School of Arts and Letters: Summer 2016 Update

School of Arts and Letters: Summer 2016 Update

July 12, 2016

 Student News

Senior Theatre student Seth Betzler is working as a stage and production management intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts this summer.

Junior Theatre student Katie Corum is working this summer at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in KC, where she runs the Shakespeare camp for children, and Theatre student Callie Crawford is working as a carpenter for the Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park this summer.

Senior theatre student Francis Kemper is training this summer at the prestigious Actors Studio Conservatory in New York City.

Theatre students Eva Trunzo and Jacque Arnold are interns this summer for the Kirksville Parks and Recreation theatre camps and their summer production; and Theatre student Blaine Shepherd is working as a Stage Manager for the Barn Kids Camp at The Barn Players in Mission, Kansas while also will be doing costume design for Shrek the Musical at Gladstone Theatre in the Park in Gladstone, Missouri; and Aleck Spears-Mines is working this summer as a stage interm at the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO.


Alumni News

Alex Boyt (Theatre) has accepted a year-long apprenticeship at the Triad Stage company in Greensboro, NC, in production management.

Bryna Campbell (Art) recently graduated with her PhD degree in Art History & Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, and is now teaching at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

Jessica Cashion (Theatre) is an intern this summer with the National Stage Combat workshop in North Carolina, and working as a carpenter apprentice at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY.  In the fall she’ll be in her 2nd year in Louisiana State University’s MFA program in acting.

Jessica Emmanus (Theatre) will begin work at Columbia University’s stage/production management MFA program in the fall.

Katherine Eusey (Art) recently completed an MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her thesis was on the topic of mosque architecture, and is now working as Levantine Group (also Tel Aviv-based) as the Director of Partnerships for the Levantine Group in Tel Aviv where she works diplomats, journalists, and corporate security managers.

MA English Alumnus George Koors received a generous 5‑year fellowship from the University of Houston Ph.D. program in English.

Justin Scheurer (Theatre) is now Artistic Director of the Classical Edge Theatre in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is teaching Theatre at Bentonville High School.

Jennifer Schlueter (Theatre) is currently working as the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Theatre at The Ohio State University, and recently had one of her original plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Erin Schwob (Theatre) is working this summer as a wig & makeup artist at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and in the fall will begin her 2nd year in the Cincinnati Conservatory MFA program in hair and makeup.

Sydney Slavin (Theatre) is a production associate for the Constella Festival Theatre in Ohio.

Deborah Stevens (Theatre) will begin the graduate program in Performing Arts Management at the Cincinnati Conservatory this fall (Deborah is the 3rd Truman Theatre alum in school there currently).

MA English Alumna Cynthia Snider has accepted an assistantship in the University of Missouri ‑ Columbia Ph.D. Program in English

Nat Wrhel (Theatre) is working in the costume shop at the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO.


Faculty News

Hena Ahmad (English) attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Asheville, NC, where her student Antonio Gomez presented on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis.

Luke Amoroso (Linguistics) presented “Are We Fluent Yet: How to Improve Second Language Acquisition” for Truman’s inaugural Second Language Acquisition Colloquium, a talk that drew heavily on his work on language proficiency assessment for the FBI

Rebecca Dierking (English Education) has been selected to participate in the COPLAC “Digital Liberal Arts at a Distance” initiative, which is funded by a $540,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for funding this collaborative effort. This was developed out COPLAC’s 21st Century America Project that English faculty member Cole Woodcox has helped pilot.

Dana Smith (Theatre) was a participant in a North Carolina summer workshop on Alba Technique, an acting method devised by a neuroscientist for the regulation of emotion.


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