Peer Gynt

PeerGyntPeer Gynt By Henrik Ibsen
April 10 – 13, 2014

Adapted by Robert Bly
Dramaturgy and further adaptation by Sarah Myers
Directed by Darcey Engen and Luverne Seifert

Performed at The University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska Minnesota

The Peer Gynt Project is a collaboration between the Theater Department at Augsburg College and the BA Theater Program in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. This re-vision of Ibsen’s classic Peer Gynt is a site-specific performance at the University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. This production is an exploration of this epic Norwegian play and how it reflects culture, history and mythology. Students from each department will work closely with the project leaders, Darcey Engen, Chair and Associate Professor of Theater at Augsburg College and Luverne Seifert, Instructor and Head of BA Theater Performance at the University of Minnesota to create a highly innovative, condensed, site-specific production that explores the universal themes in the play. Continue reading

Antigonick

AntigonickA new translation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Anne Carson

Directed by Martha Johnson

January 31 at 7 p.m.

February  1,6,7,8 at 7 p.m.

February 2 and 9 at 3 p.m.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

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In her highly innovative translations of ancient plays, acclaimed poet Anne Carson “combines contemporary language with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up [ancient tales] . . .to a modern audience. . .”  In Antigonick, Carson emphasizes the importance of time–and timing–in tragedy, by introducing a silent character, Nick, who is always on stage measuring things while the events of the play unfold. Antigone is “here given an entirely fresh language and presentation.”

The House of Bernarda Alba

BernadaAlbaBy Federico García Lorca

Translated by Michael Kidd

Directed by Dario Tangelson

November 1,2,7,8,9 at 7 p.m.

November 3 and 10 at 3 p.m.

A highly physical take on Lorca’s last play, The House of Bernarda Alba depicts the life of an affluent family in 1930′s Spain. Forced by Bernarda, the tyrannical matriarch, into a eight-year mourning period after the death of her husband, the Alba sisters see all of their dreams and deepest desires smothered by their despotic mother’s rule. Forced to never leave the house and cut off from the outside world the asphyxiating atmosphere drives the sisters against each other  in an inevitable path to tragedy.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

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Backstage Magazine features Augsburg College’s theater program

Top 5 College Theater Programs Outside of NY

Augsburg College TheaterBackstage magazine’s 2012 Fall College Guide named Augsburg College among the top five U.S. institutions for theater majors who wish to continue their studies professionally.

“In our Theater Department, students connect with professional artists in the city while they delve into their theater courses,” said Darcey Engen, Augsburg College associate professor and chair of Theater Arts.

“We find that the combination of the department’s rigorous curriculum, exposure to outstanding professionals in the field, and mentorship with theater faculty prepare our students to graduate as complex, deeply committed artists who can apply their insights and skills to any occupation.”

In the article “On the Boards & Chalkboards” —released October 25, 2012—Backstage recommended an Augsburg education for “enterprising, driven students looking to climb the [professional] ladder in double time.”

The article described the three academic concentrations the College offers theater majors, highlighted Augsburg’s course offerings, and emphasized the theater program’s proximity to the renowned, Minneapolis-based Guthrie Theater.

“Augsburg gives students the chance to listen to arts professionals ranging from stage managers to casting directors” who speak at the College’s Theatre Artist Series, according to the article. Augsburg students also have the chance to intern at the Guthrie Theater, and “most of the Guthrie’s casting is done locally, so students already have a leg up.”

Backstage serves actors, singers, and dancers by connecting them to the greater performing arts community, and has existed as a theater industry publication for more than 50 years.

Making Connections: Theater Department Alumni

Augsburg Now Summer 2010From the Summer 2010 issue of the Augsburg Now magazine

In theatre, as in life, finding success is often about who you know. But knowing the right people isn’t enough. In order to build the foundation for a thriving career in theatre, students need to form and maintain connections with the people and the places that make up the “theatre scene.”

Featuring Tessa Flynn ’05, Katie Koch ’01/’05, Lee Fisher ’06, Michael Kelley ’05, and Justin Hooper ’07, Carla Steen ’91, and Jenni Lilledahl ’87.

Read the article in the Augsburg Now >

Loven and “Lewis” come home

kyleloven_rightnavKyle Loven ’06 has called a few places “home.” He moved from the charming town of Wilmar, Minn. to Minneapolis to study theater and art history at Augsburg. After college, he spent some time in Europe before settling in Seattle, Wash. And recently he found his way back to Twin Cities home where he performed my dear Lewis, his one-man show about memories.

Read the full story from March 2010 on Inside Augsburg