Suffolk Arts + Sciences - Premiere Issue 2007 - (Page 34)
have been encouraged to put themselves in a place of self-reliance and make something out of nothing.” The entrepreneurial spirit of the Department can be seen in any number of its students—in Theo Goodell, rehearsing his original play for the upcoming Spring Showcase in the Studio Theatre; in Erin Schrutt, preparing for a national open call audition with Savick in his office; in Brian Liberge, reviewing the principles of design with Chambers; and in Rachel Kelsey, spending the summer working with Cornerstone Theatre Company on an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a working-class community in California. The list goes on. LOOKINg FORwARd In addition to space, the University supported an expansion of the faculty and staff. The results have been astounding. Ten years ago, Plotkins taught six classes and only eight students majored or minored in theatre. Today, 17 faculty members (including adjuncts) teach 35 classes and 87 students declare a theatre major or minor. The Department now requires more classroom, rehearsal and performance space than the Studio can provide alone. Left: The Theatre Department weekly staff meeting gathers in Dr. Marilyn Plotkins’ (center) office. Clockwise from top: Dr. Marilyn Plotkins, Professor Richard Chambers, Natalie Wombwell, Jim Bernhardt, Steve McIntosh, Nora Long, Wayne Chin (unseen), Professor Wesley Savick (unseen), Jim Kaufman. Below: The Theatre Department strives to provide individual attention and mentoring to all of its students. Here, Dr. Marilyn Plotkins learns about senior Jonathan Orsini’s exploits in auditioning.  SUFFOLKARTS+SCIENCES//2007 ALUMNI MAGAzINE
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