Festival Playhouse Newsletter- Week 2 FA’21

Dear Friend of Festival Playhouse,

Welcome to Week Two Festival Playhouse news!

A reminder that PSAC (Play Selection Advisory Committee) meets today at 4:10pm in the Dalton Seminar Library….

And, onto the news!

  1. How to get off this list:  Anyone who is reading this and does not want to be on this (usually) weekly Festival email, please email Theatre Arts Coordinator and our Company Manager Laura.Livingstone-McNelis@kzoo.edu and we will get you off the list as soon as we can…. Likewise, if you know of student(s) who have interest in the arts and theatre and they are not on the list, encourage them to “sign on” by contacting Laura and adding their name to the list.
  2. What is the Festival Playhouse newsletter?  Well, we do not always send one every week, and, different members of the department will compose the email during the term.  The content is both a sharing of what is happening in the arts here at Kalamazoo College, and arts opportunities and events that are happening elsewhere within the community or nationally.  We live in an extremely active arts community.  And, we want our students to take advantage of all our greater community has to offer.  So, that’s a summary of what content is typically contained in this “newsletter.” (BTW, the “Festival” alias is not for student use… thanks.)
  3. Our Play Selection Advisory Committee (PSAC) meets TODAY at 4:10pm in the Dalton Seminar Library.  Here’s your chance to sit around with other students and faculty, talk about plays, and eat bad snacks.  The purpose of the committee is to discuss a possible combination of plays for next year’s season.  Although the department faculty make the final season determination, it is the work of this committee that provides the plays for consideration.  Occasionally a play may be added to the season due to special circumstance (Student Body was our last such), and, our program needs to hear from the work of this committee.
  4. The deadline to register for a THEA200 is 5:00pm TODAY.  If you have been contacted about a Production Position for this term, be sure to sign up for a THEA200.  You may access the drop/add form at the bottom of the webpage here: https://registrar.kzoo.edu/forms/formsforstudents/drop-permission-to-add-form/
  5. Dr. Chris Ludwa still has some voice lesson slots available.  If you are able and have interest, please contact Dr. Ludwa!  Also, we are on schedule to produce a musical next season – so – polish up those vocal instruments!  Dr. Ludwa is also still seeking talent for the Homecoming show! Contact him!
  6. Face Off Theatre (founded in 2015 by five African-American women) is sponsoring a monologue competition!  Info here: Face Off Theatre  FYI, Marissa and Bianca (two co-founders of Face Off Theatre) are frequent guest artists at Festival Playhouse, and, Ynika Yuag (‘k21) and Teyia Artis (‘k21) are currently employed by the company!
  7. The Arts Council of Kalamazoo is seeking some part-time help.  K alum and Executive Director of the Arts Council Kristen Chesak shares:  We have very part-time opportunities here at the Arts Council to help out in our Community Box Office.  While Tessitura experience would be great, we are willing to train.  We pay $15 an hour.  Shifts are for 2-4 hours here downtown.  I am reaching out around town to local theatres first to see if they have staff and students looking for opportunities.
  8. Art Hop.  Did you know that Kalamazoo CELEBRATES the arts?  The first Friday of every month there is a downtown Art Hop.  It’s pretty cool.  So, next Friday, October 1, there is an Art Hop.  Information here:  October Art Hop.  Many times you can find our own local legend Jon Reeves in his studio at that time:  Jon Reeves | Combat Ready Art
  9. Remember we love to work with students!  Questions about production, see Lori Sands, Jon Reeves, or Lanny Potts.  Questions about PR, Marketing, Work Study, and Arts Organization see Laura Livingstone-McNelis.  Questions about anything academic or performance, see Ren Pruis.  Questions about directing, playwrighting, or PSAC, see Dr. Quincy Thomas.  Or, about any of the above, contact our Departmental Student Advisor (DSA) Rebecca Chan, who knows everything.
  10. CONGRATS to all of the cast, crew, designers, and musicians for Unzipped and Well Intentioned White People.  We are REALLY looking forward to working with you this term!

If you are a first-year student and receive this email twice, MY APOLOGIES.  I was unable to confirm if your names have yet been added to our Festival alias.  We will have this sorted about by next week for sure!  Thanks for your patience.

Have a great weekend.  

On behalf of the department,


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