Shakespeare expert Ellen MacKay to appear on ‘The Wonder of Will Live’ program on CSPAN-2

Ellen MacKay, an associate professor in Indiana University’s Department of English, has spent much of her professional life celebrating William Shakespeare. Now, MacKay will help the Folger Shakespeare Library bring that celebration to the public in a televised and live-streamed event Saturday, April 23 that marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Scholars believe his birthday fell […]

IU professor Hildegard Keller brings voices in history to life through multimedia experiences

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: A dance costume hangs inside a section of tables in the Lilly Library. It is a wood sprite from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, worn during funeral ceremonies, and professor Hildegard Keller chose to hang it there when designing her portion of the “Performative Book” exhibition. […]

Perfect evening in Brown County: ‘Utopia’ pairs writers with The Liberation Music Collective

In a perfect world, the finest musicians might not have to think about new ways to bring their art to the public. And that’s the point of “Utopia: 21st Century Reflections on the Pursuit of Perfection.” Even with the best of intentions, utopia is a concept. And in the real world, Indiana University’s music students […]

‘As You Like It’ moves between worlds of student and professional, forest and royal court

Indiana Festival Theatre will start its 2015 season Friday with “As You Like It.” For local audiences, it is a chance to be entertained by professional and student actors in one of William Shakespeare’s most loved — and most lovestruck – comedies. The play will be performed in repertory with “The Gentleman from Indiana” through […]

Broadway star Audra McDonald makes time at IU to lead master class for musical theater students

  Audra McDonald has won an unprecedented six Tony Awards, one of them for the Terrence McNally play “Master Class.” Yesterday at Indiana University, McDonald taught a master class of her own. The singer and actress, who was in town for a concert at IU Auditorium, generously shared her wisdom and talent with an enthusiastic […]

‘Jersey Boys’ cast steps into IU Auditorium with a Hoosier working behind the scenes

“Jersey Boys” opened a six-day run at IU Auditorium last night, telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons through a high-energy cycle of song and dance. The Tony-winning musical has been playing on Broadway since 2005 and now is being presented in Las Vegas, London and by traveling companies in the United […]

IU Theatre to stage timely drama ‘Good Kids,’ present special programs on sexual violence

“I’ve never worked on a piece of theater that is at the intersection of so many compelling current issues.” Director Jonathan Michaelsen used these words to describe Naomi Iizuka’s thought-provoking drama “Good Kids,” which will open Friday, Feb. 6, at Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance’s Wells-Metz Theatre. “Good Kids” is a […]

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. […]

New musical ‘Moses Man’ wraps up IU summer theater season with three performances

Post by IU Communications colleagues Karen Land and Milana Katic: Indiana Festival Theatre ends its 2014 season with the rare opportunity to see a new musical still in evolution. The musical also is unusual because its subject isn’t typical summer fare. “Moses Man” recounts a family’s harrowing but triumphant escape from Nazi-era Vienna. “Moses Man” will […]

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 […]