresh air. So far in Austin, Bren has designed props for Legally Blonde, Jr. at TexARTs, ran patron logistics for Shrek the Musical with Zilker Theatre Productions, and stage managed First Date with Austin Theatre Project and Peter Pan at Center Stage Texas. Bren is producing the upcoming A Day at the Beaches, featuring the Beaches film soundtrack. Love and admiration to KSG. www.RadBren.com
Kristen DuBois (Lighting Designer, An Enemy of the People) is an Austin-based designer. After studying lighting at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she was a designer for many of the performances included in the Frontera Fest Short Fringe collection by Hyde Park Theater in 2014. Since then she has been a regular designer for the children's dance and musical theater productions performed by the TexArts Association including Into the Woods. She was the lighting designer for Concordia's production of Antigone, and her most recent work has been designing for traditional Hindu dance pieces.
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