Things have gotten a lot busier since you last tuned in. Mid-terms, Freshman Projects, and even assignments to work on projects being created by upperclassmen.
Lets start out with midterms. The midterms so far have been extremely reasonable. Not impossible, but definitely not a breeze. They really and truly test your knowledge, and if you did your work during the class, and took great notes, you will be fine.
In the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts, all of the freshman class have a project that they work on as a part of their Survey of Theatre Arts class. The project was called Living News. It was based on a similar program that the National Constitution Center here in Philadelphia has been running since 2003. With this project, we had to pick a news article or controversial issue and create a 10 minute theatrical piece based off of that story. The purpose of the project is to get all of the freshman students working together, and getting used to collaborating with other theatrical artists. We were basically given free reign. We did not have to follow any set structure, we didnt have to write about a particular topic, and the most interesting aspect was the fact that the professors were basically not allowed to intervene and help. Any problems that arose, the students had to figure out a solution by themselves. It was a great learning experience, because we got to witness first hand, what our strengths and weaknesses were as directors, actors, playwrights, technicians and all around theatrical artists.
I was also recently asked to be an assistant stage manager on some junior directing projects. The auditions happened on Monday Night. The cool part about these directing projects, is that these are basically the try-outs for Senior Directing projects. These are also the directors, that in a few years from now are going to be directing and working in the professional world. So, to be given an opportunity to collaborate and work with them on a project while they are still here at the University of the Arts is the opportunity of a lifetime.
At the most recent Theatre Department meeting, they started talking about registering for electives and courses for next semester, and it's interesting how quickly the first half of the fall semester flew by.
Well, thats all for this week. Good luck everyone who is currently submitting college applications!
David Fertik is a theatrical director, producer, administrator, and designer (specializing in Scenic and Puppetry Design). He currently serves as the Founding Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre Company and the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Arts Workshop. Regional Credits include: Delware Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, International Opera Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Marian Anderson Award, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and Playhouse 22. David's senior thesis project entitled "The Circus Freak" featured various different types of puppetry. David is a proud member of the two largest organizations for puppeteers, UNIMA-USA and Puppeteers of America.