Our Performance Curriculum is based in Stanislavski methodology while combining a variety of techniques in acting theory, movement, and voice. Through course work, production experience, and practical application, students gain a strong foundation in performance theory while broadening their perspective on the arts across media and cultures. The Design and Production Curriculum applies classic art and design techniques with new technologies to help students find their own path in conceptualizing stage designs in Costuming, Scenery, Lighting, and Sound.
At Jewell Theatre the word “Company” is central. Since becoming the Producing Director of Theatre, I decided we needed a way to describe this group of artists that come together to create theatre, so we identify ourselves as Jewell Theatre Company. This allows us to communicate that we are a group of artists that has great respect for each other and works together to produce quality live theatre for our audiences. Students who elect to major or minor in Theatre are simultaneously part of the company, but they are not the only ones who enjoy the benefits. We have students from many majors who join the company because they love and appreciate theatre. All are welcome to audition for our shows, work on our crews, try for talent scholarships or apply for jobs in the Federal Work-Study program. We are open to collaborating with artists of all levels of skill.
- Our faculty plans a season of performances that is both meaningful and challenging for our company and audiences. Students are exposed to a variety of genres of plays and musicals from year to year.
- Our students work independently of the mainstage shows in our season on their own creative endeavors. They lead groups that provide other outlets for those who want to perform, direct or design, such as 24 Hour Theatre and 10-minute play series. Senior theatre majors produce their own full-length performance as their capstone project, putting into practice all they have learned in the curriculum.
- Members of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honorary organization for college students, generates programs that include movie nights, lip sync battles and their own designated performance. Jewell’s APO chapter was created more than 60 years.
- Students interested in film production can create short films and present them in the theater auditorium. Pryor Learning Commons has production studio facilities and video and audio editing suites for students to use for this purpose!
- Garnett Peters Theater is Jewell Theatre’s performance venue on campus. In a regular proscenium configuration, it seats 230 audience members, but the facility can be changed to allow for theatre in the round, three-quarter thrust or alleyperformance configurations. We frequently update our equipment so students are using the industry standard in scenery, costume, sound and lighting technologies. Recently we acquired a new ETC ION light board Behringer X32 sound mixing board. The Scene and Costume Shops are outfitted with nearly every tool students need to construct sets or costumes. The Trotter Arts Plaza just outside our building is an outdoor amphitheater performance space that welcomes students to perform whenever they choose.
- Our company guidebook, a free downloadable iBook, can be found at the itunes store. It includes a 25-year comprehensive list of what our graduates are doing today.
- Invited workshop presenters, attendance to Kansas City theatre events and a vibrant college arts community are all part of what welcomes students whoe choose to join the company.
I hope you’ll consider joining us for a show, and we welcome you to stop in for a visit! We’d love to tour you around and find a way to make you part of the company!
– Nathan A. Wyman, Producing Director of Jewell Theatre Company