Fine Arts Performances for Apeiron 2015, Friday, April 24 | Three plays written by students: RIVERS FLOW APART by Vanessa Nunez @ 11:00am | ALWAYS THE OPTIMIST by Jamie A. Schartz @ 11:30am & UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE by Marissa Meis @ 11:45. The readings will be held in Carole Chapel here on campus.

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Washburn Characters Class

Washburn Characters Class Presents: Willie Williams as Art Fletcher | Jeremy McMannis as Addison P. Davis | Elise Barnett as Jo Ann Klemmer | Ashley Dill as Billie Jean Moore | Katy Davis as Jean Menninger | Nicholas Snider as Arthur Champeny | Colin Shaw as Harry Allen | Nick Taylor as Peter McVicar | Thurs, May 2 @ 1:00 – Room 32 Garvey




to Tony Naylor, Washburn University scenographer,

for "Achievement in Scenography" commendation

for the Fall 2014 production of WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett

from the 2015 American College Theatre Festival XLVII, Region V.


andrew fletcher & austin swisher

Andrew Fletcher and scene partner Austin Swisher attended the 2015 American College Theatre Festival XLVII, Region V (ACTF) in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where they competed in the Irene Ryan National Scholarship Auditions this January. Andrew was nominated by regional respondents for his performance as Vladimir in the Theatre Department's 2014 production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The Theatre Department congratulates Andrew and Austin at having succeeded, among the top 20% of contestants competing, to the semi-final round.


Associate Professors, Tony Naylor and Dr. Sharon Sullivan

attended the UNITED STATES INSTITUTE FOR THEATRE TECHNOLOGY (USITT) conference, March 26-29, 2014 in Ft. Worth, Texas


Associate Professor Penny Weiner is a guest of poet Cornelius Eady's playwriting class

penny weiner skypeing

14 Oct 2013

Professor Eady is an American poet, professor at M.U., Columbia, MO., and with Tio Derricotte, founded the Cave Canem Foundation, a non-profit organization for black poets. Eady's class studied the script from Weiner's 2013 production of Missing You, Metropolis along with the volume of poems by Gary Jackson  from which the play was adapted. Gary is an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.


  First ever- YWCA Dream Builder Award - May 9, 2013

    Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Associate Professor, Washburn University Theater

dream builder award

Dr. Sharon Sullivan (top row, third from right) is a local jewelry artist, costume designer, university professor, theatre director, event organizer, women's prison writing group facilitator and all-around fabulous lady. As an advocate for social justice, human trafficking, ending violence against women and children, incarcerated women and the LGBTQ community, she has turned her passion into activism. She is an incredible female leader, an amazing mentor and teacher and imparts a wealth of knowledge and experience.



Washburn University Associate Professor, Theatre,  Penny Weiner

penny @ esu

Penny Weiner, a playwright with 39 years of experience, talks to students about her experience Oct. 12th, 2012, in Plumb Hall. While teaching, Weiner got the idea to make a play out of an E. E. Cummings poem, which led her to a graduate program for playwriting. Weiner was brought to Emporia State as part of the English department’s Visiting Writers Series.