Theatre Students Receive Opportunities to Direct

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Theatre Department sets itself apart with an incredible variety of opportunities to perform. The department’s annual calendar is packed with more than 40 shows. The opportunities in each of those shows extend well beyond acting.

“Not only do we perform in these shows, but we also do the sets, lights, makeup and everything else that goes along with a production,” said Lynnea Fredrickson, a theatre major from Forest City, Iowa. “We also get the opportunity to direct our own shows, which gives us insight into what it takes to put on a show.”

Student directors pick their own plays and construct their own visions, striving for new and rich interpretations of the material. “Every aspect of a production is in our hands,” Fredrickson said.

NWU offers an energetic, active environment where theatre students learn by doing—by acting, singing, sewing, designing, building and directing. “Each of us comes to where we are from a different place,” said Professor of Theatre Arts Jack Parkhurst. “It takes many experiences to make a cohesive ensemble.” 

At Nebraska Wesleyan University, theatre students can build experience in every aspect of the field.

NWU produces more than 35 student-directed productions each year, ranging from its fall and spring Festival of One-Acts to full productions. Here are some select student-directed performances coming this fall and winter.

The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
By Paul Zindel
September 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Beatrice is the single mother of two daughters, Ruth and Tillie. Together, they try to make sense of their dysfunctional family and their abysmal status in life.

All My Sons
By Arthur Miller
November 16-19 at 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 20 at 2 p.m.
Miller Theatre

When business partners sell faulty cylinder heads to the USAAF during WWII, more than warplanes crash and burn. This play marks Arthur Miller’s first commercial success.

Brighton Beach Memoirs
By Neil Simon
January 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.
January 29 at 2 p.m.
Miller Theatre

Set in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach section in 1937, Neil Simon’s play is a classic coming-of-age comedy.

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