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Mock Production Project 2020

The Mock Production Project was developed in the Fall of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations it imposed on theatrical production work. The Department of Performing Arts, looking for ways to keep students safe while staying true to our core values of discovery, collaboration, skills, mentorship, and future opportunities, created this project.

At the outset of the project students were assigned to a production team composed of five students and one professional guest artist from the SE Michigan theatre community. Each student on the production team was given a specific role, such as Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, or Dramaturg. Over the course of 6 weeks, students collaborated with their production team to determine a cohesive design approach, conduct production analysis and research, and create written work, production paperwork, and final designs. Each week students gathered on Zoom to present their work to the team, receive feedback, and solve problems creatively.

Throughout the project the professional guest artists challenged students to think critically about the script, make practical and creative choices, and present their choices with both confidence and flexibility. Professional Mentors for each production area (costumes, lighting, dramaturgy, etc.) met with students to teach technical skills and provide feedback about their work. 

This project helped our students to discover a new and deeper understanding of the production process, make connections with local professionals that will lead to future opportunities, and cultivate a respect for all members of the production team. We are so proud of the work that our students did on this project, and we are excited to share it with you

Students will also have the opportunity to submit their work to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region 3 Festival. Work that is submitted will be adjudicated by professional artists from across the Midwest and considered for several different awards. 

- Director and Assistant Professor Mary Liz Valesano  

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    Dracula adapted by William McNulty

    Dracula Header Image

    Dracula Program
    Dracula Dramaturg Research
    Dracula Design Video
    Dracula Stage Manager
    Dracula Monologue One
    Dracula Monologue Two
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    The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

    Imaginary Invalid Header

    Imaginary Program
    Imaginary Dramatrugy
    Imaginary Design Video
    Imaginary Stage Manger
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    The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guiris

    Last Days Header

    Judas Program
    Judas Dramaturgy
    Judas Design Video
    Judas Stage Manager
    Judas Acting Monologuy

Student Testimonials

“My guest artist was very creative and created an atmosphere where we could explore all of the possibilities. I liked being able to explore a futuristic world and imagine how such an old play can apply to the future of New Orleans.” – Nina Carlson

“The entire process of developing the design and the production meetings were probably the most helpful. It was good to work through a conceptual aesthetic, to research, rough and revised sketches, and finally renderings. The production meetings were helpful because it provided insight of what it is like to work as a designer in a show in relation to a director and to the other designers and production team members.” – Amelia Rose Glenn
“The project provided me with insight into the production process from a technical perspective. It brought new aspects of production into my awareness.” – Mason Modzelewski
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