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Duke In Chicago 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The Duke In Chicago 2014 group.  Below, excerpts from a blog entry from a student who participated in the Duke in Chicago 2014 program. See more of what the students had to say here. "Our incredible six week artistic and entrepreneurial immersion has been extremely fun, eye-opening,...

O'Berski in China

Friday, August 1, 2014
Professor Jaybird O'Berski was in China this summer working with migrant workers, along with recent Duke graduate Shucao Mo. Below are visual dispatches from Beijing with captions. Jaybird and his new friend Caesar (adult pictured) visited an English class in a school for the children of...

Chair's Letter

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dear Friends, 2013-14 has been an exciting year for the Department of Theater Studies.  We spent the spring semester developing new plays, screenplays, and a teleplay for the New Works Festival. We kicked off with a reading of guest playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ new play An ...

A Bounty of Visiting Artists

Monday, July 7, 2014
The theater studies department invited a number of exciting guests to campus during the 2013-14 academic year, in an ongoing commitment to provide students with unique opportunities to work with or hear from professional artists and scholars. September brought Sibyl...

New Work from Faculty

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Three theater studies faculty members, Ellen Hemphill, Neal Bell, and Torry Bend, premiered new work off campus over the year. Filmmaker Jim Haverkamp provided the video, former theater studies designer Jan Chambers designed the set, Duke alum Jesse Belsky designed the lighting, and New York...

Uncle Vanya Plays at Duke

Saturday, July 5, 2014
Director Jeff Storer brought Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to the fall theater studies mainstage. Storer (professor of the practice of theater studies) calls Chekhov “the master of combining laughter and tears,” so he prepared his student cast by having them explore both Chekhov’s...

Machinal Comes to the Spring Stage

Friday, July 4, 2014
Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal was the department’s spring mainstage play. Jules Odendahl-James, visiting lecturer and resident dramaturg in theater studies, directed the play. Machinal is the story of “a young woman, any woman,”—a woman destroyed by “a world of money, men, and...

Senior Phil Watson's One Man Show

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brand new graduate Phil Watson spent his final year at Duke immersed in his senior distinction project. A theater studies and classics double major, he chose to perform An Iliad by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare, a one-man retelling of Homer’s Iliad, in Phil’s words, “the first and...

Alum Kevin Poole Comes Home

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
When senior Phil Watson needed a director for his one-man distinction play, An Iliad by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare (see story here), Kevin Poole  (T’98) had just moved back to Durham from Colorado with his wife and twin girls after training at Naropa University and becoming...

Faculty News

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
John Clum has just finished a book on the plays, musicals, and screenplays of Arthur Laurents. He and Sean Metzger are co-editing a volume, Awkward Stages: Dramas About Gay Teens for Cambria Press. John is also writing an essay on Terrence McNally for a new Methuen volume of essays...

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