Kennesaw State University partners with Serenbe Playhouse
Faculty and students collaborate with local theatre company
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Harrison Long (left) and Brian Clowdus
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 10, 2013) —
Kennesaw State's theatre students and faculty have a unique new opportunity to learn and practice their craft through the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies' exciting partnership with local Atlanta theatre company Serenbe Playhouse. The partnership, fostered by Associate Professor Harrison Long and Serenbe Playhouse Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Brian Clowdus, will allow for continued collaboration between the two theatres.
The partnership began last year when KSU’s production of “Splittin’ the Raft” performed on the Serenbe stage, and since then The KSU Tellers have also performed there and several theatre students have worked as interns. This summer, KSU students and recent alums will serve in a greater capacity in almost all areas of production. Lauren Rondone will serve as a set design intern, Amy Haberer as an arts admin intern, Travis Seminara as a lighting design intern, Nicole Clockel as a costume design intern and Samantha Tarr as a stage management intern.
KSU faculty are also involved in this summer’s shows, with Long as director and Instructor Allan Edwards as lead actor in “A Walk in the Woods.”
Associate Professor Jamie Bullins is also serving as a set and costume designer.
The partnership will prove beneficial to both KSU and Serenbe, as students gain valuable experience and Serenbe benefits from their developing talents. “It is always a boon for our department when students can exercise their craft alongside local professionals with acclaimed local companies such as Serenbe,” says Long. “We hope that Serenbe will benefit from their extraordinary talent, energy and dedication, the traits we are gaining a reputation for in the local theatre community.”
Serenbe Playhouse, located in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., approximately 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, was founded in 2009 by Clowdus, an accomplished actor, educator, director and producer. Serenbe is a professional theatre committed to site-specific performances and programs that connect art, nature and community. All of Serenbe's productions are performed outdoors, and they maintain a commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
This summer’s productions include “The Velveteen Rabbit,” “A Walk in the Woods” and “HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.” “This is our biggest and boldest season to date, and I know we couldn’t do it without our KSU partnership,” Clowdus says. “I can’t speak more highly about the caliber of talent with students and faculty at KSU, and I envision this partnership becoming more and more defined in future seasons.”
For more information about Serenbe Playhouse and to buy tickets to upcoming productions, visit their website or contact their box office at (770) 463-1110.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.