2018 National Meeting Report
We are just back from the 2018 National Meeting in Mobile, AL, and there is much to report!
It was then announced that the 2018 Scholarships, in the amount of $1500 each, are being awarded to Adam Visconti of Northern Arizona University's Beta Nu Chapter, and Kelly Boyce of Bellarmine University's Alpha Theta Beta chapter. Looking forward, applications for the scholarship should be sent to Prof. Phoebe Hall, our National Vice President, and are due by January 15 of each year. It was then announced that the scholarships will now be in the amount of $2000 each.
On a related subject, it was discussed that we also give the Frankie Day Chapter Development Grant, in any amount up to $5000. We have given one so far, to a chapter who puts together a children's show, then packs it up and takes it on tour to parts of rural Mississippi that don't have any other exposure to live theater of any sort. They go on tour in April of this year and we're looking forward to receiving pictures of the production! Instructions and guidelines for applying for the grant will be made available on the new website.
We are still looking for interested faculty members who would be willing to take on the role of National Business Manager. Dr. Bret Jones has held the position for 12 years and is looking for his successor. The job posting is below.
We are also now looking for candidates to be our Region 4 Representative. Region 4 comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Candidates must be full-time faculty or emeritus faculty members. The position entails primarily fielding email questions from chapters, and maintaining contact with faculty advisors to chapters throughout the Region. We heartily thank Seamus Bourne for his service to Alpha Psi Omega over the past several years, and are really jealous of his future endeavors.
Copies of Playbill were handed out, pins were purchased (come to SETC, get your pins for $10 instead of $15...), questions were asked, questions were answered (sometimes even the questions that were asked!), and a fine time was had by all.
Alpha Psi Omega Seeking National Business Manager Candidates
The National Office of Alpha Psi Omega is seeking self-nominations for the position of National Business Manager. No person will be eligible for election to a national office except graduates or faculty members of the society actively engaged in theatre activities. The office of business manager will be held by a full-time theatre faculty from an accredited college or university in order to assure housing of the national records, archives, and supplies at the business manager’s college or university. The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
While we didn't have as much time as we generally prefer, there is a lot of news coming out of the National Meeting this year!
Ms. Brook Barrett of Texas Tech was awarded the 2017 Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship, and has received a check in the amount of $1500 to do with as she will. The deadline for the 2018 Scholarship is January 15, 2018, and application instructions can be found on the Scholarship Page.
This year we introduced the new "Frankie Day Chapter Advancement Grant", named after our late past President. Applications for as much as $5000 will be considered, application instructions will be posted under the "Chapters" section of this website shortly. The inaugural award was given in the amount of $1000 to the Alpha Epsilon Psi Chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University to support their taking a production of The Jungle Book on tour to schools in small towns around Louisiana. In many cases, the kids exposed to this production will never have seen live theatre before. The National Officers are proud to be able to support this mission, and are thrilled to have such a perfect example of what this grant is intended for as the inaugural grantee.
We would like to introduce Seamus Bourne as our new Region 4 Representative. Seamus received his MFA from Indiana University in 2009. He moved to the Atlanta area to pursue a career in scenic design. His work as a designer has been seen on many professional stages in the Atlanta area. Seamus is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA. He has worked regionally in Richmond, VA (Henley Street Theatre) and Tulsa, OK (LOOK Musical Theatre). Seamus is also a two-time Suzi Bass Award nominee and six-time Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Faculty Merit Award recipient.
We would like to introduce Brad Nies as our new Region 5 Representative.
We would like to introduce Prof. Phoebe Hall as our new National Vice President Elect. Director of Theatre from 2004-2011 and professional actress for over 26 years, Ms. Hall brings with her a love of theatre arts and a dedication to quality performances. Former jobs include speech writer and campaign manager (twice) for NC State Senate Candidate, stage manager for various theatres, over 125 roles on stage, director of more than 40 shows, performances in regional television commercials, and more than 15 years of teaching experience in Speech, Theatre, Acting, Directing, Stage Movement, Creative Dramatics, and Voice and Diction. She divides her time between teaching, performing, and active community service with the Fayetteville Arts Council, and offers workshops as well as private lessons in acting, voice and diction, audition techniques as well as offering area schools various workshops in general theatre.
We would like to introduce Dr. Richard Jones as our new National President. Rick has worked as an actor, director, dialect coach, dramaturg, and translator in seven states and two foreign countries. He has served as an APO faculty sponsor for a total of fifteen years (1979-82, 1987-93, and 2011 to date).
He has published articles, chapters, reviews and interviews in books and journals devoted to African-American literature, Asian culture, classics and the classical tradition, Irish studies, modernism, pedagogy, and world history and literature, as well as in such journals as the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre InSight, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Survey, among others.
Dr. Jones has presented over 40 scholarly papers at regional, national and international conferences, including, among others, the American Conference for Irish Studies, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Comparative Drama Conference, Conference on the Reception of Classical Texts (Milton Keynes, UK), International Society for the Classical Tradition, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Millennium Responses: (Dis)Placing Classical Greek Theatre (Thessaloniki, Greece), SETC Symposium, and Southeastern Theatre Conference.
He has been especially active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); he has held the two highest offices in the Theatre History Focus Group and served on the Executive Committees of the Directing and Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Groups. He has chaired ATHE’s Nominations and Strategic Planning Committees, and has also held leadership positions on the Advocacy and Professional Development Committees. He served on the Research and Publications Committee for four years and on the Conference Committee.
Tommy Cox will be staying on for the next year as Vice President to facilitate the transition to Prof. Hall and Dr. Jones.
As a reminder, the National Meeting for 2017 is this Friday at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, KY at 6:00 PM. We currently have 4 open positions at the National level that we will be voting on filling, Scholarships will be awarded, we'll be announcing our first Chapter Enhancement Grant recipient, and there will be time to ask questions of your National Officers and of other chapters who are there.
See you Friday!