Hall Center For The Humanities


Mechele Leon
Associate Professor and Univeristy Theater Artistic Director

Backstage with the University Theatre's Production of Shakespeare in Hollywood
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Sep. 30, 2011, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Murphy Hall Lobby, University Theatre

Associate Professor and UT Artistic Director Mechele Leon will lead participants in a behind-the-scenes tour of the University Theatre and its production of Ken Ludwig's comedy, Shakespeare in Hollywood.  Set in Hollywood in 1935, this play is a hilarious look at the world of Hollywood filmmaking when it crosses paths with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Participants will talk with the director, meet actors, and learn about the technical, artistic, and literary aspects of making educational theatre today.

Mechele Leon is associate professor of theatre and artistic director for the University Theatre. She teaches theatre history, theory, drama, and acting as well as directing for the University Theatre.  Most recently she directed Man Equals Man, Shiloh Rules, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Mechele's area of research is French theatre.  She is winner of the 2010 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre, a national award.  A native of New York City, Mechele received her Ph.D. in theatre arts from Cornell University.  She also has a graduate degree from the University of Paris. She lived in France from 1996-2001, teaching at the American University of Paris and at the University of Paris. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities faculty fellowship, a Bourse Chateaubriand from the French Government, and grants from the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU, the French Institute in Washington D.C., and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University.


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