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The HWS Update

Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May’s short film exploring diagnosis, identity, and interdependence received two IndieFEST Film Awards of Merit in November. In Awaiting Tiresias, theatre artist and Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May presents a journey into solitude, an exploration of the boundaries between diagnosis and identity, a search for community, and a musing

HWS Theatre presents a history-based theatrical walking tour based on the real lives of past Genevans. During Homecoming and Family Weekend, catch the world premiere of “From the Beyond: Geneva’s Unheard Voices,” a theatrical walking tour depicting the lives of un- and under-represented African American people who lived in Geneva, N.Y. The production will be

Summer research students in the HWS Theatre Department have developed a play based on the lives of historic African American Genevans. HWS Theatre will stage their work “From the Beyond: Staging Geneva’s Unheard Voices” for the fall production on Sept. 24 and 25.     This summer, HWS Theatre research students and Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth

In her first year at the Colleges, Eliyah Roberts ’24 made her mark on the HWS Theatre stage, performing in all three productions. As she hones her craft, she is also making friends, and learning how to embrace independence. What’s the biggest difference between being a high school student and a college student? The biggest

Rising sophomore Samari Brown ’24 looks back at her first year at the Colleges, including how she found her passion for theatre. Brown wrote for and performed in the fall production “Supernatural Saunter.” This summer, as a research assistant in the Theatre Department, she is studying famous BIPOC members of the Geneva community and writing

Join HWS Theatre for a talk by playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg Kyle Bass on creating history-based theatre.  HWS Theatre, in collaboration with the Summer Research Fellowship Program, will host a public lecture by Kyle Bass, playwright, Associate Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage, and Assistant Professor of Theater at Colgate University. Bass’ talk, titled “Made Out

Master’s of Teaching students Claire Abelson ’20, MAT ’21 and Sophie Ritter ’20, MAT ’21 focus on inclusive theatre. The Colleges’ first video streaming production Tone a Blind Eye was recently released on demand. All audiences can enjoy the performance through accessible design features, including closed captioning and audio description, thanks to the accessibility team

“What struck me about Hansel and Gretel is the narrative about the parents leaving the children because they can’t afford to feed them, which Ed Hallborg brought to my attention was something that happened with regularity during the European Famine,” May says. To write Tone a Blind Eye, students grappled with topics surrounding poverty and trauma, including how hunger is weaponized against people, and the true meaning of happily ever after in a story about abandonment and famine.

Inspired by the spiritualist leanings of the founder of William Smith College, a new audio production by the HWS Theatre Department invites listeners to explore a third coordinate school on campus — Geneva’s College of the Veil. The HWS Theatre Department had planned for one show of the 2020-2021 season to be an audio production,

Theatre Department faculty share the ways they continue to connect and create despite social distancing guidelines and protocols required by the coronavirus pandemic. Classes have begun and planning and rehearsals for upcoming productions are underway in the HWS Theatre Department, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, every stage and lecture looks different than before. Department