Coming soon: master's degree in theater


December 05, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Towson State University will offer a new master of fine arts degree in theater beginning next September, the college announced yesterday. It is the first such graduate degree to be offered in Maryland.

The 60-credit program will concentrate upon theater that is economical to produce, interdisciplinary in approach and multicultural and international in scope, according to C. Richard Gillespie, current coordinator of the program and professor of theater at the university.

"The program is based upon creating small ensembles and solo performers working with new material and/or creating their own," says Dr. Gillespie. "It has a very narrow focus; we are not trying to duplicate Yale [School of Drama].

"The questions we're asking candidates are, 'What is it you want to say?' And, 'Who is it you want to say it to?' And, 'How do you go about creating a theater for yourself to be able to do that?' "

He says the program will benefit from the university's association with Theatre Project in bringing international artists to campus and in attracting international students.

Shozo Sato, a Kabuki theater master, will be the first in a continuing series of international theater artists in residence at the university. In the spring of 1995, Mr. Sato will work with master's candidates on a production of "Richard III" built upon the Kabuki aesthetic, according to Dr. Gillespie.

The undergraduate and graduate theater programs at Towson will operate independently; graduate students will not appear in undergraduate productions or vice versa.

"Our undergraduate degree is an arts- and sciences-based program with a strong professional training edge to it," Dr. Gillespie says. "We look for our undergraduates to have experience in all areas of theater, whereas the master's program will be definitely contemporary."

The university already has a master of fine arts program in visual arts.

The theater department is accepting applications from students in performance, design and technical production. The new degree can be pursued full-time or part-time. For additional details, call (410) 830-2786.


Wesley Hosford, a student at Catonsville Community College, recently won first prize in a new computer art and design contest sponsored by Ray Dream Inc., a computer-graphics software company in California.

Using the Ray Dream Designer program on a Macintosh IIcx with a Wacom tablet, Mr. Hosford created a computer-generated still life reminiscent of an Old Master's painting.

The 41-year-old Clarksburg resident is pursuing a career in computer graphics with the help of financing from the Maryland Rehabilitation Center. Previously a carpenter, six years ago he was injured in a diving accident that left him a quadriplegic. He retains some use of his arms and hands.

As the grand prize winner, Mr. Hosford has won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Paris. He hopes to be able to take the trip in the spring after researching the city's accessibility to the disabled. He has one more semester at CCC.

"I think it's nice to have something to do, to have a goal," he says. "And I have always wanted to be an artist."


The UMBC Women's Center is seeking submissions for "Her Hands," an exhibition celebrating all forms of women's work as a vital aspect of our culture. Any objects representing work, ranging from the most commonplace to the most unusual, are acceptable.

Submissions may include plans, diagrams, lists, raw materials, tools or finished "works." The exhibition seeks to reflect women's work in do mestic, commercial, artistic and intellectual spheres.

"Her Hands" will be displayed at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County during March. The deadline for submitting proposals is Dec. 13. For details, call (410) 455-3188.


* A new theater organization, Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore at Superba, will audition actors for its first productions from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at the theater building on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville. Actors should prepare a contemporary three-minute monologue and be prepared to cold-read scripted parts. For details, call (410) 788-0595.

* AXIS Theatre will hold auditions for its March production of "Dream of a Common Language" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 13 at the theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. The production calls for two men and three women aged 25 to 45 and two children aged 10 to 13. Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue. For details, call (410) 243-5237.

* The Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for two groups of young musicians Thursday and Dec. 16 at Broadneck Senior High School in Arnold and at the Phoenix Center in Annapolis. For details and an audition appointment, call Kathleen Silk at (410) 647-7182.

* Auditions for "Allocating Annie," the March production of the Fairview Players, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Fairview Community Center, 13916 Jarrettsville Pike in Jacksonville. For details, call (410) 527-0917.

* Auditions for "Born Yesterday," the April production of the Vagabond Players, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 15 at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. For details, call (410) 563-9135.

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