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Young alumnae in film and media careers talk about life after Colgate

April 10, 2014

“[A] cosmic Colgate connection is how I found myself working [in the film industry after college],” remarked Carolina van der Mensbrugghe ’10 during a Film and Media Studies Brown Bag luncheon last Friday. Read more


A Dream Play debuts

April 3, 2014
A rehearsal shot from A Dream Play, directed by Simona Giurgea

Rehearsal shot from A Dream Play, directed by Simona Giurgea and produced by English 259: Performance 1 students

How do we interpret and express our dreams? Twelve theater majors have set out to answer this question, among others, with the spring University Theater production of A Dream Play.

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Students and alumni entertainment professionals connect in NYC

January 31, 2014
Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

Colgate students visit the set of Saturday Night Live as part of a recent immersion trip to NYC.

On a recent day in New York City, a dozen students from the on-campus Colgate Entertainment Group met Colgate alumni and toured such locations as Viacom and NBC Universal.

The daylong itinerary helped students get great advice and see that a large number of alumni in the entertainment field are part of a strong network living in New York City as well as in California. The trip helped alumni in the entertainment industry connect with the university.

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Professor April Sweeney performs in Distancia – from her living room

September 23, 2013

April Sweeney, associate professor of English in the University Theater, is in a performance called Distancia, which premiered last week in Buenos Aires.

Sweeney’s part of the performance happened from her living room. Read more


Threepenny Opera premieres this weekend

April 12, 2013
Threepenny Opera continues through the weekend, with Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee. It is being presented by Broadway director Eleanor Reissa and Colgate University Theater. Photo by Ashlee Eve '14

Threepenny Opera continues this weekend with Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee. It is being presented by Broadway director Eleanor Reissa and Colgate University Theater. Photo by Ashlee Eve ’14

With music, wit, and a little absurdity, Colgate University Theater opened its Threepenny Opera production in Brehmer Theater on Wednesday. The show, which runs through the weekend, is the story of criminal/hero MacHeath (Joshua Jackson ’13) and his marriage to Polly Peachum (Katie Sotos ’15), the daughter of greedy businessman Mr. Peachum (Denny Gonzalez ’13). Mr. Peachum and Mrs. Peachum (Elyse McGrath ’15) are not happy with MacHeath as a son-in-law and set out to have him hanged.

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Opera director Francesca Zambello ’78 profiled in the New York Times’ Corner Office column

April 9, 2013
Francesca Zambello ’78

Francesca Zambello ’7, who received an honorary doctorate from Colgate in 2012, talked with the New York Times about the challenges of leading and managing.

Francesca Zambello ’78 started her first opera company when she was a student at Colgate. In an interview in today’s New York Times she talked about collaboration, learning to fail, and having the “leadership gene.”

The interview appeared in the Corner Office Column which features top executives on the challenges of leading and managing. Read more


Francesca Zambello ’78 to premiere Les Troyens at the Met

December 13, 2012
Francesca Zambello ’78

Francesca Zambello ’78 after receiving her honorary doctorate from Colgate in 2012.

For the next year, on the 13th of every month, Colgate community members will be celebrating the Year of ’13. Tonight, Director Francesca Zambello ’78, H’12 will mark the day in her own special way when she brings Hector Berlioz’ Les Troyens back to the Metropolitan Opera stage at 6 p.m.

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This is not a story about sex

November 28, 2012

It started out being about sex. But as Christina Liu ’13 was writing her play last summer, there was what she called “a distinct shift” in its direction. This Is Not a Play About Sex, for which Liu received a University Studies grant to write and direct, became about much more than her intended topics of sex, the body, and sexuality.

The play originally debuted on campus in October over Family Weekend, but it’s become such a phenomenon that Liu is bringing it back for an encore performance this Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in Ryan 212.

Liu, a theater and women’s studies double major from Shanghai, got her inspiration from three years of acting in and last year directing The Vagina Monologues — soliloquies about the experience of womanhood that have been performed internationally.

Like that play, the script for This Is Not a Play About Sex is composed of monologues based on interviews with real people. Liu conducted her interviews last spring with 26 students — 13 men and 13 women. Read more


The Fever debates Marxism at Brehmer Theater

September 28, 2011

When Simona Maicanescu took to the Brehmer Theater stage last weekend to
perform Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, the connection between the work and
the university was at first oblique. But her arresting performance of
the 90-minute monologue on materialism, Marxism, and the inequitable
distribution of wealth invited the kind of debate that takes place at
Colgate every day, from the core to the Quad.

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