Highlights from Theatre Reunion Weekend
On October 19 and 20, Columbia College Chicago’s theatre community came together at the newly renovated Getz Theater Center to celebrate Theatre Reunion Weekend. More than 150 people attended, including distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, students, members of the Getz family, and the greater Chicago theatre community. The celebration included panel discussions and a special performance of the Mainstage season's opening play, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, directed by alum A.J. Ware ’09, and sponsored by former Theatre student Carol Cohen. Special remarks were also made by Jim Jacobs HDR ’14, who established the Jim Jacobs Musical Theatre Scholarship for Columbia students.
On the first night of the Theatre Reunion weekend, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner and Columbia's former Vice President of Student Success Mark Kelly presented a proclamation on behalf of the Mayor of Chicago to President Kim. The Mayoral Proclamation declared October 19, 2018 as Columbia College Chicago Theatre Day in Chicago in recognition of the “indelible contributions that Columbia’s Theatre Department has made to theatre in the city of Chicago, across the United States, and around the world.”
On the second day of the event, Tony Award-winning director, Steppenwolf Artistic Director, Theatre alum, and Honorary Degree Recipient Anna D. Shapiro ’90, HDR ’15 gave the Keynote Address and shared how her career was impacted by her experience and education at Columbia. Shapiro also talked about her mentor, longtime Theatre Chair Sheldon Patinkin, and how she learned to be an authentic storyteller and develop her unique voice under his guidance.
Theatre Reunion Weekend was a successful collaboration between the Theatre Department and Development and Alumni Relations, created to celebrate student and alumni successes and reengage alumni with their departments and classmates. A special thanks to the Theatre Reunion Planning and Host Committees.
A copy of the Mayoral Proclamation:
The Penelopiad runs through October 27. Tickets are available here.
A special thanks to Albert Williams '73 for his assistance on this story. For frequent updates on all things Theatre, visit The Green Room blog.
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