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High school theatre workshop at Marywood University to focus on behind-the-scenes tech jobs

High school theatre workshop at Marywood University to focus on behind-the-scenes tech jobs
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From a press release:

The Marywood University Theatre Program will conduct a workshop titled “The Hidden Path: A Way Into Theatre” that focuses on the workers behind-the-scenes of a production on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts (2300 Adams Ave., Scranton).

A description of the workshop follows:

Most often, high school workshops are offered for performers – actors, dancers, and singers – but because Marywood equally values the backbreaking work of the techie, the unsung hero of production, this is a workshop for techies. We also realize that for many, technical theatre is the entry job into the industry, even for performers. Therefore, this workshop is for performers as well as the forgotten techie: to introduce students to what tech jobs entail, to explain what a satisfying career technical theatre can be, and to demonstrate that it can be the hidden path into the theatre industry. You don’t need to have technical skills to participate, just curiosity and respect for the play that goes on backstage.

Workshop presenters are members of the faculty and staff of the Marywood theatre program: Judy Snyder, production manager and scenic designer; Patrick Toomey, technical director and sound designer; Robert Lozada, lighting designer; and Mary Ann Swords-Greene, costume and makeup designer. Additional participants are three alumnae of the Marywood program whose professional work in the theatre industry run the gamut of performer, technician, stage manager, administrator, and teacher. Alumnae participants are John Fasulo, Michelle Summers, and Marybeth Langdon.

There is a $15 fee, which includes lunch.

For more information about the workshop and registration, contact Interim Theatre Program Director Dr. Paulette Merchel at or call 570-862-3615.

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