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Exciting Summer Internships for T & D Majors

Theater & Dance major Emilie Jensen (’15) will be working at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. over the summer. She will be the Assistant Director of the Energizers Dance Camp, a seven-week intensive dance camp for children ages 7-14 in the D.C. area. 

Theater & Dance major Brendan Leonard (’16) has been awarded one of the theater industry’s most exciting summer internships at the New York Public Theater. Brendan is one of ten interns selected from a pool of over 400 applicants to assist the technical and creative teams for the Shakespeare in the Park program in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Alexis Atkinson (’15) has landed a summer internship at VH1 Music in New York. She’ll join a professional production team (writers, producers, art designers, production managers, etc.) working on the live content and events for VH1 Classic. In addition, Alexis will help on film shoots and content editing. 

T&D Minor Lands Internship with Seth Meyer’s Late Night Show!

Maggie Bower (2015) will be interning this summer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Internships on a late night comedy show are, as one media blogger puts it, “the crème de la crème of the internship world.” Congratulations Maggie!

T&D Majors Off to Grad School

Ahmed Asi (2013j) has accepted an offer to join the MA/PhD program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ahmed was awarded a prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship with full funding provided through the completion of his doctorate.

Maddie Kurtz (2014) has accepted an offer to join the MA program at Florida State University. Maddie was awarded a Research Assistantship with full funding provided through the completion of her masters.

Congratulations Ahmed and Maddie!

Conner on the Radio

Theater and Dance Department Professor Lynne Conner was a featured guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” show on January 29. She spoke about her new book, Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and answered questions from callers interested in the changing role of audiences in the 21st century. In addition to her new book, Dr. Conner just launched “We the Audience,” a featured blog on, the most widely read arts industry journal (with 30,000 subscribers). You can follow her blog at: 

Alum on Broadway

Congratulations go out to Walter Belenky ’02 for landing his first role on Broadway in the critically acclaimed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — winner of the 2013 Tony for best play!

Students in Local Show

Jordan Lorenz ’15, Jack Gobillot ’14 and Anna Doyle ’15 are all in a local show together this summer! They are doing William Inge’s Picnic with Gaslight Theater in Hallowell.  Jordan is playing Hal, Jack is Alan, and Anna is Madge. They would like to invite anyone in the area to come see the show, touting, “We have a great cast and crew and I think it’s going to be a really good show”. The show is August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. All shows are at 7:30pm except Sunday the 25th is a 2pm matinee. Tickets are 10 dollars, but if you would like to usher you can get in for free!

The Portland Phoenix had great things to say about this production (and our students)!  Read the full review here.

“Avalanche” in New York

Annie Kloppenberg and Todd Coulter, both assistant professors of theater and dance, will perform an original dance work, “Avalanche,” at the Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, in New York City June 6-8. Danspace is a premier venue for dance and performance in New York that features rising and established figures of the performance world.

“Avalanche” was created under a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Mellon Faculty Enhancement Grant during the 2011-12 academic year. The piece had its premiere in Philadelphia in 2012 and was performed at the Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, May 28-29, 2013.

Kloppenberg and Coulter worked with Michael Reidy, Carol Dilley, and Rachel Boggia from Bates and with the Bessie Award-winning Headlong Dance Theater of Philadelphia to create the new work in which they perform.

In a review on the website Thinking Dance Lynn Matluck described college-level dance and theater teachers who see performance as a mode of investigation, a way of knowing—as archival or experimental research-and-publication. “Some schools buy the argument, even embrace it,” she wrote. “Clearly, Colby and Bates are leaders of this pack.”

See more about “Avalanche” on the Danspace website.

Writing Code for Google

Theater and Dance-Interdisciplinary Computation major, Victoria Tisdale ’15, has been accepted to the Google Summer of Code program and will be working on code for communicating with automated stage lighting instruments.  She will be testing her work using some of the equipment in Strider Theater this summer.  Congratulations Victoria!


Google’s description of the program…

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We work with many open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 6,000 successful student participants and over 3000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code.

Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

Award for Lysistrata

Conner wins Merit Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her adaptation of Lysistrata

Associate professor Lynne Conner has received a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Merit Award for “Excellent Adaptation of Old Greek Comedy.” Her original adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata premiered in November 2012 as part of Theater and Dance’s main stage season in Strider Theater.  Professor Conner wrote and directed the adaptation, which also featured the creative research of scenographer Jim Thurston, composer/sound producer Peter de Klerk, costume designer Christine Nilles and technical director John D. Ervin in collaboration with 40 Colby student actors, associate designers, assistant directors, stage managers, stage craft technicians and stage hands. Professor Conner is the author of more than 30 plays and stage adaptations, including In the Garden of Live Flowers (published by Dramatic Publishing Company), which won the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award in 2002.  Her latest work is Light of the Mind, a performance piece written in collaboration with composer Jonathan Hallstrom.  Light of the Mind will be staged in Strider Theater on February 27 as part of Colby’s 200th birthday celebration.

Colby Alum on Cover of American Theatre Magazine


Reid Farrington ’99 has a new show running in New York entitiled Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol.  As described in the promo, A Christmas Carol is an imaginative and ghostly new show based on one of the most ubiquitous stories of all time by one of the most famous authors in the English language. Created and directed by acclaimed theater and new media artist Reid Farrington (of The Passion Project and Gin & “It”), this exciting work takes the form of a Victorian-era phantasmagoria, conjuring up ghosts of the past, present, and future by integrating media and live theater with the well-known holiday classic.

Beyond that, we’re doubly excited for him as this piece is featured on the cover of this month’s American Theatre magazine!