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Theatre grad earns scholarship for lighting design

July 08, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When she started her undergraduate career in the College of Fine Arts and Production, Rachel Schumacher just loved to act. Now, four years and exposure to the different areas within theatre later, Schumacher has accepted a full-ride scholarship in lighting design from the University of Connecticut and plans to begin this fall.

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These brothers have designs on the same path

June 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Pineda brothers, Josh and Jake, have used their GCU degrees in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design to get off to a strong start in the field. But that’s not where their similarities end. Hardly. They hung out together when they both were on campus, and now they share their common interests when they travel.

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Costume department assists in mask production

May 07, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s effort to produce cloth face masks has been joined by College of Fine Arts and Production costume designer Nola Yergen, who has recruited several GCU Hotel employees to add pleating. It makes the coverings fit more like traditional hospital masks, but it’s important for an even bigger reason. “This is about teamwork,” Yergen said.

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COVID halts auditions, not drive, for theatre grad

May 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Mykhal Polite was at the starting line to the rest of his life when COVID-19 halted life as we knew it. Not long before he was slated to start a job as a gold rush re-enactor for Alaskan Cruise Lines, the pandemic put the theatre student’s plans on hold. Polite has used the stay-at-home time to work on casting letters and is video auditioning for productions such as a “Power Rangers” reboot.

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Pardi becomes 1st GCU dance grad to earn master’s

April 08, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

While other students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Education went straight into the field, Andrea Pardi chose a different path. She recently became the first GCU graduate to earn a master’s in dance when she finished her degree work at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif.

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Dance conference turns into final curtain call

March 27, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

A group of seniors in the Dance Department felt blessed to have been at the American College Dance Association’s West Conference when they found out about the cancellation of their final Spring Dance Concert. They got to perform together one last time after being chosen for the conference’s gala. “The seniors in the cast, knowing it was their last performance as members of GCU’s Ethington Dance Ensemble, gave their most heartfelt performances to date. It was a bittersweet moment, to be sure,” said Susannah Keita, Director of the Dance Department.

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Students bid sad adieu to show that couldn’t go on

March 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It wasn’t the ending they had wanted, but the Ethington Theatre department wasn’t going to let COVID-19 rob them of the opportunity to experience the final production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” So what did they do? On the final night of rehearsal last week, shortly after receiving the news that all campus events would be canceled for the remainder of the semester, the cast performed what would be their only run-through of the anticipated production right then and there, with no costumes, a half finished set and other production details. It was an experience students won’t soon forget.

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Dance concert showcases students’ development

March 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Tonight is the last chance this spring to view the choreography talents of students in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s dance program. The Spring Student Spotlight Concert, at 7:30 in Thunderground, features 17 student pieces. “The show is very diverse, and it shows a lot of different facets to dance,” said Bekki Price, Program Development Specialist for the College of Fine Arts and Production. “It’s a really fun and unique way to come get exposed to the arts and what we have to offer at GCU.”

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Student films blow away audience at Film Fest

March 02, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Film Festival brought a multitude of different emotions to an audience of eager film viewers Friday night. Within the eight categories, film students highlighted the talent emerging from COFAP’s film department. The top three films within each category, with the exception of music videos with four, competed for the trophy. “It’s a huge honor and there’s a lot of really talented film makers so I’m really blessed just to be able to come away with any win,” Matthew Wagner said about his film’s win in the comedy category.

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Cantalopes make contribution to rehabilitation field

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

After reading a book by Alan Alda, South West Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation speech language pathologist Patricia Backus came up with the idea of incorporating improv into therapy sessions. She reached out to GCU’s Theatre Department and was connected with the Cantalopes, and for the past several months GCU’s improv group has worked alongside SWAN Rehab professionals to teach improv techniques to both staff and patients.

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