The Associated Press reports that UT alumnus and Knoxville native John Cullum has had a New York theater named in his honor. The American Theatre of Actors and The Araca Group renamed the off-Broadway repertory theater company’s largest venue, on 54th Street in Manhattan, in Cullum’s honor on October 16.
Department of Theatre News
The UT Symphony Orchestra will present the academic premiere of Knoxville: Summer of 2015, a musical sequel to Samuel Barber’s famous Knoxville: Summer of 1915, on Friday, October 30, at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. The concert is a collaboration of the School of Music and the Department of Theatre.
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.
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
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.
The Clarence Brown Theatre will open its season this September with a comedy called The 39 Steps. It features four actors playing more than 100 characters.
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.
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 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.
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.