Guest Artist Rich Swingle!

Actor Rich Swingle will be joining us during the first weekend of the upcoming Belhaven Theatre Festival to share his one-man performance of Beyond the Chariots, the story of Olympian Eric Liddell (whose life story served as the basis for the film Chariots of Fire), on Saturday April 9.  He has presented this piece Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in the cities of Beijing, Vancouver and Singapore during the Olympic Games.  Rich is the theatre program director for the MasterWorks Festival each summer, is on the board of directors for Christians in Theatre Arts, and was on the planning committee for Media and Arts at the Lausanne Congress on World EvangelizatioRichSwingleHeadshotn in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rich will also be guest speaking with several of our class sessions, instructing a workshop in SocioDrama, and presenting at our weekly Departmental meeting on his experience with the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action.

Alumni work on independent film!

We are very proud of Belhaven theatre alumni Amile Wilson (’07) and Clarence “Doc” Davis (’08), who recently worked on the independent feature film “The Dynamiter” for Elysium Films.  Amile was a Producer and Davis worked on sound.  The film was recently screened at the Berlinale Film Festival.

Read reviews of the film in Variety and at Screen Daily

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The Three Sisters opens!

We opened The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov this past Friday, February 18.  The show is directed by faculty member John Maxwell, and features 3 of our graduating seniors (Danielle Davis, Marie Warner, and Scott Gaines) in their final mainstage performances as students at Belhaven.  We’ve already had great responses from our first weekend audiences, and there are more performances to come – this Wednesday through Saturday!

Playing Dead

Here the link to an article from the Wall Street Journal about another possible route into the world of performance: playing a dead body.  With a number of television shows and movies in production at any given time that involve crime scenes, actors and makeup people are necessary to make these scenes look real.  The article is written by someone who performed as a victim on Law and Order: Los Angeles.