Department Highlights

Students and alumni recently participated in a movement workshop during the Eiko Otake and Iris McCloughan artistic residency.
Ten THDA students participated in a dance intensive in August, preparing a piece for the fall dance concert with guest choreographer Li Chiao-Ping from Madison. After a week of hard work, they celebrated with a group dinner.
Oral Histories in Performance staged reading
On May 9, THDA actors gave a staged reading of [structure with a roof and walls], a new play about the demolition/construction of the Theater and Dance building(s). The play was assembled by students in Beth Cleary’s spring “Oral Histories in Performance” course from interviews with people who designed, built, and work in the new building. In February, students talked with THDA staff, facilities/custodial staff, and construction workers from McGough and Hunt Electric. After Spring Break, they combed through the interview transcripts in a group process that made the play.
Theater and Dance announces the 2019 winners of the following annual awards: RUTH EASTON ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Dominic Rodgers ‘19, Kavya Shetty ‘19, and Trevor Zapiecki ‘19; DAVID WICK ENDOWED PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE – Ekaterina Hofrenning ‘21; DAVID WICK ENDOWED PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP – Nteranya Arnold Sanginga ‘19; DAVID WICK ENDOWED PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Ekaterina Hofrenning ‘21.
During Spring Break 2019, THDA sponsored a group of Theater and Dance majors and minors to attend the 59th United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference featured new product showcase, demos, workshops, keynotes and more. Our students learned from professionals while having such a blast!
Dance students and faculty attended the annual American College Dance Association Conference in Morris, Minnesota during Spring break. Macalester presented two student-choreographed pieces for adjudication and both of them were selected for the Gala Concert. Congratulations Mary Mailand ‘19 and Toan Thanh Doan ‘19 on their beautiful works!

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