Name: Deirdre Connelly ‘13
Major: Theater/Art History
Involvement on campus: Stage manager for both the UTC and BTC, scenic carpenter for both the UTC and BTC, costume designer in the UTC, production assistant at the BTC
What is your favorite part of being a Theater Assistant? My job involves working closely with my peers, I love that I get to work semi-professionally with friends.
How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? It's amplified the work I would already be doing! It has me doing the things I love for people I might not get a chance to work with otherwise.
What made you get involved? I was looking for ways to get more involved as a resume builder, but also for experience and opportunities to get better at the theater work I do.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time with Student Activities or at Brandeis? One afternoon my friends and co-workers Kat Teeter and Robbie Steinberg and I began an impromptu nerf gun fight in the theater. We had so much fun, we convinced our boss, Maria, to make it a team building exercise later that semester. The Theater Assistants and Building Supers battled it out in the atrium in an epic round of nerf gun capture the flag. I saw a nerf dart still stuck to one of the windows a few weeks ago.
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Carl J. Shapiro Theater
The Shapiro Theater is the hub of undergraduate theater life on campus. Located in the Shapiro Campus Center, the 248 seat theater with professional soundboard, lightboard, and audiovisual equipment, is managed by the Department of Student Activities.
With at least five student theater productions a semester and countless special events, the Shapiro Theater is in constant use. Stop by to see this semester's hit shows produced by the undergraduates, concerts, and more.
How Can I Reserve the Space?
Student organizations and departments can reserve the space by completing a Carl J. Shapiro Theater Request. Because it is the home of the Undergraduate Theatre Collective (UTC), requests will be handled after semester shows are booked in the space. Non-profit external organizations may click here for a Theater Space Request form.
For more information about the space and its calendar of events, please contact Maria Anderson, Student Activities Specialist.
The 2012 fall undergraduate theater schedule includes:
- Hillel Theater Group and the Undergraduate Theater Collective present: 24 Hour Musical
- Brandeis Players presents: Or by Liz Duffy Adams
- Tympanium Euphorium presents: Bat Boy, book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
- Hillel Theater Group presents: Rumors by Neil Simon
- Brandeis Ensemble Theater presents: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman
- Boris' Kitchen Semester Show
- Brandeis Ensemble Theater presents: Quickies
What is the Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC)?
The Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC) is an umbrella organization of five undergraduate theater groups: Brandeis Ensemble Theater (BET), Brandeis Players, Tympanium Euphorium, Hillel Theater Group (HTG), and Boris' Kitchen. These groups work together to produce student theater. They share resources including the Shapiro Theater green room, shop, costumes, and props. They hold common auditions and common casting which assists directors, producers, and casts in dividing its work load. The UTC is governed by the UTC Commission that has representatives from each of the five groups. For more information about the UTC and its member groups, please visit the UTC website.
What is the UTC's Connection to the Shapiro Theater?
The Shapiro Theater is the home of the UTC, works closely with the Department of Student Activities, and receives priority in the reservation process.
Who Works in the Shapiro Theater?
The Department of Student Activities hires students to serve as Theater Assistants to assist in the day-to-day activities within the space.