UMass Dartmouth announces new theatre programs

UMass Dartmouth announces new theatre programs in artistic partnership with faculty at Bridgewater State College The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts is beginning a new program of theater classes and multi-arts programs on the Dartmouth and New Bedford campuses.

UMass Dartmouth announces new theatre programs in artistic partnership with faculty at Bridgewater State College 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts is beginning a new program of theater classes and multi-arts programs on the Dartmouth and New Bedford campuses. The courses begin in September, and are open to special students as well as UMass Dartmouth undergraduates. 

The new courses will be Introduction to Theatre and Theatre Workshop. The introductory course is designed to appeal to students whose interest in the performing arts is that of a theater buff who wants to learn more of what goes on behind the scenes. The Theatre Workshop is for students with a desire to practice and pursue performing arts as a career. Under the guidance of faculty and with the input of visual artists, musicians, actors, singers and dancers, the Theatre Workshop will create and produce an original stage performance piece over two semesters. 

Instructors will be Professors James Quinn and Henry Shaffer of Bridgewater State College’s Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts. Quinn has special interest in theater management, children’s theatre, and musical theatre. Costume design and production, Asian theatre, theatre appreciation, and oral interpretation are Shaffer’s specialties. 

CVPA Dean John Laughton also announced that the college is planning a summer stock program of performances next summer. The summer stock theater will employ arts students from every discipline from both UMass and Bridgewater State College and other schools in the area. UMass Dartmouth’s beautiful open-air amphitheatre will be its stage. 

A multi-arts camp for children ages 7-12 is another program planned for summer 2003. This program will be modeled on the Arts for Youth program already in existence at Bridgewater State College. In addition to the obvious benefit to youngsters, the camp would allow the college student artists opportunities for summer internships and teaching in all arts disciplines, Laughton said. 

Further information is available from the UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Office, 508-999-8564.


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