UMTAD Newsletter: October 19, 2020

'Pippin' (2019) Photo by Dan Norman.
'Pippin' (2019) Photo by Dan Norman.


The BA Theatre Arts program is holding virtual auditions for their spring productions of Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus and Hecuba by Marina Carr.

*Open to any UMN student. You do not have to be a BA Theatre Arts major to audition!

Sign up for an audition slot at the links below
Men on Boats, Oct. 20-21:
Hecuba, Oct. 27-28:

Details of the audition, callbacks, rehearsal process, and performances are described in the sign up links. Please read all of the information before you sign up to audition.

Contact Christine Swartwout at with questions.

2020 BFA Realism Repertory

Thank you to all who attended the 2020 BFA Acting Realism Repertory, performed by the 3rd and 4th year University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater Acting Program companies! 

The 2020 Realism Repertory included performances of: 
Kin by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Addie Gorlin.
Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson, directed by AnaSofía Villanueva.
Trouble In Mind by Alice Childress, directed by James A. Williams.

Follow UMTAD Facebook, Instagram, and website for upcoming production information.

Community Highlights

Our Community Highlights section aims to share a taste of upcoming creative projects by students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Theatre Arts & Dance Department. Current students, alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to share their projects by completing this form.


A Message from USITT - University of Minnesota Student Chapter

Welcome welcome to the one, the only, University of Minnesota USITT Student Chapter! Hopefully by this point you’ve heard quite a bit about us, but if you haven’t, we are your theatre tech club on campus. We’re here to advocate, educate, and network both in the department and with professionals in the Twin Cities. We also foster community and connections among peers and professionals within the university and the industry. Our officer team includes Josh Koser (President), Alexa Lewis (Vice President), Lila Sell (Treasurer), Sarah Hasker (Secretary), and Angie Gagliano (Events Officer).

At the moment, we are coming up with new session ideas more related to our current world. Sessions we have coming up are "Where Are They Now? Meetings With Alumni", "A Zoom Show Roundtable" learn how other theatres are handling zoom theatre, and of course our annual Resume Workshop! We meet on Tuesdays at 6pm via Zoom at this address
Meeting passcode: UMNUSITT20 


COVID Corner

You can now view UMTAD's Fall 2020 COVID-19 Plan at Our reopening plan highlights procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow for social distancing inside our buildings. 

For more on University of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, visit

University of Minnesota Safe Campus
Please visit the Safe Campus website for University-wide news, resources for teaching and learning via alternative instruction, and archives of University system-wide messages.

College of Liberal Arts Neighborhood
Please visit the CLA Neighborhood for CLA-specific updates, info on the CLA COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, and archives of messages from Dean Coleman and the College of Liberal Arts.

COVID-19 Creative Resources

It is our priority to continue to assist students and community members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities to access and engage with the arts, and resources that are unique to those in the creative sector. Check out our compiled list of creative resources.

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