Family Weekend 2014: Follow the Clues to SMU

smu_fw_14Family members from across the nation will “follow the clues to SMU” for Family Weekend 2014, Oct. 24-26.

Sponsored by Student Foundation and organized by the Family Weekend committee, the three-day event is devoted to SMU students and their families. For more than 40 years, this tradition has offered parents the chance to take a glimpse into their son’s or daughter’s life on campus.

Dozens of activities are planned for family members visiting campus during the highly anticipated event. Student Foundation has compiled a schedule for the weekend. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 24:

  • Attend a Class: Family members are encouraged to attend classes with their student.
  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After 4 p.m., tickets can be picked up at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Engaged Learning Symposium: Stop by this come-and-go event to see student presentations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Engaged Learning will also host an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Office of Engaged Learning, G13 Clements Hall.
  • Family Luncheon: Co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, the family luncheon will take place at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • Meet the Faculty: From 2-3 p.m. family members can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Collins Center; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Rotunda; Lyle School of Engineering faculty in Caruth Hall; Meadows School of the Arts faculty in the Taubman Atrium; and Simmons School of Education and Human Development faculty in 144 Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.
  • Hegi Family Career Development Center Open House: Stop by the Hegi Family Career Development Center from 2-3 p.m. to meet career counselors and discuss career planning.
  • SMU Abroad Open House: Visit the SMU International Center to meet study-abroad advising staff and discuss study-abroad program options from 2-4 p.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Interterms and SMU-in-Taos Joint Open House: Learn more about summer and winter courses, as well as SMU-in-Taos, from 2-4 p.m. in 338 Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Panhellenic Sorority Potential New Member Parent Info Session: Families of women interested in going through Panhellenic sorority recruitment are invited to learn more about the process from 3-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • My Home Away From Home: Tour your student’s Residential Commons with SMU Residential Life and Student Housing from 4-5 p.m.
  • Fish Fry: The Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council invite families to their annual Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity.
  • Taste of Dallas Dinner: The 8th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Talent Show: The 39th Annual Talent Show follows dinner at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Meadows Museum Guided Tours: Featuring masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Miró and Picasso, guided tours of Meadows Museum are available to family members from 2-3 p.m.
  • Boulevard Brunch: The annual Boulevard Brunch will take place before the game on the Clements Hall South Lawn from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • SMU vs. Memphis: As the Boulevard winds down, family members can head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Memphis. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26

  • College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon: Featuing lunch and entertainment, the College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon will start at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Asian Council Parents’ Dinner: Featuring dinner and entertainment, the Asian Council Parents’ Dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Stay updated with everything Family Weekend by connecting with Student Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

> Family Weekend 2014 registration is open through Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2014

WWI website imageStanton Sharp Lecture: The second Stanton Sharp Lecture of 2014 will examine Germany’s WWI occupation of the Eastern Front with historian Vejas Liulevicius’ presentation, “Eastern Europe and German Occupation in the First World War.” The lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information visit the SMU Department of History webpage or contact Mildred Pinkston.

2014 Allman Family Public Lecture: The 2014 Allman Family Public Lecture presents “Social Network Interventions” with Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. As a social scientist and physician who conducts research on social factors that affect health, Dr. Christaki will explore how our embeddedness in social networks affects our lives. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in McCord Auditorium.

Creation of Christian Nationalism: SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents John Fea of Messiah College to share his newest research on the 200-year-old history of the American Bible Society and the creation of Christian nationalism. The event will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in Caruth Hall, 147. For more information contact Elizabeth Fielding.

Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14

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Faculty in the News: September 2014

Professor Willie Baronet. SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Professor Willie Baronet. SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Willie Baronet, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts, was featured on KERA for his ongoing art history project of buying and collecting signs handmade by the homeless. After more than 20 years of purchasing signs and a recent cross-country trip, the article highlights Baronet’s work and what to expect in the future. The feature appeared on Sept. 25, 2014.

George Holden, Psychology, Dedman College, debated the benefits of corporal punishment with Michael Farris, CEO of ParentalRights.org, for NBC News. The video appeared on Sept. 25, 2014.

Jerry White, Director, Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, discussed SMU’s MBA Venture Fund reaching $3 million with the Dallas Business Journal. Run by MBA students taking SMU’s Venture Capital Practicum course, the fund gives students the chance to gain hands-on experience with a range of venture capital deals. The article appeared on Sept. 24, 2014.

Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed reasons for the recent dip in gas prices with Star Telegram. The article appeared on Sept. 23, 2014. Weinstein was also featured on ABC Radio during The John Batchelor Show on Sept. 22, 2014 and the Omaha World Herald on Sept. 26, 2014.

Professor Cal Jillson. Dedman College of Humanities and Societies.

Professor Cal Jillson. Dedman College of Humanities and Societies.

Jeffrey Engel, Presidential Studies, Dedman College, provided commentary to CNN on White House security after the Sept. 19, 2014 breach. He discussed the importance of approachability to the White House as a powerful statement in a democracy, as well as the recent public attention on the Secret Service. The article appeared Sept. 22, 2014.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, commented on Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins political base after recent controversies with the Dallas Morning News. The article appeared Sept. 22, 2014. Jillson was also featured in the Houston Chronicle  providing commentary on Gov. Rick Perry. This article appeared on Sept. 28, 2014.

Bruce Bullock, Director, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed a new study on tracking and groundwater contamination with CBS DFW News. The article appeared Sept. 15, 2014.

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Sports: Acker reaches milestone for SMU Volleyball

Avery AckerVolleyball: Junior setter Avery Acker recorded her 2,000th career assist, becoming just the sixth Mustang to do so, in a 3-0 win over USF on Sunday at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU improved to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs will face Cincinnati and Memphis this weekend, both on the road. SMU is 10-4 combined all-time against the two schools.

NCAA Football: TCU vs. SMUFootball: TCU defeated SMU 56-0 for their third straight victory in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The 56-point defeat was the largest in the 94 meetings between the two schools. The Mustangs travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 4 hoping to pick up their first win of the 2014 season against the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates. Fans can catch the game on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT. The last time SMU traveled to Greenville, they left with a thrilling overtime victory to seal a spot in the 2010 Conference USA title game.

Men’s Basketball: Head Coach Larry Brown will host walk-on tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Crum Basketball Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs will be featured in 14 televised games this upcoming season, including five on the ESPN family of networks. All nine conference home games will be televised, starting with the Jan. 3 contest against Houston, which will be carried on the American Digital Network.

Men’s Soccer: The SMU men’s soccer team blanked Northern Illinois 2-0 in a mid-week match on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Westcott Field. Freshman Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. The Mustangs will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Saturday night clash with American Athletic Conference opponent, UCF. The series between SMU and UCF is even at 3-3-3, and they played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013.

Claire OatesWomen’s Soccer: BYU defeated the SMU women’s soccer team 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs held with the Cougars for a majority of the game, but surrendered three goals in the final 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Houston and leading the team in shots against BYU     . SMU is in the Sunshine State this weekend for games against No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

Cross CountryWomen’s Cross Country: The 24th-ranked SMU women’s cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Eagle Pointe Cross Country Course. The Mustangs, with an average time of 18:23, finished just 17 seconds behind Rice. SMU will head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team split its two meets on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a win over Tennessee-Martin and a loss to No. 6 Baylor to conclude the Willis Invitational hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The win was the first for the season and for first-year head coach Carol Gwin. The Mustangs will host Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Men GolfMen’s Golf: The Mustangs will head to Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Marquette will host the three-day event that tees off on Sunday, Oct 5.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team is set to participate in this weekend’s Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The competition begins Saturday, Oct. 4 and concludes on Monday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs finished 12th in last year’s inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.

RowingRowing: The Mustangs begin their 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Oklahoma City where they will participate in the Head of the Oklahoma.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season with five top finishes at the North Texas Relays on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Southlake Natatorium. The Mustangs finished in the top-two of every event, which included competitors from North Texas and Tulane. SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they will kick off the annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium.

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Stefan Engels named Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance

Concert organist Stefan Engels, SMU

Internationally renowned organist and educator Stefan Engels is the new Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

Following an international search, world-renowned organist and educator Stefan Engels has joined the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance. The new endowed senior position was made possible by a $2 million gift from Sarah and Ross Perot Jr., in honor of Sarah’s mother, Mrs. Leah Fullinwider.

The position is the first Endowed Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts and the second for SMU.

The winner of the “Concerto Gold Medal” at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition, Engels has served as professor of organ at one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious musical institutions, the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, since 2005. He is also the founder and artistic director of the European Organ Academy Leipzig and has recorded two highly acclaimed CDs on the Naxos and Priory labels.

Engels maintains a vigorous international concert schedule and is a sought-after teacher, having presented lectures and master classes across Europe, North America and South Korea. His specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Karg-Elert, also on the Priory label. Of this 14-CD project, eight CDs are now available for purchase and have been reviewed to the highest international acclaim.

“Without a doubt, Stefan Engels is one of the world’s top organists and organ pedagogues,” said Sam Holland, director of music and Meadows interim dean. “For many years, he has brought an outstanding class of young organists to his teaching position at Leipzig. He is equally brilliant as a concert organist and as a high liturgical organist, and each will be important since he will be teaching in both the Meadows School of the Arts and the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. We couldn’t be more pleased to bring an organist of his talent and pedigree to Dallas. Great things lie ahead.”

The search for the new chair was led by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities at Meadows. The search committee included SMU faculty members Andrés Díaz, international concert cellist; Xi Wang, award-winning composer; and Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, as well as noted Dallas Morning News classical music critic Scott Cantrell.

Engels received his broad musical education in Germany and the United States. He studied organ, piano, harpsichord, choral conducting and church music at the universities in Aachen, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1993 until 1998 he pursued organ studies with Wolfgang Rübsam in Chicago and the late Robert Anderson in Dallas, receiving an Artist Certificate degree from the Meadows School in 1995.

He will present his first concert at SMU, “à la française!,” on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 with a program of classic French works spanning the centuries. Included will be Nicolas de Grigny’s Selections from Livre d’Orgue (1699), Michel Corrette’s 18th-century Organ Concertos No. 2 and No. 5, and Louis Vierne’s Symphonie IV, Op. 32 (1914). The concert is offered in partnership with the Dallas Bach Society and will also feature a Baroque orchestra. For more information, visit meadows.smu.edu.

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SMU’s Meadows Museum kicks off 50th anniversary with major survey of Goya prints

Francisco de Goya, 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,'  Los Caprichos, SMU Meadows Museum. Photo by Michael Bodycomb

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828). Los Caprichos. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. Plate No. 43, 1797-98. Etching and burnished aquatint on paper. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Algur H. Meadows Collection, MM.67.06.43. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.

SMU’s Meadows Museum launches its 50th anniversary year with a major exhibition of all its holdings of printed works by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828): all 222 etchings, four lithographs, and three trial proofs.

On view through Sunday, March 1, 2015, Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view complete first-edition sets of Goya’s four great print series – Los Caprichos (The Caprices, 1799), Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War, 1810-19), La Tauromaquia (Bullfighting, 1816), and Los Disparates (The Follies, 1815-23) – as well as the Museum’s holdings of Goya’s paintings, which will be displayed alongside the prints.

Curated by Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow Alexandra Letvin, the exhibition, which opened Sept. 21, also features the Museum’s recent gift of a trial proof from Los Disparates, Disparate Puntual (Punctual Folly), and closely follows the Meadows’ acquisition of Portrait of Mariano Goya (1827), one of the artist’s final paintings, in 2013.

The Meadows houses one of the largest public collections of Goya’s works in the United States, and the exhibition will enable visitors to experience for the first time the Museum’s extensive Goya holdings at once.

“Goya’s mastery in prints marked a turning point in the evolution of graphic art and had a profound influence on the work of later artists, such as Manet and Picasso,” says Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts. “As the Meadows Museum’s collection is one of the largest depositories of Goya’s works – including the recent acquisition of a late portrait of his grandson, which was a gift in honor of our anniversary – it seems appropriate to kick off the celebration with an exhibition of his genius.”

Goya, widely regarded as one of the most important artists in Western history, represents both the culmination of the Old Master tradition and the beginning of modernity. A witness to decades of political upheaval and social unrest, he began experimenting with printmaking in the late 1770s. The most ambitious endeavor of his early career was a group of 11 etchings (1599-1660) after paintings by Diego Velázquez housed in the Spanish Royal Collection, three of which will be featured in the exhibition alongside other examples of Goya’s early prints, including a rare trial proof for an unpublished etching.

Shortly thereafter, following an illness that left him permanently deaf, Goya produced 28 drawings titled Sueños (Dreams), which formed the initial core and inspiration for the artist’s first large-scale print series, Los Caprichos. These 80 aquatint etchings engage a variety of themes – including the complex relationship between men and women, ignorance, superstitious beliefs, and witchcraft – and offer a view of human weakness and irrationality that is both deeply personal and imbued with critical social commentary.

“Over the course of his career, Goya produced almost 300 etchings and lithographs that reveal his personal vision, tireless invention, and enthusiasm for technical experimentation,” said Roglán. “This exhibition presents his printed oeuvre as an integral – indeed, defining – component of his life and career, and invites visitors to experience the Museum’s paintings by Goya in the context of his lifelong engagement with printmaking.”

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2014 Engaged Learning Symposium showcases SMU student projects Friday, Oct. 24

SMU Engaged Learning Symposium program - photo by Clayton T. SmithTwenty-five students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will talk about their work during Family Weekend at SMU’s Fall 2014 Engaged Learning Symposium. The event takes place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Student presenters will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research Fellows and University Honors Richter Research Fellows, as well as two Engaged Learning Fellows.

In addition, this year’s lineup features the University’s Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows and McNair Scholars.

Watch for a complete list of participants at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage

The Engaged Learning Fellows participating in the fall symposium are on track to graduate in December.

For the second year in a row, this annual fall event will take place during SMU Family Weekend, which provides unique opportunities for parents to see the scope of their students’ achievements, says Director Susan Kress.

“As opportunities for undergraduate research and community service across the campus grow, we are delighted to host students engaged in high-level activities at the fall symposium,” she adds.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

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OE2C: Travel and Entertainment Committee selects Concur® as new expense management tool

Concur logoConcur® has been chosen as SMU’s new electronic travel and expense management solution, as announced by Lyle Dean and Executive Sponsor Marc Christensen and the OE2C Travel and Entertainment Committee in a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The initiative committee would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who provided input and attended the finalist demonstrations in early September.

Based on feedback received from across campus and from consultation with peer and aspirant universities, Concur® emerged as the best option for SMU, according to the committee’s report. The associated tools offer “an absolute, integrated, and tailored solution for easier management of travel, expense and travel risk management obligations.”

The Travel and Entertainment Initiative Committee will continue its review of the University Travel and Entertainment Policy to build a simpler, more standardized process as the implementation of Concur® begins in the coming months. Additional suggestions and feedback from the SMU community are encouraged as this initiative moves forward.

> Send a question to the OE2C team
> Visit Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century at smu.edu/oe2c

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 4.16.04 PMHappiness Symposia:  Continuing its two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes you Smile?,” the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents Kent Berridge, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Berridge will discuss how affective neuroscience begins to identify some of the brain’s wellsprings for peak states of hedonic happiness. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, please visit the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences webpage or contact Elizabeth Fielding.

Sammons Lecture: Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez will give the 15th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics. Presented by SMU Meadows School of the Arts Division of Journalism, the lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Bob Hope Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SMU Meadows News webpage.

SMU Meadows Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital: As the second offering in this season’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, SMU Meadows faculty members Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, Douglas Howard and Brian Jones will join forces for “2×2 Pianos and Percussions.” Feature a dynamic concert of masterpieces from the 20th century, the performance will take place Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows ticket office at 214-768-2787 or visit the SMU Meadows webpage.

Midwives: Leaders in Global Health: As part of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences hosts a lecture entitled “Midwives: Leaders in Global Health.” Speakers will discuss midwifery and the role of midwives in medical missions, specifically in developing nations, refugee camps and conflict zones. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information, contact Emily Sloan.

timthumb.php“Texas Three Step: An Evening with the Lone Star State’s Presidential Libraries”: SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents “Texas Three Step: An Evening with the Lone Star State’s Presidential Libraries,” an event highlighting the three presidential libraries located in Texas. Featuring the directors of all three libraries, attendees will gain insight into the inner workings of these libraries and to the presidents whose records they preserve. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. For questions about the event, contact the Center for Presidential History.

A New Cold War? Russia, the US and the Meaning of Ukraine: Sponored by the Annette Strauss Internationalizing Dallas Lecture Series, SMU Tower Center for Political Studies presents A New Cold War? Russia, the US and the Meaning of Ukraine. The event will feature Freedom House President David J. Kramer and SMU John G. Tower Distinguished Chair Joshua Rovner and take place Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ernest & Young Gallery, Cox School of Business. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Please RSVP here.

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Meadows Theatre season opens with Black Snow Oct. 1-5, 2014

Black Snow 2For its first main stage production of 2014-15, Meadows Theatre presents Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Keith Reddin.

Often called the ultimate backstage novel, Black Snow displays the autobiographical and satirical components of Bulgakov’s experience with the Moscow Art Theatre. Based on Bulgakov’s relationship with famed director and inventor of Method acting Constantin Stainslavsky, Black Snow brings the writer’s struggle against censorship and autocrats to life through black comedy.

The Meadows production is directed by Blake Hackler, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts.  As an actor, Blake has appeared in productions on and Off-Broadway, as well as in regional theaters throughout the country. As a teacher, Hackler currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU.

Black Snow will run in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. A full cast and crew list can be found below.

Black Snow
Oct. 1-5, 2014
Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

Crew:Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 1.33.52 PM

  • Director – Blake Hackler
  • Scenic Designer – Darren Diggle (MFA ’16)
  • Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw (MFA ’15)
  • Lighting Designer – Luther Frank (MFA ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Schilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Assistant Director – Jacob Lee Nice
  • Stage Manager – Jana Beeson (BFA ’14)

The Company:

  • Dylan Bare (BFA ’15)
  • Kieran Connolly*
  • Madeline Dockery-Fuhrmann (BFA ’15)
  • Jon Garrad (BFA ’15)
  • Danniel Gerchakov (BFA ’15)
  • Parker Gray (BFA ’16)
  • Dylan Guerra (BFA ’16)
  • Derek George (BFA ’15)
  • Taylor Harris (MFA ’16)
  • Justin Lemieux (MFA ’16)
  • Stephanie Machado (BFA ’15)
  • Brandon J. Murphy (MFA ’16)*
  • Seth Nelson (BFA ’16)
  • Kolby Tuck (BFA ’16)
  • Ally Van Deuren (BFA ’16)
  • Isaac Young (BFA ’16)

* Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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