Theatre Department

Playwriting Class Helps Children Make Sense of Pandemic

Like other NWU professors, Rebecca Boesen found herself in unfamiliar territory when she was asked to pivot mid-semester into a distance-learning model.

Boesen approached the new challenge first with caution and concern for students enrolled in her Playwriting II course.

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Theatre Professor Named Faculty Mentor of the Year

A Nebraska Wesleyan University theatre professor has been recognized for his work in mentoring his peers.

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OnStage Blog Ranks NWU Theatre Among Nation's Best

OnStage Blog, a popular theatre website known for ranking college-level theatre programs nationwide, has recognized two of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s theatre programs among the best in the country.

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NWU Receives $1 Million for Theatre Renovation Project

A $1 million grant has raised the curtain on Nebraska Wesleyan University’s next facility renovation project.

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Musical Theatre Major Balances “Newsies” With National Performance Opportunity

It’s a balancing act.

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With Deafness a Central Issue of the Play “Tribes,” Theatre Students Embrace Challenge of Learning Sign Language

Last year when Anna Sell studied abroad in London she made a visit to a local bookstore where she skimmed through plays hoping to find inspiration for the play she would direct the following year. 

She came upon the play, “Tribes,” and never looked back. 

“I read through it and knew that was it,” said the junior directing major from Kansas City, Mo. “I wanted a show that was going to challenge me.”

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Bright Lights, Big City Leads to Big Experiences for NWU Theatre Students

It comes as no surprise that the bright lights of Broadway intrigued a group of Nebraska Wesleyan University theatre students to spend their spring break in the Big Apple.

But the group of 40 students and their professors are quick to tell you the trip wasn’t just about the sights and sounds.

Theatre professor Ryan Kathman collaborated with NWU theatre alumni in New York city along with other professionals in the business to create an opportunity for NWU’s students to gain tangible experience.

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Meet Hamlet: NWU's Prince of Denmark is a Woman of Infinite Zest

Natalia Spengler isn’t interested in likely stories. Give her a tale that twists. Make it vast. Have it kink and kick and contradict. That’s when you know you have something. 

You have a story that lands—like Spengler’s own 2,800-mile journey—in an unexpected place. A story that slides, neatly, into the unlikeliest of roles. 

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First, let’s hash out some contradictions. 

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Theatre Major Finds Solace on Stage Following Houston Hurricane

When the curtain opens on Nebraska Wesleyan University’s production of “Mamma Mia”, it will mark Adelaide Daniel’s first major role. 

It will mark weeks of line memorization and singing and dancing rehearsals. 

“I have been working toward a goal of getting to play a quirky and fun role in a musical,” said the senior theatre major. “I have been lucky enough to be in an ensemble of musicals here at NWU where I have been able to develop character-building skills and comedic timing.”

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Actress Ready to Perform Shakespeare Following London Study Abroad Experience

Long hours. Endless work. Tough criticism — experiences a budding Nebraska Wesleyan University actress from Juneau, Alaska, takes seriously.

"I love the camaraderie of the theatre," said junior Natalia Spengler. "There’s beauty in a group of people—actors and audience—coming together in a space to tell a story. It’s transformation. And there’s nothing else like it."

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