Tahlequah sees second year of North by Northeastern Drama Festival
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Tahlequah sees second year of North by Northeastern Drama Festival

Published 4/10/17

Madison Durham

TNE Writer

This is the second year for Tahlequah to have the North by Northeastern Drama Festival, two weeks filled with drama, film and dance created by NSU students and faculty. The North by Northeastern Festival is made up of three different events. The events include the New Works Play Festival, NSU International Film Festival and the Impressions Dance Company spring concert.

“Each year is going to be slightly different,” said Christopher Miller, associate professor of theatre. “Last year we had student-directed 10-minute plays and one longer one act play that had faculty and students in it. This year, what is going to make it different, is the theatre performances are all new works. So that is why we are calling it the New Works aspect of the festival.”

The New Works Play Festival contains the new plays that have been developed during the fall semester of 2016. Miller said there will be three 10-minute plays and one faculty play. The 10-minute plays are created by NSU students Jacqueline Nobles, Tahlequah junior; Joseph Beard, Claremore sophomore; and Megan Gasca, McAlester sophomore.

“I think it is fun to watch student made plays because I feel like we could relate to them more,” said Noble. “It is not as intimidating to go see, and oftentimes people have a lot of misconceptions of theatre. That it is a place for the rich and fancy, but in reality it is where film began.”

The International Film Festival consists of short films that not only have been made by NSU students, but students from all over the world. Miller said last year they had various genres like animation, short documentaries and short live action. The films are no more than five to six minutes long and anyone, student or not, can submit their work. 

The Impressions Dance Company spring concert is a presentation of 12 different choreography dance pieces by students within the company. Impressions Dance Company is a student organization that offers students the opportunity to learn classic dance technique and perform different styles of dance.  Sydney Jennings, Impressions Dance Company staff adviser and technique instructor, said that the students had the opportunity to come up with their own dance piece. There are 11 students that have created one or two dance pieces and one guest choreographer.  

“This is our first time as a company to be performing in the festival,” said Jennings. “So, we have everything. We have hip hop dances, ballet dances, contemporary and jazz. So, there is something for everybody within it, and it has all been done by students at NSU.”

The North by Northeastern Drama Festival will all be located at the NSU Playhouse. The New Works Play Festival runs at 7:30 p.m., April 12-14. The International Film Festival starts at 7:30 p.m., April 17-18. The Impressions Dance Company spring concert is at 7:30 p.m., April 20-21. Admission is free for NSU students and $5 for community members.

For more information on the festival, email Miller at miller34@nsuok.edu.

For more information on short films, email Scott Pursley, assistant professor of theatre, at pursleys@nsook.edu.

For more information on Impressions Dance Company, email Jennings at jennin04@nsuok.edu.


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