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Student Pizza Meet & Greet

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Join us for our annual Student Pizza Meet & Greet on Tuesday, August 27th from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the Bud Frank Theatre located in Gilbreath Hall.

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Pat Cronin Performs in Ireland  

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Pat Cronin brings life to Death of a Salesman

As part of 2013's 'The Gathering', Irish American TV and film actor Patrick Cronin returns to Cork to star on stage for the first time in his homeland alongside an outstanding cast of established and emerging Irish theatre artists. Showcasing Kolectiv's trademark use of multimedia and with cutting edge staging, this unique production will bring you on a journey which will be both heart-warming and heart breaking in equal measure. Death of a Salesman, Everyman, Thu 16 - Sat 25 May. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

"★★★★ Patrick Cronin gives a splendid performance as Loman" - Irish Examiner

"solid and stylish... a worthwhile production of a play that still casts a shadow over our lives today" - Evening Echo

"Director Aleksandar Sasha Dundjerovic's multimedia vision for this production is a triumph... Dundjerovic and Cronin offer an excellent presentation of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer winning drama" - playstosee.com

Directed by Dr. Dundjerovic, his directorial approach is based on finding connections between classical and modern drama. - Blic article

"Salesman resonates as loudly as ever..." - The Wall Street Journal

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ETSU Dancers perform at NKU  

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ETSU Dancers performed at Northern Kentucky University in May 2013.

Professor Cara Harker cast the group of performers and choreographed the pieces they presented.

A Line in the Sand
Dancers: Brock Cooley, Casey Crawford, Hannah Hasch, Jenna Middlebrooks

The Physics of a Teardrop 
Dancers: Eva Alom, Maggi Hines ('13), Kelsea Nickels

Get Me There
Dancers: Casey Crawford, Hannah Hasch, Maggi Hines ('13), Josh Holley, Katrina Kaldenbach, Jenna Middlebrooks, Everett Tarlton ('13)

Stage Manager: William Cate ('13)

Hair and Makeup Designer: Chelsea Kinser ('13)

Photo credit: Mikki Schaffner

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William Cate ('13)  

cate_etsu_homepage Cate featured on the ETSU Homepage in April 2013

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Cate stage managing Tallulah Dies at the Cincy Fringe Fest in June 2011

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Cate with the cast of Tallulah Dies holding the Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer's Pick of the Fringe Award

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Calling the cues is a calling for William Cate

April 24, 2013 - A lot can be said for the dedicated person who is always the first to arrive and the last to leave. In the world of theater, that person is the Stage Manager, and at many recent ETSU productions, it was Theatre Major and Dance Minor William Cate ('13) who was usually seen locking up after an evening performance.

Wearing the stage manager's cap is something that Cate has been doing – and loving – since the age of 15, when he stage managed a production of Seussical: The Musical at his hometown alma mater of McMinn County High School.

It was a school project that quickly became a career passion for Cate, who came to ETSU in Fall 2009 to study Theatre with the goal of becoming a professional Stage Manager. He was recruited by ETSU professor Pat Cronin into the Fine and Performing Arts Scholars program in the Honors College.

Now just weeks away from graduation, Cate is more excited than ever. "I love stage managing and I have been given some amazing opportunities here at ETSU to hone my skills," said Cate, who has been the Stage Manager for productions of Tartuffe: Born Again, An Evening with Beckett and Pinter, Tallulah Dies, two dance concerts and, most recently, Beautiful Bodies .

So what does a stage manager do? "It is the stage manager's responsibility to keep the vision of the director and the designers in tack," he explained. "We are involved in every aspect of the production, which includes delegating assignments, calling light and sound cues and setting up props to unlocking doors, turning on the lights and cueing the actors and the persons working in the tech booth that it is time to start the show. At times, we have to be the 'bad cop.'"

Chances are that most patrons have never seen Cate at an ETSU Division of Theatre & Dance production. That's because he prefers to stay close to the tech booth, where he is able to keep his eyes closely fixed on the actors and the stage and call, or announce, each light cue and scene cue through his headset to the technical crew.

"The number of cues varies with each show," he said. "My first show, Tartuffe: Born Again, wasn't too tech-heavy, but other productions, like our dance concerts, involved multiple cues. You really have to be attentive to what is going on or you can easily miss something. We also help actors during rehearsals by giving them the lines they missed," he added. "Sometimes, this means offering constructive criticism or pointing out the number of 'uhs' they gave between words."

Such detailed notes were especially crucial during the rehearsal process for Beautiful Bodies, which was performed at ETSU's Bud Frank Theatre in October 2012. The show's author, Laura Cunningham, visited campus during the run of the show and attended every performance. "Having the author in the audience was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so everything had to be perfect."

In addition to stage managing a show with the playwright in the audience, Cate also was part of the production of Memoir of a Mythomaniac: The True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies), which was written by ETSU Division of Theatre & Dance Professor Cara Harker. The play received its world premiere during the 2011 Cincy Fringe Festival in Cincinnati and immediately claimed the "Producer's Pick of Fringe" award. It was presented at ETSU's Bud Frank Theatre in February 2012.

Earlier this semester, Cate was selected to participate in the "Posters on the Hill" day at the State Capitol, an event which brings top undergraduate researchers from across the state to Nashville to present their research work to members of the Tennessee legislature. Cate discussed his work as a stage manager and, in particular, his efforts to mount the production of Beautiful Bodies.

Brock Cooley goes to KCACTF  

cooley_kcactf_2 Cooley featured on the ETSU Homepage in March 2013 

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ETSU Theatre Major Brock Cooley participated in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in April 2013

Brock Cooley, a junior theater major at East Tennessee State University, was one of eight student directors from across the nation selected for the SDC Student Director Fellowship Program held at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C., this past April.

During the festival, he co-directed a 10-minute play with a professional director and received outside assessment. While at KCACTF, he also had the opportunity to attend performances and directing-intensive workshops led by nationally-recognized artists.

The fellowship is sponsored by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Cooley was chosen for the prestigious program during the KCACTF-Region IV Festival in Albany, Ga., where he directed a scene, The Story of Echo and Narcissus, from Naomi Iizuka's The Polaroid Stories. Appearing in the scene under Cooley's direction were fellow ETSU theatre majors Josh Holley and Everett Tarlton ('13).

"I learned last fall that I was one of eight students who had been chosen to direct a scene during the regional festival," said Cooley, who was nominated by ETSU professor Pat Cronin. "After we performed, I was critiqued by a panel of directors, and four teams, including ours, were invited to move on to the second round. I was given a day to incorporate the feedback and rehearse with my actors, and then present the scene again. After the second round, they told me that I was being passed on to the national festival," Cooley added.

KCACTF's Region IV encompasses Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia and Florida, as well as Puerto Rico.

Cooley, of Nashville, has appeared on-stage in a number of ETSU productions, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Brick and A Midsummer Night's Dream as Lysander. He is also president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity chapter at ETSU.

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Congrats Class of 2013!  

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Congratulations to our 2013 Graduates!

Cailan Calloway, William Cate, Hunter Cline, Jesse Gray, Ben Hunt, John Kaywood, Chelsea Kinser, Latifah Al-Nessah Majied, Everett Tarlton, Kacy Tiller, Clayton Van Huss, Travis Welch, & Jessica Womack graduated on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at ETSU's Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Mini-dome).

The Spring 2013 Commencement program is available for download which lists each of our graduates in the 10:00 am section under College of Arts and Sciences.

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Spotlight ETSU: Herb Parker  

Spotlight ETSU is a show produced by students in the
Department of Communication's Radio-TV-Film program. Host Carrie Oliveira interviews prominent members of the faculty and student body. Spotlight ETSU is televised on campus and is available on iTunesU.

Herb Parker was the featured guest in Spring 2013.

Spotlight ETSU: Karen Brewster and Melissa Shafer  

 

Spotlight ETSU is a show produced by students in the
Department of Communication's Radio-TV-Film program. Host Carrie Oliveira interviews prominent members of the faculty and student body. Spotlight ETSU is televised on campus and is available on iTunesU.

Karen Brewster and Melissa Shafer were the featured guests in Spring 2013.