Blinn College theatre arts students participate in TheatreFest

Four-day convention celebrates educational theatre

February 28, 2018

Six Blinn College-Brenham Campus Theatre Arts students recently participated in the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) TheatreFest in Galveston and drew the attention of several universities.

First year theatre arts majors Zachary Hopkins, Eve Kirby, and Jaci Weidemann joined second-year theatre arts majors Kayla Adair, Ilana Ariel, and Brianna Hyman at TheatreFest, an annual four-day convention that celebrates educational theatre and offers training and education for theatre students and educators.

“This convention has so much to offer for faculty, students, and anyone interested in theatre,” Blinn-Brenham Theatre Director Brad Nies said. “It is a very valuable experience and honors theatre across the state of Texas.”

TheatreFest consists of more than 300 theatre and film-related workshops, playwriting contests, design contests, and scholarship auditions. In addition, the TETA TheatreFest includes live performances, special guest artists from around the world, and more than 100 commercial and educational exhibitors.

Hopkins, Kirby, and Weidemann attended workshops including Speaking in a British Accent and New Improvisation Games. Speaking in a British Accent was beneficial to Hopkins, Kirby, and Weidemann who all have roles in Blinn-Brenham’s upcoming British farce, “Black Comedy,” while New Improvisation Games gave students new ideas for when Blinn’s improvisation troupe, Slaphappy, performs twice a year.

Adair, Ariel, and Hyman took part in the acting auditions and each received callbacks from universities interested in recruiting them, with the possibility to earn scholarships. In addition, Adair entered the DesignFest with her makeup design for “Hansel and Gretel.”

The students had a unique opportunity to meet with representatives from prestigious schools, including Stephen F. Austin University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas-Arlington, and University of the Incarnate Word.

Technical Theatre Arts Director Kevin Patrick attended curriculum workshops and a planning meeting for the 2018 K-12 SummerFest to be hosted on the Brenham Campus in June.  He also led the Higher Education Business Meeting Field of Study Forum and was chosen as Chair-Elect for the TETA Higher Education Committee. Patrick and costume designer Jennifer Patrick judged the TETA DesignFest. 

Nies served on the TETA PlayFest Committee, a position that enabled him to watch and comment on 12 original 10-minute plays and on a special playwriting committee that watched and evaluated a new Houston-based play entitled Personifications

The Blinn Theatre Arts Program produces at least eight productions each year on its Brenham and Bryan campuses and offers a quality educational foundation through study, application, and experience. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/theatre

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