April 5, 2010

Leadership Lunch Series Presents: Planning an Effective Officer Transition

Leadership Lunch Series Presents: Planning an Effective Officer
Wednesday, April 7
Noon-1 p.m.
Capital Suite, 2nd Floor Student Center

Is your term as an officer coming to an end? Do you hope to exit
gracefully while ensuring the continued success of the organization?
Are you a recently elected officer who wants to know how to be
effective in your new role? As officer roles shift each year it is
important to maintain a successful officer transition program to help
facilitate all of those changes. This session will focus on planning a
sustainable officer transition program for an organization of any size.

Bring your lunch and join in the discussion! Contact Ebony Rose,
Student Organizations Advisor, for more information at erose@gsu.edu.

April 4, 2010

SETC in Kentucky, Spring 2010


Sara and Isabel represented the Players at SETC. Check out the photos from Kentucky! =)

Hay Fever Set Building Fun!

Hay Fever Set Building

If you are interested in helping to build the set, lab hours are MWF 1:30pm - 5:30pm. You do not need any experience or an appointment, just walk in and help! Help is always greatly appreciated! =)

Scenic Painting Workshop, Spring 2010

Scenic Painting Workhop, Spring 2010

Courtesy of Sara Cobbeldick.

Let's Have a Onesome!

Facebook invitation at:

Start Time:
Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 11:00pm

This is a 3-day Solo Festival. 20 GSU students performing individual performance peices. Some are comedic, Some are Dramatic, Some are Both, Some are Original, Some are excerpts of other solo performances and Some are compilations of published and unpublished works.

This event is free and open to the public

Many of the performers are proud members of the GSU Players, others are well experienced actors and actresses, and one of them is a local Atlanta comedian.

There will be 6 performers on Thursday, 8 performers on Friday, and 6 performances on Saturday. Here is the lineup:


Keisha Murray
Amanda Relaford
Anita Burns
Clayton Thompson
Rose Agasarkisian
Tequilla Whitfield


Matt Foster
Marcellus Simmons
Kelly Towhey
Jean Whalen
Meagan Henderson
Beth Woodruff
Shelly-Ann Facey
Emily Smith


Kristy Waldburg
Vince Bucci
Bailey Sessions
Pathik Desai
Chris Miller
Cameron Cross


So GSU, Do You Think You Can Dance?


Tuesday, April 6th 5 PM - 7 PM
Speakers Auditorium

Individuals to small groups of 5 can vie for first, second, and third
place. The winner will be given a prize pack to Trey McIntyre project
and opportunities to perform!

For registration form and more information click here (

Click here for more Rialto Week Events!

And Don't Miss Trey McIntyre Project and VIP Reception -
Closing Event for Rialto Week 2010 on Apil 10th!

Half price for GSU students!

Click Here (
) to See Video of Trey McIntyre Project

Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) was an immediate sensation with both
critics and audiences alike when the troupe burst out on the scene just
three years ago. Led by celebrated choreographer Trey McIntyre, whose
work has been commissioned by American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet,
and many other top dance companies around the world, TMP also boasts an
ensemble of accomplished professional dancers who have danced with
companies such as The Washington Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet,
Ballet Memphis, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Their raw passion and fresh
take on ballet is simply and stunningly beautiful.

You are Invited to a Party!

As always, Dance Canvas brings World Premier choreography to Atlanta audience, and this pARTy will be no exception. Featuring new works from three of Dance Canvas' 2009-10 choreographers, this event is not to be missed!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT http://dancecanvas.com/eventtickets.aspx.
Limited tickets available, so purchase early!!!

Come pARTy the night away with Dance Canvas and Premier Art, LLC at The Atlanta Opera Studios!

(Proceeds from pARTy for ART will go towards Dance Canvas' youth initiatives DC NEXT and DC INTERNS which provide career building skills for Atlanta area youth. Dance Canvas is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All ticket sale donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.)

February 16, 2010

Ushers Needed!

Ushers are needed for the upcoming GSU Dance Ensemble performances which start soon. Anyone who ushers will get a free complimentary ticket to see the show on another night. Please help us out for a ticket and kudos!

If interested please email Anna Tucker, FOH at: AnnaMichalle@gmail.com.

February 15, 2010

Casting: The Menen “Artistic Expressions of the Diaspora”

The Menen “Artistic Expressions of the Diaspora”

Casting “Riddles of the Lost Children” - A West End Story
Written by Jus Dawa-Colibri

We are casting for 13 players for this socially conscious commentary. “Riddles of the Lost Children – A West End Story” consist of 4 movements.

“Betrothed to Vehemence”
(3) Black men – “college students”

“Help Two Old Brothers Out”
(2) Mature black men & (1) Black man

“Preserving Beauty & Home Ain’t Home”
(1) Mature black woman, (2) female youth, (1) Black woman

“Chorus in the Night”
(1) Mature black woman (1) Mature black man

Auditions will be held at:
“Menen Theatre House”
523 Holderness Street, SW
Atlanta, Ga. 30310

Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Thursday, February 25th at 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Prospective players are to present a 3 minute dialogue. Bring your headshot and bio.

For further information contact: Empress Seba Menen – 678-887-6653

February 13, 2010

GSU Dance Ensemble Performances Tickets

Come and get your tickets to Dance Ensemble of GSU performances! Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for any student with a valid student ID. The box office only accepts cash or check. The shows start at 8pm on:

February 25th
February 26th
February 27th
February 28th
February 29th

This may be subject to change but I will keep the invitation updated. Thanks!

Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta Kids/Teens Writing Submissions

The Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta Kids/Teens is looking for writers for its upcoming showcase. Our adult showcase last year was a huge success with actors receiving agent
representation and other job offers. This showcase will consist of actors, ages 7 to 17, performing original scenes for some of the top agents, casting directors, producers, theatre directors, and other industry professionals.

We are looking for original scenes with a minimum of two actors and a maximum of 6 actors, mostly comedic. These scenes need to run 4-10 min. in length. This showcase will contain some singing; so if you have scenes that contain music, even group numbers, submit those as well. Your submission must be received by March 12, 2010.

If you’re interested in submitting your work(s), send an email to Shontelle Thrash at artistsshowcase@live.com to request a release form.

This form must accompany your work(s). You can use one form for all of your submissions. This gives us “non-exclusive” rights to use it for the purposes of the showcase. If someone sees the showcase and wants your scene; then by all means, get it to them. You retain full rights to your work. It also ensures that your work is original. Look over the two-page release form and let me know if you have any questions.

If your work is selected, you will be notified via email.

Showcase benefits:

• Writer’s Workshop with a renowned playwright
• Have his/her bio in the showcase program
• Receive production photos of his/her
• Have the pleasure of seeing actors perform his/her work
• Possibility of receiving other job offers.

WHEN: April 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
WHERE: Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064

So, dust off that computer and get to typing.

“I would like to thank Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta and its director for opening a door that many writers like me rarely get to experience. It was very exciting this pass year to see a work that I had written come to life. When a door opens with people of this caliber of dedication and commitment to the arts, we are encouraged to know the great possibilities that are there for us.”

Dorothy Myles, Playwright
“The End”
Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta 2009

“The showcase for me was a thrilling opportunity to see flesh and spirit imbibe what was at once my simple string of dialog. The chance to see truly talented actors and crew make real a time in this characters life real was both thrilling and expanding to me. My shows have been better since the night of the showcase, and having my family there to enjoy it with me was worth the phrase awesome.”

Brandon Lee, Playwright
“Mom and Dad”
Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta 2009

“I was especially honored to have my pieces
included in the showcase. I thought it was a wonderful
local venue that allowed both playwrights and actors to have their work featured. The audience responded well, and I liked the t-shirt, too. I hope this will become an
annual tradition in the city. It was great seeing rarely cast performers and the work of lesser know and produced writers for the theatre.”

Dr. Shirlene Holmes, Playwright
"Curtain Speech”, “Pomp and Circumstance”, "Ex-Cess"
Artist’s Showcase of Atlanta 2009

Production of RENT by Georgia College Theatre Department

RENT to illuminate the stage during ‘Season of Love’

Milledgeville, Ga. (Feb. 12, 2010)— Georgia’s first university performance of RENT will join the exhilarating lineup of productions by the Georgia College & State University Department of Theatre Feb. 24 – 28.

The Department of Theatre is collaborating with the Department of Music to bring RENT to the Georgia College campus. This will be the first university performance of RENT in Georgia The play was released to college campuses just this summer.

Professor and director Dr. Amy Pinney showed her excitement and determination when she announced the performance.

“When I first pitched the idea of our Department of Theatre and Dance doing RENT, I knew it was an enormous undertaking,” said Pinney. “Still, I wanted to direct something that not only my students really wanted to do but also something the community really wanted to see.”

The cast of 30 will perform 42 musical numbers with a live band of Georgia College students, staff, and alumni. The cast will portray the story of eight main characters and all the sacrifice and heartache each goes through.

“RENT is such an amazing story of a combination of love and sacrifice with songs that you can dance to and ones you can cry to. RENT is a must-see musical that we are super excited to help make its debut here in Milledgeville,” said Caleigh Allen, who plays Maureen.

The story of RENT centers on love as well as community. The characters are linked to each other through each other. The importance of community among all the characters is showcased throughout the performance.

“RENT is not only a musical but a reminder of what makes life important which is community and the love that perpetuates from it. RENT explores such raw emotions and strong connections that I feel it would be impossible to not get captured by the story,” said Jordan Hale, who plays Mark.

Along with community, the focus of RENT will include key elements such as human rights.

"As part of our GCSU Theatre Department's Season of Global Justice, RENT is featured in the campus-wide Human Rights Symposium, and presents global issues of HIV-AIDS to which we hope the community will respond," said Karen Berman, Theatre Chair and Artistic Director.

The honor and prestige of acquiring such a Broadway hit and being able to present it to the community has been an outstanding achievement for the Georgia College Theatre Department. The cast and crew’s excitement shows that the musical should not be missed.

“This is such a big show that I have been waiting for some train wreck to happen. However, there has not been one. In fact, it has been the opposite; everyone not only meets the challenge of the show, but surpasses it,” said Nic Marrone, who plays Angel.

Pinney also expressed her excitement in working with Dr. Wendy Mullen, Musical Director, and Julie Mulvihill, Choreographer.

"Dr. Wendy Mullen has been doing incredible work with the cast. The music in this play is so challenging, yet over and over again, they are nailing it. Julie Mulvihill’s choreography is stunning. She’s created more than one showstopper.”

Although the play will be recommended for mature audiences, the department hopes to reach to the community through love, people, and experience.

“Very rarely can you find a show that focuses on what truly matters in this life. The love we experience and the people we share it with, it’s no secret why RENT has touched so many people in so many ways,” said Marc Osborn, who plays Roger.

RENT ticket prices range from $7 to $15 and performances will be held in Russell Auditorium Feb. 24-27 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at GCSUTickets.com. Group discounts are available.

For more information please contact the Theatre Department at (478) 445-4226.


July 9-17, 2010

Led by Gary Garrison,Executive Director for Creative Affairs, The Dramatists Guild

Associate Director: Cathy Norgren

Guest Artists are being determined, but the recent teaching roster has included: Lee Blessing, David Dower, Mark Bly, Melanie Marnich, David Ives, Dael Orlandersmith, Carl Hancock Rux, Karen Zacarías, Ken Ludwig, Carlos Murillo, Caleen Sinette Jennings, Heather McDonald, Marsha Norman, Howard Shalwitz and many others.

A ten-day playwriting intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Participants are university students, faculty and professionals from across the country.

The program consists of rigorous writing workshops and discussions of the art, craft and business of playwriting with the Program's Director, Gary Garrison and a wide range of distinguished guest artists.

Classes will meet 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-6pm daily. Informal concert
readings of participants' work will be scheduled in the evening during the ten-day period.

Playwriting Intensive participants will be accepted in two tracks in 2010 (all tracks will have sessions with each of the guest artists):



Travel, housing and meals are the responsibility of the participant.

Space in the George Washington University Residence Halls, in the Kennedy Center neighborhood, has been reserved for the participants at a range of $32-$70.

For those whose budgets will allow, there are a number of hotels in the Kennedy Center vicinity.

To Apply:
-a writing and/or teaching resume
-a letter of intent
-ten pages of a playwriting sample

by: April 1.

By attached Microsoft Word or PDF documents

To: ghenry@kennedy-center.org

Invited participants will be notified by April 23rd.

Early submission and acceptance notification is possible if
applicants' home institutions have earlier professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire.)

February 9, 2010

KCACTF Region IV Festival 42 Wrap Up

Below is the festival wrap up. Congratulations to all of the winners and to
everyone who participated and learned more about their art!
KCACTF Region IV Held Productions for Consideration for the National Festival

The Learned Ladies from the University of Central Florida

Eurydice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

KCACTF Region IV David L. Shelton Full-Length Student Playwriting Award

Award Recipient
The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller by Jonathan Fitts, Appalachian State

KCACTF Region IV Short Play Awards

Award Recipients
Summer of Hummingbirds by Josh Ginsburg, Middle Tennessee State University
Pink Lemonade by Daniel Martin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sick, Sad, Little World by Alex LaFosta, University of Alabama at Birmingham

KCACTF Region IV Ten-Minute Play Awards

Bag Boy by Daniel Martin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2nd Place:
Atonement by Corey Resnick, Florida State University

Honorable Mention:
Repetition and Repetition by Christopher Rushing, Georgia Southern University

New Plays Program Directing Award

Award Recipient
Emily Wells, University of Memphis

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Program

National Finalists
Hallie Wage with Casey Noble, University of Central Florida
Edward Zaboroskie with Ansley Selman, Columbus State University

1st Alternate
Emily Parks with Daniel Martin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2nd Alternate
Aundreus Patterson with Andrew Preston, Alabama State University

SETC Best Partner Award Recipient

David Tate, University of Central Florida

SETC Music Theatre Award

Jonathan Altman, Shorter College

KCACTF Region IV Comedy Acting Award

Emily Parks, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Marvin Sims Diversity Award in Acting

Jerrel O'Neal, Alabama State University

NAPAT Classical Acting Award

Ashley French, Berea College

The Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Scenery

Award Recipient
James Maloof, Kennesaw State University

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Newton, University of Southern Mississippi

The Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Costumes

Award Recipient
Matthew Riley, Georgia College & State University

Honorable Mention
Lindsay Bennett, Georgia Southern University

The Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Lighting Design
Award Recipient
Bradley McKenzie, University of Southern Mississippi

Honorable Mention
Daniel Dansey, University of Central Florida

The Alcone Company Makeup Design Award

Award Recipient
Amber Mauldin, William Carey University

Brittany Kemp, University of Central Florida

KCACTF Award for Sound Design Excellence

Award Recipient
Thomas Sowers, University of Southern Mississippi

Honorable Mention
Brandon Hubrins, Alabama State University
Zack Lancaster, William Carey University

SETC / Region IV Awards for Technical Design and Craft

Award Recipient
Angela Howell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2nd Place
Matthew Riley, Georgia College & State University

SETC / Region IV David Weiss Awards for Design Excellence in Costumes

Award Recipient
Anissa Jones, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2nd Place
Tiffany Towns, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Bronsted, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Angela Howell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

SETC / Region IV David Weiss Awards for Design Excellence in Scene Design

Award Recipient
Charles Montcrief, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2nd Place
Kenra Peine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

SETC / Region IV David Weiss Awards for Design Excellence in Lighting Design

Award Recipient
Erika Grayson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2nd Place
Kate Devine, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award

Award Recipient
Arielle Korsgaard, University of West Georgia

Runner Up
Susan Stone Lawrence, University of Central Florida

National Stage Management Fellowship

Award Recipient
Jereme Kyle Lewis, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Shane Harrison, Columbus State University

SDC Student Directing Fellowship

Award Recipient
William Hatten, University of Southern Mississippi

National Critic's Institute Awards

Award Recipient
Sarah Edison, Clemson University

2nd Place
William Sinclair, Austin Peay State University

Honorable Mention
Jacqueline Kappes, Columbus State University

Kennedy Center Medallion Recipients

Gweneth West, University of Virginia
Jeff Gibson, Middle Tennessee State University

Dramatic Adventure Theatre: Student/Faculty Summer Opportunity

Re: Seeking Student Participants for ACTion: Ecuador 2010

Dear Faculty:

I am writing with information regarding an incredible summer opportunity for your current college students: ACTion: Ecuador 2010 an opportunity to travel, serve, teach and perform, organized by Dramatic Adventure Theatre, a theatre company that acts!

Student participants must be adventurous and crave creative involvement in both theatre and service work. Those cast in the summer project will spend 24 days in Ecuador creating and rehearsing an original play, teaching theatre and English language skills, and volunteering throughout the country. At the completion of the project, students will perform their original pieces with professional theatre artists in a showcase presented in New York City.

In the summer of 2009, DAT took 75 professional actors and students from across the United States to work with various communities and organizations in Ecuador including: Quito, Quilotoa, Mindo, Esmeraldas, the Amazon, and The Galapagos Islands. Volunteer experiences along the way included
building a community center and media library in the Andes, repairing Solar Panels, building dry bathrooms in the Amazon, planting trees in the Galapagos and teaching theatre and English language skills in every community along the way. Adventure activities included hiking through the Andes, zip-lining through cloud forests, swimming with sharks, learning Afro-Ecuadorian dances, fishing for piranha in the Amazon and more. The actors' experiences turned into 9 original plays performed in New
York City last July at both the Richmond Shepherd Theatre as well as at Teatro Iati.

Currently, professional artist auditions are being held in New York City and in Los Angeles for our 2010 trip. Limited space is also available for student theatre artists; hence, we are interested in holding an audition/informational session at your school.

In addition to the audition, students must also submit an essay of interest as well as a letter of recommendation. Selected artists are responsible for funding their experience. The cost of each trip is determined by the second week destination; Esmeraldas costs $3200, La Selva costs $3600 and the Galapagos costs $3800. All airfare, in-country transportation, travelers insurance, lodging, food, adventure excursions, live theatre viewings, dance, teaching, and playwriting training, and an Andean mask souvenir of each participant's choice are all covered in this price. Past students have also arranged ways for the trip to count as internship, student teaching, volunteer, and/or performance university/conservatory credit.

You might also be interested in learning about our theatre faculty incentive offer. If you, or any theatre
faculty in your department, is interested in traveling with Dramatic Adventure this summer, full sponsorship is available for four professional theatre instructors. To qualify, you must direct a self-selected cast of six performers on the trip.

For more information about Dramatic Adventure Theatre and about ACTion: Ecuador 2010, please visit:

To arrange an audition/information session with your department's students, please contact me at christen@dramaticadventure.com.


Christen M. Madrazo

Actor Needed For Gender Study

Thanks for calling me back on my request and submitting this to all actors at GSU!! What I am searching for is an actor that could come into a classroom and spew out violent language towards me in front of my graduate colleagues in the Fine Arts Department for 3-5 minutes in duration.

I am an artist working in performance art. My plan is to create an environment where initially I would read spoken word poetry regarding the subject of gender violence for a time period of 10 minutes. I
then would like to hire an actor come into the classroom and hurl violent language at me for a time period of 3- 5

minutes with my classmates not knowing about the setup. My goal is to reverse the roles of spectator regarding a very serious matter in our society. After this emotive act is done, I will say no, and then have the 8 students write a sequence of emotive word responses.

I know it may sound corny - but it is art right. I am looking for someone who can shed 10 minutes of
their time to perform this for my class on Monday the 15th of February at 11:15. It won't take long and I
will pay a Starbucks gift certificate worth 15 bucks. What I need from you is a dedication to act out a
violent action for 5 minutes. This actor can be either male or female. The subject is Gender Violence which meaning is violence to both men and women in our system. I would be so grateful for your help with this project.

If interested, Please call me! Myrna at 615-974-2726.


January 28, 2010

Adult Male Actor Needed - Small Stipend!


I am having trouble casting a role. Please forward this to anyone you know who might be right for the part.

I am looking for a young teen/adult male actor for the part of Eshu, a boyish trickster spirit in a Yoruban folk tale. The tale is African, but the actor can be any ethnicity. The part is for Atlanta Theatre-to-go. It will not have a traditional theatre run, but rather will be booked from time to time throughout the year in retirement homes, etc. according to actors' availability. Small stipend; rehearsals start mid-Feb.

Contact Nancy Riggs, Director


General Meeting

The Players' General Meeting is currently scheduled for February 9, 2010 at 12:15pm. It will be in Alumni Hall's Classroom 110 across from the Players' Office. Please come and join us! There will be food and updates about workshops and information about what the Players' are up to! Come and hang out with us! We also welcome ideas for future workshops.


January 5, 2010

UPDATE: James L. Toles, IV

The Georgia State University Players mourn the loss of James L. Toles, IV, who died in an early morning car accident in Florida on Monday, December 28, 2009. James, also known as "Jay" and "Lafayette," recently had his play "The Race" performed in the Fall 2009 Student Showcase. He was a dedicated student and playwright. James will be deeply missed.

A full obituary may be read here.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.



Here is the information regarding the funeral for James:

Saturday, January 9, 2010
11:30 am
Jonesville Baptist Church
5201 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31405-5151
912) 351-0423

Funeral arrangements are being handled by:
Williams & Williams Funeral Home
1012 E. Gwinnett Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Also, the family would appreciate any financial assistance that individuals can provide. This can be done through:

Bank of America
c/o Michelle and James Toles
Acct#: 334015389679

Please forward the above information to the various constituent groups in which James was a member.


Pamela D. Anthony
Assistant Dean/Director of Student Life and Leadership
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3973
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3973
Phone: 404-413-1580
Fax: 404-413-1593


Hi all,

Many of you likely saw the media coverage of the terrible automobile accident which recently took the life of one of our most promising undergraduates, James (Jay) Toles, over the holiday break. Beyond his good work in our classes, Toles was also very active in university extracurricular activities, especially the theatre and GSTV.

The university, along with the department of communication, is taking every available opportunity to express our shared profound sense of loss and regret. The note I'm forwarding from the university director of student life and leadership adds more details about the coming funeral.

GSU makes available counseling services for any member of the university community who might benefit from them, and their offices will be open with the university as of tomorrow, Tuesday the 5th.


January 4, 2010

Job Search: Theatre Specialist

The U.S. Department Of The Interior is looking for a Theatre Specialist. This position is located at the This position is located at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is a 4,000 seat venue where live performing arts are interwoven into a natural park setting.

Job Location: DC - Washington
Job Title: Theatre Specialist

More information about the position can be found HERE.