School of Theatre & Dance

TheatreUSF Presents The Crucible, 2018 BRIT production


The Crucible
2018 TheatreUSF British International Theatre Production (BRIT)
By Arthur Miller
Directed by BRIT director Helen Tennison
Theatre 2
Thurs, Feb 15 – Sat, Feb 17  
Thurs, Feb 22 – Sat Feb 24 at 7:30
Sun, Feb 18 / Sat, Feb 24 / Sun, Feb 25 at 3:00

Tickets are $10 for Students/Seniors/Active Military and $15 general admission.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information please contact our USF College of the Arts Box office at 813-974-2323 or online at arts.usf.edu.

In the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls go dancing in the woods with the black slave, Tituba.  They are caught by the town minister, Reverend Parris.  When Parris’s daughter falls into a coma-like state a crowd gathers and the talk of witchcraft begins.  The girls’ ring-leader, Abigail Williams, talks to the others and tells them not to admit anything.  But when Betty wakes screaming and a new reverend arrives Abigail starts to accuse townspeople of cavorting with the devil.  The townspeople turn on each other and the witch trials begin, though the fingers pointed at the accused are seemingly for witchcraft they may be truly for darker, more personal reasons – highlighting a fault running deeply through this Puritan community.

This show contains adult themes.

Helen Tennison, Director
Helen's directing draws on her devising and physical theatre background to create a strong visual aesthetic. Her work ranges from Shakespeare (she also leads regular workshops in verse speaking), to new writing and site specific pieces. She is particularly interested in the meeting point between naturalism and expressionism and enjoys being involved in the development of new scripts.  


Eva Auster, Video and Projection Designer
Eva Auster is a freelance video and projection designer with experience working with UK theatre companies and directors, creating visual content for live performances and online/ promotional videos.

Trained in Theatre Studies, Eva completed her BA (Hons) degree in 2005, then obtained her MA degree in Visual Media Design from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008. She has specialist knowledge and experience using projections, as well as knowledge of various video equipment and technologies and specialist AV operating systems. She is passionate about visual media and the arts and enjoys working with others to create modern and contemporary work.
In 2011, Eva took part in the Building Interactive Systems for Dance, Music, Installation and Performance Art at the renowned STEIM centre in Amsterdam.  Since then Eva has been engaging with interactive systems, including working with graphical programming software Isadora and video tracking technologies.  Her performance arts practice includes theatre, digital design, performance, interactive technology, physical theatre, live events and dance.


Matt Eaton, Composer and Sound Designer
Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Eaton, is best known to Domino as one of the founding members of Pram but also as an accomplished sound designer with professional experience in theatre and film. Over the past years, Matt has worked on countless scores for projects including Hamlet (Creation Theatre Co), It Ain't All Bollywood (Rifco Arts) and most recently worked on a production The Gambler for BBC Radio 3. Versitile and swift, Matt enabled by his own studio facilities has created sounds from exotic Asian to mysterious and eerie to sugar plum nursery style. Only Matt knows how to make running a screwdriver along an electric guitar sound like the perfect match for an underwater dream.

TheatreUSF British International Theatre Program
USF School of Theatre and Dance’s British International Theatre (BRIT) Program has been alive and well for more than 20 years, bringing a wide range of outstanding guest artists from the United Kingdom to work side by side with our TheatreUSF students. Professional directors and choreographers, leading actors in theatre, television and film, voice and speech experts and top rate designers have all been guest teachers and artists in residence. TheatreUSF will be forever thankful and grateful to the founders Hinks and Elaine Shimberg, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, John and Lisel Gale, and Dan Doyle for the vision and financial resources that make this program possible.

The University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance is committed to facilitating creative and academic artists and scholars though rigorous training in the studio, the classroom, and in performance.  Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and guest artists brought in by our British International Theatre and Holloway endowment programs.  The Musical Theatre program, Theatre Honors year-long intensive, and McNeil pilot playwriting program give students the opportunity to expand their theatrical horizons.  Our exclusively undergraduate program boasts intensive studies in the disciplines of performance, design and theatre arts as well as a close working relationship with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty.  For more information about our programs or to contact the department please visit http://theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu. 
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