Philip Lynch Theatre


Pictured (left to right): Andrew Nelsen, Sean Gallagher, Zackary Abu-Shanab, Theodore J. Vermis-Dernekzis, Kayla Carson, Keith White, Jessi Sheppard, Jennifer Glynn, Bradford Bingham, Jacob Rodriguez, Michael Palmero, Robert Rigler, Andrew Wainscott, and Conrad Sipiora.

The Lewis University Theatre Department annually participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). A page in each Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) production playbill is devoted to this worthwhile student opportunity.  The KCACTF experience offers student artists the opportunity to showcase their work and receive outside collegiate-level assessment for each production.

KCACTF festivals showcase university productions and offers a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and student artists' individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design. The festival was held January 9-13 in Indianapolis, IN.  Twelve Lewis students in total, along with theatre professors, Keith White and Andrew Nelsen both of Joliet attended the festival.

Three Lewis students, Kayla Marie Carson of Burbank, Sean Gallagher of Mokena and Bradford Bingham of Evergreen Park participated in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.  The students competed with a partner performing a monologue and a scene in a 3-minute time period.  The Lewis student acting partners were respectively Andrew Wainscott of Mokena, Jessi Sheppard of Peotone and Robert Rigler of Lemont. Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty "Granny Clampett" on television show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

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Pictured: The PLT represents Lewis University at the Illinois
High School Theatre Festival.

Jo Slowik ‘88 and resident costume designer, Celeste Mackey, along with Lewis students Jamie Lynn Voustros and Hannah Krause attended the Illinois High School Theatre Festival 2018.  Produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the festival is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world.  The 3-day festival held on the campus of Illinois State University hosted over 4000 students, educators, university representatives, exhibitors and workshop leaders.

The festival featured over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops.  Highlights included: a Meisner acting technique workshop entitled “Don't Act! Act Truthfully!” presented by Slowik, attendance at college auditions for high school juniors and seniors, and the All-State production of Big Fish.  Special effects makeup research for the upcoming production Frankenstein was conducted by attending a DIY Horror Make-up & Blood Effects Workshop.

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Pictured: Dr. Kevin Trudeau with
Jose Lagunas in front of the
LA Upright Citizens Brigade.

Former Lewis University student, Jose Lagunas walked into his first day of improv class at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA on January 29.  Who else entered the class?  None other than, Lewis University theatre professor Dr. Kevin Trudeau on his Spring 2018 semester sabbatical.

They haven't seen each other in 11 years and now they're both in LA in the same improv class!  Small world!  

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Mike Frale '17 performed the role of Player 3 in Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Jonathan Christenson, produced by Black Button Eyes Productions. The show was Jeff recommended!!!