Special Events and Guest Artists

Through the generosity of the Ruth Easton Endowment, the Theatre and Dance Department is able to sponsor workshops and production residencies with guest artists. These Twin Cities artists contribute to the high production quality of THDA theater productions, while modeling for students the talents, research skills and production savvy necessary for professional collaborations.

During the 2013-2014 Production Season, the following professional artists will be guests of THDA, courtesy of the Ruth Easton Endowment:

Production Residency: Barbra Berlovitz, Director, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Barbra is a professional director and actor, and Founding Artistic Director of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

Production Residency: Amber Brown '04, Costume Designer, mainstage season

Amber works full time at the Guthrie Theater as a wardrobe assistant, and in her free time is a freelance sotume designer and stitcher.  She has worked for Mixed Blood Theater, John Hassler Theater, Theater Pr Rata, and as assistant designer at History Theater and Skylark Opera among others.  She has designed costumes and hair/makeup for several Macalester productions, highlights include In the Heart of America and 12 Ophelias.

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Photo caption: Ruth Easton Guest Artist Mike Croswell, a professional composer and sound designer, works with stage manager Kat Hunter '13 on fine points of calling a heavy-sound show.  Croswell and Hunter worked together on three productions during Kat's time at Macalester, deepening her skills as a theatre technician and artist.

Production Residency: Mike Croswell, Composer/Sound Designer, mainstage season

Michael is a Twin Cities-based composer and sound designer.  In September, 2013, Michael received an Ivey Award for his sound design on Frank Theatre’sMisterman, by Enda Walsh, Spring 2013. His compositions and sound designs have accompanied theatrical productions by Frank Theatre, Stages Theater, 10,000 Things Theater Company, Walking Shadow, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State Mankato, and The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Michael is an active member of the American Composers Forum and in 2003 he received a McKnight Composer Fellowship.  In addition Michael’s music has also been licensed through CBS television for episodes of 48 Hours and 48 Hours Mystery Series.  Previous Macalester productions include TartuffeCat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Witness Project, Tongue of a Bird, and Under the Gaslight.

Production Residency: Maria McNamara, Properties Designer, mainstage season

Maria has created props, puppets and masks for stage, TV and film. This is her fourth season at Macalester. Local credits include West Side Theater Project, Bedlam Theater’s Big Lowdown, Avenue Q at Mixed Blood, and five years with the MN Opera. Maria also spent a decade designing and building puppets in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop in NYC.

Production Residency: Robert Rosen, Director, The Government Inspector

Robert is a director, performer and educator. His early influences included street theatre and circus work in Europe. He co-founded the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune theatre company in Paris and Minneapolis in 1979, and served as co-Artistic Director from 1985 through 2005. Bob is a multi-dimensional theatre artist, credited with acting, writing, directing and/or lighting over 100 productions, with Jeune Lune and other companies. Bob has conceived and directed many original works including: Circus, The Golem, The Description of the World, Circus of Tales, and several works for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 he established Studio 206 in the Ivy Building for the Arts in Minneapolis, with inter-disciplinary artist Shawn McConneloug. Studio 206 is dedicated to the creation of new work and the ongoing training of performing artists.  He is also co-founder of The Gymnasium, a consortium of creative risk-takers who are using the arts as a nexus for connections with science, industry, business and innovation.  Bob was a 2010-11 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow and also serves on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

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Above: Bob Rosen and Shawn McConneloug, master teachers, professional artists, and co-curators of Studio 206 in the Ivy Building in Minneapolis, have brought a "HIghly-PHYsical" workshop to Macalester. "Hi-Phy" develops performers skills in balance, focus, courage, proprioception and flexibility, all while building ensemble and readying the students for making new work together. Jon Dahl '13, a Theatre & Dance and German Studies double major from Roseau, Minnesota, says, ""It's been a great opportunity to realize what your body is able to do, whether it's juggling and tight-rope walking or creating whole scenes without a word." Bob Rosen has been teaching a "Physical Approaches" class in THDA this Fall, and the workshop allows students access to Bob's expertise if they were not able to fit the course into their schedule.