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A Conversation with Tom Skerritt
April 22 2014 at 5:30 PM
Hilberry Theatre
Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce “A Conversation with Apple Award Recipient Tom Skerritt” at the Hilberry Theatre on April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Skerritt will appear on campus in an “Actors Studio” style interview and question-and-answer session. To purchase tickets, call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Theatres Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Tickets are $20 to attend.  Seating is assigned and limited.   The Wayne State University Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes native Detroiter and former Wayne State University student, Tom Skerritt, back to the campus where he paved the path for his incredible career in television and film.  He has appeared in over 40 films and 200 television episodes since 1962.  Mr. Skerritt is best known for his work in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It and the television series’ Picket Fences and Cheers.   After serving in the Air Force, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and later UCLA for filmmaking and directing.  His first professional acting job was War Hunt with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollock.  His directing mentor, Robert Altman cast him in MASH.  Hal Ashby, another mentor offered him the role as the “Motorcycle Officer” in Harold and Maude.  In 1994 Tom Skerritt won an Emmy award for his work in Picket Fences.  Mr. Skerritt has appeared on Broadway in A Time To Kill and has also appeared on stage in Seattle, OR at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Don Quixote and at the Intiman Theatre in Our Town.   The Apple Award, named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, is given by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University on behalf of the Nederlander family. In 2001, the Nederlander family formed a partnership with the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University, establishing the Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre; an annual theatre award and visiting artist fund in their mother's name. The Apple Award brings a nationally prominent theatre professional to Detroit and the Wayne State University campus as a guest lecturer to interact with and educate the rising stars of the Department of Theatre and Dance through master classes and a question-and-answer style forum. Previous Apple Award winners include Neil Simon, Carol Channing, David Stone, Stephen Schwartz, Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone, Marvin Hamlisch, and Elaine Stritch.
August: Osage County
April 24 2014 at 8:00 PM
Hilberry Theatre
Tony Award winner for Best Play August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, closes the Hilberry Theatre’s 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing April 18 through May 10, 2014, this Pulitzer Prize winning play arrives at the Hilberry Theatre fresh off the critically acclaimed movie adaptation in theatres nationwide. Tickets for August: Osage County range from $10 – $30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at Hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.   August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household, Beverly, mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another. His body is found five days later in the lake; his death is deemed a suicide. Violet, the drug-addicted matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.
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at Wayne State!

The dance program at Wayne State University is part of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and is one of the oldest and most respected in the country. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), our BFA and BS programs have a dual focus: contemporary modern dance and neo-classical ballet, also integrating choreography, dance history, and digital dance technology into the curriculum.  Our dance department offers the opportunity for study and training (with an emphasis on Central African) in the techniques of central and West African dance styles. Additional course offerings in dance education and world dance, as well as African, Jazz, Contemporary Ballet and other dance styles complete the program. Our state of the art studios and facilities are located in the center of the city’s Cultural District in midtown Detroit. Fifteen diverse dance faculty are nationally known for their work in technique, choreography, dance theory, Pilates, and dance technology.

The Maggie Allesee Guest Artist series allows students to regularly take Master Classes with, and dance in works by, renowned national and international choreographers, performers, and teachers. See a list of recent guest artists here.

The comprehensive curriculum in dance at Wayne State focuses on quality pre-professional dance training and education. Our nationally accredited program currently maintains an enrollment of 60 dance majors, a third of whom are consistently named to the Dean’s List and continue to distinguish themselves as Presidential Scholars, Wayne Scholars, and McNair Scholar Program recipients. The department enjoys important partnerships with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Detroit Opera House, and the Music Hall Center for the Arts.

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Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
4841 Cass Avenue, Suite 3226
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone (313) 577-3508  Fax (313) 577-5691


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