A different kind of artistry: Orchestrating sustainability with the theatre department

Post by IU Newsroom intern Laura Ellsworth: The IU Bloomington Office of Sustainability has 30 programs on the docket to support its conservation goals for 2020, and one IU student, with the help of a university grant, is doing her part to make these goals a reality. Olivia Ranseen, a 2020 Sustainability Scholar and environmental […]

Indiana University’s Viking-in-residence is all in a Twitter about the arts in Bloomington

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Tori Lawhorn: At Indiana University, the most frequent visitor to campus events isn’t a student; it’s a Viking. Lars Karlsson, a small wooden Viking, is dedicated to learning about all the different programs IU Bloomington has to offer, according to his owner, Kristin Leaman. “He discovers and shares what he […]

Halloween campus events preview

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications multimedia intern Milana Katic: Halloween isn’t just about kids, costumes and candy. If you’re looking for some eerie entertainment this month, here are some arts events on campus that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. At the IU Auditorium –  Dennis James Hosts Halloween, 7:30 p.m. Oct. […]

Start spreading the news – Four IU students travel to New York for show tune extravaganza

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications multimedia intern Milana Katic: On Aug. 21, four Indiana University student performers will travel to New York City to participate in the Sixth Annual Carner and Gregor Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza. The show at the New York supper club 54 Below will consist of 11 of the best up-and-coming musical […]

Ready, set change: Indiana Festival Theatre begins its repertory shows

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications multimedia intern Milana Katic: Indiana Festival Theatre began its July performance schedule with Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on July 5.  Following that will be the opening of “The Miracle Worker,” the heartwarming story of Helen Keller, on July 11. Both shows run through to the end of July. So how […]

IU Theatre’s ‘Cloud 9’ is era-hopping, thought-provoking production

I recently got in touch with Adam St. John and Evelyn Gaynor, both third-year MFA actors who take on role reversals in the two acts of “Cloud 9,” the gender-bending comedy written by British playwright Caryl Churchill that opens this weekend at IU Theatre. Art at IU: ‘Cloud 9’ seems to have a convoluted story […]

Original works by IU playwriting students receiving national recognition

Both MFA playwriting students who unveiled original works at IU Theatre’s “At First Sight” series last spring will see their plays receive professional readings at national venues, a coup for the university’s newly reinvigorated playwriting program. “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea,” by MFA student Nathan Davis, is one of six scripts selected for the annual […]

IU Theatre production highlights tolerance, acceptance of others

Last week, I got the chance to chat with two performers in IU Theatre’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which opened Friday. The message of tolerance presented by the play seems particularly timely, in light of two very different events — the public stance Indiana University took recently against a constitutional amendment […]

IU Theatre director brings modern-day parodies to ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: Medicine has come a long way since 1673, but some things never change. IU Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Imaginary Invalid” by French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (most know him by his stage name, Moliere) parodies the modern medical profession just as much as its original counterpart […]

Costuming period play balance between historical accuracy, modern aesthetic

The night before the initial dress rehearsal for a play involving the first period costumes she’d ever designed, Barbara Harvey Abbott had a nightmare. “I dreamed I got a note from the director, telling me we needed to switch out all the costumes,” she said, chuckling a little at the then-horrifying memory. “It’s quite funny […]