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Writing and theatre students at Loyola collaborate to produce two evenings of 10-minute plays

April 25, 2008

Students enrolled in the English 415: Writing Dialogue class at Loyola University New Orleans will have the opportunity to hear and see their words come to life with the help of theatre arts and dance students. Several short plays, based on students’ submissions and directed by visiting assistant professor of theatre arts C. Patrick Gendusa, will be shown in two performances in Marquette Theatre on Wednesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The project is a collaborative effort between the department of English and the department of theatre arts and dance. John Biguenet, professor of English, approached Gendusa about the project as a way to give his students a chance to see their work performed.

According to Gendusa, this is a win-win situation for both departments. “Biguenet’s students are absolutely brilliant writers and this collaboration is creating a meaningful experience for my students. This is an excellent opportunity for my students to get the true meaning of the plays by working one-on-one with the different playwrights,” Gendusa said.

Students who will have their play performed include Ayana Olatunji, junior English major from Gainsville, Fla.; Mary Sink, senior English major from Chapel Hill, N.C.; Monica Anderson, senior English major from Dallas, Texas; Mia Farmer, junior English major from Metairie, La.; Camille Boever, senior English major from Eureka, Mo.; Erick Piller, junior English major from Baton Rouge, La.; Jessica Kinnison, senior mass communication major from Flora, Miss.; Amanda Garcia, junior English major from Miami, Fla.; Mary Pendarvis, senior mass communication major from Salem, Va.; Kathryn Kelsch, senior English major from Houston, Texas; Zachary Custer, senior English major from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rachel Crosbie, senior English major from Haddenfield, N.J.; Tey Stiteler, senior English major from Somerset, Pa.; and Anne Favrot, from New Orleans, La.

Theatre students that will participate in the plays are Lewis Baker, psychology junior from Oklahoma City, Okla.; Adrienne Burns, theatre arts junior from Metairie, La.; Caitlin Clifford, mass communication senior from Hamel, Minn.; Tracy Cochran, theatre arts junior from Arabi, La.; Andy Niemann, psychology junior from Gretna, La.; and Gabi Rivera, mass communication junior from Caguas, Puerto Rico.

The English 415: Writing Dialogue class examines advanced topics in creative dialogue writing paying special attention to contemporary writing trends. In addition to writing their own work, students read extensively and analyze various dialogue examples.

For more information, contact John Biguenet at biguenet@loyno.edu or (504) 865-2474.

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