Monthly Archives: December 2015

Carrie Coon – UW-Alum up for 2016 Critics Choice Award

by Melinda Menard

Our very own Carrie Coon has done it again.  Congratulations!

2016 Summer Courses – a quick view!

by Melinda Menard

We are excited to announce that we will be opening up several 2016 Summer Courses.   Here is a tid-bit of information to catch your interest and there will be more to come!

TD619 Entertainment for Engineers (Dan Lisowski)

  • Gain an understanding and appreciation for technology in entertainment.
  • Widen the range of your entertainment experiences.
  • Learn how some cool effects are accomplished.
  • Exposure to career paths for engineers in the entertainment industry.

TD619 Acting for Non-Majors (Whitney Derendinger)

  • A practical course for non-theatre majors and graduate students from across disciplines (sciences, medical fields, business, and to international students) who wish to improve their personal and professional communication skills through the learning and practice of basic acting techniques.

TD469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts (Robert Wagner)

  • The “Recreation of Lady Liberty”  Students in this class will participate in the design, planning, construction, and painting of the Lady Liberty Project on Campus.

TD469 – Game Changer – Musical Theatre The Broadway Musicals that Shaped the Art Form (Sarah Marty)

  • Rather than being a survey of the Broadway musical, it looks at specific works than challenged the genre and had a major impact on the direction of musical theatre at the time they were first produced. The course includes SHOWBOAT (1927), OKLAHOMA (1943), WEST SIDE STORY (1957), CABARET (1966), LES MISERABLES (1980), RENT (1996), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (2002), and HAMILTON (2015). Course work includes historical and social context of the work, background on the creators, script analysis, music analysis through deep listening, an overview of original production design for each show, audience and critical responses, and impact on the genre.

TD161, 162, 361 and 561 (Studio Supervisors)

  • Backstage Labs for our Summer Production.
  • Laboratory instruction in all phases of theatre production with greater emphasis on student involvement with a specific production related job responsibility in which students learn through practical participation and working through support of crews, designers, etc.

JoBe Cerny: Department of Theatre & Drama Colloquium

by Melinda Menard

On Wednesday, December 9th from 3:30-5pm the Department of Theatre & Drama will host a colloquium in the Mitchell Theatre with voice-over personality, character actor, producer and director JoBe Cerny.


He is best known as the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy and as Procter & Gamble’s silent spokesman, The Cheer Man.  In addition to appearing in advertising spots and commercials, Cerny has appeared in numerous films, including Legally Blonde 2 (2003), Road to Perdition (2002), and My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Cerny has also been featured in televised series and talk shows including Chicago Hope and Oprah, as well as appearing in numerous theatrical performances.

JoBe has made a successful living as a professional actor for over 40 years and has  graciously offered to meet with our students to discuss the business. If you are interested in pursuing a career in acting, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. And even if you are not an actor yet want to meet a dynamic, gracious, and talented artist… please join us!!

Demo Reel:

JoBe 1

The Mitchell Theatre is located in the Vilas Communication Hall just off the East Campus Mall at 821 University Avenue.

Mitchell Theatre