Towson the site for regional theatre festival
Towson University is hosting the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region II for the second time since 2011.
The regional festival invites colleges from Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia to showcase their institutions’ productions and attend workshops in a five-day-long festival The festival began Saturday, Jan. 12 and ends Wednesday, Jan. 16.
“I think it’s great for the department,” Tony Rosas, a technical director in Towson’s Theatre Department and the project manager of the festival, said. “It not only exposes us to all the other schools and students around and gives us a little bit of publicity in that way… but it’s also just good to be active.”
The festival features eight productions. These include “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Albright College, “For Sale” by James Madison University, and “The Bacchae 2012” by the University of Akron.
These performances were chosen based on their educational value, Rosas said.
The festival also includes various workshops in which students can learn about anything from lighting production on an iPad to acting through yoga.
Rosas said there are also opportunities for students to audition and apply for scholarships throughout the week.
Planning for the festival began last year and continued throughout the fall 2012 semester. Over 100 student volunteers work to help organize the festival, which attracts with more than 1,300 people annually.
But the highlight for some is keynote speaker John Glover, a Towson University alumnus and Tony Award Winning Actor, Rosas said. Glover spoke Monday afternoon at 12 p.m. at the Stephens Hall Theatre.
Rosas said Glover has remained active in the department as the first graduate of the program, and despite his successes, has often lending advice to students who wish to follow in his path.
“He comes back and he’ll work with any class that’s in the theatre department that could use his insight and information,” Rosas said.
While the festival will wrap up Wednesday, Rosas said both the students and Towson University will continue to reap its benefits
“There’s a lot of two year schools and community colleges that send students to the festival, so they get a chance to see the facilities and some of the faculty members,” Rosas said. “[This festival] can be a recruiting tool for the University.”