Festival Playhouse Newsletter- WI’22 Week 6


It’s your friendly neighborhood Dr. Quincy Thomas, here to spill that tea on all the goings on in the Theatre Arts Department and the Festival Playhouse. Hey y’all, want to be a vital part of the Playhouse process? There’s still time to fill an ushering spot for the upcoming performances of Blacks + Phats. Students are encouraged to contact Arman Khan (Arman.Khan20@kzoo.edu), House Manager for details.

BIG NEWS! AUDITIONS for Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet will be held Week 1, March 29-30 AT 7pm in the Playhouse. The performance of this powerful story is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the Playhouse’s 58th season: “Black is Beautiful: An Ode to Black Life, Love, and Strength.” Needed: 5 Men of Color, and 5 Women of Color. No previous acting experience is required to audition. More information here.

If you have even the smallest appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare yet find his plays challenging, you’ll want to attend Matthew Swarthout’s ’22 self-written play titled Acting Shakespeare, adapted from Sir Ian McKellen’s production of the same name, this Friday–Sunday. Learn more about the play and find out how you can reserve your tickets, which are free for K students, faculty and staff.


1. There is a fantastic Summer 2022 theatre internship opportunity with the Chester Theatre Company. Here are some wildly fun facts: 

*Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022

*Applicants must be able to receive academic credit for their internship at Chester Theatre Company. 

*CTC will cover any expense associated with that academic credit. 

*Applicants must be able to provide proof of vaccination. 

*CTC provides housing and a weekly living stipend of $200 to all interns. Travel scholarships may also be available for those based further from CTC. 

*Interns participate in the life of CTC, coming to know artists, staff, and audiences. 

*Educational experiences include classes with the Director of Education, as well as with resident and visiting artists. Interns also have the opportunity to see other performances at the many cultural institutions in the area. 

With Stage Management, Production, and Artistic/Administrative internships available, there are plenty of explorable avenues for eligible applicants. If this is the kind of thing that has your interest piqued, head over to the Chester Theatre website and apply.

2. Dunes Arts Foundation is looking for actors for their Summer 2022 season. Submit audition tape by February 25 for consideration. Want info?

3. Arts Midwest is hiring TWO Program Managers to oversee initiatives that center creativity, equity, capacity building, and community building. These positions will work as part of a collaborative and adaptive team. They are committed to maintaining a workforce that is diverse across many lines of difference. Deadline to apply is February 24.

Phew! Now that you’ve made it to the end of this missive, let’s continue to find successes and bolster each other as we move towards the end of the quarter! 


Quincy Thomas

And if that wasn’t enough to think about, this news just came in!

Exhibit Opening Night

Friday February 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States Google Map

Join us as we pay tribute to our trailblazers with live performances, an artist talk, film viewings, and our interactive exhibit next Friday, February 11th from 5pm to 8pm, here at the BACC! Find out more »

Tribute To Our Trailblazers Exhibit

TODAY @ 10:00 am – Tuesday March 1 @ 3:00 pm Black Arts & Cultural Center, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States Google Map

Visit our Gail Sydnor gallery all month long to experience our interactive Black History exhibit featuring artist Paul Marquardt. This exhibit highlights Black people who have paved the way for generations to come through their accomplishments, inventions, and perseverance. Find out more »

Time to get out, shake off the gray skies blanketing us this winter, and be part of the community! After all, you are part of the community…

Laura Livingstone-McNelis ’89, MA
(she, her)
Company Manager
Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College

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