Our message for the past few years has been about growth and reinvigorating the program. The common thread of each “Message from the Chair” has been about “change” and this year is no different. The Auditorium Building will undergo major renovations during 2012-13 including a hydraulic orchestra pit in the Fairchild Theatre, new acting studios and a new performance space in the old scene shop site (a new scene shop has been created off-site). All of these changes are welcome upgrades to our historic building.
This renovation provided us a chance to think about our season theme: (new) plays in new ways. You will note three world premieres this year including a global culture play chosen from an international competition. The titles you may recognize in our season will be produced in unique ways or unique spaces.
Throughout this constant change our educational mission remains sound. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such innovative students and educators. I want to draw your attention to undergraduate student April Townsend, winner of the 2012 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Midwest Founders Award; graduate student Leslie Hull, winner of the 2012 Midwest Association of Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award; and faculty member Rob Roznowski, winner of the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. Recognition of their excellent achievements is emblematic of the great work that happens daily in the Department of Theatre that I am proud to report will never be inert.
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