E-Newsletter | End of Year Recap | Awards | Activities | Faculty Spotlight | Alumni Spotlight
Greetings, alumni, patrons, and friends,
Our final newsletter of the academic year is filled with activities, awards, and distinctions, and an exciting announcement about a new faculty member joining us next year. We celebrate student accomplishments and acknowledge exceptional achievements through:
  • The Beginning Directors’ One-Act Plays – collaborative, experiential learning opportunities that engage beginning performers, designers, and technicians
  • The Designer Showcase – an exhibit of the work of student designers throughout the year, in the classroom and on the stage
  • The Hip Hop Theatre class’ final project - Act Like You Know - always a sold out show!
  • Williams Awards in Theatre – for excellence in the use and/or interpretation of the oral or written word
  • Theodore U. Horger ’61 Performing Arts Scholarships –recognizes a rising junior theatre major for dedication and excellence in theatre studies (award is received during the junior and senior years)
  • The Outstanding Theatre Student Award
  • Mustard & Cheese Drama Society Inductions
Please scroll down for more information, and for the Faculty Spotlight on Will Lowry, the newest faculty member in the Department of Theatre.

With sincere gratitude for our community of supporters,
Erica Hoelscher
Chair and Professor of Theatre

“The province [of the theatre] is to reveal to us how truly wonderful is the mere act of living, and to throw light upon the existence of the soul, self-contained in the midst of ever-restless immensities…”        – Maurice Maeterlinck, 1896
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Han Yu
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Han Yu
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Han Yu '17
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Han Yu
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Han Yu
Wanda's Visit, by Christopher Durang, directed by Caraline Jeffrey '18
Spring 2016 Designer Showcase
Williams Awards recipients:
Individual Awards: Claire Bian, Adrienne Chodnowky, Lindy Fruithandler, Caraline Jeffrey, Jane Mousseau, Olivia Plinio, Laura Pressler, Cassandra Saulski, Matthew Schonberg, Eden Weinflash
Group Award: Ensemble Cast of Gem of the Ocean
Donavon Harris, Ryan Higgins, Ovie Ojeni, Katie Pettis, Kelly Petty Jr., Jamal Connelly, Jamir Connelly, Josiah Murrell

2016 Outstanding Theatre Student Award Recipients:
Claire Bian and Caraline Jeffrey

Theodore U. Horger '61 Performing Arts Scholarship recipients:
Claire Bian '17 and Caraline Jeffrey '18
Mustard and Cheese Drama Society Inductions 2016
Will Lowry is a multidisciplinary designer with an MFA in Design from UNC Greensboro. He has created designs for theatres along the East Coast and beyond, including productions at Playhouse on Park (CT), The Palace Theatre (SC), Mill Mountain Theatre (VA), Curtain Call Theatre (NY), Birmingham Children’s Theatre (AL), the California Theatre Center (CA), and as far as the Sydney Opera House in Australia. His first introduction to Lehigh University was designing the lighting and scenery for the The Pillowman in 2013.

Will worked for five years as studio assistant for Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, contributing to various Broadway productions including Leap of Faith9 to 5, and Catch Me If You Can. He also worked as assistant to the costume designer for Emilio Sosa on Motown: The Musical and Isabel Toledo on After Midnight.

Will recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Furman University. He is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble (NYC), which recently premiered the open-gender play RiZing. Will is in development with Flux for several upcoming premieres, along with developing his own wedding with his fiancée Becky Byers. He is incredibly excited to be joining the Theatre faculty at Lehigh University this fall.
I came to Lehigh University to join the swim team lead by Coach Chris Marshall. When I struggled academically my sophomore year, Coach Marshall urged me to explore new courses. I took an acting class and fell in love with the theatre. I brought my grades up, made the Dean’s list, and graduated a semester early in January 2001 with a major in Theatre and a minor in Communication.

The professors in the Department of Theatre really made me learn to think “outside the box,” propelling me into a career in sales and entrepreneurship. In 2014, I started my business, Sprelly, selling gourmet peanut butter. Everything I do –branding, engagement, company uniforms is influenced by my experience in the theatre.

If you are a Lehigh student considering getting involved in the theatre – do it! It will make your life fuller, richer, and your future self will thank you for it. Just because you study theatre doesn’t mean you have to be in theatre. I am a businessman and my theater experience was a major contributor to my success today!

Follow Adrian and order his gourmet spreads 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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