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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Faculty News Notes

May 2014

Monica Stufft, PhD, Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, published an article entitled, “Putting Collaboration Front and Center: Assessment Strategies for Theatre Departments in Theatre Topics,” Volume 23.1, March 2013. The article details her development of collaboration based assessment tools and the implementation of those tools during Stufft's direction of a production of Charles Mee’s Mail Order Bride.

September 2011

Monica Stufft, Ph.D., Theatre Arts, co-authored an article with recently graduated USD student Michael Frederick Ahmad entitled “Performances that Matter: Theory and Practice on a Catholic University Campus” in the spring issue of Ecumenica. She also published a review of When Broadway Was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion and American Culture in the spring issue of Theatre History Studies. Dr. Stufft recently attended the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Chicago where she presented a paper entitled “Producing Collaboration: Assessment Tools for the Ensemble,” and was a roundtable participant on the “To Thrive: Social Justice Theatre on a Catholic Campus” panel as well as serving as the co-coordinator for four panels as part of the Theory and Criticism Focus Group entitled “Presenting Remains/Remaining Present: Imagining the Archive.” She also supervised Molly Maslak’s SURE project entitled “The Performativity of Punk.”

Jeannie Galioto, MFA, Theatre Arts, was a guest lecturer at the Victorian and Steampunk Convention held in Mission Valley in May. She designed costumes for a dance performance entitled “Departures.... Destination Unknown” that was seen at SDSU and at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in June. She designed costumes for a short film, “The Day We Were” that was filmed in June. She also designed costumes for the theatrical production “Poster Boys” at Diversionary Theatre in July, and is currently working on the costume design for Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company production of “26 Miles” which opens in October.

March 2011

Monica Stufft, Ph.D., Department of Theatre Arts, recently attended the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Minneapolis where she chaired a panel and presented “Historicizing the Kick Line: Embodied Practices in Chorus Girl Communities.” She also attended the Pacific Sociological Association conference and presented “Performances that Matter: Sexuality and Gender on a Catholic University Campus.”

Terry Glaser, M.F.A., Department of Theatre Arts, conducted a workshop on February 17, 2011 for the Center for Educational Excellence: "Revealing Hidden Meanings in Nonverbal Communication." Through extensive role playing of real-life situations, the interactive workshop gave participants tools for recognizing the physical behaviors of students that indicate their attitude toward both subject matter and their professors. The unconscious physical behaviors of the participants were brought into the limelight so that they could be controlled and used to reinforce verbal communication, enhance authority, and increase inclusiveness and rapport.

Jeannie Galioto, M.F.A, Department of Theatre Arts, designed the costumes for 'The Importance of Being Earnest' for the MFA/Old Globe graduate program at The Studio Theater that ran through March 10. She costumed a photo shoot for the NBC television show star of 'Chuck' , Mark Christopher Lawrence, that will be on his website next month, and has been asked to be a panelist at the upcoming 'Steampunk and Victoriana Convention on May 6-8, 2011. She also designed costumes for 'Fair Use' at Diversionary theatre where her design was recognized by the San Diego Union Tribune as "wise and witty".

January 2011

Robert Barry Fleming directed ALL SHOOK UP in September 2010 which just won for Best Musical while he received best director honors at the 2011 Shellie Awards January 15, 2011. The play also received Best Musical Direction and Lead Actor honors. Another play titled RUINED which Robert Barry Fleming worked extensively on as voice and dialect coach had a big night at the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards ceremony and was honored seven times! It is a rarity for one show to win so many honors (Outstanding Production, Director, Ensemble, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Set Design, Sound)!

November 2010

Monica Stufft, Ph.D., Department of Theatre Arts, this summer delivered “Consuming Performance Art: The Interpolation of Public Action as Counter to or Part of ‘Official’ Public Culture,” a paper co-authored with a recent USD graduate, Michael Frederick Ahmad ‘09, at the Performance Studies international conference in Toronto, Canada. She also attended the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference where she supervised the presentation of a paper by Taylor Wycoff '10, presented “Surviving the ‘Double Event:’ Pedagogically Focused Theatre Productions in the Liberal Arts Environment” as part of the Theory and Criticism Focus Group and also chaired the panel and directed a play reading with “Surviving The Outside: Modernity and the Woman Artist,” a Reading and Discussion of Susan Glaspell’s “The Outside.” She also attended the American Society for Theatre Research Conference in Seattle, November 18-21, 2010. She participated in the Moveable Feasts working group and presented a paper entitled “"Performing Food: The Pedagogical Applications of Cross-Cultural Food in Collaborative Theatre-Making."

October 2010

Benjamin Seibert, Department of Theatre Arts, attended the Production Manager’s Forum Fall Meeting in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group. The Production Manager’s Forum is an informal group of Production Manager’s from regional and educational theatres from around the country who meet twice a year to discuss emerging industry concerns and trends. The meeting in Los Angeles focused on negotiation strategies, internships and partnerships between regional and educational producing organizations, new media and marketing trends, and the increasing use of projections in production designs. Vicky Peterson of Collaborative Action, presented a full workshop to the group of forty-eight Production Managers on the topic of Everyday Negotiation with the purpose of increasing awareness of the dynamics of negotiation, introducing a framework for collaboration, and providing tools for individual negotiation instances. The meeting consisted of this workshop, discussion sessions, and comprehensive, industry geared, tours of six of Los Angeles’ premier theatres. Included in the tour were The Ahmanson Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Disney Concert Hall, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, and an incredible backstage tour of the ongoing renovation and installation of Cirque Du Soleil’s newest project at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Terry Glaser, M.A., Department of Theatre Arts, participated in three panels at the annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Los Angeles, August 2-6, 2010. She also conducted a workshop at the conference of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), held in conjunction with the ATHE conference. At the ATME workshop, entitled "Dance the Scene," Ms. Glaser presented a series of acting exercises she developed based on the work of Michael Chekhov. For the ATHE session she chaired, "Acting Outside the Box: Using Your Theatre Expertise for Corporate Training and Interdisciplinary Teaching," Ms. Glaser presented examples of the acting training she provides for trial attorneys. For a panel chaired by her Theatre Arts Department colleague Dr. Monica Stufft, Ms. Glaser participated in a staged reading of Susan Glaspell's play "The Outside." For the Adjudicated Workshop of Debut and Adapted Acting Exercises, Ms. Glaser served as a Respondent.

In November and December of 2009, Ms. Glaser conducted a class, "The Physical Actor," for the Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.

In October and November of 2009, Ms. Glaser was a Guest Lecturer at the California Western School of Law. For the school's LL.M Trial Advocacy Program, she conducted two workshops in acting skills for trial attorneys.