The Parkside Theatre Arts Department is a small and special, award-winning program. Recognized by the Wisconsin Board of Regents in 2009 with the Award for Teaching Excellence, we continue to accrue accolades and honors, season after season.
Our high-quality productions rival those of professional theatres. In 2012 we expanded our production labs and added a beautiful new, state-of-the-art “black box” theatre. From classical to contemporary musicals, comedies and dramas, our audiences and students are treated to a rich range of experiences.
The basic objective of the theatre arts minor is to provide a foundation for further study, vocational or avocational, for all interested students. Students get a taste of theatre appreciation by immersing themselves in fundamental courses while gaining a broad knowledge of the art of theatre.
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Learning in Action
Drama Club promotes the importance of theatre arts within our surrounding communities. Learn more about Student Organizations.
We partner successful returning theatre company members with new theatre majors, both traditional freshmen and transfer students, in order to help them have a smooth transition into Parkside, the Theatre Arts Department, and the many academic, artistic, and company expectations of the university and the professional theatre training company.
Professional Theatre Internships
Many of our students intern, apprentice, or are employed in the professional theatre prior to graduation. We have established invaluable professional theatre partnerships with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, American Players Theatre, the Fireside Theatre, and many other theatres across the nation. Each year professional companies come to Parkside to hold auditions and interviews because of our reputation.
Professional Theatre Exposure
Each semester we take all of our students to see professional theatre productions in Milwaukee or Chicago and integrate those productions into our courses.
Professional Experience While at Parkside
Students at Parkside are given a direct connection to employment at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Professional Talent Reviews
Once a year, Parkside theatre students go through a process called talent reviews. Professional actors, directors, designers, stage managers, and casting directors come to Parkside to conduct a mock interview and give feedback to each student.
Awards and Associations
Parkside's Theatre Arts Department was awarded the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents' "Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Academic Program." We are the only fine arts department in the state to ever win this award.
Regional Awards of Merit
In the area of artistic quality, our theatrical productions have received over 100 "Regional Awards of Merit" from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
We are active members of the United Stated Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Our faculty serve as regional and national board members, respondents, and presenters.
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While teaching at OU, Fabrice served as Chair of the Arts Management and Administration Initiative for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VI. He also served two terms as Oklahoma state chair for KCACTF. Fabrice's favorite directing credits include - "A Year with Frog and Toad, Roberto Zucco, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Laramie Project."
Chicago credits include: Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens, Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, and Provision Theater.
Region credits: Southwest Shakespeare Compay (AZ), Theatre at the Center (IN), the Illinois and Texas Shakespeare Festivals, Allenberry Playhouse (PA), and the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC.
Internationally, Professor Gill has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he trained as a member of the first international artistic fellowship. He holds numerous weapon certifications with Dueling Arts International, Stage Combat Deutschland and the Society of American Fight Directors, where he holds the rank of advanced actor-combatant, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Parkside Theatre directing credits include Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, Don Juan, Midnight and Moll Flanders, Love's Labour's Lost and Romeo and Juliet.
In addition to his resident design and collegial experience, Sekas has worked as a freelance designer and technician for such venues like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Dell’Arte International, Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire Children's Theatre, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, The Western Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and on several recent independent films.
Sekas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design and Technical Direction from Humboldt State University.
Proud union member of both Actors' Equity and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Regional performance credits include: <i>The 39 Steps</i> (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret), <i>The Sound of Music </i>(Mother Abbess), and <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> (Nurse). Recent on-camera credits include work with the Travel Channel, ID, Oxygen and TV One.
She previously served as Education Director at Maples Repertory Theatre and The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Education Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and Director of Theatre Arts Camps at The Lost Colony.
She is a member of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and Dueling Arts International. Through the Lessac Training and Research Institute, she has achieved Lessac Practitioner standing and has been accepted to their Certified Trainer program. She has served as a voice, dialect, and text coach for productions in the U.S. and Philippines.