Department of Theatre & Dance to host ‘New Works Festival’


Photo provided by WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters.

Molly Dobberstein, News reporter

The “New Works Festival” will be held by the Department of Theatre & Dance from March 23-25 in the lab theatre of Gordon Wilson Hall. 

The Fine Arts Box Office said the performance is “a range of innovative, original performances” and “collection, collaboration, and creative chaos reign.”

Michelle Dvoskin, theatre program coordinator, described the event as a showcase of brand new, student created work consisting of plays, solo performances, movement pieces and musicals. The festival is framed as a “fringe festival,”  a “pretty grassroots, bare-bones opportunity for artists to try out new pieces of theatre for audiences,” Dvoskin said.  

There are 13 pieces in the festival, each under 20 minutes and split into two slates, Dvoskin said. Slate A of the festival will be held Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Slate B will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“None of the students are required to have any experience in the area they’re working in, because the main goal of the whole thing is really about giving people a chance to try things out, develop work and take creative risks,” Dvoskin said. 

It is noted that there is adult language and content, and the “New Works Festival” is recommended for mature audiences. There will be a QR code in the lobby, which marks specific content warnings that could contain adult language and potentially triggering material, Dvoskin said. 

While tickets do not have to be purchased, a $5 donation at the door is suggested, and seats are limited. 

News reporter Molly Dobberstein can be reached at [email protected].