Sure, students can learn German theater without leaving home, but in the spirit of Transylvania’s experiential May term, a class headed to Berlin to see what it’s like for themselves.
The Transylvania and Bluegrass Community and Technical College theater departments are teaming up for Wednesday’s “The Raid by Idris Goodwin: A Staged Reading Performance.”
After working for theater programs throughout the country—from the Utah Shakespeare Festival to The Juilliard School in New York City—Micah Daniel Bennett soon will return to the Bluegrass as the newest addition to Transylvania University’s theater program. Bennett, who was raised in central Kentucky and attended Eastern Kentucky University, will begin this fall as instructor of theater/production and technical coordinator. “His dedication to research in sustainable methods to create theater, and his professional work with companies across the country—along with the connections he made with our students during a campus visit—made quite an impression on all of us,” said Tosha Fowler, who joined the department this school year as Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. “He not only will have a lot to offer our university, but he also will be an important contributor to the professional Lexington theater industry.” Bennett, a technical director and designer finishing his Master of Fine Arts degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, also has worked for the Santa Fe Opera; McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois; and The Public Theater and Signature Theatre, both in New York City. “With Daniel joining us, the theater program is going to soar to new heights,” Fowler said.
Transylvania’s theater season kicks off Nov. 1 with an irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull by playwright Aaron Posner.
LEXINGTON, Ky.– Transylvania University’s 2018-19 theater season will feature four productions—from the contemporary to Shakespeare—under the leadership of Tosha Fowler, the new Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. All productions will be in Little Theater and are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dixon-White Fund. Transylvania Theater will benefit from Fowler’s extensive professional career in theater as an actor, director, producer, teacher and playwright in both Chicago and Atlanta. Hailed as the “fearless leader” of her founding company, Cor Theatre, she was named “One of the Top People Who Really Perform” by Newcity Chicago. Additionally, Fowler has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Kent State University, Green Shirt Studios and Georgia Southern University. “I could not be more excited to join the Transy faculty and to work with the Lexington theater community,” Fowler said. “It is an exciting time to create theater in this thriving city, and I am ready to get to work. I plan on collaborating with local talent and bring in colleagues from across the country to enrich the Transylvania Theater experience.” From Nov. 1-10, Fowler will direct a production of “Stupid F—ing Bird,” a heartfelt, irreverent remix of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” by Aaron Posner. Featuring an ensemble of writers, actors and those who choose to watch, it will tickle, tantalize and incite the audience to consider how art, love and revolution fuel the pursuit of happiness. On