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Department Notices

Apr. 6-8 - For Colored Girls. . . workshop production

Apr. 19 - Web add/drop for fall semester opens  [closes May 16]

May 2-9 - Performance and Directing Showcases

May 4 - Spring Thing end-of-year celebration

May 7 - Spring Semester Classes End

May 9-14 - Final Exams

May 10 - Progeny Film Festival

May 16 - University Commencement Ceremonies

May 17 - Department Commencement Ceremonies

May 26-July 7 - Summer I session

July 8 - Aug. 16 - Summer II session


"Spring Awakening" Sells Out; Performance Added

The rock musical version of  Spring Awakening, the final show of this season, is playing to sold out houses for every night of the run. Demand is such that an extra performance has been added on the closing day. The additional performance will be Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The show, based on the 1891 play of the same name, with its themes and adolescent sexuality and rebellion and its rousing score has proven especially popular with campus audiences. 

Theatre & Cinema Students Gain Accolades

Theatre student Matthew Schott, a senior Theatre & Cinema major graduating this spring, will be performing his original one-person play, "Refresh," at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland this summer. For this project, he also received a CLAHS Undergraduate Research Institute grant to assist with his expenses.

Cinema student Matthew Chernick, also a senior major, has been awarded an ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant to provide funding for his current film project. He also will be presenting the project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Graduate Colloquium Speakers Planned

Sabrina Hamilton, Lighting Designer, Director, and Artistic Director for the Ko Festival of Performance in Massachusetts will be the final Graduate Colloquium Speaker this spring. She speaks Apr. 22 on "Skills for a New Theatre: Parsing Grammars, Mapping Kinship Groups and Understanding Ecosystems." The presentation begins at 4:15 pm in Theatre 101 and is free admission.  

Theatre & Cinema Faculty Garner Awards

John Ambrosone, associate professor, was recently nominated for a 2013 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award in lighting design for the Providence, R.I. based Trinity Repertory Company production of The Grapes Of Wrath. The nomination is in the large theatre company category for the production that ran in September-October 2013.  Current 2nd year MFA student, Alison Hall, was John’s assistant on the production. The production also received nominations for Best Lead Actress and Best Ensemble and were among the seven nominations for Trinity productions (

The IRNE awards, established in 1997, recognize theatre achievements in the greater Boston area professional theatre community for large and small-scale productions, awarded by a collection of established New England journalists. The greater Boston area theatre includes productions in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. The award ceremony takes place April 14 at the Boston Center For the Arts.

John is also a previous 2008 IRNE award winner for the productions of Blithe Spirit (Trinity Repertory Company) and A Delicate Balance (Merrimack Repertory Theatre).  Both productions were assisted by undergraduate Derek Miller (class of 08).

Bob Leonard, professor, has been selected to receive the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Land Grant Scholar Award. The award was granted for his work with "Building Home," a collaborative community and campus project with the New Rive Planning Commission around the issues of housing and sustainability. The Land Grant Scholar Award was established by emeritus faculty Jerome Niles and his wife to recognize college faculty contributions to outreach and the land grant mission of the university. The award will be presented April 22 at the college faculty meeting on campus.

Leonard Article Accepted for Publication

A new article by faculty member and professor Bob Leonard has been accepted for publication in the April issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. The article is titled "Building Home - Dramaturgy for Theater as Civic Practice." It features the applied theatre work of the Building Home project conducted by faculty and students in the New River Valley. This e-journal may be found at

Rawlings Featured in Richmond News Story

Cara Rawlings, associate professor of movement and acting in the program, was featured in a recent article for her work on the recent production of "Mother Courage and Her Children" at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She worked with David Leong of Virginia Commonwealth University on the movement choreography. Read the article here.


Upcoming Events

Download the 2013-14 Season Brochure for the School of Performing Arts here.

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Apr. 13, 15-19, 21-26* at 7:30pm
Apr. 27 at 2pm and 7:30pm*
*Please be aware that parking will be difficult the weekend of Apr. 25-27 and allow extra time. Theatre Patrons may use the North End Garage on Turner Street for this event.
Squires Studio Theatre
$10/$8/$8 Admission
Tickets: 540-231-5615

Graduate Colloquium Speaker: Sabrina Hamilton, lighting designer/Artistic Director
"Skills for a New Theatre: Parsing Grammars, Mapping Kinship Groups and Understanding Ecosystems" 
Apr. 22, 4:15pm
Theatre 101, College Avenue
Free Admission

Salt Marsh Suite
Apr. 23-27, daytime gallery hours, evening dance performances
The Cube, Moss Arts Center
Free Admission, ticket required for dance performances
Call 231-0802 for more information

Performance & Directing Showcase
May 2-9
Theatre 101
Free Admission
End-of-semester showings of student work

4-Screen Cinema Showcase
May 3, 6-8pm; May 5, 12-2pm
The Cube, Moss Arts Center
Free Admission
Showcasing works by cinema and music students

Design Gallery
May 9, 12-4:30pm
Theatre 101
Free Admission
End-of-semester showings of student work

Progeny Film Festival
May 10, 7:30pm
Lyric Theatre, downtown

Summer Arts Festival 2014
June 6 - July 25
Watch for more information.

For more information about future and current season events, click here. For ticket information, click here.
NOTE: To check ticket availability after hours, please call 540-808-6504.

Contact Us

Theatre & Cinema Programs
School of Performing Arts
Patricia Raun, Director
Henderson Hall East (0141)
Virginia Tech
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-5335

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