|Humanities on Topic: How to View a Show|
|Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to mount a theatrical production in this exclusive evening with The House of the Spirits. The production is based on the critically acclaimed novel by Isabel Allende about a Latin American family’s struggles and secrets.
Mark Shanda, divisional dean of Arts and Humanities at Ohio State, will share insight into what it takes to mount a theatrical production. Director Beth Kattelman, associate professor and curator of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, will share her view of the show.
Admission includes a ticket to the performance (a $20 value).
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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
REGISTRATION and QUESTIONS
TRI Curator, Beth Kattelman, gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to mount a theatrical production
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS JONES
Theatre Research Institute donor and Department of Theatre alumnus Chris Jones, who was on campus in the fall to deliver the Lawrence and Lee Lecture (http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2013/08/27/is-chris-jones-the-last-critic-standing/), was just named as the Director of the O’Neill’s National Critics Institute (NCI). Many congratulations to both Chris and to the O’Neill.
See this article for more details:
Using “Found Stories” as Inspiration
Thursday, January 30, 4 p.m.
Drake Performance and Event Center
Bianca Sams, Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Fellow, will speak on her current project, researching and writing the play JUST PORGY. The play focuses on the behind the scenes struggles of the actors and creative teams dealing with issues of racism and segregation both on and off stage. Sams is currently a Masters’ Degree in Playwriting Candidate at Ohio University. She has been a finalist for both the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Award of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
“As an artist I utilize ‘found stories’ to springboard into the creative writing process. I spend an extensive amount of time researching and using ideas I find in the pages of history books and newspapers to create plays that are well-crafted and socially resonant.”
January 15-May 11, 2014
Thompson Library Gallery
1858 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
This exhibition explores the unsung heroes of theatre—the innovators, designers, and technicians—whose “magic” has wowed audiences since the beginnings of show business. Visitors will uncover the secrets behind special effects, explore the workings of a toy theatre and a 17th-century theatre through virtual reality, experience what a magic lantern “pose show” might have looked like, and try their hand at theatrical lighting design. The exhibition will feature manuscripts, photographs, original designs, set models, props, and costumes from the special collections of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute.
TRI’s newest research fellowship candidate:
Bianca Sams is an Actor/Writer/Producer hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School, where she earned the distinction of being Tisch’s first ever Triple Major (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Africana Studies). At NYU she studied acting through the Strasberg Film Institute and Royal Academy Dramatic Arts (RADA) London, England. Her work has been seen at Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theater, Old Vic Theater London and Public Theater in New York. She has performed as an actor at Cleveland Public Theater, Florida Studio Theater, Old Vic London, Public Theater NY, and can be seen on film in RENT directed by Chris Columbus. She is a full member of the Old Vic New Voices Network New York under Artistic Director Kevin Spacey. She has produced several ten minute play festivals in New York and Los Angeles, and is moving into full length off broadway theater. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwrighting at Ohio University with Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey.
Awards and honors include the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Awards Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place) and Rosa Parks Award (2nd place) (2013), Kennedy Center/Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference fellow(2013), Jane Chambers Student Playwright Award/Athe (2nd Place) (2013), Ohio University Student Enhancement Award (2013), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University (2013). For more information and samples of her work please go to www.biancasams.com or check out her food blog at www.fingerlickinkitchen.com
STUDENTS OF THEATRE RESEARCH METHODS HAVE SOME WORDS OF WISDOM TO PASS ALONG TO FUTURE THEATRE GRAD STUDENTS
Now that they have survived their first semester of graduate school, the students of the Theatre Research Methods 6701 class were asked to pass along some “words of wisdom” to those who might come after. Here’s what they had to say:
To you, future graduate student, I would like to pass down a few words of wisdom that I have learned during my first semester at OSU:
1st – Don’t give up. Never give up on yourself or your project or your research. The knowledge is out there somewhere and you can find it if you look hard enough.
2nd – Talk to your professors. They are fountains of knowledge and if they don’t know the answer, chances are, they know someone who does. Seriously, they have awesome connections.
3rd – Have your files in at least three different places. I recommend Google Drive/Dropbox be one of them.
Finally, ask questions. Ask as many questions as you can; you can never ask too many questions.
For me, what matters most in one’s first semester at a new university is the issue of expectation. In other words, how one’s ideal university materializes. Here at OSU, not only did my expectations turn out to be fulfilled, but exceeded them and sparked my interests even more. It doesn’t matter how difficult it may seem for an international student, you will survive the first semester when there are friends and caring staff present to help you.
In researching, remember to take breaks. Particularly with visual research. Fresh eyes are extremely helpful when finding research images or even when you think you will never figure out which production your research item is from. [The students were given an item to discover for which they were to try and discover the provenance.] On that note – be persistent with your research. There is never a stopping point because you never know how your writing or designs will benefit and grow from continuous research.
The one thing I cannot stress enough is time management. There are times in the semester when everything might be due at the same time. Try not to get bogged down with all the work. Maybe work out a schedule of when you are going to work on which assignment so you aren’t finishing everything right before it’s due. Time management is your friend!
These are the most important things I’ve learned, discovered, and realized in my first semester at OSU:
1. Ask questions! If you don’t know, someone else will, and will be willing to provide an answer.
2. When researching, it’s o.k. to look at outside sources! Other universities and their libraries can be really helpful too.
3. Save your work in more than one place! Nothing’s worse than losing all your research three weeks before a paper’s due.
4. Let other people read your work! They might see things you didn’t or be able to clarify your argument.
5. Take some time for yourself! Make sure to take a break from reading/writing/researching every once in a while.
From the instructor:
I’d like to thank the students of 6701 for their willingness to share these insights. I hope you learned some useful things in our class. I certainly learned a great deal from you!
- Dr. Beth Kattelman, Theatre Research Methods
We are saddened to hear that Clara Hieronymus — theatre critic, arts advocate, beloved fixture of the Tennessee theatre community, and TRI donor – has passed away at the age of 100 years. Born in Mississippi in 1913, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1950 with her husband, S.C. “Hi” Hieronymus. In 1956, she became arts critic for The Tennessean newspaper, a position she held for nearly 40 years. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Hieronymus became an extremely influential figure in Tennessee theatre, fostering local artists as well as organizing international conferences and regular theatre tours to New York City and London. Her long list of accomplishments also includes being a founding member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) and co-authoring the book Requiem for a Nun: On Stage and Off (1970), with Barbara Izard. She was honored many times for her work, was listed in Who’s Who in America and named in the book Women in American Theatre as one of the top 10 female theatre critics in the country. An interview with Hieronymus as one of the founders of ATCA was published in Under the Copper Beech (2004) edited by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins.
Clara Hieronymus donated papers to the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute which span her entire career as a theatre critic. Materials include her own writings and notes as well as newspaper clippings, press releases, programs, newsletters, correspondence, and photographs collected by Hieronymus. An entire series is devoted to her involvement with the American Theatre Critics Association, including records, correspondence, and programs for various conferences and events.
Please see –ArtsNash article by Evans Donnell – http://artsnash.com/arts/clara-hieronymus-dead/
and the Tennessean article by Linda Zettler and Dave Paulson –
THE OSU THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE ACQUIRES
THE IVA WITHERS COLLECTION
The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute is pleased to welcome the Iva Withers Collection into its archives at The Ohio State University. Iva Withers was a musical theatre actress who worked during the “Golden Age” of Broadway until her retirement in 1970. On Broadway, she most notably worked as a replacement actress during the original runs of several hit productions, including Carousel, Oklahoma, and Guys and Dolls. However, during her career she also performed on tour as the lead actress in a number of shows, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and South Pacific. Extensive materials from these productions, and many others, are found throughout the collection.
Some of the unique materials in the collection include original scores, scripts, and programs complete with Iva Withers’ own notes and doodles and the hats she wore in the productions of Carousel and South Pacific. The collection also includes telegrams she received from friends, family and fans, including Mike Todd, Joan Blondell, and Jule Stein. Iva Withers remained a lifelong fan of the theatre and her collection also features programs from shows she attended with her own personal notes included in many of them. Undoubtedly, the collection will serve as a great resource for theatre researchers now and in the future.
In addition you might enjoy this New York Time’s article about the ever ready to act, Iva Withers, “The Standby Star Who Stole Broadway’s Limelight” at this URL: http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/theater/10withers.html?_r=0
Iva Wither reminisces on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO1J-Fmrp-4
New Textbook: Art of the Now: Introduction to Theatre and Performance for Theatre 2100 Takes the Textbook Digital
Click the URL to see Ashley Miller’s article about the new digital Theatre 2100 textbook. http://digitalfirst.osu.edu/news/257
TRI has been instrumental in helping bring this collaboration about, and the book contains many images from TRI collections.
This is a sample page from the book with an image of Elsie Janis, famous vaudevillian, who was one of the first stars to perform for the troops in WWI. This is the cover of sheet music written by her for the troops in France. Elsie Janis (1889-1956) was an American star born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was a child star on the stage in New York. This image is one of many items it is possible to see in the Elsie Janis Collection of the Laura M. Mueller British and American Theatre and Film Collections at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State Libraries.
Another sample page that introduces the differences and commonalities of art versus popular entertainment:
This image is from the Supplemental Materials Collection. The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Theatre Research Institute a partner in current Urban Arts Space “Painting Tableau Stage” exhibition.
Theatre Research Institute a partner in current Urban Arts Space “Painting Tableau Stage” exhibition.
September 24 – November 14, 2013
The central visual core of Painting Tableau Stage is comprised of paintings by four contemporary artists from the United Kingdom—Moyra Derby, Stuart Elliot, Mick Finch, and Beth Harland—all of whom share an interest in concepts of the tableau, a term that has received recent critical attention in the U.K. and often translated as “picture form.” In addition, a small selection of scenographic artifacts and models from University Libraries’ Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute will complement the exhibition as a visual reminder of some ways theater and painting share aspects of the tableau. The exhibition is curated by Department of Art professor, Laura Lisbon. The exhibition accompanies an Ohio State University graduate seminar in the Autumn, “The Emergence of the Tableau,” led by Philip Armstrong (Comparative Studies), Lisa Florman (History of Art), and Laura Lisbon (Art).
Beth Kattelman, Curator of Theatre, will give a curator talk at the space in conjunction with the exhibit on Friday, October 11 at 12:30 p.m.