Cathy Hurst, professor, and John Paul Devlin, associate professor of fine arts/theatre, accompanied 18 Saint Michael's College students to the regional Kennedy Center American Theater Festival in Hyannis, MA, Jan. 26 - Feb.1, with students competing and submitting work in a wide variety of categories, from partner scene-acting to stage management, directing and musical theatre; one student also was administration intern for the festival. Cathy received awards for excellence in directing the acting ensemble for Saint Michael’s productions of Proof and Godspell; she also took home the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion Award for “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre” -- the most prestigious award given by KCACTF among the top theatre-education honors. She is Immediate Past Chair of KCACTF, Region 1. John is one of two first-year regional co-chairs for the event and weather made this festival a “baptism by blizzard.” Eleven hundred students and faculty were pre-registered with most scheduled to arrive on Tuesday--the day of the 24-hour travel ban/blizzard in Massachusetts. John and Paul led the 20-member regional board in reconfiguring the festival schedule to accommodate all the late arrivals without depriving them of opportunities to audition or display their work. They also coordinated the relocation of four of the six productions invited to the festival when the venues intended for them were closed due to snow. In a testament to regional resilience, only 38 registrants cancelled.
(posted April 2015)
John Paul Devlin, associate professor of fine arts/theater, served as Production Manager for the Saint Michael's Playhouse this summer, supervising the work of 21 professional staff and interns including seven Saint Michael's students: Mary Jo Rodriguez '13, Katelyn Whitman '14, Shannon Carroll '15, Dee-Jai Cowles '15, Grace Scanlon '15, Julia Bianconi '15, and Lexi Goyette '16. In addition to these duties, John designed lighting for Fiddler on the Roof, and settings for Tuesdays with Morrie and Rumors. On September 20, he will be walking with members of the Drama Club and his daughter Kat in the annual Light the Night walk fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Drama Club members began the tradition in honor of Patrick Devlin who died of leukemia in 2009. Members provide a lot of volunteer organizational help on the day of the event and have led the walk, carrying the banner in each of the last four years.
John Paul Devlin, associate professor of fine arts, recently designed lighting for the Vermont Stage production of Time Stands Still and built the scenery for 4000 Miles. He also just returned from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology convention in Milwaukee, WI, where he represented the leadership of Design, Technology and Management for Region One of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (New England and Eastern New York). In addition to several working meetings for KCACTF, he was on a panel presentation entitled "State of the Art: Design Technology and Management." And he also participated in the USITT/New England and New York Metro area working meetings and the Education Commission working meetings planning for future conferences.
Fine Arts/Theatre Professor Cathy Hurst and Associate Professor John Paul Devlin accompanied 18 students to the regional Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Hyannis, MA during the week of January 29 - February 2. Marla Caram '13, Dustin Kenyon '15, Zachary Pesner '15 and Michelle Kazanowski '15 competed with their scene partnersm Richard Bernache '16, Ben Lane '16, Jill Holland '15 and Evyn Whiteley '15, in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition. Alan Hefferon '14 submitted his video projection design from the college production of APPetite for award consideration, Julia Grace Scanlon '15 submitted her stage management book for APPetite and advanced to the final round of competition. Shannon Carroll '15 served as an Arts Administration Intern for the festival. Ashley James '15 was cast in a role in an original 10-minute play which was presented at the festival, and Cathy Hurst and Kit Rivers '14 received awards for excellence in Co-Directing APPetite at Saint Michael's. There were 1100 student, faculty and local participants at the festival. Cathy Hurst is Co-Chair of KCACTF of Region I (New England and eastern New York) and John Paul Devlin is Co-Vice Chair of the region. Both coordinated planning for festival transportation, booking venues, scheduling programming and accommodating visiting professionals from across the country who participated in the festival as respondents to student work.