The World of Theatre as Seen Thru the Eyes of a Puppet
Students will learn the basic skills of theatre production through the working and manufacturing of puppets. Historic and international puppet traditions will be studied to enable the student to gain an understanding of puppet and theatre practices. Using one core text, the students will divide their time between puppet design, scenography and basic acting, culminating in a short presentation of their work on day five in on the campus of Ohio Northern University to an invited audience. Students will receive a DVD of the performance as well as the puppets they make. This course offers the opportunity for students to learn a great deal about a number of different facets of theatre rather than just one element.
Brittany N. Hainen currently serves as the Stage Management Mentor and Master Electrician for the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Ohio Northern University. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University's theatre program, where her honors thesis; "Antioch: The collaborative art of theatre." won the prestigious Denman Research Forum Award. She is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association, and has worked as a professional stage manager with numerous companies, including: Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota), Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor), Actors' Theatre of Columbus, ReVision Theatre (New York), FoodPlay Productions (Boston), and LiveWorks! Productions (New York). She also serves on the board of directors, and as the production manager for Second Stages Toledo, an educational theatre company that strives to help young artists transition from educational theatre to professional careers. She has also been active in the theatre department at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, OH, by teaching drama at their summer arts intensive and creating a film project with students for school recruitment. She has also been an outside consultant for the Toledo School for the Arts production department. In addition to theatre, Brittany's other interests include exploring food through cooking (and eating), and playing her new role of mom to her son, Charlie.
Kathleen E. DeVault is currently Head of the Theatre Design and Production degree at Ohio Northern University. She earned a BA in Theatre and English from The Ohio State University and her MFA in lighting and sound design from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Before coming to ONU, she was the resident lighting designer at Smith College and also during that time she did freelance lighting and sound designs for various companies in the area including Natarji Dance Company, Chrysalis Theatre, New Century Theatre, and the Drama Studio. The Drama Studio which is based in Springfield, Massachusetts, teaches acting and backstage work for high school students in a studio type setting. She taught many high-schoolers lighting and stage management in this setting. She is also the advisor of Theta Alpha Phi and one of the advisors for Open Doors on campus. At ONU, Kathe has designed lights for Last Five Years, Suddenly Last Summer, Miss Julie, Katrina: The K word, Jekyll and Hyde, Magic Flute, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Medea, Godspell, Tommy, Carousel, and The Underpants and designed sound for Midsummer Night’s Dream, Medea and Assassins. She has lit all the International Festivals and additional was the scenic designer for the Second and Eighth. Kathe has also designed lights for the Wellington School a private K-12 school in Columbus, Ohio, including their original musical Tater Tots of Love at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio I and accompanying them to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to light their production of the Yellow Boat as well as a successive trip with Tater Tots of Love. Outside of theatre, Kathe has been a 4-H leader in Logan County Ohio for eight years and is a proud member of the Logan County Junior Fair Poultry Committee. She has been an instructor in five previous Honors Institutes.