The end of April marks the opening ceremony for the newly renovated Charles E. Maedgen, Jr. Theatre, and the first production the be staged in the space, Sweet Charity. The theatre and the spaces attached to it are a part of the final phase of a $46 million complete renovation of the Theatre and Dance Complex here at Texas Tech.
Christi Figueroa (BFA 1999) grew up attending theatre and opera performances with her parents, but she did not really get involved in theatre until her senior year of high school. When she was applying for undergraduate programs, she intended to major in pre-physical therapy, but it soon became clear that theatre was something she wanted to pursue.
"Higher education is broken." It’s a refrain I hear too often these days...Many feel the future looks bleak. But as we bring a close to the Spring of 2023, it’s hard to share this dark outlook. Part of my optimism, of course, is based on the opening of Phase II of our Theatre & Dance complex, a new very forward-looking and visionary Dean, and a great administration. But my real belief in the power of higher education comes from every class I teach.
Alicia Tafoya (MFA Performance and Pedagogy, 2006) did not always dream of becoming a performer; in fact, as a child, she dreamed of becoming a scientist. She was never involved in the arts growing up, but in high school, when she had completed required electives, Alicia suddenly found herself backstage for her high school play.