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News items about the Theatre Department. For a complete list of News,  please go to the Newsroom. To submit an item, please contact JJ Boehm, director of media and community relations, at ext. 4055

June 9, 2020

Director 'Dreams' up modern twist to Shakespeare classic for online SVSU play

Karla Kash is no stranger to directing challenging productions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Once, she led a group of fourth graders portraying the zany Athenian characters featured in one of the world’s original romantic comedies.

April 15, 2020

Defying a global pandemic, SVSU will move production of 'Macbeth' online for the world to watch from home

In Melanie Frasca’s mind, she imagined one final farewell on stage at Saginaw Valley State University; a climactic curtsy as the curtain closed in front of her, signaling a poignant end to her beloved experience as a student actor there that began in 2016. But when a pandemic led to the closure of public events worldwide – including her planned portrayal of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters – it seemed Frasca and her fellow graduating seniors would lose their chance at a proper sendoff

February 28, 2020

Hometown Hollywood star Brian d'Arcy James to perform with students at SVSU event

Joining James that evening will be some of the university’s top theatre students as well as award-winning Gershwin pianist Kevin Cole.

February 13, 2020

SVSU theatre production about 1918 train disaster explores love, loss, and hope

A cheerful eulogy exploring the nature of performance, self and tragedy will be the focus of the upcoming Saginaw Valley State University production of “Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck!”

January 21, 2020

SVSU theatre students shine at regional competition

A group of 17 Saginaw Valley State University students and theatre faculty members took their passion for theater to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region III Festival (KCACTF) Jan. 7-12 in Madison, Wisconsin.

November 15, 2019

Former student-actor returns 'home' to direct SVSU production of 'Émilie'

Once a talent on the stage during her days as a student, a Saginaw Valley State University alumna will return to her alma mater next week, this time moving behind the curtains to direct a production of "historic" proportions.

October 30, 2019

Leading role in 'Proof' showcases SVSU student's acting

Audiences familiar with Abigail Burgess' on-stage performance earlier this year as a Dolly Parton-inspired spitfire may have a hard time recognizing her as she takes center stage again — this time playing the troubled young woman leading Saginaw Valley State University's production of "Proof," a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a mourning family in crisis.

October 24, 2019

Sound 'Proof': Student's talent adds depth to SVSU production of Pulitzer Prize-winning play

A sophomore’s passion for theatre sound and lighting design — along with his quickly-growing résumé of experience and training in the field — will be on display during a Saginaw Valley State University production of “Proof” later this month.

September 17, 2019

Oh, 'Mamma Mia!' Ambitious regional production features tons of talent with SVSU ties

The director (a faculty member), lead actor (an alumna) and stage manager (a current student) are among 17 people with SVSU connections participating in the weeks-long run of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance-produced show.

June 26, 2019

SVSU theatre student’s ‘Rocky Horror’ production coming in July, preview at Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival June 29

With help from time warps and Transylvanians, Saginaw Valley State University student Jessica Hurley hopes her theatrical production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in July transports audiences to a magically strange place. More importantly, though, she wants the campy cult classic to help gather, support and celebrate the region's diverse communities.

April 8, 2019

SVSU students workin’ ‘9 to 5: The Musical’

Saginaw Valley State University student-actors next week plan to put a modern — and musical — spin on a beloved 1980 film following three working-class women getting even with their boss.

April 2, 2019

SVSU student to compete among nation's top college actors, follows in brother’s footsteps

Jared Kaufman is no stranger to the limelight, but landing the leading role in a Saginaw Valley State University production during his freshman year still managed to rattle his nerves leading up to opening night.

March 26, 2019

SVSU student to direct campus production of Tony Award-winning play

An SVSU initiative designed to give students more experience producing plays soon will place one theatre major in the director's chair for a production of a Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist black comedy.

March 18, 2019

Theatre director from SVSU brings collaborative spirit to 'Mamma Mia!' regional production

There's a lot going on with the unprecedented multi-theatre production of "Mamma Mia!" planned for fall. But one common theme — the desire to unify communities — seems to neatly tie together the ambitious effort for director Tommy Wedge.

March 13, 2019

SVSU international students plan evening of dance, music, celebration of cultures

Audiences can expect to behold a colorful lineup of songs, dancing, fashion and theatrical performances — representing more than a dozen cultures — during Saginaw Valley State University’s 18th annual Intercultural Night.

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