Volunteer actors needed

Hello all, This year, Hofstra University will be producing “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer”, written by Eve Ensler. It is a show run through the international campaign V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. This show in particular is a show about both men and women-- telling their stories of how they have encountered this violence against women and girls, how they deal with it, and how all of us around the world can make a difference and stop it. It is an incredibly moving piece of theater and art. When this show is performed, 100% of the proceeds go to charity. This year, our benefactor is the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. We are reaching out specifically within the Hofstra Community, and are hoping for as much participation as possible. The more people get involved, the more money we can raise! Auditions will this Thursday, November 20th from 6PM to 10PM and this Saturday, November 22nd from 10AM to 12PM in Helene Fortunoff Theater (the theater in Monroe). If you would like to sign up for an audition slot, you can sign up here: www.tinyurl.com/HofstraMMRP2014 Women AND men are invited to audition: students, faculty, administration, etc. If you don't want to audition but would still like to help out (which you are invited and encouraged to do), e-mail me, Jackie Bakewell at JBAKEW1@pride.hofstra.edu.The production team and I welcome any and all support, including but not limited to, helping out with fundraising, publicity, or even simply making a donation. Thank you all and I hope to hear from you! Jackie Bakewell, Director

Hofstra Opera Needs Chorus Members for January Opera

Dear Hofstra Singers,

We are looking for more chorus members for our January opera, Die Verschworenen. This is a fully staged production with orchestra, and will be a ton of fun.  It will rehearse over the course of January. The show rehearses in January and performances are January 30, 31st and February 1. We are open to both musical theater and opera singers. If you might be interested in joining the production, we still need singers, SPECIFICALLY MEN.

Please contact the Artistic Director of the opera, Isabel Milenski by October 27th.  imilenski@gmail.com

Thank You,

Isabel Milenski

Opera and Theater Director

Artistic Director, Hofstra University Opera
Artistic Director, Opera Live New York




(917) 284-7912

USITT Sponsors FREE advanced screening of Big Hero 6

Hello Everyone,

This week, USITT was approached by one of the marketing agents at Disney and we have been asked to partner with them to promote their latest movie, Big Hero 6. They will be launching a FREE ADVANCED SCREENING for Hofstra students only on October 29th at 7:30. Please follow the instructions below to claim your tickets. They will be going very fast so respond quickly!! 

Also, stop by our atrium tables beginning next week to get a pumpkin for your pumpkin! We will also be promoting Big Hero 6 in the atrium and have been asked to take promotional photos for Disney!! 

Thank You!

Judy Blazer coming to Hofstra Nov 17 you are invited!!

Hi everyone, 

I will be bringing in Broadway veteran Judy Blazer to work with my Musical Theatre 120 class on Monday, November 17 from 2:20-3:45pm in room 206.  You are ALL invited to come watch her work with the students and even participate in the Q and A session.  Judy is an absolutely brilliant performer, teacher, entrepreneur, not to mention an extraordinary human being.  If you're free, please come join us!! Her bio is below.

Thank you!

Andrew Abrams

Judy Blazer began her career as a young singer in opera, oratorio, and recital in New York City and throughout Italy. She moved into Broadway theater with leading roles in Me and My Girl (Sally), A Change in the Heir (Prince Conrad), Titanic (Lady Caroline), Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway (Cindy) and a major role in LoveMusik (Brecht’s mistress), directed by Harold Prince. 

Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Candide
(the Old Lady) and Sweeney Todd (the Beggar Woman) with the New York
City Opera, Hello Again (as the Nurse, for which she received a Drama
Desk nomination) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Magdalena) for the
Lincoln Center Theater, The Torch Bearers (Florence) for the Drama
Department, Richard Greenberg’s Hurrah at Last (Gia) at the Roundabout

Judy's film credits include song and voice characterizations for the animated films Anastasia (1997), Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997), and Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night (1998), the latter with songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. She also played a major role (Chris) in Shelly Silver's critically acclaimed art film, The Houses that Are Left (1989). On television, Judy has been seen in Law and Order (both as Defense Attorney Simon and as convicted murderer Clara Porazzi), As the World Turns (Ariel), Guiding Light (Marissa), and as a featured artist on three PBS specials: Leonard Bernstein’s New York, In Performance at the White House, and - in March 2012 - Great Performances: The Thomashefskys.

Bi-lingual in Italian and English, Judy has sung and coached in several languages. She wrote the Italian lyrics to Fabrizio's song in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza as well as finalizing all the Italian dialogue in the published book and lyrics. While playing Maria in the Long Wharf Theater's production of Twelfth Night (set in Ischia), Judy also worked as the show's Italian coach and dramaturg; and, most recently (2013), she was the Italian dialect coach for both the Paper Mill Playhouse and the Bay Street Theatre's productions of Lend Me a Tenor.


Greetings from the Black Box

Sunday night (10/12) we had strike for The Motherfucker with the Hat
I had put out the call for volunteers for the strike because a full 75% of my
build crew is cast in Bat Boy and hence, they were called for the tech
rehearsal at the same time as strike.

I was truly taken aback by the number of volunteers that showed up—around 20.  It warms my heart to know that the students of the department cared enough to come out and help.  We have a great citizenry—it would not have happened as quickly or smoothly without your help.

Thanks again to all who showed up and kicked ass!  

With MUCH Appreciation—

Jim Hart

Production Manager

USITT Penny Wars

Hello all!
It's that time of year again - Penny Wars! Penny Wars is USITT's annual
fundraiser where YOU get to choose what costume our president Nic Christopher
will wear for Halloween!
The three costumes you can vote for this year are:

-Sexy Lumberjack

-Slutty Shakespeare

-"Not Good" Mary
The voting box is located in the drama office (on Angela's desk), and will be
there until Thursday, October 30th. All COINS are considered positive points,
and all PAPER MONEY are negative points (EXAMPLE: a nickel is worth +5 points,
a $1 bill is -100 points).
The winner will be announced and Nic will wear the costume ALL DAY on October
You aren't going to want to miss this - so get voting!

-USITT Hofstra Student Chapter


For Royston Coppenger’s Directing class (DR190) to appear in student-directed scenes. Each scene will be rehearsed outside of class and presented in-class twice. The class meets Tuesday and Thursday 11:10 – 12:35 in the Spiegel theater. In order to volunteer you MUST be consistently available during this time.

This is a great way to practice your craft and get to know your fellow Drama and RTVF students. To put yourself on the list of volunteers, please send your contact info (name, email address, and phone number) to Royston at Royston.p.coppenger@hofstra.edu.  Students in the class will contact you depending on their needs.