Students, Faculty & Artists Collaborate on Theatre "Kickoff"
To be a “theatre person” at Marist involves experience in a wide variety of creative processes, including performance, design, technical knowledge, and—above all—teamwork. On Saturday, September 10, the Marist Theatre Program and Marist College Club of Theatre Arts put this principle into practice with the first annual “Theatre Kickoff,” a day-long workshop attended by approximately 60 students. Jonathan Ferris ’19, who serves as the student managing director of technical theatre for MCCTA and who was an organizer of the new event, noted that the day “helped students explore new worlds of theatre” through safety training and master classes with faculty and with area theatre experts. Coordinated by Director of the Theatre Program Matt Andrews and Technical Director Jim Steinmeyer, the day’s events included the following:
• Safety training and a carpentry workshop led by Prof. Steinmeyer & student helpers;
• Scenic design with Dr. Eileen Curley, who also serves as Editor in Chief of the journal
Theatre Design & Technology;
• Painting with Dr. Marina Melita, who worked for 14 years in professional theatre before
pursuing her doctoral studies in Italian language and literature;
• Costuming with Marist alumna MaryBeth Boylan, a veteran costumer for a wide variety
of Marist shows and regional theatrical productions;
• Lighting design with adjunct faculty Marc Schroeder, who has overseen the lighting for
productions at East Central University and the County players in addition to Marist shows;
• Sound design with Emmy-nominated sound engineer Mark “Wedge” Weglinski, whose
national credits include Sound of Music LIVE! on NBC and the MTV Music Video Awards.
Fred Darcy ’20, a Biochemistry major with a minor in Theatre, characterized the workshop as a “welcoming” one and explained that “I now know more of the nuances of the program because I was able to meet the people behind it." For both first-year students and old hands in the program, the day exemplified the community spirit that has long been part of the Marist theatre tradition.