Jazz Ensemble Releases First Downloadable CD: “Shoreline Drive”
The SHSU Jazz Ensemble is gearing up for the release of their first ever downloadable CD, Shoreline Drive. It serves as a tribute to late trombone legend, Bill Watrous, an inspiration to musicians all over the world. Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Aric Schneller, is extremely proud of the 19 student musicians and their ability to channel such creativity and professionalism.
Theatre Department Triumphs at Regional Festival
Sam Houston State University has swept another year at the Regional VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Abeline earlier this year. Theatre and Musical Theatre students won all three performance-related national finalist positions: Musical Theatre Initiative (Brad Brickhouse), Student Directing Initiative (Angela Utrera), and Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship (Destiny Mosely). Destiny Mosely is the first African-American woman from SHSU to win this award.
Method-Acting Book Release Features SHSU Theatre Professor
When instilling acting techniques, what is the best way to get into character? This is the great debate theatre teachers face when deciding what will benefit their students the most. Often, the result is a combination of techniques. Recently, SHSU Professor Tom Prior was offered an opportunity to publish his thoughts on the matter.
Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is a collaboration of 15 authors sharing their experience and expertise. It will be released in late July 2020.
Nurturing Creative Passions Through Scholarships
As artistic degrees grow in popularity, SHSU alumnus William A. ‘Bill’ Bartlett hopes to continue this trend by providing funds for art and vocal music scholarships.
Animation Festival Celebrates Next Generation of Creators
The Department of Art is crafting the next generation of creators specializing in animation, meaning the future is in for a treat. These artists do more than produce entertainment, as animation can be used to develop advertising, training simulations, and even 2-D or 3-D models that aid in scientific research. SHSU’s Animation program has ranked third in Texas. It has also ranked within the Top 30 percent nationally and made the Top 10 list in the Southwest.
MFA Dance Student Graduates With Eight Awards
Evelyn Toh is no stranger to achievement. While completing 60 credit hours over a period of three years to receive her MFA, she served as a graduate teaching assistant for the SHSU Department of Dance.Originally from Singapore, she danced professionally there and throughout the United States for multiple companies, in addition to obtaining her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. One may wonder what brought an already seasoned performer to return to higher education.
Sharing The Gift Of Art
The College of Arts and Media celebrated a landmark in Fall 2019 as the new Art Complex building was finally opened to the public. In addition to new classrooms, studios and galleries, the Sam Houston State University landscape now includes a new, unique work of art, made possible from a generous gift by Life Endowed members of the Alumni Association, Kelly DeHay (’74) and Rod Danielson.
The Resiliency Of Student Journalists
One of the stops on a Sam Houston State University tour for prospective students is in front of the Dan Rather Communications Building, where the guide mentions a huge benefit to being a Mass Communications major: the student-led media outlets within the department. A college campus can offer numerous opportunities in news reporting, editing and publishing, but what happens when the buzz of campus life and activities comes to a halt during a global pandemic?
Teaching Creatively In A Pandemic
The College of Arts and Media at Sam Houston State University was developed on the foundation of human interaction, so how does an organization that thrives on developing their work via physical presence survive in a time when large gatherings and non-essential physical contact is banned? Amidst a global pandemic, professors provide insight on their experience.
SHSU student leadership in public relations goes national
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently held an election for its 2020-2021 National Committee. One of SHSU’s own, senior Kathryn Belanger, was chosen as Vice President of Digital Communications.
Acting technique revives virtual learning
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, history was in the making within the SHSU Department of Theatre. Professor Thomas Prior held a Zoom meeting with nearly three dozen members of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers to discuss a performance technique developed by Sanford Meisner, an American actor and teacher. Meisner’s approach was monumental for helping actors connect emotionally with their scene work, despite being different from traditional methods. The key to the Meisner technique is not to plan for the dialogue, but to focus on a personal element of truth.
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