Director praises Northwestern State Theatre and Dance program

A Colorado theatre director had high praise for Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program, telling an interviewer NSU was one of his best sources for talent.

Tim Moore, producing artistic director of the Thingamajig Theatre Company at the Pagosa Springs (Colorado) Center for the Arts has used numerous theatre students, directors and choreographers in his summer productions over the past several years.

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with how professional the NSU students, graduates and teachers are,” Moore told the Pagosa Daily Post. “They are serious, prepared and tireless in their execution of performance art – certainly some of the most passionate, well-trained artists in today’s market.”

Over the years, 16 NSU actors, directors and choreographers have worked at Thingamajig including Ryan Hazelbaker, Taylor Marrs, Alisha Munds, Marion Bienvenu, Pia Wyatt, Tyler Price Robinson, Samantha Rohr, Asher Van Meter, Emily Ricalde, Trevor Brown, Rayshaughn Armant, Rosa Campbell, Jessi Miller, Jesse McFarland, Cassidy Giddens and Andrew Lewis.

Moore will travel to NSU early this semester to recruit for the theatre’s summer musical schedule, which will include “Sweeney Todd,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adoption of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Godspell,” and “Bright Star,” a drama featuring bluegrass music composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

He will also have auditions at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and other spots in the New York area and at the Unified Performing Theatre Auditions in Memphis.

Nearly three dozen Thingamajig alumni are working professionally in New York.

The Thingamajig Company performs throughout the year, drawing performers from throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information on the Thingamajig Theatre, go to thingamajigtheatre.org.


4 thoughts on “Director praises Northwestern State Theatre and Dance program

  1. Bravo and hats off to all the theatre and dance majors,and to their professors at Northwestern State University. I know from both experience and observation during the Edna West, Ph.D. era- 1952-72- thru today, 2020, Northwestern with additional directors and a larger staff continues to maintain or surpass professional standards with their theatre, music and dance productions.

    I continue to be amazed at the talent on this campus- both students and professional educators. It is overwhelming to see the talents demonstrated through performances on this campus and the awesome productions being staged.. The creativity and talent on this campus can compete with any SEC school and likely outshine most of their productions. Simply attend one GALA performance or a fully staged play and I truly believe you will appreciate all the hours spent in preparation..

    It’s my wish that students with this degree will never have the need to apply for a first or second shift at McDonald’s. Sometimes, however, we must do whatever is necessary to support our desires. I commend you to “Break a leg” !

    • You’re right. But then, if you could go to a bigger city and get your foot in the door with an acting company or with a film or TV studio, why would you want to work at Mickey D’s? It sounds like Thingamajig Productions in Colorado values students with theatre and dance experience and degrees, as do dance academies and groups in New York and Memphis.

      Have you ever worked at McDonald’s, James? What was your degree in? Where do you work now? i went to college so I’d never have to work at a fast food place. And even though I did my time working at Wally World and a steak house while I was in school, once I earned my degree, I haven’t worked in retail or food service in the 30 years since.

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