College of Arts & Communication https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication West Liberty University Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:32:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alum joins Pittsburgh firm https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/11/16/sydney-bennett-joins-pittsburgh-firm/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:08:37 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=8051 Sydney Bennett, Graphic Design ’15, recently joined ThoughtForm, a communication design firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here to read about ThoughtForm.

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Sydney Bennett, Graphic Design ’15, recently joined ThoughtForm, a communication design firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here to read about ThoughtForm.

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Karissa Martin https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/10/17/karissa-martin/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:34 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7948 WLU Theater graduate Karissa Martin (’12) recently appeared in “a brand new, country jukebox musical” called Ticket to Nashville at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling. Martin starred alongside industry veterans like Terry Kiser (“Bernie” from Weekend at Bernie’s). Karissa was Miss Ohio in 2008 and competed in the national Miss America Pageant that year. In addition to freelance acting, […]

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WLU Theater graduate Karissa Martin (’12) recently appeared in “a brand new, country jukebox musical” called Ticket to Nashville at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling. Martin starred alongside industry veterans like Terry Kiser (“Bernie” from Weekend at Bernie’s). Karissa was Miss Ohio in 2008 and competed in the national Miss America Pageant that year. In addition to freelance acting, she also works with Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theater.

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Matt Myles Gives Back https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/28/matt-myles-gives-back/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:31:57 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7920 Matt Myles, Graphic Design ’13, is the founder and owner of Chiselbox, a branding agency located in Wheeling. Matt recently partnered with the City of Wheeling to design a series of banners that are helping to beautify and provide residents and visitors with location reference in the downtown area. Matt also recently designed the new wlufoundation.org […]

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Matt Myles, Graphic Design ’13, is the founder and owner of Chiselbox, a branding agency located in Wheeling. Matt recently partnered with the City of Wheeling to design a series of banners that are helping to beautify and provide residents and visitors with location reference in the downtown area. Matt also recently designed the new wlufoundation.org website. Matt is just one example of many WLU graduates who are investing the Ohio Valley.

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Haizlett Heads to Charleston https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/26/haizlett-heads-charleston/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:45:42 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7915 Rosalie Haizlett (Graphic Design ’16) who recently completed the inaugural Emerging Artist Fellowship with the Tamarack Foundation is now working with the WV Food and Farm Coalition to tell the stories of local farmers, foodshed workers, etc. through design, illustration, and video in order to encourage healthy & local food sourcing. Check out Rosalie’s website: https://rosaliehaizlett.com/

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Rosalie Haizlett (Graphic Design ’16) who recently completed the inaugural Emerging Artist Fellowship with the Tamarack Foundation is now working with the WV Food and Farm Coalition to tell the stories of local farmers, foodshed workers, etc. through design, illustration, and video in order to encourage healthy & local food sourcing. Check out Rosalie’s website: https://rosaliehaizlett.com/

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Hilltop Players garner National Recognition https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/07/hilltop-players-garner-national-recognition/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:46:01 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7906 (Story courtesy of Maureen Zambito) West Liberty University’s theatre program received top honors recently when it was nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), in Washington, D.C. The WLU team picked up a total of five awards including: Distinguished Production of a Play Distinguished Ensemble of a Play/Musical Distinguished Award in […]

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(Story courtesy of Maureen Zambito)

West Liberty University’s theatre program received top honors recently when it was nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), in Washington, D.C. The WLU team picked up a total of five awards including:

  • Distinguished Production of a Play
  • Distinguished Ensemble of a Play/Musical
  • Distinguished Award in Lighting Design, Alex Franke, Wheeling, fifth year senior
  • Distinguished Actor, Jedidiah Shook, Wheeling, graduating senior
  • Distinguished Directing Award, Michael Aulick, WLU associate professor of theatre

Pictured from left, (seated) Grant VanCamp, Alex Franke, Christoper Rees, Michael L. Aulick, Brady Dunn, Jedediah Shook and Kobe Wade, (standing) Alexanrda Burdick, Jessica Roth, Richard Deenis, Meta Lasch, Callie Carroll, Alexander Gordon, Sarah Lemley, Amanda Tamplen, Carly Balog, Daniel White, Zac Morris, Ingrid Young and Maggie Storms.

“These awards are a great representation of the work we do at West Liberty. All aspects of the program were recognized for excellence,” said Aulick, who also is director of theatre at WLU.

“It takes an entire program to produce a show that receives the Distinguished Production Award and the Distinguished Director Award (a director helps shape the work of the designers and actors). The Distinguished Ensemble speaks highly of our focus on having a collaborative program, and the skill of our students. Distinguished Lighting Designer demonstrates the great teaching that our technical/design students are getting from Meta Lash and Richard Deenis. The Distinguished Actor award shows how strong the performance training our students get from our great performance faculty, including Maggie Balsley and John Hennen.”

“With all of these successes, I am also encouraged by the fact that out of the 14 performers who worked on the show, only three are graduating, and 10 are underclassmen. The future looks very bright,” he added.

The theatre department’s submission that earned the accolades was its production of “Poe: Master of the Macabre,” staged this past October at Kelly Theatre. WLU’s work was selected as distinguished out of over 400 national theatrical productions.

The Poe production, which is a new adaptation by playwright John Hardy, featured two casts – the Edgar cast and the Allan cast which gives more students an opportunity to perform, according to Aulick.

The Edgar Cast included Jedediah Shook, Callie Carroll, Brady Dunn, Carly Balog, Daniel White and Kobe Wade. The Allan Cast included Zac Morris, Alex Burdick, Alex Franke, Amanda Tamplen, Alex Gordon, Sarah Lemley and Grant VanCamp.

“Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our theatre department shares in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation. Being recognized by the Kennedy Center was especially satisfying due to the choice we made to have two casts perform. We want our students to have opportunities to learn and train, and we made the decision to include 14 actors, when the script only needed seven. Even with this extra work, both casts did an excellent job,” he said.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country.

It includes eight geographic regions in the United States. Regional activities are coordinated with funding and administrative support from the Kennedy Center. The regional administrations coordinate all aspects of the production response process on the local and regional level and supervise regional-level KCACTF award, scholarship and residency programming.

In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest productions, which then advance to this national competition held in April.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival™ 49, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, was funded by David and Alice Rubenstein. Additional support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation, The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein, and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

For more information on the Theatre Department, please visit the College of Arts and Communication website or call 304-336-8006. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.

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New Position for Music grad https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/07/new-position-music-grad/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:29:10 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7901 Lara Cline (nee Wilhelm, pictured with husband Alan Cline, also a WL grad) accepted the position of Band Director at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Ohio beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Cline comes back to the Ohio Valley following a few years in New York state.

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Lara Cline (nee Wilhelm, pictured with husband Alan Cline, also a WL grad) accepted the position of Band Director at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Ohio beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Cline comes back to the Ohio Valley following a few years in New York state.

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Alum joins Music Faculty as Choir Director https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/07/alum-joins-music-faculty-choir-director/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:04:52 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7883 Ryan Keeling graduated from WLU in 2008 with a Music Education degree. He has since earned a Masters in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University and is finishing his Doctorate in Conducting from West Virginia University. Keeling will oversee all choir activity including the University Singers and the College Community Chorus. He returns to WLU […]

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Ryan Keeling graduated from WLU in 2008 with a Music Education degree. He has since earned a Masters in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University and is finishing his Doctorate in Conducting from West Virginia University. Keeling will oversee all choir activity including the University Singers and the College Community Chorus. He returns to WLU as a full-time faculty member but will remain as Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Artistic Director of Voces Solis. Read more about Mr. Keeling on the Music Website.

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Graphic Design Students win National Competition https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/2017/06/07/graphic-design-students-win-national-competition/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:28:46 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication/?p=7893 Megan Sayre and Isabella Pozell were recently named the top two winners in the annual Poster Design Contest for hazingprevention.org. Megan Sayre’s poster “Drops of Hazing” took 1st place and Isabella Pozell’s poster took 2nd place. Sayre and Pozell are Visual Communications (formerly known as Graphic Design) majors at WLU.

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Megan Sayre and Isabella Pozell were recently named the top two winners in the annual Poster Design Contest for hazingprevention.org. Megan Sayre’s poster “Drops of Hazing” took 1st place and Isabella Pozell’s poster took 2nd place. Sayre and Pozell are Visual Communications (formerly known as Graphic Design) majors at WLU.

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