Valerie Sweeney Prince – WATERBEARER – February 9, 2017

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Studies program and the Theatre department will present a dramatic reading of an excerpt from Waterbearer, a piece of historical fiction that examines what it means for African American women to do laundry.

A lecture by Valerie Prince, author of Waterbearer and associate professor of English and Black Studies at Allegheny, will precede the performance.  The students in the dramatic reading include Itzel Ayala, Luka Crozier, Robyn Katona and Nia Shuler.  Beth Watkins, professor of Communication Arts/Theatre, directs.

The lecture/performance will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in the Arter Little Theatre at Allegheny College. The event is free and open to the public.

“A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration”

November 17-20, 2016
Thursday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

It is Christmas Eve in 1864 along the icy, war-ravaged Potomac near Washington, D.C.  Union and Confederate troops are hunkered down by the river, Abraham Lincoln strategizes for peace while his wife Mary visits the wounded, and former slaves are migrating north in search of freedom.  Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves a rich tapestry of stories, both historical and fictional, into a drama that intertwines holiday carols, marches and spirituals of the Civil War period.  An epic theatrical event that captures a nation in desperate need of hope and healing.

To order tickets call the box office at 814-332-3414

Gator Day Alumni Panel 11:00 a.m. “How to Move Off Your Parent’s Couch and Get the Job You Love”

We welcome three successful professional alumnae, from Pittsburgh, who are returning to Allegheny College to share how they got from college to where they are today. This panel is a rich resource for those seeking a career in branding and digital marketing—from tips on how to make your application and résumé stand apart from the “clutter,” to thinking about how to look for jobs you would truly love to be in, to networking and mentoring advice, and developing a portfolio that shows who you are, rather than simply showcasing skills.

Our panelists are Kristen Lauth Shaeffer ’03, assistant professor of film and digital technology at Chatham University and filmmaker; Macae Lintelman ’10, digital customer experience consultant with Accenture, and Hillary Wilson ’12, digital marketing manager, Pittsburgh Public Theater.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (including Q&A), followed by a meet-and-greet with panelists over a buffet-style lunch.

WHERE: Gladys Mullenix Black Theater in the Vukovich Center. Entrance to the theater is through the main lobby on the ground floor.

This event is open to all members of the college community and is sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts and Theatre.

The Playshop Theatre Auditions Sept. 1&4, 2016

A Civil War Christmas:  An American Musical Celebration
By Paula Vogel

September 1 at 7:30 p.m.
September 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Vukovich Room 107

All students are welcome to audition.  Many diverse roles are available.  Copies of the play are on reserve in the library.  You are encouraged to read all or part of the play prior to auditions.  You do not need to bring any prepared material to the auditions.

Director Beth Watkins

The Playshop Theatre presents “Peter Pan and Wendy” by Doug Rand

Directed by Beth Watkins

April 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm
April 23 and 24 at 2:30 pm

In the Gladys Mullenix Theatre, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts
Suitable for all audiences
Box Office 814-332_3414

Auditions for “Peter Pan and Wendy” February 2016

Monday, Feb. 15 4:00-6:00 pm in VCCA 107
Tuesday, Feb. 16 7:30-9:30 pm in VCCA 107

Callbacks will be
Wed. Feb. 17 (5-7:30)
and Thurs. Feb. 18 (6:00-8:00)

Scripts are on Reserve in Pelletier Library under Playshop Theatre
Familiarity with the script is recommended

Please contact
Director Beth Watkins at

Performances April 21-24

Film Screening to Kick Off Year of Meadville Spring 2016 Programming January 22

In the fall of 2015, 14 student filmmakers set out to explore the town of Meadville. Join the Year of Meadville organizers and the Communications Arts Department Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Vukovich Center as they kick off their spring programming with the student-created film “Fourteen Filmmakers in Search of a Town.” A reception with an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Auditions for “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play”

Playshop Theatre

Mr. Burns:
A Post-Electric Play

Directed by Mark Cosdon
Musical Direction by Aimee Reash
Choreography by Leah Kelly

7:30 – 10 p.m., Thursday, November 5

4 – 6 p.m., Friday, November 6


Auditioners should prepare to sing 16-20 bars (about 30 seconds) from a POST-2001 pop song. (Think Britney, Fergie, Justin B or T, Kanye, Katy Perry, Fun, and/or Beyoncé.) In addition to singing your song and “Happy Birthday,” you’ll be asked to read from the script.

Do you play an instrument? Bring it!
Callbacks: 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, November 7
Scripts Are on File at Pelletier Library’s Circulation Desk
Performance dates are February 25-28, 2016
No previous experience necessary.
For further information, please contact Mark Cosdon at

Gator Day COMM-ingling with Prof. Mehler 11:00 am

“COMM-ingling – Getting on board”


Prof. Michael Mehler

11:00 am Vukovich Lobby

Description: An open conversation about the winding path from college graduation to becoming a leading board member with a national non-profit. The discussion will focus on how the path we plan to walk after walking across the stage is not nearly as interesting as the journey. Mehler will talk about finding professional mentors, the personal and professional benefits of volunteer work, and the importance of risk and ethics in leadership. A light lunch will be served after the talk and Q&A session.


(Ghost) Light opens September 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre