Theater & Dance Spring Season Kicks Off with Original Musical by Pepper Dee ’15

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/3/2015, at 3:36 PM


In February, March and April, four Amherst seniors—Pepper Dee, Valerie Rodriguez, Daejione Jones and Bryce Monroe—are bringing four distinctively original productions to the stage as part of their final projects in theater and dance.

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Amherst Drives Conversation on Improvisation and Interdisciplinarity in the Liberal Arts

Submitted on Wednesday, 12/10/2014, at 2:00 PM

Faculty Workshop


“Improvisation, Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts,” a three-day faculty workshop at Amherst, brought together professors and researchers from leading liberal arts institutions across the country with the goal of building collaborative networks among faculty whose research and teaching explore the burgeoning field of improvisation studies.

Organized primarily by Jason Robinson, assistant professor of music at Amherst, and sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges, the workshop hosted scholars from Amherst, Barnard, Hampshire, Oberlin, Pomona, Reed, Smith, Swarthmore and Wellesley Colleges; Columbia, Denison, Furman, Harvard and Wesleyan Universities; and the University of Guelph in Ontario. The attendees’ departmental affiliations ranged from art, theater, dance and music, to biology, comparative literature, American studies and computer science.

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Professor’s Class Trains Students in “The Art of Beholding”

November 24, 2014

By Madeline Ruoff ’18

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Art Professor Joel Upton

Among the hundreds of unusual offerings that fill the Amherst course catalog — classes that focus on food, on monsters, on murder — Professor of Art and the History of Art Joel Upton’s seminar “The Art of Beholding” stands out. In this class, students are not swamped in readings or essays or problem sets; in fact, the course syllabus is not even a full page.

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New Black-Box Studio Space Creates Exciting Opportunities for Students Studying Film

Submitted on Monday, 12/8/2014, at 10:00 AM

By William Harvey ’18

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See a Flickr set of photos of the students using the new black-box studio.

A newly constructed “black-box” studio in Fayerweather Hall is specially equipped to provide students with hands-on experience in directing, filming and performing. 

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Student Ensemble Takes on Rarely Produced Shakespeare Drama

Submitted on Thursday, 11/20/2014, at 4:45 PM

Cymbeline

See a Flickr set of more photos from Cymbeline.

Three nights in a row in Amherst's Holden Experimental Theater, the Department of Theater and Dance presented Shakespeare's rarely produced play Cymbeline. Written around 1610, Cymbeline is a tale of royal intrigue, strange coincidences, romantic betrayal, war and divine guidance. (Hollywood has recently taken notice of the story: it's coming to a theater near you in 2015, as a major motion picture starring Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris).

Ron Bashford, a professional director of Shakespeare and a faculty member at Amherst, knew Morgan Ashly Brown '15 was looking for a challenging acting role for her senior project in theater and dance. He suggested the complex part-tragedy part-comedy Cymbeline, and Brown took on the leading role of Imogen, an exiled princess whose harrowing journey uncovers the secret to renewed peace and harmony. Bashford directed the Holden Theater production, which featured a large cast of student actors in contemporary dress.

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Opera by Professors and Alumni Makes International Debut at Italian Film Festival

November 14, 2014
By Rachel Rogol

On a big screen in Milan last month, in front of an audience that totaled more than 18,000 people over the course of four days, an innovative Amherst chamber opera set to film made its international debut during the city’s Design Film Festival.

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Professor Catherine Ciepiela Publishes Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 4:13 PM

when trees write                                                                                    если деревья пишут,
it’s to the white flowers                                                                         то белым цветам,
that walked the garden                                                                          что ходили по саду. 

when birds do                                                                                        если птицы,
it’s of what can’t be sung                                                                      о том, чего спеть нельзя.

lumps do not speak,                                                                              комья не говорят,
in flowerpots                                                                                          по цветочным горшкам
they have buried silence.                                                                       зарыли молчание.

 —Anna Glazova                                                                                   —Анна Глазова