The annual conference is a chance for Northwest theatre students to immerse themselves in drama. Students attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design.
Linfield students and a recent graduate will also compete at the festival. Melissa Schmeer, a 2004 Linfield graduate, will enter her senior thesis lighting design for "Stop Kiss." Morgan Yeates, a junior from Silverton, will enter a competition for her stage-managing of "Antigone" last fall.
Several Linfield students have been nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Candidates, chosen for their outstanding work from previous productions, include seniors Oliver Ogden of Hillsboro and Willow Snow of Portland for their performances in "Stop Kiss;" senior Micah Baker of McMinnville and sophomore Brandon Sharp of Corcoran, Calif., for performances in "The Foreigner;" and freshman Nate Hill of Mercer Island, Wash., along with sophomore Caleb Kearns of Dayton for their work in "Antigone."
Three theatre arts faculty members will also participate. Janet Gupton, assistant professor, will present a paper for a panel, "Incorporating Asian Theatre into the Undergraduate Theatre History Course." Robert Miller, adjunct professor, will serve as a respondent for the technical portion of the festival plays. Ty Marshall, professor, will also attend.
Linfield students and faculty have participated in the conference for more than 20 years, Gupton said.
"It’s a chance to share ideas, present workshops and scholarly papers, view productions from other schools and enjoy a week dedicated to the art of theatre," she added.