Department of Theatre and Dance - Spring 2014

ON THE MOVE

News Highlights...

Greetings from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

It’s been a productive spring semester in the Department, marked by "sold out" productions, students receiving awards and inspiring visitors coming to campus.  We just wrapped up Danceworks 2014, the annual dance program featuring works by leading contemporary choreographers, performed by our dance and theatre students.  On top of that, 19 of the department’s dancers returned from the annual Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival held March 12 through 16 at The College at Brockport, in Brockport, N.Y.  Montclair State was the only school to have both of its entries selected for inclusion in the festival’s closing Gala performance with Oh My Love, choreographed by dance faculty member Earl Mosley, selected to perform at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. (Read more here.

Earlier this semester, the department produced  42nd Street, which received record attendance and considerable acclaim. There was also a musical in concert performance of City of Angels, which was successfully staged in the Leshowitz Recital Hall. Our Touring Company, Theatre On The Move, had a successful run visiting 16 school in the area with their current show Breaking the Cycle, which tackles the most current social issues students face in their daily lives.  The BFA Acting and Musical Theatre Senior Showcase was held in the NYC with some of our students getting representation. We will finish up the semester with the productions of Middletown and Big Meal in the L. Howard Fox Theatre.

There is so much more that we are excited about. Scroll down to read more about these and other newsworthy items from the Department. We hope to see you in the theatre.

Prof. Randy Mugleston,
Chair

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Department of Theatre and Dance in Danceworks 2014

From April 3 through April 6, at the Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presented Danceworks, the annual dance program featuring works by leading contemporary choreographers performed by theatre and dance students. Read more....

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They Came to Dance

Nineteen Montclair State dance students attended the annual Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival from March 12 through 16 at The College at Brockport, in Brockport, N.Y.  Both of Montclair State’s entries were selected for inclusion in the festival’s closing Gala performance. “We were the only school to have both entries selected,” said Prof. Lorraine Katterhenry, director of the Dance Division. Read more...

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Montclair State Students Perform Dance Program by Guggenheim Fellow

From the Montclair Patch. Read more...

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It's Showtime!

The department's produced the iconic backstage success story, 42nd Street, from February 28 to March 8. Read more...

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Theater and Music from Mediterranean Italy

Two renowned, Italian artistic groups – the award-winning Teatro delle Albe and the acclaimed musical duo, the Mancuso brothers – brought their artistry to campus in February. Read more...

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"Grimm Women," by BA Theatre Alumnus Brandon Monokian, Features Fellow MSU Graduates

Playwright's work staged at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, N.Y., February 9. Read more...

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The New York Times's "Arts & Leisure"Section Profiles Douglas Dunn

Peak Performances' premiere of Dunn's new work, Aubade, is performed by his own company and six great Montclair State dancers. Read more...

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Legendary Inspiration

MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones came to the Montclair State University campus in November to coach dance students who performed his work, Spent Days Out Yonder, at the April 2014 Danceworks concert. Read more...

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Musical Theatre and Music Students Perform "City of Angels" February 6-9

A cast featuring actors from the Musical Theatre program in the Department of Theatre and Dance, joined by musicians from the John J. Cali School of Music, presented the award-winning City of Angels from February 6-9 at Leshowitz Recital Hall. Read more...

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 AIDS Memorial Quilt Comes to Montclair State December 5-11

 Sections of the famed tapestry were on view at Memorial Auditorium during the Department's production of the musical Falsettos. Read more...

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Curtains Up!

Students took to the stage for exciting music, theatre and dance performances. Read more...

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Department of Theatre and Dance Students Stage "A Streetcar Named Desire" November 14-17

Students in the Department of Theatre and Dance performed Tennessee Williams’ classic tale, A Streetcar Named Desire, at the Alexander Kasser Theater from November 14-17, directed by renowned choreographer and director, Kari Margolis, with multimedia and soundscape by Tony Brown, both currently guest artists in the department. Read more...

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Musical Theatre Major Guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Montclair State University musical theatre major and tap dancer Evan Ruggiero performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where DeGeneres presented him with a $10,000 scholarship from Shutterfly. Read more...