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Theatre Honors Program

Upper level students (Juniors and Seniors) who have a high grade point average and whose skills are judged to be excellent are admitted to the Honors Program, a sequence of three courses: a reading seminar, a practicum with guest artists and a theses project.

The number of honors students rarely exceeds ten. Students have studied ‘popular theatre’, German Theatre, the clown and the circus in modern theatre. Student’s theses have been written papers and directed/designed plays.

TheatreUSF and Theatre Honors Program, Honors College

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Honors Productions


2015 -- Honors Centerstage - Shakespear (adapted)



Honors Centerstage
Much Ado About Nothing (adapted and abridged)
Production Design: Ryan Finzelber
Faculty Mentor: Marc Powers


2014 -- Honors Centerstage - The Living Theatre

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Honors Centerstage
The Money Tower, based on works of The Living Theatre from the 1970s

Production Design: Ryan Finzelber
Faculty Mentor:  Marc Powers



2013 Honors Centerstage

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Honors Centerstage
2 Contemporary Plays
Directed by Leonardo Cirigliano and Christopher Hough
Scenic Design: Ali Ballentine

Lighting Design: Cynthia Horst

Costume Design: Dana LoBuono

Sound and Video Design: Leo Cirigliano and Christopher Burgos


2012 - Honors Centerstage, Contemporary European Playwrights

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Terminus.  Interwoven stories of soul stealing bargains, fantastical rescues and brave determination.  Three stories, told by the characters in stunning soliloquy, take place over the course of a single night in Dublin.  Directed by Theatre Honors student Mary Spurlock.

Painkillers.  Three women, all friends, all looking at life from different perspectives.   All of them wanting to be okay, but searching for something to numb them.  Directed by Theatre Honors student Lisa Letterle.

Herjólfur Has Stopped Loving.  Enter the mind of a man who is coming to grips with the fact that he has stopped loving.  Is this reality or fantasy?    Is the scandal and violence he commits real or a window into his mind?    Directed by Theatre Honors student Lauren Allison.

Scenic & Costume Design: Shannon Dunbar
Lighting Design: Kristen Geisler Easterling
Sound Design: Anthony J. Vito

2011

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WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN

Women Beware Women
by Thomas Middleton
Directed by C. David Frankel
Scenic Design: Cody Lorich
Costume Design: Julie Carr
Lighting Design: Anthony Vito
Sound Design: Ryan Crowther

2010

Animals and Plants

ANIMALS AND PLANTS and MELANCHOLY PLAY

Animals and Plants
by Adam Rapp
Directed by Tia Jemison
Scenic Design: Andrew Cohen
Costume Design: Christine Pena
Lighting Design: Lauren Libretti

Melancholy Play
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Erin Morris
Scenic Design: Andrew Cohen
Costume Design: Kelsey Platkin
Lighting Design: Lauren Libretti

2006

LOCAL HABITATIONS

The University of South Florida’s 2006 - 2007 Theatre Honors students presented Local Habitations, an original work based on the writings of two-time Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser.


2005

REMEMBRANCES: THE OPHELIA PROJECT

The Theatre Honors Project for 2005-2006 was organized around a historical study of what has been made of the ‘myth and madness’ of the character Ophelia from Shakespeare’s HAMLET. For nine months students researched the topic under the guidance of Dr. Denis Calandra. Several won grants to travel to New York for research. The group of ten created an original script and with financial support from the Office of Undergraduate Research produced their play in May, 2007 in THR (theatre 2). Dance, music, and unusual visual design enhanced the well received production. For their accomplishments four students won monetary prizes in the annual Von Rosenstiel undergraduate research competition.


2004

Topic: Points of View: Politics and Ideas in the Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST:
Professor Denis Calandra, along with three USF Honors students ( Jonathon Cho, Christina Julius and Soolaf Rasheid) traveled to Atlanta to see the premiere of 'Maria Kizito' by Erik Ehn, at the '7 Stages" theatre.

 


2004
Topic: Jacobean Revenge Tragedy
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Tis Pity She’s a Whore


2003

Topic:
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Zastrozzi, Crimes of the Heart, Native Speech


2002

Topic:
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST


2001

Topic:
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Ellis Island


2000

Topic: Physical Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: UMO – The Making of GONE WITH THE WIND, A Buffoon’s Tale


1997

Topic:
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Dancing at Lughnasa


1995

Topic:
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Suitcase written by Kobo Abe and Escurial written by Michel DeGhelderode


1994

Topic: Contemporary British Drama
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard


1992

Topic: The Physiology of Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Barnes' 'It's Cold, Wanderer, It's Cold' and 'Lucy Does a TV Commercial, Vitameatavegamin


1991

Topic: 'Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre Practice
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: 'Much Ado About Nothing'


Guest Artists Christopher Stanley working with Honors Program Students


1989 - 1990

Topic: New American Dramatists (Playwrights Eric Overmyer, Jeff Jones and Gary Leon Hill held workshops for the Honors students)
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: 70 Scenes of Halloween by Jeffrey Jones
A real yet strange play that seems to tell itself through many different stories like a many-sided coin that keeps changing its face. It is a fairy tale of itself, flipping back and forth between an outer focus and an inner focus of the realities of the world of the play and of the world of the actor. The words scratch and claw to a surface sometimes finding gentleness. And.. the demon in me is the demon in me.

 


1988

Topic: Popular Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Offshore
Offshore examines issues vital to American Life in the last years of the 20th century: free trade, Asian investment and immigration, the immense possibilities for cross-cultural enrichment, and the reality of interracial conflict.


1988

Topic: Popular Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Poor of New York by Dion Boucicault.
San Francisco Mime Troupe’s director, Daniel Chumley directed TheatreUSF students in this melodrama. The play spans a twenty year period of the 19th century, centering around the bank collapses of 1837 and 1857. Exploring the social impact of the wealthy’s devastation, the playwright provides timely comment on the great leveling effect of financial disaster.


1987

Topic: New German Theatre
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Bildbeschreibung by Heiner Muller


1986

Topic: 'Popular Theatre':
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Steeltown.


1985

Topic: Contemporary German Drama
PROJECT/PRODUCTION/GUEST ARTIST: Student productions included Franz Xavier Kroetz's Michi's Blood and Friedericke Roth's Piano Play. And Harald Mueller's Flotsam and Jetsam.

 

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