Department of Communication Studies

Past Productions

* indicates a world premiere production

2013-2014

Leftsovers and Station to Station. Conceived and directed by special professional guest performance artists Brianne Waychoff and Ben Powell.

Slammin' at the Interp! Featuring Josh Hamzehee, Melina Gotera, Yaw Kyeremateng, Zora Hurst, Kate Krohn, Christian Roth, and Jerica Crawford.

An Evening of Text Messages. See the "best of the best" from our beginning and advanced performance classes.

Performance! Body! Self! Internationally-acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller will perform excerpts from his work and speak about the role performance plays on constellating identity.

*WASTED. Conceived, written, and directed by Danielle Dick McGeough.

*(Re)orientation. Conceived, written, and directed by Amandajean Nolte with the students of SAVE.

Performance Power Hour! See the "best of the best" from our beginning and advanced performance classes.

 

2012-2013

No Exit (Huis Clos) Written by Jean Paul Sartre. Adapted from the French by Paul Bowles. Designed & Directed by Paul J. Siddens III, Ph.D.

An Evening of Text Messages. See the "best of the best" from our beginning and advanced performance classes.

Shame and Glory. Graduate students perform their work from the Seminar in Performance Studies.

*Convict. Conceived, written, and directed by Joshua Hamzehee.

*Clogging the System. Conceived, written, and directed by Harrison Postler

*Home is Where Your Dog Is. Conceived, written, and directed by Jorge De Leon.

Performance Power Hour! See the "best of the best" from our beginning and advanced performance classes.

 

2011-2012

*Carne Viva in Postville: Stories of Madres and Monarchs. Written and directed by Dr. Jennifer Cooley and Dr. Karen Mitchell.

La Bouile Grande de Masquerade

*Town Hall: Part One. A Sojourn and TEAM theatre residency.

Debate Team Showcase

*Town Hall: Part Two
Brother Wolf. Script by Preston Lane, Music by Laurelyn Dossett, Directed by Emily Eisenman and Dr. Paul Siddens, III.
 
UNI SAVE Forum Actor Showcase. Directed by Amandajean Nolte.
 

2010-2011

UNI Debate Team Special Event

Hearst Lecture Series Special Event. Call it Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography
Written and performance by guest artist Tami L. Spry, St. Cloud State.

The Summoning. Based on the ancient English morality play “The Summoning of Everyman.” Written and Directed by Paul J. Siddens III, Ph.D.

Journey Through the Night. Inspired by Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey.
Conceived and Directed by Angela Glunz
 
For the Love of the Club. Written and Directed by Jocelyn P. Smith

Why, Felly. Written and Directed by Kyle N. Weber

 

2009-2010

Execution of Justice. Directed by Karen S. Mitchell, Ph.D. Written by Emily Mann.
Produced by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Strong Enough for a Woman, Gentle Enough for a Man. Directed by Paul J. Siddens III, Ph.D. Assistant. Directed by Jocelyn P. Smith and Kyle N. Weber. Created by Paul Siddens and the Fall 2009 Graduate Seminar in Performance Studies Seminar.

The Air that I Breathe. Written, Directed and Performed by Special Guest Artist Leah White, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communication Studies Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In the Ali Way. Written, Performed and Directed by Ali Rae Horsted (A Senior Honors Creative Thesis Project).

Reefer Madness. Directed by Rachelle Saunders. Written by Joe Landry. Produced by arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Speech and Debate Team Showcase.

UNI Debate Team Special Event.

 

2008-2009

*Barry Gifford’s Wild at Heart. Adapted, Directed, Designed and Technical Direction by Dr. Paul Siddens, UNI Associate Professor of Communication Studies. 

Until Someone Wakes Up. Conceived by Carolyn Levy. Directed by Emily Anne Griffin, UNI undergraduate student. 

*Daddy’s Little Girl. Conceived, written and directed by Amandajean Nolte, UNI Adjunct Professor of Performance Studies. 

The Mating Game. Save Forum Actors performance co-directed by Dr. Karen Mitchell, UNI Professor of Communication Studies and Amandajean Nolte, UNI Adjunct Professor of Performance Studies.

Sex across the curriculum. Written and directed by guest artist Dr. Jennifer Tuder, St. Cloud State University.     

       

2007-2008

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: A Series of Improvisational Events. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math. 

43 Plays for 43 Presidents. Written by Andy Bayietes, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg. Co-directed by Ren Waddell and Aaron Hoose, UNI undergraduate students.

Dead White Males. Written by William Missouri Downs. Directed by Emily Eisenman, UNI undergraduate student (Presidential Scholars Undergraduate thesis performance project). 

We, the People. Stories from the Cedar Valley’s Newest Immigrants. Written and performed by graduate seminar students. Directed by Karen S. Mitchell, Ph.D. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: as illustrated by  Jessica Walstrom. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.           

*Triumphant Love: A Chamber Opera. Written and staged by Dr. Paul Siddens, UNI Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Librettist and Dr. Alan Schmitz, UNI Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Composer.

 

2006-2007

Nickle and Dimed. Written by Barbara Ehrenreich. Directed by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UNI Professor of Performance Studies. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: A Wonderful Evening of Improvisational Whimsy for Ladies and Gentlemen. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

Audience Assemble!!! Looking at Comic Books in New Ways. Produced by Dr. Paul J. Siddens III, UNI Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Featured Tim Uren, a professional performance artist from Minneapolis, MN and Dr. Harry Brod, UNI Professor of Philosophy.

*Telling My Way Home. Written, performed and directed by Danielle McKeough, UNI graduate student (Performance Studies graduate thesis project). 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Gorilla theatre. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.    

Northern Plains Performance Festival. Arrested Voices: Performance in Prisons. Co-Produced by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UN I Professor of Performance Studies and Dr. Paul J. Siddens III, UNI Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass. Written, performed and directed by Ashley Miller. Guest Performance Artist: University of North Carolina.

Good Eats!. Written, performed and directed by Chris Collins. Guest Performance Artist: Southern Illinois University.

 

2005-2006

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Gorilla theatre. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.    

Dead Man Walking. Written by Tim Robbins. Directed by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UNI Professor of Performance Studies. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: A Swinging Freestyle Jamboree!. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.     

*Bible Beater/Bra Burner. Written and directed by Jennifer Freitag, UNI graduate student. (Performance Studies graduate thesis project).

 

2004-2005

Dracula. Written by Tom Clapp. Directed by Nick Jensen UNI graduate student. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Eternal sunshine of the improv mind. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Improv Rain. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

Beat: a play on words. Written by Kelly Groves Directed by Amandajean Freking, UNI undergraduate student. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Gorilla theatre. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

 

2003-2004

*Voices of freedom: Brazilian slave narratives. Written and directed by . Dr. Robert Krueger, UNI Department of Modern Languages.

*In-Verse: A poetry slam. Written and directed by Katie Fredericks, UNI undergraduate student. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Lorem improv dolor. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

*The streets are burning: The Chicago eight conspiracy trial. Written and directed by Emily Josephson (UNI graduate student, Performance Studies graduate thesis project). 

An evening of performance art: Women and hysteria. Written and performed by Brianne Wychoff, UNI undergraduate student. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Gorilla theatre. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math. 

*Barbie undone. Written and directed by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UNI  Professor of 
Performance Studies.

 

2002-2003

Grand Isle stories. Written and directed by Dr. Dennis Doyle. Guest artist: Central College, Pella, Iowa. 

*Just living: White men challenging racism. Adapted and directed by Jana Gymer and Lucas Messer, UNI graduate student.

A sixties happening. Class project directed by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UNI Professor of 
Performance Studies. 

Vagina Monologues. Written by Eve Ensler. Directed by Dr. Leah White, UNI 
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.

Vonnegut cubed. Directed by Emily Josephson, UNI graduate student, Steve Mandelko and Patrick Shannahan, UNI undergraduate students. 

Half-masted 3.2: Improv Comedy Troupe: Hilarious Hijinx. Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw, UNI Department of Math.

Excerpts from voices in the rain. Written, directed and performed by Michael Keck. Professional guest performance artist, NYC.

 

2001-2002

*Writing against your text: Exploring the self through original texts. Written, compiled, directed, designed and Technical Direction by Dr. Paul J. Siddens III, UNI Associate Professor of Communication Studies. 

Performing in the borders: Interrogating our internal differences.

Identifiable marks. Written, performed and directed by Brian Davis, UNI graduate student (Performance Studies graduate thesis project). 

*Safe passage. Written and directed by Elvinet Wilson, UNI graduate student. 

*Extra-curricular: A novel of rape on campus. Written by Anne Hasselbrack.  Directed by Dr. Karen S. Mitchell, UNI Professor of Communication Studies.