APSU Theatre & Dance Design Students Attend Stained Glass Workshop with Scenic Artist
Recently a group of APSU Theatre & Dance students had the opportunity to attend an
intensive weekend workshop with professional scenic artist Angeliqe Powers here in
our own scene shop! Some amazing work was done and a new skill was learned. Just another
example of the great hands on work with working guest artists that happens here at
APSU Theatre & Dance.
APSU Theatre & Dance Senior Alyssa Amos Featured in the Latest Student Spotlight
Senior BA Design Student Alyssa Amos has been featured in the latest APSU student
spotlight. Alyssa is a double major in Business and Theatre. She has been extremely
active in the department and we can't wait to see where her career takes her! Congrats
Recent APSU Music Theatre Alum Treston Henderson (MT 2019) Books First National Tour
of "Ain't Too Proud"
We are thrilled to announce that Treston Henderson (BFA Music Theatre 2019) recently
booked the first national tour of the Broadway hit Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Treston has recently relocated to NYC where he started rehearsal for this production.
You can learn more about Treston on his website at https://www.trestonjhenderson.com/.
Alum Michael Mason (2015) Wins Design Competition
Michael Mason, A 2015 graduate of the Theatre & Dance Department, recently won the
scenic design competition for region 3 (Midwest) of the Kennedy Center American College
Theatre Festival. He is in his first year in the MFA design program at Illinois State
University. Michael won with his design for ISU’s production of Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau. In April, Michael will present his design at the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C. to compete for the national prize.
Film by Austin Peay student, alum nominated for international Christian festival
“Found at the Steps,” a film created by Austin Peay State University student Kaitlyn
Williams and alum Lane Lewis, has been accepted and nominated for Best Short Film
at the 2020 International Christian Music and Film Festival in Orlando, Florida, and
was in the top 15 films nominated for Best Short Film.
Musical Theatre Alum Treston Henderson (2020) and current Musical Theatre student
Hannah Clark (2021) cast in a virtual performance of Sticks and Stones featuring Audra McDonald
Congrats to current Musical Theatre student Hannah Clark (2021) and Musical Theatre
alum Treston Henderson on being cast in a benefit performance of the new musical Sticks and Stones featuring Audra McDonald and several other Broadway stars. Treston was part of the
original reading of this new musical by grammy winning composer John McDaniel and
lyricist/librettist Scott Logsdon. Now, in this virtual highlight performance for
charity, he will be joined by Hannah Clark. You can read more about this peformance
APSU Theatre & Dance Alum Michael Mason, BFA Design 2015, Receives Prestigious Eric R. Baber Fellowship at Illinois State University.
APSU Theatre & Dance is proud to announce that alum Michael Mason (BFA Design 2015)
has received the prestigious Eric R. Baber Fellowship. This grant is to nurture excellence in individual performers in Fine Arts, through
emphasis on studio approach, rather than training for teaching. This does not preclude
grant fellows from engaging in music or art education work, but the main thrust of
the grant should be to help develop top-notch individual performers, and enhance ISU’s
prestige as a place where the finest musicians and artists study and perform. Accepting
this grant implies a good-faith effort by faculty members to seek out and help attract
two outstanding young performers each year in music, art, or theatre. These should
be persons who obviously have potential to become well-recognized professional career
performers, accepted for admission to ISU Graduate School as a master’s degree student
and be a performing or studio artist. Exceptional talent is the basis for the award.
Congratulations to Michael!
Rising APSU Theatre & Dance Senior Bree Presson, BFA Acting 2021, Receives Undergraduate Research Enrichment Funding To Study Intimacy Direction in Theatre,
Dance, and Film settings
APSU Theatre & Dance is proud to announce that rising senior Bree Presson (BFA Acting
2021) has received an Undergraduate Research Enrichment Funding award in the amount of $3000 to study the impact and importance of Intimacy Direction in Theatre, Dance, and Film
settings. The award is funded through the APSU Office of Student Research and Innovation. We are very proud of Bree as she beings to study such an important and exciting area
of the theatrical world. Congrats Bree!
Recent APSU Theatre & Dance Grad Alexandria Heide, BFA Dance 2020, Receives Position
at Respected Dance Studio
APSU Theatre & Dance is proud to announce that recent graduate Alexandria Heide (BFA
Dance 2020) has received a position at the Dance Academy of Michigan. Alex will be
serving as a dance educator and mentor to students as well as, choreographing, and doing administrative
work. We are very proud of Alex as she heads out into the world during a very difficult
time. Congrats Alex!
The Dance Academy of Michigan
Recent APSU Theatre & Dance Grad Corey Finley, BA Acting 2020, Receives One Year Acting
Internship at Top Atlanta Theatre
APSU Theatre & Dance is proud to announce that recent graduate Corey Finley (BA Acting
2020) has received a one year acting internship at the prestigious Actors Express
theatre in Atlanta. Actors Express is one of the top theatres in Atlanta and is helmed
by award winning director Freddie Ashley. Freddie was recently at APSU to direct the
world premiere of 5 Savory Dishes by John Patrick Shanley as part of the Theatre & Dance Acuff Year.
APSU Theatre & Dance Alum Jerry Winsett Featured in Film Festival Short and Highly
Anticipated Feature Film
APSU Theatre & Dance is very proud of Alum Jerry Winsett on his recent short film
that has been featured in the Riverrun Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and
SXSW Virtual Film Festival. He is also featured in the upcoming feature film Drought that is one of the top ten most anticipated films in the upcoming Vail Film Festival.
You can read more about the film and the festival HERE. You can watch the short film film here:
Jerry has been featured in many films and TV shows over the years including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri among many others.
You can learn and watch more about on his website at: www.jerrywinsett.com.
APSU Alums Briar Moroschak and Megan DeWald Nominated and current student Treston
Henderson for Five Nashville First Night Awards
Briar Moroschak (Musical Theatre - 2017) was recently nominated for three Nashville
First Night awards for her work at Street Theatre. She was nominated for Best Supporting
Actress for her potrayal of Clara in A Light in the Piazza, Most Promising Actor, and Best Actress for her potrayal of Christine in Be More Chill. In addition, Megan DeWald (Acting/Directing - 2016) was nominated for Best Actress
for her role in Maidens. Treston Henderson (Musical Theatre - 2020) was nominated for most promising actor.