WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences is privileged to host a former Fulbright Scholar and current theatre professor from the University of Costa Rica. Professor David Vargas will be in residence from Jan. 21-29, 2012.
During this time, Vargas will offer a private scene design workshop for Carroll theatre arts students, area high school drama teachers, and technical directors of community theatres. On Thursday, Jan. 26, Vargas will present, “Costa Rican Contemporary Theatre: Producing Practices and Drama,” as part of the May Nickell Rankin Memorial Lecture Series. His presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Otteson Theatre, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To make a courtesy reservation for either event, call the theatre arts office at 262.524.7302.
Vargas is a well-respected scene and lighting designer who earned a doctorate in theatre architecture and design from the University of Kansas (KU). He also earned a master’s degree in international theatre from KU, while he was a Fulbright Scholar. His general theatre program at the University of Costa Rica is one of only two in the country to offer courses in scene design, theatre architecture and theatre technology. His career has spanned theatre, television and film, and his work has regularly gained peer nomination for Costa Rican National Arts Awards in design.
This residency is a pilot project to connect Carroll’s theatre arts and other academic programs with the University of Costa Rica. It is supported in part by the May Nickell Rankin Memorial Fund, designated to assist Carroll theatre arts graduates to pursue further training for careers in theatre, and to sponsor theatre lectures or performance artist residencies that are open to the public. The Vargas residency is also supported by the Lenore M. Berslin Theatre and Music endowed funds, which help subsidize Hispanic theatre and music projects at Carroll.