Spring 2024 Events

AUTOCAD Workshop with Kelly Pursley
February 2-4, various times
Venue: Design Studio (THDA 006)

You will leave this workshop with the skills and tools to be able to use AutoCAD to draft scenic elements, with a foundation to dig deeper into the vast array of tools this program has to offer. While the focus is on drafting for stage and entertainment design, the skills are applicable to any sort of drafting, including architectural, museums and more. Sign up here.


Krump with Cecil Neal
Feb 9, 4:45-6:15pm
Fox

This workshop will be an introduction to the core movement techniques of the Krump dance style. With key elements of stomping, popping, swinging, and isolating body parts, Krump has developed into a popular African-American style street dance. Join Cecil Neal to begin to explore these expressive and energetic movements. Sign up


THDA Performance Trip
February 9, 7:00pm
Walker Arts Center

Current Theater and Dance students, faculty and staff are invited to attend The Mood Room by Annie-B Parson’s Big Dance Theater at the Walker Arts Center on Friday, February 9 at 8pm. The deadline to sign up is 5pm Wednesday February 7.


Theater and Dance Honors production: A Patchwork Pillowfort
February 15-18, 7:00pm each night
James A. Williams Theater
A Patchwork Pillowfort is a mishmash of thirty different plays over the course of ninety minutes, presented in an order chosen by the audience (you!). This show aims to bring back the nostalgia and comfort of childhood nonsense while also adding touches of adult humor and existential questions. Each play was written, designed, and directed by the performers you will see onstage – meaning every one of these pieces is filled to the brim with personality, humor, and emotion. The James A. Williams Theater is located on the lower level of the theater wing in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Entry is free on a first come, first served basis, and seats are limited. Audience participation is optional, but encouraged.


Dance Showing
Feb 24, 9:00am
Fox
Choreographers creating work for the Spring 24 dance concert gather for an informal showing of works-in-progress to share feedback. All THDA faculty are invited to attend. Not open to the general public.


Playwriting: Revisions with Jarek Pastor
Feb 24, 2:00pm
T006 Design Lab
You’ve finished the first draft of a play. Now what? Rewriting can feel tricky and intimidating. You’ve earnestly poured every hope and intention into that first draft, but intention is only a part of expression, and what is a play if it does not communicate with an audience? Whether you’re slowly rescripting in solitude or reworking moments during breaks from rehearsal, revision makes up the bulk of a playwright’s work.
In this workshop, we will discuss tools and techniques to strength-test what you’ve put on the page and its relation to performance, experiment with revision strategies, explore lenses you can use to dig into the dramaturgy of your play, and engage in exercises to illuminate what you already have from new perspectives. This workshop is for those who have scripts they’d like to develop further, want to think more dramaturgically, or don’t even know where to begin when it comes to revision. Sign up here.


THDA Performance Trip
Feb 25, 12:00pm
Guthrie Theater
THDA is sponsoring a trip to see On Beckett at the Guthrie Theater on Sunday, February 25 at 1pm. The deadline to sign up is 12pm Friday, February 16. The show’s run time is 80 minutes. We will gather back on campus after the show to share a meal and reflect on the performance. All THDA students are invited to attend, including those in courses, majors, minors, workstudy, cast and crew. Sign up here.

Below is a short description of the production from the Guthrie Website:

“Tony Award-winning actor and master clown Bill Irwin has spent a lifetime captivated by Samuel Beckett. The depth of his devotion for the famed Irish writer plays out onstage in a nonstop display of jovial verbal and physical comedy that has become Irwin’s signature. With little more than a microphone and a podium, Irwin lets the audience in on the creative process of engaging with Beckett’s undeniably rich language, providing a primer in clowning along the way. In addition to exploring texts by one of the most influential theater voices of the past century, audiences will fall in love with Irwin’s unique and endearing approach to Beckett’s work.”


Open Showing for Eurydice, directed by Randy Reyes
Feb 27, 6:15 pm
Mainstage Theater, T121

Join the cast for a sneak peek at THDA’s spring Mainstage Theater production. A 20 minute excerpt of this work in progress will be followed by a 20 minute feedback and discussion session. Additional information on the Theater and Dance Department will be available, including Fall 24 course offerings and performance opportunities.


THDA Performance Trip
Feb 29, 6:00pm
Northrup Auditorium
THDA is sponsoring a trip to see Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema at the Northrop on Thursday, February 29 at 7pm. The show’s run time is 60 minutes followed by a 30 minute Q and A. All THDA students are invited to attend, including those in courses, majors, minors, workstudy, cast and crew. The deadline to sign up is 12pm Thursday, February 22. 

Below is a short description of the production from the Northrop Website:

“Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, Ada marks time in the patterns of a life built for two, until a traveling carnival’s mirror maze plunges her—and you—into a journey set in the New England gothic landscape. “This Chicago troupe is conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty” raves The New York Times. Manual Cinema creates handspun cinema combining shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound—all in plain view. Aaron David Miller adds to this magical mixture playing Northrop’s historic pipe organ. This event includes a live Q&A with the artists following the show.”

Advisory: This performance includes loud music and flashing lights


Theater And Dance Honors Production: Anti-Cartesian Variety Show
March 1-2
Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
James A. Williams Theater

In Anti-Cartesian Variety Show, collaged, written and directed by Jess Nguyen, you’ll experience an avant-garde solo performance, a cozy movie night, a standup comedy show, a documentary and autoethnography, and a philosophical address rolled into one. Informed by the author and director’s research into the Vietnamese Avant-Garde, this show explores how language, place, and identity collide within all of us through an autobiographical, interactive multimedia experience. The result is a journey that is both delightful and powerfully moving. The James A. Williams Theater is located on the lower level of the theater wing in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Entry is free on a first come, first served basis, and seats are limited. 


Grants and Grant Writing Workshop I with Masami Kawazato
March 2, 1:00-4:00pm
THDA Classroom T101

You will learn about the process of finding, reading and understanding grants, including the details you need to consider beyond the narrative of the application. You will examine a sample grant application, and then will be given 6 weeks (a very typical application period) to submit an application as practice. You will begin to learn the skills and vocabulary for understanding grant applications and writing grants. You will leave the first session with a sample grant to work on, and we will discuss a selection of the submissions of participants in order to improve our understanding and writing of grants in the second.


Open Showing for Eurydice, directed by Randy Reyes
March 56:15 pm
Mainstage Theater, T121

Join the cast for a sneak peek at THDA’s spring Mainstage Theater production. A 20 minute excerpt of this work in progress will be followed by a 20 minute feedback and discussion session. Additional information on the Theater and Dance Department will be available, including Fall 24 course offerings and performance opportunities.


Dance Masterclass with Ao (Aloe) Liu from CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
March 22, 4:45pm
Fox Dance Studio

Ao Liu works with CAAM Chinese Dance Theater to perform and celebrate Chinese cultural heritage through the universal language of dance. Chinese dance styles are plentiful and dynamic, from powerful movements inspired by martial arts to vibrant steps of ethnic dance to the flowing movements of classic dance. This workshop will be an introduction to the varied dance styles of Chinese dance. All levels of experience are welcome. Sign up here


Dance Open House and Placement Workshop
Wednesday March 27th 4:45pm – 6pm
Thursday March 28th 3pm – 4:30pm 

Want to dance at Macalester? No matter your skill level, the Theater and Dance Department has enriching and engaging dance technique classes for you! The Theater and Dance department will be hosting two Dance Open House and Placement Audition events on Wednesday, March 27 from 4:45pm – 6pm and Thursday, March 28 from 3pm-4:30pm. At the Open House, you will meet Dance department faculty and other Mac students interested in dance, try out some of the many styles of dance offered at Macalester, and discover what Dance classes might be right for you. Sign up here


Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Randy Reyes
Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 6 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm

Immerse yourself in a captivating reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. This isn’t just Orpheus’ journey – it’s Eurydice’s tale of love, loss, and resilience. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice embarks on an extraordinary journey to the underworld. Experience her reunion with her father, the challenges she faces, and the struggle to remember her lost love. This isn’t the story you read in high school; it’s laced with contemporary characters, unexpected plot twists, and emotional themes. Discover a fresh perspective on a timeless love story. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this enchanting theatrical experience!

More information and ticket reservations can be found at this link