UDM summer theatre program in Greece links local universities

Highlighter & Laureate, Summer 2002 issue

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Faculty and students from Oakland University, Wayne State University, and Marygrove College will join University of Detroit Mercy faculty and students for this summer's Classic Theatre in Greece program.

Karen Sheridan, director of the acting program at Oakland, will play the title role in "Antigone." Sheridan and Mary Copenhagen, costumer for the Bonstelle Theatre at Wayne State, will both perform in and help choreograph "Lysistrata." Shawn McDonald of the Marygrove music faculty will serve as music director for both shows.

Two of Copenhagen's students will design costumes for both shows, and three Oakland students will perform. Eric Maher ('99), a graduate of UDM and currently Oakland Theatre's technical director, forged this connection last year, when he and designer Kerro Knox joined the program to both design and act.

"Designers and teachers from the University of Michigan, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre and the Attic Theatre, as well as students from 47 colleges and universities across the country, have participated in this unique study/performance program in the past 15 years," says UDM Professor of Theatre Arthur Beer. He is also director of the summer program.

This summer's company of 45 is made up of students, faculty, and guest artists from New York to California. They will study classic theatre for three weeks, and then present two classic plays in amphitheatres in Greece during the first week of July. For the performance schedule or for more information, contact Arthur J. Beer at 586-264-2611.

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