Announcements: SDC/NPP Deadline Extensions and More

Just a couple of announcements:

  • As you are aware, the deadline for students to send materials in for the SDC and NPP Directing Initiatives was Friday, December 2. We had only a small portion of students sending in materials so we’d like to extend the deadline to Monday, December 12, 2011. Please go to for information on what to send in and where.

On that note, we are wondering if we can get some feedback on the fact that we  have few students interested in participating in directing at the festival? Is it a communication problem on our part? Please help us to figure out how we may better serve directing students at our regional festival.

  • I will periodically send emails telling you of some of the guest artists we are bringing to the festival. In today’s email we will feature two performers who will be assisting us with the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions:

Carl Hancock Rux is a multidisciplinary writer and performer.  He is the author of The Village Voice Literary Prize winning collection of poetry, PAGAN OPERETTA, the novel ASPHALT (Simon & Schuster) and the OBIE award winning play, TALK. Among other roles, Rux originated the title role in the folk opera production of The Temptation of St. Anthony, based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, directed by Robert Wilson with book, libretto and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon, which made its American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music/ Next Wave Festival  and  “world premiere” at the Paris Opera Garnier. Rux is also the librettist for the forthcoming opera “Makandal” composed by Yosvaney Terrey. He has collaborated and or written for several dance companies including Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women and Jane Comfort & Co., among others. Film roles include the documentary “Brooklyn Boheme” and M I G R A T I O N (S) directed by Nelson George; ” The Grand Inquisitor” directed by Tony Torn and the universally panned “Bratz” directed by Sean McNamara. Rux is also subject of the Voices of America television documentary, “Carl Hancock Rux, Coming of Age”, recipient of the CINE Golden Eagle Award; was the host and artistic programming director of the WBAI radio show, “Live from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe”; contributing correspondent for XM radio’s Bob Edwards Show, frequent guest host on WNYC’s Soundcheck as well as co-wrote and narrated the radio documentary, “Walt Whitman; Songs of Myself” ( New York Press Club Journalism Award for Entertainment News) and “9/11A City Re:Imagined” . Other awards include  the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts,TCG/NEA Artist in Residence, and the BESSIE Schomburg award. Mr. Rux was Head of the MFA Playwrighting Dept at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as visiting lecturer at Hollins University, University of Iowa, and Brown University, among others.

Mariann Mayberry has been a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 1993 where she has appeared in over twenty-five productions. Broadway credits include August: Osage County (originated at Steppenwolf),One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  (originated at Steppenwolf) and Metamorphoses.  Off Broadway creditsThe Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci at Second Stage and Go Back to Where You Are at Playwright’s Horizon.  Ms. Mayberry has worked extensively with Mary Zimmerman in her productions of Metamorphoses,Argonautika, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, The Odyssey and Mirror of the Invisible World.  Regional Theatres include McCarter, Lookingglass, Goodman, Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare, Alliance, Berkeley Rep., ACT, Seattle Rep, Virginia Stage.    Ms. Mayberry has directed productions for the Steppenwolf Theatre Summer Training Program.

  • Lastly, we will be having a Musical Theatre Audition at the festival this year. Open Jar, a theatre company in New York that sponsors student travel to the city to participate in classes and Broadway tours, will be at the festival holding auditions for students to vie for a scholarship to attend classes in the summer. More information about registering for this event will be forthcoming.

Thank you and take care!

Shelly Elman
Professor of Theatre
Chair, Region IV, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
University of West Georgia
Martha Munro Building, Room 207C
Carrollton, GA 30118
678.839.4704 (Office)
678.839.4708 (Fax)