The Arts – Spring 2015
Professional Actors Visit Campus
In October 2014, two professional actors who serve on the advisory council for the Theatre Department visited campus.
Actor Jamie Mac attended Bethel’s performance of The 39 Steps, participated in a talk-back after the show and met with students, faculty and staff to talk about Bethel’s theatre program. Mac holds a BFA in acting from Ryerson University and currently attends the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Bethel students saw Mac perform last summer in “King Lear” and “Mother Courage” as part of Bethel’s summer program, The Stratford Experience.
Broadway Performer Quentin Darrington visited campus to speak in chapel, have lunch with students and share in two theatre classes about his acting experience. He made his Broadway debut in the 2010 Tony nominated revival of “Ragtime,” starring as Coalhouse Walker, Jr., and has performed in Broadway National Tours of “The Color Purple,” “The Lion King” and “Memphis.” He recently starred as Javert in the Drury Lane production of “Les Miserables” in Chicago. In addition to acting, Darrington has a heart for service and shares his talents at nursing homes, hospitals, schools, universities, shelters and churches.
Theatre Students Recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
In January 2015, the Theatre Department sent 26 students to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 3, in Milwaukee, Wis. They spent the week presenting their craft to industry professionals and receiving feedback, seeing shows, auditioning, networking and attending workshops. Senior Moa Son was a finalist in regional design for her costume design for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” Junior AJ Reynolds was a finalist in dramaturgy for his work on “Electra” and senior Tim Becze was a finalist for his light design for “Waiting for Godot.” Additionally, six students received certificates of merit.
Art Students Awarded During Eighth Annual Juried Student Art Show
Six talented students received monetary awards for their art this spring during the annual Juried Student Art Show. Best of Show ($150) and Honorable Mention ($50) awards were given in the categories of Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art and Visual Arts/Graphic Design. Freshman Catherine Trant, Freshman Meghan Shaw and Senior Jonathan Eddy received Best of Show awards, while juniors Jennifer Miller, Sam Blayee and Sabrina Kaufman received Honorable Mentions. Their artwork was displayed in the Weaver Gallery.