Southeastern to offer theatre design concentration

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Theatre Design
by:  Rene Abadie

STAGE PREPARATION – Southeastern Louisiana University Instructor of Costume Design Mignon Charvet, left, works with student Brei-Linn Golchuk of Lafitte to prepare Captain Hook's costume in preparation of the Southeastern Theatre's production of "Peter & Tink." The university is beginning a concentration in theatre design in the fall 2015 semester.

HAMMOND – A new program in theatre design – presently the only one of its kind in the country – will be offered at Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall 2015 semester.

The concentration will be offered through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' bachelor's degree program in art.

"The program developed from numerous inquiries we've received in recent years from students interested in pursuing a professional career in the field. It also reflects a new spirit of creative and productive collaboration between our art and theatre faculty members," explained Kenneth Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Boulton said he anticipates approximately 15-20 students will enter the program this fall.

"This degree captures a number of students who in the past would have pursued a theatre concentration within the university's General Studies program," he said, "particularly those who have a talent for artistic conception and design. The program is poised to be a powerful addition to Southeastern's workforce connection to the state's booming film, theatre and entertainment industry."

The program represents a strong interdisciplinary approach, he explained. Students will experience a thorough immersion in the fundamental art foundations curriculum during the first two years, while the final two years will include specific courses in theatre history, stagecraft, costume and makeup design, advanced sculpture and play production.

For more information on the program, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2193.



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