Building Community Through Theatre


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, B024 Rehearsal Room

Kassie Misiewicz, ND ’91, executive artistic director for Trike Theatre, youth director for Professional Theatre

Misiewicz started out creating a play about Arkansas history for 3rd–6th graders but didn’t realize that this project would re-create her as a director. Follow the development of Trike Theatre’s original production, Digging Up Arkansas by Mike Thomas, and work with her to stage parts of the script.

Digging Up Arkansas is a professional production with adult actors for young audiences. This play transports 3rd–6th-grade students back to 1936 where three Works Progress Administration writers share the story of Arkansas history through artifacts, storytelling, narratives, and songs. An incredibly successful production, the play will tour 70 schools this year and expand to 144 in 2011–12.

Sponsored by the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre