Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Research and Creative Endeavor

Faculty and Staff Research and Creative Endeavor Activity

Amy Lynn Budd is collaborating to create an interdisciplinary course around the musical Hamilton with Dr. John Larson of the Department of History. She masterminds the street theatre happening Women Speaking Math, which will appear at West Lafayette Record Store Day on April 22. The performance is available for booking at fairs and festivals. Amy has been accepted into Goodspeed Musicals’ highly competitive Professional Observership Program for the summer 2017 production of Darling Grenadine.

Rich Dionne will be continuing the development of a new competency-based transdisciplinary degree program with the College of Technology, focusing specifically this summer on online portfolios for technology students and Design Lab, an active-learning course students in the program will enroll in each semester. He will be developing four new eight-week project-based courses (Microelectronics for Theatre, Datacommunications for Theatre, Control Systems, Show Networks) for undergraduates in theatre technology and in multidisciplinary engineering (theatre). In June Rich will be presenting on the networking of the EDM/theatre production Choices, written by Rick Thomas, at the Prague Quadrennial. He also has a new book in the works, tentatively titled Project Planning for the Stage, which is slated for publication in 2017.

Dr. Anne Fliotsos joined Joel Ebarb and Carol Cunningham Sigman to present “Passage:" An Original Costume Design and Movement Experience at International University Theatre Association (IUTA), Manizales, Colombia. She also gave book talks and workshops at the University of Sydney, Victoria University-Wellinton (NZ), and Waikato University (NZ) in and was a panelist for the History Symposium at the Assoc. for Theatre in Higher Education in Chicago. She is producing White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the RITU festival in Liege, Belgium in March 2017.

 Dr. Anne is a founding co-editor of the Peer Reviewed-section of The Journal of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Her current research project is co-editing a new book, New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts

Kristine Holtvedt in January 2017, she directed an original one-woman show, Elvis and Eleanor by Mark Dunn, for the Q-Solo Festival at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill in Albuquerque, where she is an Artistic Associate.

Rusty Jones is designing the scenery for a world premiere production entitled A Kentucky Christmas, set to open at The Woodford Theatre near Lexington this December.

Michael McNamara, associate professor, will be designing the lights for two productions with First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, IL – Silent Sky which opens in March, 2017 and As You Like It opening in July, 2017. He continues as an Artistic Associate with the company.

Richard Stockton Rand

Scholarly Work:   “The Whole of an Actor” published in Movement for Actors by Allworth Press.
Choreography:     Cabaret, Nancy T. Hansen Theatre
Directing:              The Mousetrap, Nancy T. Hansen Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre
Teaching:              Maggie Flanigan Studio, Mask Intensive, NYC

Directing:              The Brothers Size, Staged Reading, Purdue Theatre
Acting (AEA):        Static, (World Premiere) Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis
Scriptwriting:         Consultant to Tom Alvarez and Dustin Klein on new musical, Calder – The Musical, Theatre on the Square, Indianapolis
                             Short film scripts for Diversity Transformation Initiative, Purdue University
Casting:                Professional opportunities for 40 students in Diversity Transformation Initiative Films
Teaching:             Characterization Workshop, Maggie Flanigan Studio, NYC

Rick Thomas is preparing his presentation for his 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award at USITT in March. He is also working with a team from Purdue Theatre to present a concert version of his new work Choices at World Stage Design in Taipei, Taiwan in the Spring. Finally, he is putting the finishing touches on his book, Music as a Chariot,which he hopes to have published in March of 2018.

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