New Writers Festival, Film/Video Showcase this week

March 21, 2012 | Arts, UToday
By Angela Riddel

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will feature two events highlighting the work of its students this week.

This will be the first year for the New Writers Festival Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. Admission is free.

Four original student works will be presented as staged readings performed by student actors who participated in the Irene Ryan Audition competition at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January. Two of the readings will be stage plays, and two will be screenplays. Each reading will be no more than 10 minutes in length.

In addition, the student actors will reprise their audition pieces from the festival.

The 15th Annual Film/Video Showcase will be held Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

The best student films from a juried competition will be screened.

“This showcase is our version of the Oscars for aspiring filmmakers,” said James Hill, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Film. “It is a night when theatre and film majors put on their best attire and applaud the work of their fellow artists.”

Tickets — $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for all others — and will be available at the door.

An after party/reception will be held in Center for Performing Arts Room 1039.

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