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Students Take Honors from Regional Theatre Festival

Jan. 28, 2020 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Emporia State University Theatre program was well-represented at Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V. The gathering was held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the week of Jan. 19 through 25.


ESU Theatre Presents Radio Play of 'A Christmas Carol'

Nov. 27, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre’s fourth annual radio performance of “A Christmas Carol,” the timeless classic by Charles Dickens, will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre. The performance will be streamed online, but it can also be watched live in the theatre. A suggested donation of $5 or a contribution of stable food items can be made at the door for the live performance. Donations and food items will be contributed to Corky’s Cupboard.


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Alum Drew Shirley to Present The 2019-2020 George R.R. Pflaum Memorial Lecture

Nov. 18, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The 2019-2020 George R.R. Pflaum Memorial Lecture at Emporia State University will be presented by Alum Drew Shirley (BFA, 2007), an actor and director who lives in Chicago with his wife, Erika. He will present the Pflaum memorial lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the R.Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall. After his remarks, Shirley will take questions from those in attendance.


ESU Theatre Offers 'The House of Blue Leaves'

Nov. 18, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The final fall presentation by Emporia State University Theatre opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday. “The House of Blue Leaves” tells the tale of Artie Shaughnessy, a songwriter who toils by day as a zookeeper. At night, he plays at piano bars in Queens where he lives with his wife, Bananas. His mistress, Bunny Flingus lives downstairs. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum Billy, now a successful Hollywood producer, and his starlet girlfriend.




Halloween Donations for Emporia Animal Shelter

Oct. 28, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Locard Society of Forensic Science, a student organization at Emporia State, is collecting items for the Emporia Animal Shelter during trick-or-treating on Rural Street. This is the fourth year the group has used the city event to help others.


ESU Theatre Presents ‘Little Women, The Musical’ for Homecoming Show

Oct. 10, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Emporia State University Theatre presents “Little Women, The Musical” from October 17 to 20, 2019, in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre. Set during the American Civil War, the March sisters — romantic Meg, tomboyish Jo, sweet Beth and irascible Amy — live in Concord, Massachusetts, with their beloved Marmee while Father serves as a Chaplain in the war.


Schneider Receives ESU's Highest Faculty Honor

April 23, 2019 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dr. Gregory Schneider is a professor with high standards who pushes his students to excel. He is nationally recognized for significant contributions to modern U.S. history. He is respected for giving his time and talents to Emporia State through service on Faculty Senate and other campus committees.


Kevin Rabas Named 2018 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor

April 13, 2018 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

“A rare sort of teacher who not only informs and instructs, but also ignites passion for his subject matter and inspires his students to achieve everything their potential allows.”