School of Communication

August 27, 2010

Alumni, faculty, and students light up Chicagoland stages this fall

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in 1950s New Orleans and directed by David H. Bell, was one of the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s Mainstage productions last season.
Photo by Garen Checkley (C10)

If history is any guide, Northwestern University School of Communication names will light up theatres across the country this fall. That’s particularly true in Chicago, where many Northwestern alumni live—and where Northwestern faculty members keep their writing, acting, and directing skills sharp and their students begin their careers.


Of course faculty and students will work together on the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center’s 30th anniversary Mainstage Season.

The season-opening show is Molière’s Tartuffe, featuring guest director Sean Graney, running Oct. 22 to Nov. 6.

In November, Department of Theatre chair Rives Collins will direct The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The show runs Nov. 12-21.

For a full season’s list of the mainstage shows, including programs featuring guest artists Derrick Sanders and Regina Taylor and a staging of School of Communication faculty member Rebecca Gilman’s play Spinning Into Butter, visit


Northwestern alumni and students star in the Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of Peter Pan. The show is directed by School of Communication faculty member Amanda Dehnert. Photo by Sean Williams, layout by Ted Studios, courtesy of Lookingglass Theatre Company

Department of Theatre faculty member Cindy Gold stars in Invasion of Skokie at the Chicago Dramatists from Sept. 10 to Oct. 10. Assistant director Emmi Hilger (C08) is a Northwestern alumna. For more information, visit

Department of Theatre faculty member Amanda Dehnert is taking her high-flying adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to the Lookingglass Theatre Company this fall. Lookingglass, founded by a group of School of Communication alumni, features many alumni in its ensemble. The cast of Peter Pan includes Thomas J. Cox (C88) as Hook, senior theatre student Ryan Nunn as Peter, Raymond Fox (C89) as Mr. Darling, Alex Weisman (C10) as Michael, Aislinn Mulligan (C08) as Tinkerbelle, senior Nate Trinrud and junior Kelley Abell as Lost Boys, and junior Royer Bockus as Nana. The show’s run begins Oct. 20. For more information and tickets, visit

Mary Zimmerman (C82, GC85, GC94), an alumna of the School of Communication and now the Jaharis Family Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, will stage Voltaire’s Candide at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre starting Sept. 17. Performance studies junior Darren Barrere has been assisting Zimmerman on the production, and the cast includes a number of familiar Northwestern names, including Erik Lochtefeld (C96), Tom Aulino (C77), Tempe Thomas (C03), Govind Kumar (C08), and Emma Rosenthal (C10). For tickets, visit

Henry Godinez, theatre faculty member and Theatre and Interpretation Center artistic director, will direct A Civil War Christmas for Skokie’s Northlight Theatre. For tickets, visit


Donald G. Robertson Director of Music Theatre David H. Bell will take his Jeff Award-nominated show The Bowery Boys to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 22nd Annual Festival of New Musicals, a premier music theatre industry event. The festival runs Oct. 21-22 in New York City. The Bowery Boys, book and lyrics by Bell and directed by Dominic Missimi, professor emeritus in service of theatre, was developed by the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre and went through a three-week workshop in 1998 as part of Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project.

Dangerous Beauty, staged by Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project in 2008, will have its professional premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by Andrew Campbell

Looking ahead

In January, the musical Dangerous Beauty, a production-in-progress staged in 2008 on the Northwestern campus as part of the American Music Theatre Project, will see its professional premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. The show will once again star alumna Jenny Powers (BSM03). For more information, visit
In February, Mary Zimmerman will return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera with Rossini’s seldom-staged Armida. For more information, visit


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