TCU Magazine: Students Gain Experience Through Community Theatre

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Collaborations set the stage for TCU actors’ careers.

TCU student Quinn Moran as Peter perfects his role as a young drug-addicted father in a scene with Krista Scott, associate professor of theatre

TCU student Quinn Moran as Peter perfects his role as a young drug-addicted father in a scene with Krista Scott, associate professor of theatre. Courtesy of Circle Theatre | photo by Circle Theatre executive director Tim Long

Circle Theatre, a 125-seat theater in Fort Worth, produced Luna Gale with TCU’s Theatre Department for three weeks in Spring 2018. The department teams with local theaters to provide professional exposure for its students.

Krista Scott, associate professor of theatre, said the experience is invaluable for students. “It gets them seen in the professional arena,” said Scott, who directed The Heir Apparent, which TCU produced with Stage West, a 150-seat theater in Fort Worth, in 2015.

Matthew Gray, artistic director at Circle Theatre, said working with TCU benefits his theater because of split production costs and shared resources such as props and set pieces.

Circle Theatre’s staging of Luna Gale was the North Texas premiere of the play, which opened at Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 2014.

Gray said the theatrical company and the university share one other thing: trained actors.

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