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FACULTY/STAFF NEWSLETTER Volume 33, Number 8, November 2012 ‘King Lear’ production sparked by partnership I N S I D E by Beth Stafford 2012-2013 50THANNIVERSARY! 3 SARUP selects 2013 Urban Edge winner Alan Magayne-Roshak TCARE Navigator is new UWM startup 13 13 Your mom called: Will you Facebook or call back? 19 “Bringing it Home” salutes veterans Nov. 12-16 Walk Wisconsin Challenge Meet the 2012 Fall Award winners Another eclectic exhibition via Nohl Fellowships Panther Prowl pics, prizes Wearing rehearsal costumes and sporting imaginary hats, theatre students rehearse “Lear” in Mitchell Hall. (Mark Puchinsky and John Glowacki are fourth and fifth from the left.) T he Department of Theatre in the Peck School of the Arts presents William Shakespeare’s ”The Tragedy of King Lear,” Nov. 14-18, as the next step in a groundbreaking partnership with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. This unique production also is part of UWM’s Year of the Arts celebration. Associate Professor Rebecca Holderness directed “King Lear” for Shakespeare & Company’s mainstage 2012 summer season. Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick played Lear, while Associate Professor Bill Watson portrayed Cornwall. Several Theatre Department students understudied roles in the production, working alongside Shakespeare & Company’s professional actors. That production is now being remounted at the UWM Mainstage Theatre. Krausnick is reprising the role of Lear, with the students playing the roles they understudied this summer. Watson plays the role of Gloucester, while lecturer and well-known actor Jim Tasse portrays Kent. STUDENTS REAP BENEFITS OF PARTNERSHIP Theatre student John Glowacki plays Edmund in UWM’s “King Lear.” After participating in an intensive Shakespeare & Company workshop held at UWM in spring 2011, he was invited to attend the company’s five-week Summer Training Institute in Lenox that summer. “At this point in my life I’m still trying to figure out all sorts of things,” says Glowacki. But during his time with Shakespeare & Company, Glowacki 1 • UWM REPORT • November 2012 discovered “who we are as people deeply affects our acting. As teachers, the members of the company used Shakespeare to help you work through the things you were encountering in your own life — almost like a working therapy session.” Glowacki says he learned to tap into his emotions for his acting. “We all have defense mechanisms that keep our emotions in check. By releasing those feelings and using them in my acting, I’m adding to my emotive tool belt.” Glowacki watched company artists contribute to Shakespeare & Company in multiple ways, building a sense of community and mutual support. “Then,” Glowacki says, “they would blow my mind with their evening performances. It all reinforced the drive that acting requires. Dennis Krausnick [King Lear] was one of my main teachers. He talks about ‘passion’ as the number one thing that an actor needs and how it drives the whole process.” Mark Puchinsky, also a senior in the BFA theatre program, attended the same 2011 training program in Lenox and portrays Edgar in UWM’s “King Lear.” Puchinsky says he learned to “say yes” while in the training program. “Before, I would question what I was doing and I would hit a wall. I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone, even if I think it might take me somewhere I don’t want to go. I’ve realized that I usually end up in a good place, as long as I stay open.” Puchinsky says he has learned to listen to others – both in and out of a scene. “It’s important to truly engage with the feedback you receive.” Continued on page 3 . . .

UWM Report - November 2012

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