Aquila Theatre Actors to Lead a Masterclass Before “1984” on November 15

Posted on 11/13/2019 10:16:04 AM

1984Actors from Aquila Theatre will  work with students from the IUP Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance in a Physical Theatre Masterclass from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15. The class precedes the company's 8:00 p.m. performance in Fisher Auditorium of Michael Gene Sullivan's stage adaptation of George Orwell's masterpiece, 1984.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to work with members of such a renowned theatre company," said the department's head of Acting and Directing, Richard Kemp. "Aquila Theatre now has a nearly 20-year history of bringing classical drama of the highest quality to audiences in New York and around the country, but giving each work a very bold reinterpretation."

“What's great about this masterclass," he continued, "is that by Aquila sharing some of their rituals in the form of movement and vocal exercises, our students really have the opportunity to explore the company's very imaginative and physical resources that they use to create their own unique theatrical style.”

The chair of the department, Brian Jones, said that masterclass is important for two reasons. “One, our students get an in-person taste of the opportunities that are available after they graduate; and two, that they see an example of others who are working so successfully in the field, give back to the next generation.”

He continued, “We're so appreciative to the Kristen Koehler and the Lively Arts for bringing Aquila to Indiana as part of their nationwide tour, and for ensuring that opportunities such as this masterclass are available to our students.”

Tickets for Aquila Theatre's performance of 1984 are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $24 for regular admission, $20 for seniors/I-Card holders/military, and $12 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open weekdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

The Ovations series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.