Welcome New Theatre Students!
staff and I would like to welcome you to NAU Theatre. We hope that your summer
is going well and that you are looking forward to the upcoming year. This
letter will outline some of the many events and activities we have planned as
well as our expectations for you as you enter into this phase of your education
All theatre students interested in performance
and all freshmen and recent transfers must audition for the productions.
So, what do you need to prepare for the auditions?
- Read the plays and prepare for the audition thoroughly,
which means practice!
- What we find important in an audition is that the student
actor is prepared and memorized. We like
to see that you cared enough to prepare in advance.
- We are also looking for actors who are willing to take a
risk or make specific choices, and who are willing to experiment with various
directions/options--whether "right or wrong" for the character.
- Be open, creative and flexible.
- You might consider meeting with the faculty director to see
what they are looking for in the role.
Dress for the audition and arrive early!
For the specific requirements please follow this link.
In addition to
the faculty directed, mainstage productions there are other opportunities for
you to perform, work behind the scenes, and to make the most of your
prides itself on giving each student within their major a way to solidify and
test their knowledge and craftsmanship before entering the “real” world; this
is known as the STUDENT SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT.
Senior will have to complete a project within their area of interest. Occasionally, a student director achieves the
opportunity (after considerable hard work) to direct a project. We will have a series of projects that will
be cast (after mainstage casting) in the fall and in the spring.
A few of these
projects are full-length works and others are smaller but equally exciting
In addition, we have a wide variety of
performance opportunities. Click “read
more” for a list of other opportunities that you can get involved in: Read more
- The NAU Theatre 24 Hour Plays,fall
semester. In a
process that normally takes months; writers, directors, stage managers and
many actors will write and produce six individual short plays. They will
collaborate on set and script design, staging, rehearsal, and production
before opening the doors to a live audience exactly 24 hours after the
writers begin drafting their scripts the night before. The only prep
allowed prior to the weekend’s festivities is the selection of
- Directing II One Act
5-8, 2011. This is the Directing
II student’s final production.
Advanced students in directing will present 30 to 40 minute pieces
that are the culmination of their semester’s work. Auditions will take place mid-semester
and the casts will vary from three to 10 actors per piece.
- Directing I One Scene
occur at the end of the fall semester.
This is the Directing I student’s final project. Students will present 8 to 10 minute
pieces that are the culmination of their semester’s work. Each section of Directing I casts their
work differently so, stay tuned for information.
There are other
possibilities of performance through the NAU Theatre clubs listed later in this
letter, but ALWAYS CHECK THE CALLBOARD (see Department Nerve Center for
For those of you who are interested in working on the shows
either as a crew member or in the shop, you will have the opportunity through
your TH 123: Stagecraft, TH 122: Lighting and Sound or, TH 124: Costume
Construction courses and the TH 113: Production Practicum applied courses to
fulfill lab hours in one of the shops and backstage.
During that first week of classes you will attend a
mandatory Majors/Minor meeting and complete the appropriate paperwork for the
lab that meets in conjunction with your course (TH 122, 123 or 124) and then
you will meet with the appropriate faculty member in the area of study.
For example, if you are enrolled in TH 124: Costume
Construction then you will work with Ms. Kate Ellis, if you are in TH 122:
Lighting/Sound then you will work with Mr. Ben Alexander, and if you are in TH
123 you will work with Mr. Ben Grohs.
If you have not added the TH 113 class, please contact our
office and we will make sure that you are enrolled. Additionally, we encourage incoming students
to gain experience by volunteering for a crew or for work in the shop if they
are not in a TH 113 lab class.
You will have the opportunity to meet the designers and
technical staff (Kate Ellis, Nancy Parr, Ben Alexander, Patrick Battles and Ben
Grohs) either at the New Majors/Minors meeting or when classes begin.
For more information please follow this link.
In the Theatre Hall (located in The Performing and Fine Arts
building 37) you will find the most important communication center for your
four years at NAU. This is where the
call board is located.
The board (next to the costume shop) is the control center
for the department. You will find
audition notices, daily schedules for rehearsals and production meetings, work
calls, social events, and other pertinent information.
Additionally, you will find a bulletin board directly across
from the Theatre offices and next to room number 125 where outside auditions
and job announcements are posted.
Both the call board and the department board should be
checked at least once a day in order for you to stay informed. Make it a habit by adding it to your routine
as you pass by for a class that way you won’t have to remember each day.
NAU Theatre has other events that are in the planning stages
as I go to print with this bulletin.
Unfortunately, I cannot fill you in on the details. Please stay tuned for some exciting
news. We hope to add performances and
lectures that will enhance your studies in the coming year
For more information please follow this link
IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS
You’ll want to mark the following on your
- FALL MEETING OF NEW NAU
THEATRE MAJORS – Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 6:00p.m. The Clifford E. White Theatre. THIS MEETING IS REQUIRED ATTENDANCE
BY ALL FRESHMEN AND NEW TRANSER THEATRE STUDENTS. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
- SPRING MAJORS MEETING–
Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:00p.m.
The Clifford E. White Theatre. THIS MEETING IS REQUIRED
ATTENDANCE BY ALL FRESHMEN AND NEW TRANSER THEATRE STUDENTS. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
- SOPHOMORE AND
TRANSFER STUDENT REVIEWS, January 24 and 25, 2013. This is an all day event with sign up
times posted on the call board at the end of the fall semester. It takes place in room 151. THIS IS REQUIRED
ATTENDANCE BY ALL SOPHOMORE AND TRANSFER THEATRE MAJORS. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!
AUDITIONS, Saturday, March 2, 2013 for all students. They will take place
in the Studio Theatre; paperwork will be due 2 weeks prior to the audition
date. Please check the website and
the Callboard for details.
- PERFORMANCE EMPHASIS
AUDITIONS, Friday, April 5, 2013, 3:30p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
EMPHASIS INTEVIEWS, Friday, March 1, 2013, 3:30p.m. in the Design Lab,
PHOTOGRAPH immediately prior to strike of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on April 28, 2013 in the
Clifford E. White Theatre stage.
VERY IMPORTANT –
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
You will be
expected to review the NAU Theatre Student Handbook prior to the fall
Majors/Minors Meeting. During the
Majors Meeting on August 28, 2012, we will ask you to sign a form acknowledging
that you have read the handbook. The handbook can be found through the link
located at the upper right hand corner of this page.
The Faculty and
Staff are very excited to meet you.
Please remember that even if you are being advised in Gateway you should
stop by and talk to the Theatre faculty about your course of study. We would like to get to know you better!
The study of
Theatre is accumulative; meaning that you begin the study immediately in order
to advance and develop as a craftsperson and artist. You will take your liberal studies core as
well as major course work together throughout your degree studies at NAU.
I hope you are
just as excited as we are about the coming year. We look forward to getting to know each of
you. Have a safe summer and we will see you soon!
NAU Department of Theatre