Under the direction of the GSU's Division of Communication, Visual and Performing Arts and its new Theatre and Performance Studies program, the Theatre and Performance Studies High School Theatre Collaborative (HSTC) launched in the summer of 2015.
HSTC produces inspiring and entertaining theatre that helps young actors enhance their craft through active learning experiences and collaborations with Governors State University, area high schools, and the community.
Each spring, high school theatre
groups may submit a production proposal to GSU with the program that they wish to present in the summer.
The TAPS program staff will review proposals and select a different partner
The Collaborative's summer program
will focus on theatre craft, and depending upon a student's specific
assignment, can include acting, set design, costuming, lighting, and more.
After weeks of intensive rehearsals at partnering high schools, HSTC faculty,
staff, students, and members of the community will spend two weeks at Governors
State University rehearsing and preparing for the culmination of the program, a
full scale production on the stage of the Center
for Performing Arts in July.
Along with its annual summer
production, HSTC will offer in-school theatre workshops, information sessions
and outreach programs for high school aged youth who are interested in pursuing
theatre or performance as a career path.
Governors State University's first
theatre collaborative initiative launched in 2008, as the Southland Area
Theatre Ensemble (SLATE). This partnership with Homewood Flossmoor High School
has given countless community and student actors training and public exposure
for their talents. The actors have built sets, rehearsed, and performed in many
productions at GSU's Center for Performing Arts including large summer musicals
and intimate performances in a cabaret setting. Past summer productions
included Into the Woods, The Wedding Singer, Ragtime, Forbidden Broadway,
Legally Blond, HAIR, and In the Heights.
In 2014, The Illinois Board of
Higher Education approved Theatre and Performance Studies as a Bachelor's
Degree at GSU; the only such degree combining the two disciplines at a state
university in Illinois. The program, under the direction of Patrick Santoro,Ph.D., has staged works of poetry (Anne Sexton's "Transformations"),
musical theatre ("A…My Name is Alice"), a docudrama ("Still
Life"), and classic drama (Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun")
a dark comedy ("Kimberly Akimbo"), and most recently Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451".
The Theatre and Performance Studies program at GSU:
- Invests in the art of storytelling
- Bridges the verbal with the visual, theory with practice
- Develops artistic abilities, sensibilities, and
creativities with integrity, confidence, and critical thought
- Equips students to experience performance as a
transformative agent of social, cultural, political, and personal change
The TAPS High School Theatre
Collaborative invites high school and college students to explore theatre with
the support and mentorship of GSU's professional educators and unique program
Submit a Production Proposal to HSTC
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