ASU theater students honor Black History Month with one-woman show

Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett knew she wanted to do something for Black History Month, but she wasn’t sure what.

Then, the Arizona State University Master of Fine Arts in theatre (directing) student read “NEAT,” a play written by Tony Award-nominee Charlayne Woodard, and knew she wanted to direct it. 

“I could not get it out of my head,” she said. “It’s very powerful.”

Brushing off Shakespeare: ASU presents bilingual adaptation 'La Comedia of Errors'

It’s Shakespeare as you probably haven’t heard him before: en español. 

The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre is presenting “La Comedia of Errors” at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse from Feb. 18 through Feb. 27. The production is a bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” written by Lydia Garcia and Bill Rauch.

ASU theater alum helps create better work environments for actors

Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors.

Pace, who received her MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University, is an intimacy consultant and choreographer on theater and film projects across the country. Pace’s career path started at ASU with a question: If stage combat scenes are handled so carefully, then why aren’t intimate scenes handled the same way? Faculty and colleagues started referring to her questions as research. 

Legacy of legendary Sidney Poitier to live on through ASU students

Sidney Poitier, a Hollywood icon who broke racial barriers in his roles and as the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, left a legacy that will live on through film school students at Arizona State University.

Poitier, known for embodying characters with dignity and wisdom, died Thursday, Jan. 6, at the age of 94.

In 2021, ASU renamed its film school after the legendary actor and director in a move that signified the university’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

Music theater performance major awarded 2021 Presser Foundation Scholarship

Undergraduate senior Anna Sera, a Bachelor of Music in music theater performance student at Arizona State University, was recently awarded the 2021 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award.

The monetary award encourages and supports the education of a music student who exemplifies high academic accomplishment, leadership and citizenship. The recipient, selected by music faculty, is known as a Presser Scholar. Sera said the $4,000 award will be used for her educational expenses and a creative project.

ASU joins global conversation with Climate Change Theatre Action

The world has been confronting environmental peril at the Glasgow Climate Change Conference this month, and Arizona State University is part of the global conversation.

ASU has once again joined an international event called Climate Change Theatre Action, with readings and performances of short plays about human-caused shifts in the environment. ASU students will stage three short plays on Nov. 18.