2022-23 Theatre Productions
by Christopher Demos-Brown
An incredibly powerful and intimate play, American Son is about an estranged bi-racial couple who must confront their feelings about race, gender, and bias after their son is detained by the police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what has happened to their son. Demos-Brown is adept at presenting multiple viewpoints in conflict, giving each equal weight.
Director: Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon
Set Design: Hsiao-Wei Chen
Costume Design: Alyks Waring
Lighting Design: Liam Henderson
November 10-12 | 7:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater
November 13 | 2 p.m. | Black Box Theater
General Admission Per Person: $10
*Contains adult language
The Spitfire Grill
Music and Book by James Valcq, Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley, Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the Grill wins. Soon, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.
Director: Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon
Music Director: Artha Weaver
Set Design: Hsiao-Wei Chen
Costume Design: Madison Murrah
Lighting Design: Nick Vallee
Stage Manager: Molly Stewart
Production Manager/Technical Director: Kendra Wiley
Accompanist: Dr. Joseph Choi
Percy Talbott: Anna McCauley
Hannah Ferguson: Lilly McCoy
Shelby Thorpe: Keierra Collins
Caleb Thorpe: Sebastian MacKenzie
Sheriff Joe Sutter: Tyler Ortega
Effy Krayneck: Kendra Theimer
The Visitor: Christian Garza
February 23-25 | 7:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater
February 26 | 2 p.m. | Black Box Theater
General Admission Per Person: $10
- 'Til Death Do Us Part: A Vintage Radio Special
- "An Anthology Project"
- "The Suffragist Project"
- "Murder-Ween: An Evening of Spooky, Vintage Radio Plays"
- "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- "Little Shop of Horrors," book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken
- "A Moment of Silence" by Mohammad Yaghoubi
- "Tartuffe" by Moliere
- "SEVEN," conceived by Carol Mack, written by seven award-winning playwrights: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz
- "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss
- "The Way of the Water" by Caridad Svich
- "An Enemy of the People" by Henrich Ibsen
- "Bocon" by Lisa Loomer
- "Permanent Collection" by Thomas Gibbons
- "Antigone" by Sophocles
- "The Exonerated" by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen
- "The Container" by Clare Bayley
- "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl
- "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley
- "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised]" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Past guest artists have included costume designers Cecelia Gay and Jessi Rose; lighting designers, Yi-Tai Chung, Kristin DuBois, Erin Fleming, and Mercedes McCleary; puppeteer, Kevin Long; set designers, Bren Coombs, Sam Gonzalez, and Michael Krauss; and lighting and sound designer/technician Smokey Westerfeld.
2022-2023 Guest Artists
Hsiao-Wei Chen (Scenic Designer) is an Atlanta and Taiwan based visual storyteller, scenographer and artist. She enjoys visual storytelling with diverse skills and broad aesthetic in design of creating both environment and character. Hsiao-Wei is excellent in cooperation, communication and creative thinking with both design and management background. Her works include film, music video, theatre, opera, musical to dance and she is eager to explore more different media storytelling formats. Some of her rewards credits include the 2022 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize of Opera America, USA (Salome, costume design), Silver Remi of Music Video-Student on 2021 54th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, USA (Lose Myself, production design), The Audience Award and the New Talent Jury Award on 2019 National Film Festival Youth, Seattle, USA (Lucky Girl, production design), Special Mention on 2019 Kaohsiung Film Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Chi: the method of breathing, costume design). More of her work: www.hsiaoweichen.com
Madison Murrah (Costumer) (she/her) is a costume designer, actor, cosplayer, and content creator from Dallas, TX. Madison graduated from Texas A&M in 2019 with a degree in Performance Studies: Theatre. Previously, Madison's previous costuming work was seen in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Edit Annie, and Salvador Dali's Naked Feast at The Vortex Rep; Pippi Longstocking, and Junie B Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Scottish Rite Theater; and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Cardboard Cinema Productions. See more on Instagram: @madisonmurrah
Alyks Waring (Costumer) Alyks has had a love for costumes and design for over ten years and brings their artistic education to their work in costuming. Recent costuming credits include The Addams Family and Alice in Wonderland (AISD Summer Theatre Series 2022), Mamma Mia!, and Still Life With Iris (AISD Summer Theatre Series 2021). Along with design work, Alyks works as a local dresser with Texas Performing Arts, with recently worked shows including Hadestown, Mean Girls, and The Lion King. In their spare time, Alyks creates various costumes for themself including historical pieces and pieces inspired by media they love.
Kendra S. Wiley (Production Manager; Technical Director; Design/Tech and Dance Faculty ) holds an M.F.A. in lighting design from the University of Texas at Austin. Kendra is a theatre designer, dancer, and choreographer who explores the intersection of dance and design in their creative work. Professor Wiley serves alongside Dr. Mary Kay Johnston as co-advisor to the Storm Makers Dance Club. This summer, Kendra worked as technical director and scenic designer for Alice in Wonderland at AISD’s Summer Theatre Series. Notable lighting design credits include Lardo Weeping (LOLA, 2022), The Addams Family and Disney’s Newsies (Brentwood Christian School 2022), 12 Ophelias (UT Austin 2019), and Good Country (UT Austin New Works Festival 2019). In 2020, Kendra also designed their own M.F.A. thesis performance, in which they performed a twenty-minute solo dance while controlling the lights from the stage.
What Does It Look Like To Study Theatre at Concordia University Texas?
The mission of the Department of Theatre at Concordia University Texas is to elicit creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness and empathy, within an active, collaborative learning environment, in exploration of what it means to be human. Theatre Studies prepares students with valuable skills that can be applied to many different industries.
Students 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, guest artists, and other students, and to create opportunities based on their specific interests.
From their first year, our students get hands-on experience in the classroom and in production, leadership, collaboration, critical thinking and artistic skills.
CTX Theatre presents two main-stage productions a year, and the fall play aligns with the Service-Learning Week theme. Participation in production is open to the entire CTX community and can be taken for academic credit.
Curriculum Overview for Theatre Majors
The BA in Theatre Studies at CTX incorporates a wide breadth of subjects, preparing students for a variety of industries.
Theatre students select a tract – Performance or Design/Technology – to meet their interests. Additionally, the BA in Theatre is easily paired with another major, allowing students to further customize their education. Through individualized attention and training, students develop the necessary skills for their specific focus.
Here are some highlighted courses:
Experience of Drama: In this dynamic, experientially-based course,students attend professional theatrical productions throughout Austin to examine the play’s journey from page to stage. Play attendance is supplemented with script and production analysis, lecture, presentations, class-discussions, exclusive talkbacks and meetings with production personnel.
Theatre for Social Change/Applied Theatre: This course zeros in on theatre’s unique power as a tool for social change, and its tremendous potential for application to fields outside of traditional theatre. Students examine the theories and methods of applied theatre throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries, studying a wide array of international topics, including agit-prop theatre, radical street performance, museum theatre, theatre in prisons, and theatre and service in the church.
Acting - Scene Study and Improvisation: Students at all levels of experience develop acting skills through the disciplines of improvisation and scene study. Improvisation is employed as a means of structuring original ideas to create scenes, as a method of confronting and solving acting problems, as a way to inspire social change and as a means of theatricalizing non-dramatic sources such as folktales.
The BA in Theatre Studies provides tools required for working in the professional theatre as well as a foundation for graduate studies in theatre and film. Furthermore, students who study theatre develop and hone skills transferable to any field:
- Viewing the world from multiple perspectives
- Creative problem-solving
- Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
- Advanced presentation abilities
- Outside-the-box thinking
- Empathy and deep listening
- Efficient time management
- Close reading and analysis
- Project management and organization
- Critical thinking
- Cultural awareness
- Arts Administrator
- Casting Agent
- Drama Therapist
- Events Planner
- Literary Manager
- Project Manager
- Stage Manager
- Theatrical Designer (make-up, costumes, props, set, lighting)
Why does Concordia offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) instead of a Bachelor of Fine Arts
Concordia University Texas offers a BA in Theatre Studies instead of a BFA. A BA requires you to study a wider breadth of subjects, so you'll develop a wider array of skills that can be utilized in more industries.
Who can get involved in CTX Theatre productions?
Auditions and participation in design/tech roles are open to all members of the Concordia University Texas community. No experience is necessary; we will train you!
Students can participate in productions beginning their first semester.
What are auditions like?
Typically, students are asked to perform a memorized, one-minute monologue from the time period and style of the play for which they are auditioning.
When are rehearsals held?
Rehearsals are mainly held in the evenings, and occasionally during the daytime if actor’s schedules permit. We make our best effort to work around actors’ work, athletics and school schedules.
Are theatre internships available?
Austin, Texas, has a vibrant theatre community that is full of opportunities. Our students have interned at places such as Austin Shakespeare and Zach Theatre. Internship programs are also available farther afield in cities such as New York and London.