In the Spring semester of 2010, theatre professor Beth Turcotte directed a Virginia Ball Center immersive learning seminar in which she and fourteen undergraduate students worked to write and produce a musical based on Ball State English professor Cathy Day’s book, The Circus in Winter. Since its beginnings, the musical has gone on to the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington D.C., where it won many distinctions, including “Outstanding Production of a New Work,” “Outstanding Director of a New Work,” and “Outstanding Scenic Design,” before being selected as one of only eight musicals for inclusion in the NAMT festival. Now, The Circus in Winter musical will be performed in regional theatres across the country with the hopes of being produced as a Broadway musical in a few short years. Follow the link below to read a Stage Magazine article about the musical including an extensive interview with Beth Turcotte, Ben Clark, and Cathy Day:
In continuation with our new faculty profiles, this week the Ball State English Department features Dr. Andrea Wolfe. Continue reading to see Andrea’s interview conducted by English Department intern Nakkia Patrick. Also, be sure to read the previous posts featuring new faculty members Dr. Miranda Nesler, Dr. Maria Windell, Prof. Liz Whiteacre, and Prof. John King.
How did you get interested in 20th century American literature?
I think that I was just interested in doing literature that was contemporary to my culture; the culture that I lived in. I wanted to examine the culture that was around me. I wanted to know my own culture and where I lived.
Each summer, universities across the country play host to summer publishing programs. These intensive programs last approximately 4-6 weeks and focus on many areas of publishing such as editing, marketing, design, sales, and digital media among others. This past summer, Ball State English alumna Madisen Ray was granted the opportunity to attend one of these publishing programs hosted by the University of Denver. Continue below to read about Madisen’s experience at the University of Denver Publishing Institute as well as the program’s impact on her future.