Saturday, June 10 | 1:00-4:00pm
University Theatre pulls back the curtains once more for our free, kid-friendly, casual open house inviting the greater community inside to go behind the scenes, meet who makes theatre and learn about the magic of live performance. Just under two-dozen theatre companies will be onsite with give-aways and information about their upcoming season. Events, presentations, and backstage tours occur throughout the afternoon on the quarter-hour. Check out all University Theatre and the greater Raleigh theatre community has to offer in this one-day free event.
TheatreFESTival is free, however attendees will need to register prior to attending or at the door. To avoid lines, we encourage attendees to register in advance.
Schedule of FESTival Activities
Hear the untold stories of what it is like to be a working actor in Raleigh and what it takes to learn all those lines. Join local journalists Byron Woods and Dustin Britt as each interview a cast and crew of either Holmes and Watson and [title of show]. Be sure to bring your own questions.
Location Varies (see below)
|1:30 -2:10pm||Holmes and Watson||Titmus Theatre|
|3:00-3:40pm||[title of show]||Kennedy-McIlwee Studio|
|3:15-3:55pm||Holmes and Watson||Titmus Theatre|
Pull back the curtain and see the other side of the show. Led by the staff of University Theatre this is your chance to see how the magic of the theatre works in a backstage tour of UT’s Holmes and Watson. Tours meet in front lobby near the welcome desk.
Take a moment to hear from resident designers about their journey from script to sketch, sketch to diagrams, and from shop to stage in this Q&A session.
Various Locations (see below)
|Scenic Design||1:15-1:40pm||Scene Shop|
|Costume Design||1:45-2:10pm||Costume Shop|
|Lighting Design||2:00-2:25pm||Classroom 300|
|Costume Design||2:30-2:55pm||Costume Shop|
|Scenic Design||3:00-3:25pm||Scene Shop|
Learn how the fight is fought. Heather Strickland, member of the Society of American Fight Directors and executive director for Raleigh Little Theatre, choreographs armed and unarmed combat right before your eyes. Come with questions for this experience.
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre
Explore the concepts of Aesthetic, Brand, and Community as they relate to how a director shows up in the rehearsal room and in the world with Johannah Maynard Edwards, executive artistic director of The National Women’s Theatre Festival.
Presented by Back-to-One Studios, this workshop in Acting for TV & Film will focus on the techniques of on-camera acting and provide the tools necessary to bring characters to life on screen. This mini workshop will consist of the basics of cinematic storytelling, the audition process, and the techniques of on-camera acting. Participants will learn by working on-camera with a chosen scene from Film and TV.
Kenndey-McIlwee Studio Theatre
Have you ever wondered how the magic is made? Put on your safety goggles as we see the various ways University Theatre creates the scenery, costumes, lighting and video for TheatreFEST.
Frank Thompson Hall
Easy Actions for Access. Everyone wants to make work that’s accessible and inclusive, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. In this quick workshop, National WTF’s executive artistic director Johannah Maynard Edwards will share some easy actions anyone can do on any budget!
Go behind the walls of this 1925 building and see how one of the first homes of the WolfPack BasketBall Team was transformed into the home of University Theatre. Led by architect and former University Theatre staff member Nick Purdy
Frank Thompson Hall
Budgeting Concepts for Directors & Producers. Perceptions around creating budgets can range from scary and mysterious to simply boring. Let’s explore some frameworks, approaches, and strategies to budgeting for your theatre project or company that are tangible, practical, and tested by the National Women’s Theatre Festival!
Meet the companies of the greater Raleigh Area. The lobby is open 1-4pm with the following companies scheduled to be in attendance:
Agape Theatre Project, Back-to-One Studios, Burning Coal, Honest Pint Theatre Co., The Justice Theatre Project, NC State LIVE, North Carolina Theatre, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Pure Life, Raleigh ACT, Raleigh Little Theatre, Sips and Scripts, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, Switchyard Theatre, Theatre in the Park, Theatre Raleigh, The National Women’s Theatre Festival, The 541 Co., University Theatre
|1:00pm – 4:00pm||Grand Lobby|
Funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.