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Department News - Fall 2015

Congratulations to director Barbara Wallace Grossman, choreographer Daniel McCusker, and the entire cast and crew of Daybreak, which was performed in the Balch Arena Theater this fall. A haunting depiction of trauma and its aftermath, Joyce Van Dyke's Daybreak is based on the true story of two survivors of the Armenian Genocide. They were privileged to host a number of post-show discussions with distinguished scholars, historians, physicians, artists, and humanists about the play and the issues that it raises. The show was well-attended by members of the Armenian community, Tufts' students and faculty, and President Monaco, who described Daybreak as a "powerful performance".

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is proud to be a part of the Tufts' new Film and Media Studies program. The program will feature many Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies electives, including Lecturer Jaclyn Waguespack's Dance on Camera, in which students take dance and movement concepts outside of studio walls and into the community through site-specific collaborative video projects.

Learn more about this exciting new program >

This past July, the nine-member student cast of Shakespeare's Richard III—the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies' spring 2015 production—traveled to Grahamstown, South Africa to perform in and experience its annual arts festival. Grahamstown's National Arts Festival is an eleven-day celebration of both indigenous and imported talents, including traditional theatre and spoken word performances, dance, music, and visual arts exhibits.

Dr. Gibson Cima, a visiting lecturer specializing in theatre history and directing, was inspired by the recent discovery of King Richard III's bones in Leicester, England, to create an abridged version of Richard III. In Cima's version, the cast brings the drama of the archeologist's discovery to life: each actor portrays both an archeologist and one of the traditional characters in Richard III.

Read Alexandra Erath's (A16) full account >