Performing Voices of Women class

Theatre outreach in the community

CU Theatre has a rich history of taking live theatre to the community. Most recently it has brought small touring companies of student actors to local elementary and secondary schools where they present shortened and accessible versions of great classic plays including A Midsummer Night’s DreamCyrano de Bergerac, and H.G. Wells’ Time Machine.  These troupes also teach workshops on thinking creatively, acting skills, and stage combat for young audiences.

Generously supported by the CU Outreach and Engagement, the theatre tour offers opportunities for undergraduate performance students to experience the rigors of a touring production and for graduate students to gain experience in directing, play adaptation, and producing.

The 2012-2013 CU Theatre Outreach tour is:

Tick-Tock: the tales of Poe
Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Adapted by Hadley Kamminga-Peck
Spring 2013 theatre outreach tour, Fridays

This 50-minute show combines “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Cask of Amontillado” with “The Masque of the Red Death” serving as the uniting story, focusing on cycles of violence. Students will have an opportunity after the performance to participate in a workshop with the actors. Contact Peg Posnick at cumoving@colorado.edu or 303-492-4336 for more information and to book.

Performers Without Borders is a student group housed in the Theatre & Dance department that is open to all CU students interesting in using performance to illuminate social issues and ignite positive social change.  So far we have traveled to the Navajo Nation to perform an original shadow puppet/live action musical entitled Clean Energy Access: The Musical and have also performed this at the Performing the World conference in New York City at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street.  We host monthly theatre games at the local mental health clubhouse and welcome anyone to drop in and participate.  We present workshops on the use of applied theatre to enhance community participation for the CU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and are working to strengthen our partnership with them so our students could collaborate with them on their projects in Rwanda, Nepal or Peru.  Beth Osnes is the faculty advisor for this group—feel free to contact her at beth.osnes@colorado.edu