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  New York Music Festival Student Leadership Program Director Needed
White Rabbit Red Rabbit Odyssey of the Mind Club Set Designer Wanted
Nelken-Line Filming Movin' On Staff Wanted Recreational Arts Summer Camp
  Yanis Marshall Workshop Stage Manager Needed At Camden Shakespeare Festival
  Internship at the B Street Theatre Diversity Dialogue Seeks Actors
  Festival  Playwriting Contest  

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

by Nassim Soleimanpour

April 22nd-26th and April 28th at 7:30 in Theatre Building room 119

This unique show features no rehearsals, no director, and no set, and a different actor reads the script cold for the first time at each performance. Featuring Malena Ramirez, Timothy Lewis, Lauren Weber, Dr. Nalini Krishnankutty, Dr. Sam Richards, and Henry Ragan.

Forbidden to leave his country, Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a work about contemporary Iran and of Soleimanpour’s generation — a generation born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war; a generation of computer-literate, well-informed young people who have never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic.

This theatrical experience hopes to answer unanswerable questions about relationships, community, international cultures, and theatrical environments. A short talk back will occur after every performance.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend. Free tickets can be reserved online at or at the door before each performance.

Nelken-Line Filming

This semester our THEA 402 (Theatre History) students (led by Dr. Jeanmarie Higgins) are doing an intensive study of Tanztheater choreographer, Pina Bausch. As a capstone embodied research project, they are making a "Nelken-Line" film, reconstructing a piece of Bausch's dance, Nelken (Carnations). Michele Dunleavy is leading the rehearsal, and Alex Bush is filming and editing the dance film. The film will be sent to the Bausch Foundation's archive of "Nelken-Line" films from around the world. The dance is really simple (walking at a moderate pace while repeating a set of 4 simple gestures, to the tune of a short song). If you are free at 11am on April 25th, please join us as we would love to have you! Here's what you need to know:

  1. Wear a gown (like everyone does in Nelken): any length, a prom dress, a fancy silky bathrobe, a pretty nightgown, a fancy cocktail dress, a long dress. Everyone wears a gown, no exceptions. If you need help finding one, let me know - we can help you.
  2. Wear shoes that are comfortable without being comical in relationship to your dress. Flats, ballet flats, heels, dress shoes, dance shoes.
  3. Attend the rehearsal. It's at 11am in the basement of the Pavilion on Friday, April 20th.
  4. If you'd like to be in the Nelken-Line, but you can't make rehearsal, you can teach yourself the dance here.
  5. On filming day, Wednesday, the 25th, please arrive just before 11am at the path where the Theatre Building meets the path alongside Horts Wood

Please email for further instructions/inquires.

New York Music Festival Student Leadership Program

The New York Music Festival Student Leadership Program (SLP) provides training and mentoring to students interested in careers in musical theater. NYMF accepts applications each spring from both undergraduate and graduate students, ultimately selecting a group of student leaders. They are assigned roles of producer, director, music director, casting director, marketing director, or stage manager – depending on their areas of interest – under the mentorship and supervision of our producing artistic director.

NYMF provides both a production budget and the Festival’s technical resources to underwrite an original concert devised and assembled by the SLP team. In addition to the students serving on the creative team, the concert is entirely written and performed by their peers.

NYMF strives to include students from as many schools as possible in the SLP and gives students the chance to forge meaningful relationships with their peers at other institutions. Recent SLP participants have hailed from Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, Pace University, University of Notre Dame, and several other institutions.

This is a non-paid, part-time position that will require working from home in addition to meetings with the NYMF staff. School credit is available. We are looking for motivated, imaginative, and outgoing undergraduate and graduate students who want to be a part of an exciting NYMF tradition. Participants must be team players and should be available from May through July for work on the project. Student Leaders will gain professional experience while nurturing important relationships among their peers in the industry.

All applicants must either be currently enrolled in school or have graduated within the last year. All applicants, if selected, must be available either by phone or in person for our first meeting, the evening of Monday, May 14th. Other mandatory dates include: auditions on July 6th and 7th; rehearsals on weekday mornings and evenings July 16th-July 27th; and performances on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th. 

For more information or to apply, please visit There are no fees to apply or to participate. Applications will close on Friday, April 27th at 11:59 PM.

Odyssey of the Mind Club

Penn State's Odyssey of the Mind Club is looking for new members to compete on a creative thinking team. The team competes on the international level at Iowa State over Memorial Day weekend. As a team member you solve a given problem in 8 minutes by creating & writing the team skit, designing & constructing costumes, choreographing & composing some dance numbers & songs. It is not a requirement to possess all of the above talents, a passion for one talent and a love for performance is all the student needs. For more information contact Maggie Duffy at or google Odyssey of the Mind.

Director Needed

A Director is needed for the production of a brand new musical by local Dramatists Guild playwright, Jerry Sawyer. "Arthur & Merlin" tells a different story than Camelot with bigger roles for Mordred, Merlin and the sorceress Nimue. The show will be produced at the Boal Barn Sept. 25-28 and Oct 2-6. A first round of auditions is planned for May 18-20. Anyone interested in learning more should contact the playwright at:

Set Designer Wanted

Love and Light Productions is currently seeking a set designer for Evil Dead - The Musical. This is a paid position. 

Evil Dead - The Musical opens at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater on June 8th and 9th. If you are interested in applying for the position - please email

Yanis Marshall Workshop

Professional choreographer and dancer Yanis Marshall will be holding Street Jazz and Heel Dancing workshops in Pittsburgh on Saturday 4/28/18 and Sunday 4/29/18 at the Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh 2504 E Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 

Tickets are available for: 4:30pm - Street Jazz & 6:30pm - Heels
Tickets are available online only. To register for tickets please visit:

For more info about Yanis please visit:

Movin' On

Penn State’s free student-run music festival, Movin’ On will take place on Friday, April 27th. Production is looking for volunteers to help with the Load In(set up), Show, and Load Out(break down) from April 25th-27th. No worries about time commitments; you can sign up for any amount of time from an hour to a full day! Please click and fill out the form here if you are interested!

If you have any questions, please contact Lyric Hamilton(Director of Production/School of Theatre Liaison) at

Recreational Arts Summer Camp

Recreational Arts is hiring PSU School of Theatre students to direct musical theatre camps in State College from July 23-27. We are a non-profit Performing Arts Educational Organization lead by PSU Director Nathan Brewer, MFA '12. Seeking singing actors who love kids (local housing and/or piano skills are a plus)!  $20/hr.  Email:, Visit:

Camden Shakespeare Festival Looking for Stage Manager

Camden Shakespeare Festival, a professional non-Equity theatre in Camden, Maine, is looking for a non-union Stage Manager for its 2018 summer season consisting of Twelfth Night and Othello. Weekly salary, plus free housing and reimbursement for travel. Contract period is June 25-August 12. Stage Manager must have a car. Interested applicants should contact 

Diversity Dialogues Seeking Actors

Penn State's Career Services seeking actors for a program this fall called Diversity Dialogues. This is an annual event that seeks to serve underrepresented students and connect them with employers attending our career fair that week. A portion of the event is dedicated to encouraging discussions between employers and students about various diversity-related workplace scenarios.

In the past, there has been an acting troupe to perform these scenarios in front of the event attendees - an impactful part of the performance was when the actors stayed in character and actually interacted with the audience, as well. Interested actors should be comfortable performing scenarios that may involve discrimination and difficult circumstances that professionals from various underrepresented groups (including, LGBTQ, underrepresented religious, racial and ethnic groups, women, and international employees) may face in the workplace .  

Our event will be held on Monday 9/10 from 11a-1p in Hintz Alumni Building on campus.  The performance would be during the first hour of this event.  Interested students should contact Lesley Jackson, Student Outreach Coordinator for Career Services, at 

Internships at the B Street Theatre

The B Street Theatre is offering several Internships avaible such as: Acting, Stage Management, Production Management, Outreach and Education, Arts Administration, Set Design, Technical Directing, Costume Design, Directing, and Lighting. With as many options, there are so many opportunities that allow for each intern to learn all aspects of theatre! B Street is one of the most well-known Professional Children's Theatres in the country and is a great internship to transition from educational theatre to professional theatre after graduating. If interested, please email Artistic Associate Sean Patrick Nill at

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