SMU Meadows has one of the world’s best MFA theatre programs, according to rankings just released by The Hollywood Reporter. The publication’s Top 25 list puts Meadows at #19 in the company of such programs as Yale, Juilliard, and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The Hollywood Reporter consulted academics, industry professionals, alumni and other experts for its ranking. Meadows MFA graduates include Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), Clarence Gilyard (Die Hard, Walker, Texas Ranger) and Debra Monk (Grey’s Anatomy, Mozart in the Jungle), among many others.
The Amazing Photos from the Student-Run The Rep, One of SMU Theatre’s Long-Standing Stage Traditions
For its final event of the 2017-18 academic year, the SMU Meadows Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays that will take turns sharing the black-box stage. The Rep: Three Contemporary American Plays Performed in Rotation runs April 26-May 6 on varying dates and times. All three plays, all directed by students, will be performed in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center, on the SMU campus. The plays, authors, dates, times and synopses:
The Iphigenia Project (directed by SMU Theatre Professor Michael Connolly) combines two of Euripides’ plays, Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, into a single production. In Aulis, Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, in order to create a united Greek kingdom over which he will rule. The action of Tauris takes place 17 years later when it’s discovered that Iphigenia did not die on the altar. In the northern reaches of the Black Sea, she has become a priestess of Artemis, dedicated to sacrificing shipwrecked Greek sailors to the goddess. In Aulis, Agamemnon chooses to commit a great sin. The show’s costume designer, Amelia Bransky, brings along five photos to scope before the show. “The Iphigenia Project” is running through Sunday, October 22 in SMU Meadows’ Greer Garson Theatre.