MFA Candidate Receives National Kennedy Center Award for Theatre Design

After winning first place in Scenic Theatrical Design in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III Competition, Kasee Arnett, an MFA Design Candidate from Michigan State University, earned a spot to compete in the national competition in which she received the Distinguished Achievement Award along with a $500 cash prize. Arnett attended the KCACTF virtual ceremony on May…

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MSU Professor Talks About How Musical Theatre Unites Us and Amplifies Our Stories

In this Faculty Voice, Brad Willcuts, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Choreography in the MSU Department of Theatre, shares how theatre pushes the limits of human emotion and why Pride Month in June is important to him and the greater theatre community. In the role of choreographer, Willcuts also discusses being a part of a new interpretation of one of the…

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Comic Studies Society Conference Coming to MSU this July

The Comic Studies Society (CSS), one of the premier academic communities dedicated to comic studies, will hold its fifth annual conference at Michigan State University from July 28-30 this year. Supported by MSU’s Department of English, the MSU College of Arts & Letters Office of the Dean, and MSU Libraries, the conference is part of a multi-year agreement that will bring the CSS to…

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MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

After a two-year hiatus, Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) at Michigan State University is back for its 60th anniversary celebration of FREE outdoor theatre for mid-Michigan audiences and a free week-long theatre camp for kids. This season will include four full productions and runs from June 9 through June 26. The season opens on June 9 with the classic musical, Pippin, by Stephen Schwartz…

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Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures Honors Student Excellence at Award Ceremony

After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) gathered in person on April 29, 2022, in Wells Hall to honor several of its outstanding students at the LiLaC Awards Ceremony. This was the first time the department held an awards ceremony in a hybrid format, which allowed students to join from…

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BranchOut Dance Performance Encourages Audience Engagement with Natural Environment

A new and thought-provoking dance performance project, called BranchOut, which will engage audiences with the natural environment around them while experiencing and exploring the nature of tree communication and the interconnection between plants, will hold its first performance at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Gardens on Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. BranchOut's interactive dance performance was born from a desire…

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VIM Fashion Show Back In-Person, Showcasing Work of Student Designers

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VIM Fashion Show was back and bigger than ever before, held at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on March 23 and featuring the work of 10 Michigan State University student designers.  Hosted by VIM Magazine, MSU’s student-run fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publication, the event showcased handmade designs and was open…

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First-Place Win Earns MFA Candidate a Spot at National Theatre Competition

Two MFA Design Candidates from Michigan State University, Kasee Arnett and Zech Saenz, recently won awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III competition for their work on A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage. Arnett took first place in Scenic Theatrical Design and will move on to the national competition, and Saenz finished as…

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Ph.D. Student Honored with Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Committed to raising awareness about critical issues and the academic or community-based work being done to solve them, Sharieka Shontae Botex, a third-year Ph.D. student in MSU’s Writing and Rhetoric program, created the Shaping Society Through Scholarship and Action event, which featured Black women scholars and their community-focused work as well as the important work of local leaders and community organizers.…

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