News Highlights . . .
First MSU Summer Intensive for Theatre Teachers [SITT]
Prof. SUSAN KERNER worked with OECO’s Director MARIE SPARKS to plan and direct the first MSU Summer Intensive for Theatre Teachers that took place August 2010. The week-long Summer Intensive provided theatre teachers with a comprehensive program of workshop offerings and mentorship from professional theatre practitioners. The Intensive offered tailored professional-development training and resources, along with the peer contact and Best Practices to sustain creative activity in New Jersey schools. Prof. Kerner employed a company of eight Montclair State theatre majors as a resident acting company to work with the teachers during the Summer Intensive. For full article, click here.
Teachers from Four States Participate in Theatre Day for Teachers
Montclair State University hosted the third annual Theatre Day for Teachers last May and attracted participants from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to its daylong professional-development program for middle and high school theatre teachers. The event provided a rare opportunity for theatre teachers to meet and network with their peers, and to participate in workshops taught by theatre professionals and Montclair State faculty. Many of the participants who attended Theatre Day for Teachers in 2008 and 2009 returned to learn new skills, brush up on old ones, and meet with their peers. For the full article, click here.
Montclair State University Presents Second Theatre Night Awards
The Tony Awards played second fiddle to the second Theatre Night Awards held last May at Montclair State University. More than 500 students, teachers, and family members were in attendance to see 25 awards presented to high school non-musical plays for outstanding achievement in all areas of theatre production. The atmosphere in Memorial Auditorium was charged with excitement as students and teachers received recognition for their dedication and commitment to producing comedies and dramas from Shakespeare to Simon, even including a few original works. For the full article, click here.
OECO & the Montclair Arts Council Team Up Again for INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE EVENT
In October 2010, in partnership with the Dance Division, acclaimed choreographer Liz Lerman returned to MSU to work with the Montclair Arts Council and our students on another Dance in the Community: Intergenerational Dance Project. These projects aim to explore the effect of creative movement on individuals, especially late in life, and to involve older persons in dance activities and observe the effect on mental and general health, overall functioning and sense of well-being. These workshops are geared towards adults 55 years and older and focus on how to utilize dance/movement as a creative means for exploration, reflection and self expression. For more information click here.
OECO & the Creative Research Center sponsor Photography Exhibit – The Dream: Living Images of our Post 9/11 World, by Mike Peters
As part of Diversity Week 2010, OECO and the Creative Research Center is sponsoring an exhibit, “The Dream: Living Images of our Post 9/11 World,” which will be on display from Nov. 13, 2010 – Feb. 28, 2011, in the Life Hall Exhibition Space. This exhibit of images expresses photographer Mike Peters’ views on what it is to be an American in the 21st century. Taken in Kearny and Ridgefield, N.J., and in Coney Island, N.Y., the photos are of those who “make and do,” the “grunts” whose “behind the scenes efforts are integral to this daily theatre we call life,” says Peters. For the full article, click here.