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I have lost track of how many “firsts” I have had the chance to experience in this department; however, it is hard to forget four days at the Hilton in Atlanta, attending workshops that put you in the role of a trickster, and teach you that you have been breathing wrong your entire life. To cap it all, you are surrounded by thousands of people numbered like lemmings, wearing outfits that range from business-casual, to evening gown, to what is she wearing on her head???
I have to admit that SETC was very intimidating. I am no less intimidated by it now as I was before I went. Being around so many professionals and really good amateurs made me see that it doesn’t hurt to have higher expectations for myself. I learned a lot in the workshops that I went to. Some things were things I could apply immediately, such as some makeup techniques, while other things were interesting enough but I will not be able to use them at this point in time. One workshop, “Lighting for the Camera,” I went to because I liked the name of it. I realized that it was very different from what I thought the subject matter was going to be. I hadn’t given much thought to the name. At first I thought since it was in a totally different area of the theater that I hadn’t been going to workshops for, that I would get nothing out of it. But actually in that workshop I learned more than all of my other workshops put together. Just a few things I had never known: that daylight is the coolest light, how to light a person’s face effectively, Fuji film is good for photographing greens while Kodak is good for photographing reds, and the importance of white balancing a camera. I never would have dreamed that my “oops” workshop would be the one that I would enjoy the most.
Click here to learn about the “World’s First Bicycle Rickshaw Theatre”, a ministry of Imagine the Word, an arts ministry organization founded by Hunter Barnes. This ministry would create a portable theatre stage on the back of a New York City bicycle rickshaw, easily transportable through the city streets, which would fold out for performances that would share the Gospel to the NYC public. The informational video is on a website built to accept donations to help fund the project.
This link will take you to a video put out by TCG (the Theatre Communications Group) regarding World Theatre Day which is March 27th every year. In it, actor Jeffrrey Wright shares a story from his experience visiting Sierra Leone, and the importance and power of the art of listening in the theatrical process.
We are glad to be hosting guest artist C. McNair Wilson during the second weekend of this year’s Belhaven Theatre Festival, for a performance of his one-man show From Up Here on Friday, April 15 at 7 pm. Wilson is a sought-after speaker and performer, a director and author; a former Disney Imagineer and is the co-founder of IMAGINU!TY Unlimited. He will be visiting our classes and sharing with the theatre students during our weekly departmental meeting, as well as leading a creativity seminar open to the Belhaven community on Saturday the 16th. For more info on McNair (and to check out his books and videos) visit his website or his blog.
Our university president, Dr. Roger Parrott announced on his blog that the 2011 Spring Commencement speaker for Belhaven University will be renowned artist Makoto Fujimura, head of the International Arts Movement headquartered in New York City. We are excited to have such a distinguished speaker on campus and look forward to the opportunity to hear his address on April 30.
Approximately 20 Belhaven University faculty and students will be attending this year’s Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 2-5. For the students, most of them will be participating in either the Professional and Graduate School Auditions, or involved with the Job Contact forum – looking for opportunities for summer work or their first post-graduation position. Our faculty members will be participating in various committees, workshops, recruitment opportunities, networking and professional development. We hope to be able to post some pictures and stories from this year’s conference – so stay tuned over the next few days for Belhaven Theatre updates from the SETC annual convention 2011!