Tuesday, April 12, 2016

orange and orange juice



Soft meat
leather skin


green leaves
blue sky

if squeezed by florida,
it is called Minute, Ocean Spray, or Lacy

Serge Ibaka production
Victoria Esquibell action

sweet water

singing songs

the well plotted showcase

a way to free verse and feel great

oranges, apples, pears,
our good friends such as Tucker Irey, Aaron Mooney, Nathan Schilz

ocu theatre and william shakespeares

D. Lance Marsh
Professor of Acting and Head of Performance
D. Lance Marsh serves as Head of Performance and as a Professor in the School of Theatre where he teaches many of the upper division acting courses, including Chekhov, Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Audition Techniques and Comedy. Lance was the 2015 recipient of the Oklahoma City University Outstanding Faculty Award. He directed Cosi, which was a Region VI Finalist production in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and was nominated (one of only 17 shows in the country) to go to the Kennedy Center. For the company, he has also directed Man and Superman, Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest (twice — once as a co-production with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and Oklahoma City Rep), Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Trojan Women (which he also adapted), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Merchant of Venice (a co-production with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park) and The House of Atreus, a massive four-play Greek tragic saga, for which Professor Marsh also did the adaptation. The Company also produced his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol recently.

Lance also serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (where he directed Misalliance and acted in Hamlet in 2009 and directed A Comedy of Errors in 2010, The Seagull in 2011, Othello in 2012, Measure for Measure in 2013, Macbeth in 2014, and G.B. Shaw’s You Never Can Tell this summer. He recently acted in the Oklahoma City Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Mitch.

Before coming to OCU, Lance taught at the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Arizona, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. He holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from Stephens College and an MFA in Acting from UW-Madison. He was a founding company member of the Central Works Theatre Ensemble in California, and the founding Artistic Director of the Summerset Theatre in Wisconsin.

Before becoming a teacher, Lance spent over fifteen years as a professional actor, primarily performing in classical plays. He has appeared at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Western Stage, the California Shakespeare Festival, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, Next Act Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and the Arizona Repertory Theatre and was a company member for 5 years at American Players Theatre. A proud member of Actors Equity and an Associate Artist at Oklahoma City Rep, he recently he has performed in the City Rep productions of Our Town, Hay Fever, Moonlight and Magnolias, August: Osage County, Much Ado About Nothing, and as Mark Rothko in Red. He is currently in the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher, a co-production between TheatreOCU and City Rep. He has directed professionally in California, Missouri, Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin and directed The Glass Menagerie for City Rep a few years ago.
Sarah d'Angelo
Associate Professor of Acting
Sarah d'Angelo currently serves as the Head of Lower Division Performance as well as a Professor in the School of Theatre. She teaches all levels of acting, improvisation, and voice and dialects. While at OCU she has directed “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Another Part of the House,” “Water by the Spoonful”, “Two Birds and a Stone”, and “The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare-Abridged” as part of President Henry’s Inaugural Celebration. Additionally, she has served as a vocal and dialect coach for TheatreOCU and School of Music productions as well as for City Rep, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She has performed across the country in theatres such as the Seattle Group Theatre, The New City Theatre, Freehold, Greenstage, Theatre Schmeatre, Missoula Children's Theatre, Oklahoma City Rep and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles as well as in film, television and voice-overs. She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Her creative and scholarly interests include Indigenous performance, multi-media performance, and art as activism. She co- authored the book “Pedagogies for Student-Centered Learning: Online and On-Ground” which published last fall.
Kate Brennan
Assistant Professor of Voice
A recent transplant from NYC, Kate is a performer, educator and creator. Kate’s teaching roster has included University of Virginia, Temple University, St. Joseph's University, Rosemont College, and Montgomery County College among others. Most recently, she taught in NYC with Theatre Direct International's Broadway Classroom program, HB Studio, and McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. In 2012, Kate became Artistic Director of the nonprofit theatre company BCKSEET Productions ( www.bckseet.com) where she founded the education program, BCKSEET Ignition. BCKSEET produced two of her original musicals: Some Assembly Required in 2010 with an accompanying cast album, and ELFuego in 2012. An Equity actor, select credits include: Angels in America I & II (Harper, BCKSEET), Bachelorette (Katie, Luna Theatre Co.), [title of show] (Susan, Mauckingbird Theatre Co.) and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean, Simpatico Theatre Co.). Kate is creating a new approach to working for the artist that cultivates the whole self called Check-In ( www.brennancheckin.com). Check-In was piloted at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, at McCarter Theatre Center and at CAP21 Studios in NY last year. She will continue to develop it with her students at OCU. Drawing from a unique combination of Linklater Voicework, Vinyasa Yoga, Thai Bodywork and Artistic Exercises, Check-In develops a creative habit that not only caters to the artist's performance skills, but serves the artist outside of the rehearsal hall. Check-In reinforces the resilience, stamina, resourcefulness, connection, confidence, initiative, positivity and health required to maintain a life in the arts.This summer Kate received her Linklater Designation at the KLVC Center in Orkney, one of two Americans selected. She has trained with Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer, Louis Colaianni, Kristin Linklater, Andrea Haring, Andrew Wade, and Kimberly White among others. Kate received her 200-hr. Yoga Teaching Certificate from Yogamaya, where she taught prior to moving to OKC. She is also certified in Thai Bodywork. Kate holds an MFA from The University of Virginia.
Luke Eddy
Instructor of Movement and Acting
Luke Thomas Eddy teaches Movement and Stage Combat for Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre. He received his MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston and his BA in Theatre from Marietta College. Luke has performed on stage and in films at the regional, national, and international levels, including productions at The American Shakespeare Center, Stages Repertory Theatre, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, River City Repertory Theatre, and Oklahoma City Shakespeare in the Park. He’s also worked at regional theaters and universities as a director, fight director, movement coach, or dialect coach on productions including Other Desert Cities, Into The Woods, By The Bog Of Cats, Macbeth, The Glory of Living, Noises Off, and Spring Awakening. Luke is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, Actors’ Equity Association, and is in the final stages of becoming a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Tim Fall
Visiting Assistant Professor of On-Camera Acting
Timothy Fall is an actor, independent producer, director and writer based in Oklahoma City.

He joins the faculty after previously serving as an adjunct professor from 2009-2013. In 2012 Fall was nominated for the University's Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award.

He wrote, produced and directed numerous short film projects as part of the On-Camera Acting track he developed, one of which, "A Complicated Matter," was selected for the deadCenter Film Festival in 2013. Many students involved in these projects earned SAG/AFTRA eligibility.

As an actor, Fall starred with Bob Newhart in the CBS series “Bob”. He was a series regular on UPN’s “Pig Sty” and CBS’s “Good Company”. Over two decades in Los Angeles he performed in more than 50 television shows and films, and continues to work in film and on stage regionally. In OKC he has appeared at Carpenter Square, OCU and with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

As a writer he produced two ABC pilots and worked on staff for WB’s “Men, Women & Dogs”. Recently he wrote episodes of the TBS comedy "Sullivan and Son" in each of its three seasons.
Dr. David Pasto
Professor of Theatre
Dr. Pasto is an actor, director, playwright, translator, and theatre historian. He has acted and directed for many theaters in Oklahoma, including Carpenter Square Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. His translation of a Spanish Golden Age play, The House of Trials by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, won the Franklin G. Smith Award for excellence in translation and has been published by Peter Lang Publishers. He teaches play analysis, theatre history, acting, and directing at OCU.
Jeanie Sholer
Adjunct Professor
Jeanie Cooper Sholer has been teaching Acting, Improvisation and Makeup at OCU since 2007. She has taught at UCLA, OSU, and Webster University. She has been a proud member of Actor's Equity Association for 34 years and is also a member of SAG and AFTRA. Jeanie has performed title roles at Lyric Theatre which include SWEET CHARITY, MAME, IRENE,UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN AND ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Other roles include Daisy in DRIVING MISS DAISY, Boo in LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO and Grandma in GRAPES OF WRATH at City Rep. Last spring she played E.M. Ashford in OCTC's production of WIT. She was also a solo performer with the OKC philharmonic's ELIS ISLAND, A DREAM OF AMERICAL. She has performed at South Coast Rep, The Direct Theatre, St Louis Rep and Boulder Playhouse. She studied with Uta Hagen at the H B Studio in New York. Her improvisation training is from The Second City in Chicago. Her degree is from UCLA. Jeanie directed THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at OCU. Jeanie is a Certified Acting Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association and has taught two Acting Intensive Workshops. She has done numerous voice overs for national and regional television commercials, has appeared in several feature films, television series and commercials. Jeanie lives in Edmond with her husband, Chris. They have one daughter, Jane.
Hal Kohlman
Adjunct Professor
Hal Kohlman teaches acting and directing at OCU and has done so since 2009. Previously he taught acting, play analysis, and makeup at UCO. He holds a BA in English Literature from Rice University and a MFA in Directing for the Stage from the University of Texas at Austin. He also spent three additional years studying theatre history, theory and criticism at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Between degree programs he spent a summer working with and learning from the National Theatre of Great Britain. Hal works locally as a director and actor for the many community theatres in the area but most especially, he has worked continuously with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park since 1998 where he has performed in over 35 productions and directed three. Notable roles include Macbeth, Scrooge, Prospero, Leontes, Lord Capulet, Shylock, and currently, King Lear. Hal was recently inducted into Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's Hall of Honor. He has been married to Lou Ann for over twenty years and has a son that he can't stop talking about named Ivan.
Stephen Wrentmore
Adjunct Professor
Stephen Wrentmore is a British-born theatre director, passionate about the transformational power that theatre has on our lives. Until recently he was Associate Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company where he also lead on Learning & Education vision and deployment. He has directed and taught professionally across the world, predominantly Shakespeare and contemporary plays in both non-profit and commercial theaters. At ATC he has directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Freud’s Last Session, Jane Austen’s Emma, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth and Copenhagen. Mr. Wrentmore was also the founder and curator of Café Bohemia, ATC’s new play reading series, for which he has directed Albatross by Matthew Spangler, Los Matadores by Silvia Gonzalez S., Hunka by Larissa FastHorse, Used to Was (Maybe Did) by Brian Dykstra, Kill Shakespeare by Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreary and a new adaptation of War of the Worlds by Carrie J. Cole, after H.G. Wells. In New York Mr. Wrentmore directed readings of Used to Was (Maybe Did) at the Lark Play Development Center and Archipelago by Caridad Svich at Primary Stages. In the U.K., productions include Loveplay by Moira Buffini, Picasso’s Women for the Ambassador Theatre Group, Richard Hurford’s Bedevilled at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and the world premiere of Howard Barker’s Wounds to the Face. He was Artistic Director of The Byre Theatre in Scotland where he directed, amongst other plays, Not about Heroes, The 39 Steps, The Twits, Loot, Translations, Private Lives and Vincent in Brixton. International highlights include The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh and Far Away by Caryl Churchill at Meyerhold Theatre, Moscow and Theatre5, Omsk; The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh at the National Theatre, Kosovo; The Country by Martin Crimp at National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia; Para Venezuela in Tromso, Norway. Mr. Wrentmore has worked as a consultant for Tate Galleries in London to explore and articulate their ethos to learning and spent 2010 as a visiting academic at Hertford College, Oxford University, developing a thesis on cathedrals of culture. Recent publications include an essay in Caridad Svich edited collection, Innovation in Five Acts. Mr. Wrentmore studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and is a graduate of the Clore Leadership Programme.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Leonard Comma, Jack in the Box,

Mr. Leonard A. Comma, also known as Lenny, has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Jack in the Box Inc. since January 1, 2014. Mr. Comma served as the President of Jack in the Box Inc. from May 14, 2012 to October 27, 2014, and served as its Chief Operating Officer from November 2010 to January 2014. Mr. Comma served as Executive Vice President of Jack in the Box Inc. from November 2010 to May 14, 2012 and served as its Senior Vice President since February 2010. Mr. Comma is responsible for the operations of all Jack in the Box and franchised Jack in the Box® restaurants, as well as restaurant development. Mr. Comma joined Jack in the Box Inc. in 2001 as Director of convenience-store and fuel operations for its proprietary chain of convenience stores called Quick Stuff®. Since May 2006, Mr. Comma served as Regional Vice President of Jack in the Box's Southern California region, and since February 2007, as Vice President of operations for division II, overseeing nearly 1,200 company and franchised Jack in the Box restaurants in California, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington. Mr. Comma has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla and a Bachelor’S Degree in Finance from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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