Lauren Frautschi ’18 as Nora in Assistance
ach time we gather with our students to teach and learn, each time we dim the lights to begin a performance for our audience, each time we discuss our work with our patrons in a lecture, seminar, or conversation, we are harnessing the power of the theatre to make a difference in the world. The impact of our work can be seen in the growth of our students, the loyalty of our audience, the generosity of our donors, the success of our alumni, and the rich cultural life our community. When we create plays and musicals with our students, we accompany them on a journey that allows them the richest means to learn the art and craft of our discipline. They learn the physical aspects of embodying our work and creating a world for the play, the intellectual rigor of analyzing text and the writer’s intent, the emotional demands of creating truth and vulnerability on the stage, and the practicalities of producing theatre in today’s complex world. Our students also learn how to lead and how to follow, how to manage their time, how to juggle competing priorities, how to mitigate challenging situations, and how to collaborate successfully with others. They come to know the power of creating something larger than themselves— work that can have a profound impact on the world. When our students graduate, they know themselves better because of the long and circuitous path they have traveled through our classrooms, studios, shops, rehearsal and performance spaces. We are in the business of teaching and creating theatre but, in truth, we are in the business of helping our students create extraordinary lives for themselves. When we look back at the 2016-17 season, we are so proud of what we have accomplished. We are engaging with our alumni and audience through innovative programs, growing by every measure, and building a certain future for UMW Theatre that will have a lasting impact on our students and the greater Fredericksburg community. Thank you for believing in us. We are so grateful.
Gregg Stull Professor and Chair Department of Theatre & Dance
COVER: Neal Gallini-Burdick ’19 in Macbeth