Department of Theatre News

Documentary Chronicles Making of CBT’s The Busy Body

If you missed the CBT’s spring 2017 production of Susanna Centlivre’s rollicking 1709 comedy The Busy Body, you can now see key scenes and learn more about the making of the play in an open-source documentary, produced by UT Office of Communications and Marketing and available on the Department of Theatre’s website.

University Hosting Events to Mark Black History Month

February is Black History Month, the annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and their role in US history. UT is celebrating the month with a slate of events across departments. The Clarence Brown Theatre is staging A Lesson Before Dying in conjunction with Knox County Public Library’s The Big Read, and other campus offices are hosting events related to the production.

Faculty, Students Travel to India to Work on Theater Production

When the award-winning play Harvest opens in Kochi, India, next month, the credits for set, costume and lighting will go to six Master of Fine Arts students and two faculty members. Marianne Custer, a professor who specializes in costume design, and Kenton Yeager, a professor who specializes in lighting, accompanied six MFA students to India just before winter break. They group will show slides and talk about their project at noon Friday in the Lab Theatre at Clarence Brown Theatre.

Actress Dale Dickey Urges Grads to ‘Go Out and Make Your Story’

After leading them in a primal scream to settle nerves and release anxiety, Knoxville-born actress Dale Dickey on Friday urged UT’s newest graduates to “go out and make your story.” Dickey, who attended UT as a theatre major from 1979 to 1984, received an honorary Master of Fine Arts, the highest degree awarded in that discipline, during commencement ceremonies held Friday. It is the tenth honorary degree that UT has awarded. >> Video

Actress Dale Dickey to Receive Honorary Degree, Address Graduates

Knoxville-born actress Dale Dickey—who has been called “the reigning queen of Southern gothic”— will return to UT on Friday, December 11, to receive an honorary degree and address new graduates. Commencement ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. More than 2,300 students are graduating this fall—1,795 undergraduates, 559 graduate students, and seven law students.