E-Newsletter | Waiting for Godot | Season Announcements | Alumni Spotlight
Dear alumni, patrons, and friends,

Each fall brings a sense of rejuvenation as students and staff return to campus and classes are convened. The changing leaves and cooler temperatures cause us to draw close, look inward, and ask – what are our goals for this year? This assessment may reveal that a summer’s growth inspires new perceptions of self, allowing outworn aspects of identity to fall away.

Our four Diamond Theater plays this season are united under the theme of Translations and Adaptations, for each play has been modified, interpreted, or crafted from an original source. Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, translated from the original French by the author, is being directed for the second time by Professor Augustine Ripa. Aaron Posner’s smash hit Stupid F*#@ing Bird, brings a contemporary edge to Anton Chekhov’s classic play The Seagull. A Virginia Woolf novel adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl, Orlando, will be directed by Caraline Jeffrey ’17, Department of Theatre Apprentice. And in April we celebrate Act Like You Know, the 10-year Anniversary Show, devised and written by Lehigh students under the pedagogy of Professor Kashi Johnson.

Please join us as we interrogate classic texts and newly conceived scripts embracing self-exploration and self-transformation.

Let's meet in the lobby!
Erica Hoelscher
Chair and Professor of Theatre
Welding the Waiting for Godot tree.
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
Read the full Department of Theatre 2017-18 Season Announcement
The Department of Theatre welcomes three new staff members this fall:

A graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey, Bailey Sheehan has worked at various regional theaters, painting and propping from coast to coast. Bailey serves as our Scenic Painter and Props Artisan. Learn more about Bailey here.

Kolby Clarke is the lighting coordinator for the Zoellner Arts Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre. He holds a B.A. in theatre from Brigham Young University, Idaho, and an M.F.A. in stage design from Southern Methodist University. Learn more about Kolby here.

Haley Brown is the assistant lighting coordinator for the Zoellner Arts Center. Originally from Alabama, she holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Furman University, and has worked in various theaters along the East Coast.

Theatre Minor

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Minor in Theater. I continued my education in the Department of Theatre’s Apprentice Program the following academic year. My theatre professors were very willing to lead me to new creative ventures and teach me the skills of painting, crafting, sewing, building, drafting, and model making which help me to succeed today. The passion for collaboration and love for the arts exemplified in the Department of Theatre inspired me to pursue a career in theatre. I am currently balancing designing the set for Lehigh University’s production of Waiting for Godot, working as the assistant prop master for Oedipus el Rey at The Public Theatre in NYC, and doing a few projects for Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem. The Department of Theatre at Lehigh is inclusive, creative and exciting - it is a great program to be a part of and there are many opportunities benefitting students.

Learn more about Liz Frino at

Department of Theatre | Zoellner Arts Center, Room 301 | 420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015 | Phone: 610-758-3640 | Fax: 610-758-6543

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