Theatre and Dance News and Achievements
Theresa Mastrobuono, adjunct instructor in the division of theatre and dance in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is guest instructor at the Ephrata Area Middle School until November as part of the Pa Council on the Arts Artist in Education program. This is Mastrobuono’s 25th year with the Arts Council program.
Mastrobuono also was part of Albright College’s theater season as a cast member in “The Cemetery Club,” a comedy about three widows whose friendship is threatened when they come to odds about their “job” of honoring their husbands. The Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1 play is an independent production of “The Crones” an acting ensemble, which Mastrobuono helped to found. The ensemble is dedicated to identifying and performing theater pieces that illuminate the joys and challenges of “growing vintage.”
Michael Swanson, director of theatre and dance and associate professor of theatre, appeared in four roles in “Hairspray” at Ephrata Performing Arts Center in July and August.
Michael Swanson, director of Theatre and Dance and associate professor of theatre and dance, was named best director of a play in south-central Pennsylvania for 2016 by BroadwayWorld.com, a national theatre website with a significant regional focus. Swanson received the recognition for his direction of David Mamet’s examination of Chicago real estate salesman, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which was seen in September 2016 at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC). This is Swanson’s second such recognition by BroadwayWorld.com’s voters, following his 2014 award for directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” at EPAC.
Michael Swanson, director of theatre and dance and associate professor of theatre, directed Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” at Ephrata (Pennsylvania) Performing Arts Center in September 2016.