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Upcoming Events, Performances and Activities

JUNE
CMU Summer Theatre 2018The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Tournament and Self-HelpBush Theatre, June 21-24
CMU Theatre Camp - Week 1Bush Theatre, June 24-30
JULY
CMU Summer Theatre 2018: Beaver Island performance of Self-HelpBIC Center, July 5
CMU Summer Theatre 2018:  Beaver Island performance of The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing TournamentBIC Center, July 6
CMU Theatre Camp - Week 2Bush Theatre, July 8-14
CCFA DayMusic Building, July 20 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
AUGUST
Fall Semester Classes beginAugust 27
Auditions: Shankuntala and Shrek the MusicalWeek of August 27-31, Details available at cda.cmich.edu/auditions 

*Studio theatre productions are free and open to the public.  Limited seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.  Due to their nature, Studio productions are subject to schedule changes and cancellation without notice.






CMU Theatre Alum wins prestigious national award!  

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CMU Theatre alum, Claire-Frances Sullivan's original musical, Fostered Love, has been selected as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s recipient of the National Musical Theatre Award. Claire-Frances created the original music, score and book for Fostered Love. This very prestigious award comes with a check for $1500, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an invitation to attend the National Festival at the Kennedy Center April 10-14 at KCACTF’s expense, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in Summer 2018. A panel of artists, selected by KCACTF, determined that Fostered Love was this year’s winner.

A workshop production of
Fostered Love, directed by Theatre faculty member, Elaine Daugherty, was presented as a CMU University Theatre Studio Production in the fall of 2017 when Claire-Frances was a CMU student.

More information about the award is available here: 
http://web.kennedy-center.org/…/…/Playwriting/MusicalTheater.

Congratulations, Claire-Frances!

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Dance Residency: Guest artist, Omri Drumlevich, will teach the Gaga movement language March 12 - 16, 2018

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We're excited to announce that Omri Drumlevich will be in residence at CMU from March 12 - 16, 2018, teaching the Gaga movement language to CMU students, faculty and staff.  A schedule of activities and additional information is available here.

Omri Drumlevich was born in Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in 1992. He danced with Mehola Jerusalem and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Omri participated in Batsheva Ensemble’s Excellence program. He joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2010 and Batsheva Company in 2012.

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/Dancers, which is the daily training of Batsheva Dance Company members (now taught also for other dancers in Israel and abroad), and Gaga/People, open to the public and available to everyone, without need of previous experience. Gaga classes are held for a growing number of people at the Suzanne Dellal Centre and other studios and festivals in Israel and abroad.

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Presentation Skills Center, hosted by COM faculty and graduate assistants, is open! 

For months now, Lesley Withers, and a team of COM faculty, staff and graduate assistants, have been hard at work preparing to open a new service center to aid CMU students in improving their presentation skills!  The Presentations Skills Center is now officially open, and assistance is available for any aspect of the public speaking process, from topic idea generation to polishing delivery, from argument development to finding supportive evidence. 

The center is located in Park Library room 319C, and serving students from Sunday to Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm.  Appointments are recommended, with walk-ins are accommodated if possible.  Appointments can be booked now from our website at ccfa.cmich.edu/psc or by calling us at (989) 774-1361. 

Congratulations to Lesley and everyone involved in bringing this wonderful new service to our students!
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KCACTF Regional Festival Success Stories! 

Congratulations to the CMU students who had competitive success at the regional festival!  Highlights of the event are shown below and additional students are recognized in the full report linked here.
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  • Savannah Morris was selected as the WINNER of the KCACTF Regional Design Project/Make-Up competition for her make-up design for His Dark Materials.
  • Brandon Chu and partner Christian Sanchez, were selected to compete in the SEMI-FINAL ROUND of the Irene Ryan (Acting) Scholarship Auditions out of 248 competitors.
  • Emily Mick was selected as a FINALIST in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship competition for her Stage Management work on Spring Awakening.
  • Claire Dettloff and Christian Sanchez auditioned, were accepted, rehearsed and performed in the Music Theatre Intensive Cabaret Performance.
  • The following students were awarded Certificates of Merit for Excellence for their work in CMU University Theatre productions in the last year: 
    • Ensemble Cast (Collaborative Performance, The Other Project
    • Hollie Dickman (Dramaturgy, The Other Project)
    • Melanie Eickhoff (Stage Management, The Other Project)
    • Steven Prevett (Composition and Sound Design, Pericles)
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Berglund's MAN awarded Best Autobiographical Play at New York City's Prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival!

berglund-casual-face-shot-2018.jpg Steve Berglund's new play, MAN, which was created during a  recent sabbatical, was selected as the Best Autobiographical Play at the United Solo Theatre Festival. The festival is the largest of its kind, playing host to over 140 new plays over its multi-week duration, and featured artists from across the globe!  

Please congratulate Steve on this recognition and follow this link for a full story. 

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​​Dr. Weber and grad student, Jeremy Heinlein partner on Special Olympics research Special Olympics research

Passing the ball and shooting baskets with people who have intellectual disabilities changes perceptions and stigmas, according to Central Michigan University researchers. 

Read the full CMU News story, here.





 
 


Three Pekes in a Pond, a new musical by Steven Prevett

Steven Prevett, the student who composed the original score for our recent mainstage production of Shakespeare's Pericles, hasn't been at rest.  Among other projects, Steven has also created a full-length musical entitled Three Pekes in a Pond.   He tells about the creative process in the video below and in the full CMU News story, here

 Steven Prevett's Canine Composition