By Ben Martin
Photo by WKU Department of Theatre and Dance
New Works is back on the Hill!
The New Works Festival, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, is an opportunity for students to create and produce new artistic performances for a theatrical setting. The festival provides an open space for a diverse range of performances – plays, scenes, solo acts, dance numbers, or a combination of it all.
Associate professor and co-artistic director Dr. Michelle Dvoskin says the idea for New Works came together when the department was looking for a way to hand more control over to the students.
“Several years ago we were interested in the idea of turning one of our mainstage shows over to students, but rather than put a few students in leadership roles, we wanted to involve as many as possible.”
The Department’s wishes of including as many students as possible was certainly met. Close to one hundred students are involved in the festival this year. Some of the student roles include directors, stage managers, lighting designers, actors, and of course the writers and producers.
New Works provides a practical and educational opportunity, but it also goes beyond the campus stage and has a deeper meaning for the creators and the audiences.
“… it’s also vital, I think, for students to realize that they are/can be creative artists who generate their own work. This festival helps them realize that they don’t need to wait for an opportunity, a role, a show – they can make their own!” Dvoskin says “And every piece of performance puts something out into the world. Those ideas, feelings don’t stop at the edge of the campus – they are carried with everyone who sees each show.”
The New Works Festival runs in Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre March 1-3rd from 8p-10:30 and March 4th from 3p-5:30. There is a five-dollar suggested donation at the door. Recommended for mature audiences.