Clarence Brown Theatre News

Graduating Senior Doesn’t Allow Vision Impairment to Thwart Theater Dreams

Christian Darnell, center, in a scene from A Christmas Carol.

Batman may be a superhero crime-fighter, but inside he’s Bruce Wayne—a regular guy who has seen trial and triumph. Born with a vision impairment, Christian Darnell, who graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday with a degree in theater, identifies with that inner strength. Darnell was born with oculocutaneous albinism, a condition that affects pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes and classifies him as being legally blind.

Scenic Designer Bob Cothran to be Honored at Clarence Brown Theatre Gala


UT professor emeritus and celebrated scenic designer Bob Cothran will be awarded the Clarence Brown Theatre Society Artistic Achievement Award at this year’s Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Sunday, June 8. Tickets are now on sale for the 6:30 p.m. gala, which will be downtown at the Standard Knoxville, 416 West Jackson Avenue.

Broadway Actress Valisia LeKae Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

An award-winning Broadway actress who has starred in numerous roles including her current portrayal of Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical, has received UT’s Accomplished Alumni Award. University officials honored Valisia LeKae on Friday during the Clarence Brown Theatre season opening celebration at the Orangery. The Accomplished Alumni Award recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.

Students Can Now Order Clarence Brown Tickets Online and Via Phone

UT students can now call or go online to order tickets to the Clarence Brown Theatre rather than stand in line at the box office. The Clarence Brown Theatre has partnered with the Division of Student Life and the VolCard Office, as well as and ticketing provider Paciolan, to make this possible. UT students are eligible to purchase one discounted ticket to each of the eight CBT productions. Additional tickets can be purchased at regular adult and nonstudent prices.

Campus Community Invited to Kunta Kinteh Island Screening Monday

The campus community is invited to a screening of Kunta Kinteh Island on Monday, March 4, at the Clarence Brown Theatre. The documentary chronicles the renaming of James Island—a holding cell for slaves in The Gambia during the transatlantic slave trade—to Kunta Kinteh Island after a young African who was transported to the United States.

Tom Cervone Appointed Tennessee Theatre Executive Director

Tom Cervone, managing director of the Clarence Brown Theatre, has been named executive director of the Tennessee Theatre. He begins the appointment June 1. Cervone has been with the Department of Theatre for more than twenty years. He managed the academic and production aspects of the theater and kept it moving towards its operational, fiscal, artistic, and philosophical goals.