Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, was invited as a guest faculty member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science course titled Healthy Dance Practice and Performance, and guest speaker at the preconference education workshop at the annual conference of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Snowmass, CO, where she also presented original research.

Thomas Bradac, associate professor of theatre, directed Twelfth Night or What you Will and The Tragedie of Macbeth for the 22nd season of Shakespeare Orange County.  The productions featured alumni Michael Fountain (’01) and Kevin Swanstrom (’13) in principal roles as well as current Chapman students Donathan Walters (’15), Jordan Goodsell (’15), Morgan Lauff (’15) and Sierra Stenzel (’14) and stage managers Kayla Hansen (’10) and Jenny Ludwig (’11).

Professor of theatre Michael Nehring assumed the reigns as Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Education for the Portland Shakespeare Project, teaching a master class for Portland actors titled “Michael Chekov Techniques for Building Shakespeare’s Characters”, and launching the first Portland Shakespeare Project High School Conservatory.  He also directed a staged reading of Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed.

Associate professor of music Jeff Cogan attended the Guitar Foundation of America international convention and competition in Louisville, Kentucky and conducted research and interviews with Pepe Romero, Gaelle Soliel, and Zoran Dukic for the video presentation he is creating on renowned guitar builder Daniel Friederich.

Assistant professor of theatre Jonathan Pope Evans is the co-writer and associate producer for a feature film titled Neighbors, in development with two potential studios, and screenwriter for a feature film titled Under the Sun, which has been optioned by production company Pearl Street Films. His short film Sepulte “The Buried” continues to make the rounds of film festivals around the world.

Assistant professor of theatre Jocelyn L. Buckner presented a paper on a panel she coordinated titled “Play(s), Production, and Performance: The Temporality of Performance in Plays, Games, and Blogs” at the Performance Studies International conference in Stanford, CA.   She also presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Orlando, FL.