UT to host New Writers Festival and Student Film ShowcaseWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
The University of Toledo’s Department of Theatre and Film prides itself on helping students nurture their creative voice. The fruits of their labor will soon be on display for the whole world to see as part of two upcoming events. The first of these is the university’s New Writers Festival on March 23.
Four original student works will be presented as staged readings, performed by UT student actors who participated in the Irene Ryan Audition competition at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January. Two of the readings will be stage plays and two will be screenplays. Each reading is no more than 10 minutes in length. Helping to organize the festival are Drs. Edmund B. Lingan and Jane Bradley.
“This really is a test run, the festival is brand new. The pieces are selected by committee. There is no specific theme or topic. We’re just looking for writing that is vivid and interesting that reaches out to a broad audience. Our only criteria are artistic merit,” said Dr. Lingan
Then on March 24, the annual Film/Video Showcase will screen the best student films from a juried competition. This showcase is the university’s version of the Oscars for aspiring filmmakers. It is a night when theater and film majors put on their best attire and applaud the work of their fellow artists. Tickets to the showcase are $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for all others, and are available at the door. An after party/reception will be held in the Production Lab (PA1039) and is free to attendees of the Film/Video Showcase.
“With both these events we want students to think about how to market their work. These pieces were meant to be read, heard and seen. They need to find their audience. Both Dr. Bradley and I encourage students to send their work out, but we understand that this can be a difficult process. What the university offers students is a safe environment to test out their work, and to me this experience is as important as training in the classroom. I think that students learn so much by finishing a piece, letting go and getting some objective distance from their work.”
Both events are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call (419) 530-2452 or visit www.utoledo.edu.