A student of the liberal arts himself, actor, writer, and director Josh Radnor stopped by to share his experiences with the Colgate community on Sept. 24. The How I Met Your Mother star first visited with English professor Gregory Ames’s Advanced Workshop class before hosting an event at the Palace Theater in the village that night. Read more
Colgate’s Task Force on Performing Arts Facilities, chaired by Professor of Art and Art History Padma Kaimal, has submitted its final report to the university community. The document offers recommendations to revitalize the creative landscape on campus.
President Jeffrey Herbst formed the task force in spring 2014, responding to a call made in the university’s new strategic plan for a comprehensive review of Colgate’s dance, music, and theater performance spaces. While the group is not an official building committee, its findings will inform future decisions and financial models developed by the administration and approved by the Board of Trustees.
“Colgate has long recognized the contributions that the performing arts can make to a liberal arts education,” said President Herbst. “The task force has produced an important document that can serve as a roadmap for the future.”
The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.
A group of ten students representing the Colgate Entertainment Group explored the worlds of film and television on January 14 and 15 in Los Angeles, while a second group of students learned more about the real estate field in New York City.
Read student accounts of the two trips below.
During the LA immersion trip, alumni explained their paths to their current positions — grads like Stephen Brown ’81, EVP of programming and development at 20th Century Fox Television; Steven Brookman ’81, head of Motion Picture Business Affairs at the Creative Arts Agency; Eugene Young ’81, president of Ryan Seacrest Productions; and Amanda Brown ’01, vice president of production at Paramount Pictures.
From a bilingual presentation to a moonlit canoe ride, here are some events to check out next week before heading out for the mid-term break.
Mirta Yáñez, a renowned writer known for her short stories, essays, and poetry will be on campus Tuesday, October 7, to read from her work in a bilingual presentation.
Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Ben Mandell ’14 who, after graduating with a theater major and Spanish minor, discovered a unique type of theater that combined both of his academic pursuits.
LONEtheater was a theatrical experience different than any other. Read more
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, associate professor of English and scene designer at Colgate, was recently awarded The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. The prestigious award was presented by the Theatre Development Fund earlier this month at the Hudson Theater in New York City.
Kellogg was presented with the award by Kenny Leon, the director whose most recent Broadway work includes Holler If Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun, and Fences.
In honor of the Bard’s 450th birthday today, here are some pictures from Colgate’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. The student theater group Masque and Triangle performed the play last weekend on the Merrill House lawn. Photos by Anna Heil ’16
“Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.”
― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
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.
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.
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
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
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.