The Inaugural Blog Post of Dr. Steve Taft

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have never ever blogged before, but there is a first time for everything so here it goes.  I had an interesting Saturday this past weekend serving as a guest Critic in Ensemble Acting at the IHSSA Festival hosted by Iowa State University. What is apparent is that there is a tremendous amount of talent throughout Iowa as I saw twenty scenes filled with many talented actors.  The experience shows that actors can be utterly captivating, incredibly comical, and hear-a-pin-drop heart-wrenching with only one table and up to six chairs to work with.  No lights, sets, props, costumes or sound.  For most, they relied on a good choice of material and their talent.  Dubuque Senior received the All-State Critics Choice for Doubt.  By the way, Waterloo West High School received the All-State Critic’s Choice for Musical Theatre!

I spent much of Sunday re-editing a video for my online TAS class and getting ready for a busy week as I prepare to head to Atlanta next week for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and a presentation on you guessed it, “Embracing Technology and Teaching Theatre Online”.

It’s a busy week for the department as we head towards the opening of On the Verge and yet students, faculty, and staff will continue to balance classes, work, and other commitments.  Break-a-leg to all.  It was nice to see the On the Verge pre-show article (and photo) in Sunday’s Waterloo Courier as well.

Well, that’s it for now.  Have a great day.

Steve Taft

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