The art of dramaturgy has long assisted theatre artists with their task of mounting productions for an eager audience. As formats and genres have changed in the flows of time, the dramaturg has stood as a critical guide navigating uncharted territory. Perhaps at no time before today has the theatre experienced such a hard shift in delivery format, and consequently the dramaturg has never been more essential.
Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in dance can now add the Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance to their application lists thanks to a unique new low-residency master’s degree program. During their time in two-year Master of Arts in Dance Studies program, one of only three of its type in the nation, students spend just two five-week summer sessions on the Texas Tech campus; the rest of their coursework is completed online.
When we first experienced theatre, we practiced suspension of disbelief before we knew what that term meant. As children, it was easy. We transported ourselves--in the playground, with our friends, and in our bedrooms--to new worlds every day. We knew pretend wasn’t real, but we let our imaginations overcome our reason. Thank goodness.
Entering into a semester with many new challenges and unexpected opportunities for growth, students and faculty in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts (TCVPA) have shifted into an online modality. Though the future may be uncertain, many see this as an opportunity to explore the full capabilities of an online modality.