Theater and Dance Department News

THDA Faculty and Alumni on BIPOC Theater Today

In recent weeks, Theater and Dance faculty and alumni have contributed some significant statements and articles:

St. Paul Storyteller | Macalester News

Dance minor Mai Moua Thao ’22 spent her summer interning at St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), assisting filmmakers in creating documentaries focused on a variety of issues affecting the local community.

A Major Dance Minor | Macalester News

Dance minor Ekaterina Hofrenning ’21 spent her summer in New York at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre summer program. Training eight hours a day for five weeks, she describes the intensity of esteemed program and how Macalester prepared her.

Big Questions | Theater and Social Equity

Chair and professor of Theater and Dance Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento joined artistic director for Penumbra Theatre Company and visiting assistant professor Sarah Bellamy and President Brian Rosenberg in February 2019 to discuss the question: How do we create a stage that helps audiences imagine a world guided by social equity? This event was part of Macalester’s Big Questions series.

American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference

Theater and Dance students met with alumna Kate Bredeson ’98, on faculty at Reed College, at the American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference in Arlington, VA.

Big Questions | Arts and Humanity

President Brian Rosenberg sat down with NTT Instructor of Dance Patricia Brown and Music Professor Michael McGaghie in January 2020 to answer the question: Can embracing the arts reconnect our common humanity? This event was part of Macalester’s Big Questions series.

Artistic Residency: Eiko Otake and Iris McCloughan

Eiko Otake and Iris McCloughan were on campus in August 2019 for an artistic residency, including movement workshops with students and alumni, and a work-in-progress performance.

Li Chiao-Ping and THDA Dance Intensive

THEY, Fall 2019 Dance Concert

Ten THDA students participated in a dance intensive in August, collaboratively preparing a piece for the fall dance concert with guest choreographer Li Chiao-Ping from Madison. The piece, THEY, explores identity and relationships to space, place, ourselves, and others.

Wynn Fricke | Just Her Time

Just Her Time, choreographed by Professor Wynn Fricke was one of 30 pieces selected to be performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. at ACDA’s 2018 National College Dance Festival. The piece was one of just five works further selected to be performed that summer at Jacob’s Pillow, a dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

THDA in the World