Rivka Rocchio, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, recently received several awards for her work with inmates from Eyman and Florence State Prisons. She was awarded the Humanities Rising Star Award from Arizona Humanities and the Volunteer of the Year Award from Eyman and Florence State Prisons.
Currently, she is working on a project called “Theatre Across Prison Walls,” which will bring together three ASU students and 15 inmates from Eyman State Prison to create a new piece of theatre. It is expected that this partnership will build the creative capabilities, develop best methods of creating in community-based ensemble models and expand understanding of issues surrounding incarceration for the students involved, as well as investigating new ways that prisons and universities can partner with one another.
Project Date: Nov 24, 2015
Haley Honeman, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, partnered with international artist Karla Hernando Flores on her applied project “Healings, Integrations, Illuminations,” which took places in Fergus Falls, Minn., in September 2015. The project was part of Springboard for the Arts Lake Region’s Hinge Arts residency program, which positions artists in residence to develop cultural programming inspired by Fergus Falls State Hospital, the town’s 124-year-old former mental institution.
“I am interested in studying portrayals of mental health in theatre,” says Honeman. “I wanted to facilitate an opportunity for my community to tell their own stories of illness, wellness, healing and transition in my applied project work.”
Project Date: Sep 19, 2015
Two students from the School of Film, Dance and Theatre have been named ASU Gammage Scholarship recipients. Angeline Young is a Master of Fine Arts in Dance student, and Eliza Gonzales is a Master of Fine Arts in Performance student. In addition to a monetary scholarship, Young and Gonzales will receive “access to ASU Gammage performances as well as career mentoring and networking opportunities with touring performing artists and Gammage staff,” according to the ASU Gammage website.
Project Date: Sep 21, 2015