Theatre

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The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.

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Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.

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The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.

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Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Steve Woods

Professor, Head of Stage Design

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The Women of Troy, Meadows School of the Arts, photo by Linda Blasé

Lighting designer Steve Woods began his career at the Barter Theater of Virginia. Over the years he has enjoyed international success at the Festival Blues Sur Seine and Festival de L’Imaginaire in Paris, and has created designs for productions in Berlin, Moscow, London, Athens, Taipei, Budapest, the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and dozens of additional locations around the world.

Credits include work with the José Limón Dance Company and Compañia Nacional de Danza (Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City). Woods began designing for the José Limón Dance Company in 1988 and has created designs for many Limón masterworks, including There Is a Time, The Moor’s Pavane, Traitor, Missa Brevis, The Winged and others. When the Limón Company performed at the White House, Woods did the lighting for both The Moor’s Pavane and A Choreographic Offering. For Compañia Nacional de Danza, Woods created designs for Esquina Bajan and El P ájaro de Fuego as well as for the John Cranko ballets Eugene Onegin and Romeo and Juliet. Additional work in Europe includes Psalm for Introdans in the Netherlands, and the musical Blind Lemon Blues, performed in Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In addition, Woods has designed works by Alwin Nikolais, Donald McKayle, Garth Fagan, Phyllis Lamhut, Carlos Orta, and Daniel Nagrin, among others.

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Theatre Company

In New York City, his work has been seen at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Theater for a New Audience (for which he earned a Lucille Lortel Award for the production of Henry V), Riverside Church, Ohio Theater, York Theater Company, Joyce Theater, Ice Factory Festival, Soho Think Tank, Central Park Summer Stage, the Guggenheim Museum, Masters of American Dance, and St. Mark’s Theater. Recent Off-Broadway projects include Neil Young’s Greendale and Alan Govenar and Akin Babatunde’s Blind Lemon Blues.

Wood’s designs have also been seen at The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, Mass.), Undermain Theater (Dallas), American Dance Festival (Durham, N.C.), Cumberland County Playhouse (Crossville, Tenn.), Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas), the Music Center|Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles, Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, TheatreVirginia (Richmond), Heritage Repertory Theater (Charlottesville, Va.), Utah Festival Opera, and the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, S.C.).

Currently Woods serves as professor of theatre and head of the stage design program for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

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