All Michigan Tech students have one thing in common: Tenacity. They know how to work hard and be successful. Among them is Henry Sendek, an Audio Production and Technology student. Adding on to his full class schedule and on-campus events, Henry’s major requires him to attend four conferences throughout his time at Michigan Tech: two as an attendee and two as a presenter. These conferences are incredible networking and learning opportunities. They are the job fairs of Visual and Performing Arts departments around the country.
Learn more about Career Service’s featured VPA Student, Henry Sendek.
Taking advantage of her sound design major with a focus in productions, Samantha Palumbo worked on eight (and counting!) productions in the past three years at Michigan Tech.
She says, “One of the great things about Tech’s undergraduate program is the Visual and Performing Arts Department allows students to work hands-on from the beginning… That’s why I love going to school here. You can have a wide range of jobs on different productions.”
Samantha has worked a variety of positions – from hanging lights to being in charge of painting sets. After taking the Scenic Art and Illustration class, Samantha was the Scenic Charge Artist for Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Read more about Samantha’s experience through Career Services.
Lily Wang will lead a workshop on “Designing a Modular Stage Shell Ceiling” on the Rozsa Center Stage. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1. In the afternoon, students will form teams and come up with design ideas for the modular ceiling. The workshop will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, when student teams will present their design ideas. Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the workshop.
Wang will also present a lecture on “Theater Design Considerations.” Her visit is co-sponsored by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, and the departments of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Visual and Performing Arts.
Wang is a professor in the, and associate dean for graduate programs and faculty development in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Her primary research interests are in room acoustics and noise control. Wang’s research group’s work on human perception and performance in noise, classroom acoustics, uncertainty in acoustic measurements and room acoustics computer modeling has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, among others.
Kent Cyr was recognized at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III with a faculty service award for Innovative Teaching. The KCACTF Region III festival was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, January 9-14 at the University of Indianapolis. The goal of the festival is to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.
Also, a number of our Visual and Performing Arts students were recognized. Congratulations!
Student consults with other designers, dramaturg, and director to create a key scene in a play, prepare initial sketches, basic ground plan/rendering, and discusses how the design illustrates personal ideas and production intention/concept.
- Hunter Storie (Scene Design) and Ethan Troyer (Dramaturgy) Most Wretched Deathbed Dreams of Edgar Allen Poe
Regional Design Projects
Regional Design Projects are intended to serve Region III student designers with the opportunity to showcase their work for non-realized design projects, and to receive a response to their work that will help them improve their design skills and grow as designers. Seven students presented in Sound Design and two in Costume Design.
- Sarah Calvert (Winner), His Dark Materials, Sound Design
- Noah Schumaker (Finalist), Insurrection, Sound Design
- David Brown (Finalist), Galileo, Sound Design
Realized Design Projects
National-eligible for consideration in all design areas. Winners are invited to present at the Kennedy Center National Festival in April. Three students participated and two were finalists.
- Chris Wilson (Finalist), Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Music Composition
- Alex Weber (Finalist), West Side Story, Lighting Design
Tech Olympics Individual Best Times
Performance is judged on time and/or accuracy in setup, skill, and performance.
- Kity Williams and Brendan Espinosa, Sound
- Ryan Nickolas and Hunter Stori, Lighting
- Alex Weber and Jack Horrigan, Knots
- Lexa Walker and Jason Scott, Costumes and Props
The Games of The Technological Olympiad Overall
- Alex Weber and Jack Horrigan, Third Place
- Ryan Nickolas and Hunter Storie, Second Place
- Lexa Walker and Jason Scott, First Place