Friday, October 23, 2009

A Funny Thing ...
Follow this link to a video clip of EMU Theatre's A Funny Thing Happen on the Way to the Forum. It opens tonight, October 23, 2009, 7 p.m. in the Quirk Theatre and runs through Halloween night! Box office 734.487.2282.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Forensics Team Update 10/9/09

The EMU Forensics team has hit the ground running this season. Thanks to hard work and diligence from the coaching staff & students over the summer, the team has already traveled to seven tournaments, finishing third, third, third, third, second, fourth and seventh place respectively. Perhaps what’s most exciting about these finishes is that Eastern’s entry size at each tournament has been dwarfed by all other top 10 teams. Yet even with small entries, the students are fairing quite well in final rounds, bringing home team trophies over some of the most competitive teams in the country.

University of Indianapolis Invitational:
Omar Orme: Extemp- 3rd, Informative- 1st, Persusion- 3rd
Ian Hatch: Prose- 5th
Tommy Petersen: Prose- 4th, Duo- 2nd
Mike Schafer: Extemp- 5th, Impromptu- 3rd
Jon Stowell: Impromptu- 2nd
Jon Conway: Informative- 2nd
Arthur Valenzuela: Duo- 2nd

Purdue Invitational:
Arthur Valenzuela: Prose- 6th, Duo- 1st
Charlie Chappel: D.I.- 3rd
Tommy Petersen: Duo- 1st
Jon Stowell: Extemp- 1st, Impromptu- 2nd, Persuasion- 2nd

Western Kentucky Swing Day One:
Ian Hatch: Prose- 2nd, D.I.- 1st
Omar Orme: Extemp- 3rd, Impromptu- 1st, Informative- 6th, Rhet. Crit- 2nd, Persuasion- 2nd
Jon Conway:Informative- 5th

Western Kentucky Swing Day Two:
Omar Orme: Persuasion- 4th, Rhet. Crit- 1st, Extemp- 3rd, Impromptu- 3rd
Ian Hatch: D.I.- 5th

O.C.C Novice Workshop/Tournament:
Evan Mann: Prose- 5th, Impromptu- 1st

74 Swing : Day One:
Omar Orme: Extemp- 3rd, Crit- 4th
Jon Stowell: Persuasion- 3rd
Mike Schafer: Impromptu- 5th
Thom Munger: ADS- 4th

74 Swing: Day Two:
Jon Stowell: Persuasion- 3rd, Extemp- 6th
Thom Munger: ADS- 6th
Ian Hatch: DI- 7th
Alex Landen: Novice Prose- 4th

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Doris and Pirooz–– 2009 Teaching Excellence

Doris Fields and Pirooz Aghssa will be honored this fall with 2009 Teaching Excellence Awards. To signify this honor, they will be presented with their "apple" on Saturday, October 24 during a breakfast ceremony organized by the EMU Alumni Association. Our congratulations to both –– they are truly outstanding professors who are invested in serving EMU students.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

EMU Forensics is off to a great start with 10 spots already qualified for the 2010 national tournament. Their first tournament was in Indianapolis for the "UIndy" Forensics 500 Tournament and placed 3rd overall in the Individual Events Team Sweepstakes. Watch for further updates on the their success throughout the year.

2009-2010 EMU Theatre Season

Join us for a terrific show season! For more information contact the theatre office at 734.487.1220 or call the box office for tickets 734.487.7.1221.

Monday, July 20, 2009

EMU Forensics -- It's not fall yet but we are hard at work!

Forensicators & Friends,

The weekend of June 27 we had our first prep of the 2009-2010 season and it would be hard to be more pleased. Our new coaching staff (welcome Maggie Wade from Western Kentucky University) spent several hours meeting and strategizing on Friday in order to harness the potential of this year’s team. We had a great showing. Of the returning members all but four were in attendance and one of our new transfers came as well! In fact I would like to congratulate Ian Hatch and Jon Conway for having the first two PA’s of the season written. We can not wait to see who has the first interp up.

We are looking to take a strong entry to the first tournament of the year. In fact we are gearing to win the tournament on September 12th. Below is our intended entry.

Beemer – Prose, DI, Info
Bell – Prose, Duo
Chappel – DI, ADS (Imp or Poetry)
Clark – Crit, Prose
Colman - TBA
Conway – Info, Pers, Ext, Imp
Green - Prose, Poetry, DI, (Info or Crit)
Hatch – Prose, DI, Info
Milewski – TBA
Orme – TBA (Info, ADS, Ext, Imp)
Thomas Petersen – TBA
Dan Peterson - TBA
Rick – DI, Prose, (Info)
Scavone – can not travel until October
Schafer – Crit, ADS, Extemp, Imp
Schrief – Can not compete first semester
Stowell – Per, Ext, Imp, (ADS or Info)
Valenzuela - TBA
Williams – Poe, Prose, Duo, Imp

On July 31st we plan on celebrating some more as it is our summer banquet/picnic. It is currently scheduled at the University Park pavilion (behind Snow health center). We are hoping to meet the rest of our transfers and our new freshman. The following Saturday and Sunday we will be working hard again to get these events up and ready for competition. If you have any questions about prep, please email Amy at

Ray, Amy & Mike

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Into the Woods video clip

Check this out! On this page you will find a short video clip from Into the Woods, including remarks by Ken Stevens who directed this spring show. Wonderful close to a fantastic show season for EMU Theatre. What's next? Here is a monthly preview of the 2009-10 show season:

October, 2009 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Pirooz Aghssa

December 2009 The Prince, the Wolf and the Firebird
By Jackson Lacey
Directed by Pam Cardell

February, 2010 Nora
Adaptation by Ingmar Bergman, Based on A Dolls’ House by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Terry Heck Seibert

February 2010 Julie
Adaptation by Ingmar Bergman, Based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg
Directed by Lee Stille

March, 2010 Hotel Paradiso
By Georges Feydeau
Directed by John Seibert

June, 2010 Spring show (TBA)
Directed by Ken Stevens

Friday, May 29, 2009

Now playing in the Sponberg Theatre

For kids of all ages and the young of heart. Join the fun on these three Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m.. Only $5. Features the Smiling Duck Puppet Troupe. Call 734.487.1220 (EMU Theatre) for more information.

Friday, May 15, 2009

April 2009 GRADUATION!

It is always a proud day for the students but also for family and faculty. Congratulations to our EMU/CMTA Winter 2009 graduates. May success be yours.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Maximize your spring and summer. Earn 2-3 credits in only 6 weeks and enjoy smaller class sizes! CMTA is offering over 30 great classes in your major or minor including 12 that are general education courses.

Spring: May 4 to June 15

Summer: June 29 to August 10

Registration is in progress.

We are pleased to announce that the 48th annual EMU Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 9 (6 p.m.) at the Ypsilanti Marriott and Eagle Crest Conference Center.

Two people, very special to CMTA, will be part of the honorees:

  • David Blixt, 1999 graduate will be honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. David has been very successful as an author and actor in the Chicago area and spent a great deal of his last year working with current EMU theatre students as the director of Romeo and Juliet –– one of our fall 2008 mainstage productions.

  • Ken Stevens will also be recognized with the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award. As both professor and long-time director of EMU Theatre, Ken has provided life-changing events for many of us and this recognition, we feel, is well deserved and long overdue.

If your schedule allows and if you would like to join us for this alumni event, please call or email for more information including ticket prices prior its May 1 deadline for reservations:

Pam Cardell

Wendy Kivi

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The 29th Undergraduate Symposium was held on Friday, March 27 in the EMU Student Center. Pictured here with their posters are Lane Stover, student presenter from CMTA under the guidance of faculty sponsor Jenny Kindred and Amanda Beck who was sponsored by Pam Cardell. Oral presentations numbered 15 from the department with topics ranging from worker motivation tactics to Japanese Kabuki Theatre.

Hall of Fame Induction

Click on this link to see photos from the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction for EMU Forensics. It was a wonderful celebration on Saturday, March 21 as it honored the 30th anniversary of the 1979 national championship team and inducted Kim Roe, Carole Bennett, Dennis Cockrum, Bill Coelius, Jeff "Shappy" Seasholtz, Dave Smith, Jayme Wilson and Danny Vice.