Monthly Archives: January 2015

John Van Arsdale wins 2015 USITT KM Fabric Technical Production Award

by Melinda Menard

Congratulations to our 3rd Year MFA Design Tech Grad Student John Van Arsdale for winning the 2015 USITT KM Fabric Technical Production Award.

The Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts, known throughout USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) as the YD&T Awards, bring recognition and support to young designers and technicians at the beginning of their careers.

John Van Arsdale Headshot

Summer High School Theatre Camp 2015

by Melinda Menard

Attention all theatre enthusiasts in high school! Join others like you at UW-Madison’s Summer High School Theatre Camp to improve your craft, meet new friends, and gain experience that will prove invaluable throughout your life in the theatre.

Spend each morning at this commuter camp learning how to get the most out of your body and voice; focus each afternoon on scenic design, lighting and sound, and costume/makeup design. Cap your week with an open house and showcase where you’ll apply what you’ve learned in a final performance in front of family and friends


At the Ark at Eight – March 13 – March 22, 2015

by Melinda Menard

No one likes to miss the boat.  It is even more important if you have to get to Noah’s Ark before the flood comes.  University Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences hope that you will grab a ticket before this play leaves the theatre!

March 13th - 22nd

March 13th – 22nd

The rain is starting to fall – get to the boat! In another refreshing new take on a familiar story, ‘At the Ark at Eight’ offers a philosophical take on the story of Noah and the Ark – from the perspective of three tricky, witty penguins.  When they are summoned to the ark, these penguin friends begin a wild adventure. They learn and grow by exploring issues of friendship, companionship, morality and the nature of God. This Theatre for Youth production is suitable for ages 8 and up.  Tickets are just $10.  A complimentary child ticket is included in the purchase of regular ticket.  For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit


Good Kids – February 27- March 8, 2015

by Melinda Menard

Good Kids comes to the Hemsley Theatre this February!

“There’s what you believe…and then there’s what you know.” Everyone knows that something happened at the party – but they all believe something different about how and why. Playwright Naomi Iizuka tackles the difficult issue of youth culture in the digital age in this story of a brutal assault and its controversial aftermath.

February 27th - March 8th

February 27th – March 8th

Good Kids was commissioned by the Big Ten New Play Consortium in an effort to bring thought-provoking new works to collegiate theatres.  For information on tickets and coming to the show, please visit