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"Performing at UMF is an experience like no other. You are able to hone your natural abilities and discover more about yourself while working with an amazing community that encourages and supports you. Our directors, cast, and crew create an environment where you can fully immerse yourself in a new world, which is a very magical and rewarding feeling." - Emalyn Remington, '22
Cody Campbell, '20
"Being able to produce a play through my directing class allowed me to think of storytelling beyond the script. As a director, it is up to you to know and understand the play and incorporate your own ideas. Learning how to direct, and producing a play, creates an environment that fosters communication, creativity, and in-depth understanding of literature." - Cody, 20'
Cody (right) in the fall 2018 production of student written ten minute scenes.
Mattyson Bernard, '21
Performances at UMF provide students with important opportunities to assume different roles in the creative process. As the stage manager for UMF's recent production of Romeo and Juliet, Mattyson Bernard ('21), explains: “Stage management can be difficult to learn in a classroom setting. There are many unexpected things that can happen when running a show. Through my independent study in stage managing the spring 2020 production of Romeo and Juliet, I was able to gain first-hand experience and run a professional-level show at UMF.”
Mattyson's view as stage manager during a rehearsal of UMF's production of Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2020).
Romeo & Juliet
Eliza Robinson, '21
"I viewed my job as being a steward of the theater and an organizer of the audience. House management is an accessible job in most professional theaters and I have valuable first hand experience in this field before I even leave school. I am incredibly grateful to my professor, the head of the arts department, and the systems within UMF that foster this kind of hands-on experience." -Eliza Robinson '21
Eliza Robinson with headset, ready for another performance of the spring main stage production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.
Hailey Craig, '20
“For my project 3 as a performing arts major, I chose to do a design project focused on translating fine art into hair and makeup for the stage. The goal was to take 2-Dimensional figures and environments and reflect on how they would appear in a 3-Dimensional setting on real human faces, creating inspired designs, not replications. The final product resulted in a portfolio of 10 looks reflecting 10 different art styles and technical makeup skills.” - Hailey Craig '20
One of Hailey Craig's final products for her Project 300. This was inspired by Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory.
Catie Meehan, '22
Catie worked in both the props department and the costumes department while she was a student in UMF's Space Lab class. "Space lab for me was my way of finally getting back into theater, which I had really missed," says Catie, "it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it and I am planning on finally getting more involved in the theater community at UMF."
Catie (bottom right) with fellow techies who worked on UMF's production of Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2020).
Darby Murdane, '20
"I was inspired by Eve Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues, I wanted to combine my education as a writer and journalist with my budding love of performance from my time in the student shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to analyze and push the boundaries of my own thoughts and experience with gender and sexuality." Says Murdane, "The cast and I wrote each monologue we performed and I am incredibly grateful for their teamwork, kindness, and vulnerability. Directing this show was an excellent exercise in leadership and interdisciplinary work. I thank my cast and the Honors program for the opportunity to do this."
Darby Murdane ('20), director and contributing writer to Read Our Lips: A Staged Reading of Student Monologues About Vaginas.
Lawn Chair Pirates
Jeremy Tingdahl, '21
Jeremy ('21) is the acting President of UMF's best (and only) improv group on campus, the Lawn Chair Pirates. He has been a ember since his freshmen year. "Improv is an important skill for any kind of performer. Wether it be a stage production or simply giving a speech, the abilities gain through the improv process can only help you grow as a person. Not to mention, it teaches you the most important skill for any person to have, it teaches you to not take yourself too seriously."
Spring 2020 members of the Lawn Chair Pirate.
Henry Wanatowicz, '21
"There is no greater example of experiential learning than studying how to experience a play's given circumstances on stage in an authentic manner. In Jayne Decker's 277 Stage Combat and Drama as Acting class, we were challenged with the task of showing the effect of internal and external conflict in every ounce of our being. That meant that, when stepping into the shoes of a 70 year old man from Oklahoma with Parkinson's disease, it was impossible to perform the role without the proper education and independent study as I rehearsed the role for our in-class presentation." - Henry, 21'
Henry (left) in the 2020 spring production of Romeo and Juliet.