Hollins has received a financial commitment of $6.5 million from Mr. and Mrs. James McDonnell III to fund renovations to the university’s Dana Science Building and Hollins Theatre, and expand the number of faculty in the theatre and playwriting programs.
Hollins playwrights Meredith Dayna Levy, Wendy-Marie Martin, and Anne G’Fellers Mason will be featured at Atlantic Stage’s Fourth Annual New Voices Playfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“The festival is the major showcase for our plans, hopes, and dreams to make Roanoke and Hollins a major national force in the development of new work for the American stage,” says Ernie Zulia, director of the Hollins Theatre Institute.
The introduction of two new certificate programs caps a year in which student playwrights received multiple honors and their works gained impressive productions and publications.
Robert Plowman has won the Charles M. Getchell New Play Award for 2014.
Hollins Theatre’s production of “Bellocq’s Ophelia” won four awards, while Playwright’s Lab students Meredith Levy ’12 and Kevin Ferguson earned individual honors for their works.
Hollins Theatre’s adaptation of Natasha Trethewey’s “Bellocq’s Ophelia” is one of five productions chosen to compete at the Region IV KCACTF; two of Hollins’ student playwrights and three student actors will also be honored at the February event.
The initiative provides production assistance and travel costs for dozens of student readings and productions in legitimate theatres.