Communication & Theatre

Communication professor makes mentorship matter

The Silver Circle is one of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences [NATAS] most prestigious awards, honoring a lifetime of dedication to the television industry. PLU Communication Professor Joanne Lisosky will be inducted into this prestigious circle on June 6, 2015. Nominees for this honor must have at least 25 years experience in a performing, creative, technical, production, management,…

From Broadway to Hollywood and now, PLU, “Into the Woods” hits the Eastvold Stage May 8

Into the Woods, by James Lapine and Steven Sondheim, brings classic storybook characters together for a Tony Award-winning musical. This musical fairytale mashup entwines stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstock, Little Red Riding Hood, and the baker and his wife into a not-so-happily-ever-after that is a treat for the eyes and the ears. These characters come together May…

Forensics expert to give notable presentation on campus

Renowned argumentation scholar David Zarefsky will bring his expertise to Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to speak on “Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate” on Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theater of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In the book under the same name, Zarefsky examines the dynamics of…

Justin Huertas’ “Semi-Autobiographical” Musical Premieres at the Seattle Repertory Theatre

Justin Huertas graduated almost six years ago, in 2009, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Now, he is in Lizard Boy at the Seattle Repertory Theatre — a show he wrote, composed and stars in. “I didn’t actually believe it was true,” Huertas said, regarding his show being in the theatre’s spring season, “until the marketing department [at the Seattle Rep] sent…

‘Dance 2015′ will be the last performance under Dance Director’s tenure

The annual dance concert, Dance 2015, once again leaps onto the stage of Eastvold Auditorium on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm. This year’s concert will be Associate Professor and Dance 2015 Director Maureen McGill’s last show after 35 years. Dance 2015 is a repertory concert comprised of dances created by PLU student choreographers, PLU’s Dance Team, special…

Campus premiere of MediaLab’s award-winning documentary – April 23

MediaLab’s award-winning documentary, Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation is premiering on Pacific Lutheran University’s campus April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theater attached to the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The documentary was produced and filmed by senior Communication majors Amanda Brasgalla ‘15, Taylor Lunka ‘15 and Olivia Ash ’15, who are all…

Studio Theater production shows a dark side

On April 17 and 18 at 7:30pm, PLU senior Cameron Waters brings to life playwright Tracy Letts’ Bug, a tale of paranoia and conspiracy that is riveting, exciting, and thoroughly entertaining. Bug follows Agnes, a lonely waitress, who isolates herself in the hopes of avoiding her abusive ex-husband. When she’s introduced to Peter, she can’t help connecting. “I instantly fell…

Communication faculty publish paper exploring the rhetoric of food

Amy Young and Justin Eckstein published two pieces in the February 2015 edition of Communication & Critical/Cultural studies, one of the top journals in the communication field, and the articles are quite tasty. The duo has put together a special forum on rhetoric and food. The first paper entitled “Rhetoric & Foodways” outlines the potential for a rhetorical examination of…

Did you know intellectuals are lousy at talking about their work?  

What comes to mind when you think of the word “intellectual”? If you type “intellectuals are” into Google, the top three responses are “stupid,” “useless,” and “annoying.” Dr. Amy Young, professor of communication, argues that the fault lies with the intellectuals themselves at the TEDxTacoma event on Saturday, March 21 at 3pm. “I would argue, we seem irrelevant because we…

Steel Magnolias opens March 5 in the Studio Theater

With a stream of hairspray PLU will enter the 80’s for the spring production of Steel Magnolias. The production runs for two weekends in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theater, March 5 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. The play, set in a small town in Louisiana, features…