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Funded Flash Grants

2016 Flash Grants


Signs of Love: A Cabaret

A concert of contemporary musical theatre songs which incorporated American Sign Language (ASL).

This innovative work was submitted as a FlashGrant proposal by theatre major Abbey Matye.  The project allowed theatre students to work alongside ASL students who were exploring interpretation for the stage.  The final production incorporated 15 songs performed in voice and in American Sign Language.

Directed by Abbey Matye
Ensemble:  Matt Flors, Anna Rose Gallucci, Amy Kohmescher, Clinton Owens
Music Director:  Jen Korecki
Guitarist: Scott Hanna
ASL Translators:  Hannah Beucher, Jordan Brian, Gabi Moore, Emily Yehezkel
ASL Coaches:  Jordan Brian, Gabi Moore, Emily Yehezkel
Stage Manager: Emma Burns
Scenic Designer:  Islay Reed
Lighting Designer:  Wyatt Hayes
Asst. Technical Director: Victoria Murawski
Paint Charge: Rachel Jagger
Light Board Operator: Alary Sutherland
Production Advisors:  Eric van Baars, Larry Nehring

Sound Design & Composition Studio Collaboration

Theatre & Dance sound design majors worked together with a music composition major from the School of Music to produce professional grade recordings of experimental compositional pieces which will be used for the underscoring  of the School of Theatre & Dance's spring 2017 production of Macbeth.  These student sound designers and the composer worked together to come up with the notation and arrangement for various pieces. The end result was quality sounding material for use in Macbeth and for future Theatre & Dance productions.

Project Leader: Stewart Blackwood (School of Theatre & Dance)
Team Members:  
Ross Downing (School of Music)
Courtney Jean (School of Theatre & Dance)
Ben Takitch (School of Theatre & Dance)
Faculty advisor:  Nicholas Drashner