Sorry for the lack of updates this past year! It’s been a busy one (with a busier year looming)…but I promise to be more diligent with what’s going on in my world.
Here are some of the highlights:
- I survived my first year as a junior faculty member and Director of Theatre at Southern Arkansas University.
- Our 2016-2017 Theatre season broke all the records in terms of attendance and ticket sales, with our smash production of The Little Mermaid being the single most attended show in SAU history (over 5000 people came under the sea with us during its run). Pictures from Our Town and The Little Mermaid are up over on my directing page.
- Our student population nearly doubled over the year–with our largest freshman class ever (though this year’s incoming class may top them yet).
- Our New York Theatre Experience was an unqualified success, with four of our upperclassmen spending a week in New York City, shadowing professional artists behind the scenes at shows like The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Wicked. One student, Alycya Thomas, was chosen to serve as a summer intern at The Lion King on Broadway where she actually got to call part of the show one night!
- The play I co-wrote with Karen Murphy, Parched, was awarded Second Place in Stage West Theatre’s Southwest Playwriting Competition.
- I directed two premiere productions as part of the Hot Mess Female Playwrights Festival produced by Little Black Dress INK’s ONSTAGE Project—Anne Flanagan’s Three Ghosts of Elizabeth Bathory and CJ Erhlich’s Co-Workers.
- Two book chapters and journal article I authored were published during this past academic year:
- “Kuwaiting for Godot: The Absurd Theater of War in Jarhead,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the War Film, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
- “‘Fixing’ Shakespeare: What Happens When We Get Bored with the Bard” in The Whirlwind of Passion: New Critical Perspectives on William Shakespeare, published by Cambridge Scholars.
- “Augusto Boal is Alive and Well and Living in Mapleton: The Guilty Remnant in HBO’s The Leftovers,” in the Fall/Winter 2016 edition of the Journal of Film and Video.
- This coming October, I will be presenting at my first international conference—the University of Iceland’s “Who’s Got the Power: International Conference on the Philosophical Critique of Social and Political Structures” in Reykjavík!