Department of Theatre News

Symphony to Present Academic Premiere of Knoxville: Summer of 2015


The UT Symphony Orchestra is poised to present the academic premiere of Knoxville: Summer of 2015, a musical sequel to Samuel Barber’s famous Knoxville: Summer of 1915, which featured lyrics borrowed from James Agee’s poem of a similar name. The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. October 30 at the Tennessee Theater.

Clarence Brown Theatre Announces Pay What You Wish Pricing

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In an effort to make live theater available to all, the Clarence Brown Theatre has implemented “Pay What You Wish” pricing for the first Wednesday Preview during the upcoming season. The first performance will be September 9 for The 39 Steps

Twins Use Love of Theater to Launch Party Company

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Twin sisters Laura and Rachel Clift—sophomores at UT—have used their theater training to create a children’s party business called Neverland and Company. The Clift sisters grew up in Maryville, spending their days watching musicals and acting out their favorite fairy tales. As they got older, they began dressing as original fairy characters and attending Renaissance festivals with friends.

UT dialect coach brings characters to life through voice

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The Knoxville News Sentinel recently featured Abigail Langham, UT’s new dialect coach, and her work with UT actors in this story. Langham, assistant professor of vocal production in the Department of Theatre, is a trained actress and vocal coach.

Dialect Coach Brings Characters’ Accents to Life

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Inflections and enunciations on stage can make or break a performance at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Abigail Langham’s work helps UT actors bring a character’s accent to life. Langham, assistant professor of vocal production in the Department of Theatre, is a trained actress and vocal coach who recently brought her talents to UT.

UT to Award Honorary Degrees to Social Activist and Actress


UT will award its ninth and tenth honorary degrees to social activist Marian Wright Edelman and actress Dale Dickey. Edelman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and speak at the College of Communication and Information commencement. Dickey will receive an Honorary Master of Fine Arts in acting during a campus visit next year.

Clarence Brown Theatre Honored for Production of Whipping Man


The East Tennessee Historical Society has recognized UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for its production of The Whipping Man, a haunting Civil War-era play that tackles difficult issues and the region’s history. The theater received the Award of Distinction this month from the historical society for its adaptation of the play.

Opera Theatre Presents Barber of Seville November 15 through 17

A comic romp featuring a barber and outlandish hair will be the focus of the UT Opera Theatre’s fall performance. The Opera Theatre will present The Barber of Seville, Gioacchino Rossini’s two-act opera. Shows are set for Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 Gay Street.

Performance Recounts Proposition 8 Battle

The chronology of California’s battle for same-sex marriage will be performed at UT. A reading of 8, a play written by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk, will be staged at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre. The one-night event is free and open to the public; tickets will be available at the door.