Announcing the Purple Masque Season 2014-2015

Fall Semester

Oct. 2-4, 2014
Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here? by Marsha Sheiness; directed by Cory Jennett
roles: 6 females/1 male

Oct. 23-25, 2014
Miss Julie by August Strindberg; directed by Fatmah Al-Qadfan
roles: 2 females/1 male

Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2014  KSTO Event: Haunted Purple Masque Tours Fundraiser
Selected “ghostly” scenes directed by Dylan Rogerson

Nov. 13-15, 2014
Catcalls by Jessica Munoz; directed by Lavonne Canfield
roles: 6 females/2 males

Spring Semester

Jan. 29-31, 2015
Joanna Abilama: Staged Reading of Joanna’s new play; directed by Sally Bailey

Feb. 19-21, 2015
Ebony Play: TBA; directed by Hannah Miller

KSTO Event Feb. 27-28, 2015 (tentative dates)
Mr. MTD Pageant

March 6-7, 2015
Shepherdless by Jessie Greenfield (Staged Reading by Drama Therapy grad student); directed by Cory Jennett
roles: 3 females/3 males

KSTO Event: March 27-28, 2015 (tentative dates)
24-Hour Play Fest

April 16-18, 2015
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, translated from French by Logan Jones; directed by Logan Jones
roles: 2 females/2 males

Congratulations to all the students who were chosen to create work in the Purple Masque in its very LAST SEASON in East Stadium!

KSTO Nominations/Elections: Nominations Due Tomorrow by 5pm

Attention all theatre students!

It’s time to elect KSTO officers for the 2014-2015 school year! We’re doing this a little differently this year and attempting to go all electronic. The first step of this is to nominate officers by commenting on this post below (you can choose to post anonymously if you prefer).  Nominations are open until 5PM on Saturday April 19th.

To nominate, look over the list of eligible KSTO members below and post your nominations in the following format:

President: Joey Boos, Amanda Garvey, Dylan Rogerson
Vice President: Joey Boos, Amanda Garvey, Dylan Rogerson
Secretary: Joey Boos, Amanda Garvey, Dylan Rogerson

You may nominate as many members as you like for the same position and the same person for as many positions as you like. As you can see, we are only voting for President, VP, and Secretary. Treasurer and Historians will be appointed positions from now on and are to be decided post-elections. Look for a VC post following this one to comment if you are interested in being considered for those positions.

You may nominate anonymously. We won’t require you to provide your name on your comments if you choose not to. The comment section does require your email address, but it doesn’t have to be publicly visible.

NOTE: Persons nominated will not be eligible unless they accept their nomination! We suggest that you alert the people you’ve nominated so that they know to respond to your comment and accept their nominations.

ANOTHER NOTE: You may nominate yourself if you so wish.

Eligibility Requirements:

-Inducted into KSTO by participating in enough KSTO and theatre department events

-At least one year of school left to serve (someone set to graduate in December may not be a KSTO officer. If I’ve missed someone on the list who will graduate in December [or left someone off] please alert us.)

Eligible KSTO members:

Maria Arvanitakis
Sarah Boatman
Deb Bruner
Hannah Conroy-Philbrook
Lizzy Cook
Dani Golway
Cat Huck
Cory Jennett
Tori Ptacek
Chloe Pyle
Drew Reisner
Chase Rossman
James Sherwood
Sarah Stoulil
Jon Strom
Mark Young
Carolyn Fitzgibbons
Ben Deghand
Angelica McKinnis
Emily Barnhill
Kelsey Coffroth
Logan Jones
Lucy McDonald
Hannah Miller
Elise Poehling
Emily White
Kristin Kelly

Mark A. Chapman: 1943-2014

Mark A. Chapman died this morning. Below is an image of Mr. Chapman and a message from Sheila Walker. Please keep this kind and generous man in your thoughts and heart today.



We lost a very close member of the K-State family early this morning. Mark A. Chapman passed away after suffering a stroke a few weeks ago (Saturday, April 5). Mark was 71.

Two funeral services are expected to be held: one in Texas and another in Clay Center, where Mark asked to be buried. More details to come as they are available.

Please consider sending condolences to Mark’s wife, Cheryl Mellenthin, at PO Box 1687, Sealy, TX 77474-1687.

K-State’s College of Arts & Sciences and Kansas State University as a whole will miss Mark very much. We will miss his generosity, intellect, creativity, and sharp wit.

He brought us the Chapman Scholars Program, and our first full-ride Presidential undergraduate scholarship, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, the Chapman Art Gallery in Willard Hall, the Chapman-Mellenthin Vet Med Plaza, and he helped give us the All-Steinway designation in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and CHAPMAN THEATRE IN NICHOLS HALL.  One of his favorite projects was the window transformation in the Great Room at K-State Libraries.

He was instrumental in many programs and facilities improvements in Athletics as well, including the Coaches Workroom in the new Basketball Training Facility and the Athletic Department’s annual Powercat Choice Awards.

We have so many great memories of Mark Chapman, and he has clearly left an indelible legacy on the K-State campus. We miss him already.

Please feel free to share this sad news with others  who might also be interested.

Congrats Dog Sees God on a Successful Opening Night!

Congratulations to the entire company of Dog Sees God on a fantastic opening night.  Thanks to KSTO for sponsoring!  It runs tonight (Friday 4/18) and tomorrow at 7:30.  Only $4.00 at the door.

Call for Appointment for KC Auditions

These audition appointments are filling up for KC Theatres!

Spinning Tree Theatre


The Coterie and Unicorn (joint audition)

Request for Support: Senior Dancers

Hi All!

Meredith Dodd, Mica Bengtson, Victoria Menear, and Karissa Spohn are looking for a stage manager, music operator, lighting, and assistant stage manager for Treasuring Time senior dance concert. It is on May 11th with dress rehearsal on May 9th and a showing on May 6th. We would need you there at 4:45 on the 6th. On the 9th we would need you there from 6:50pm to 9pm. On the 11th which is the show we would need you there from 11am till the end of the show 4ish. You would need to be available all three days. Feel free to contact Victoria Menear with any questions or to volunteer at

Thank You,

Meredith, Mica, Victoria, and Karissa

Master Classes with Jane Hawley: Exploring Movement Fundamentals

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nichols 008, 3 sessions. Come to one or all.

8:05 – 9:15 a.m.
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Open to all students
Especially beneficial to visual artists, dancers, actors, singers, and instrumentalists

Hawley Master Class flyer-final

HealthRHYTHMS Sessions

Neil Dunn is offering HealthRHYTHMS sessions- designed for stress relief for students-free!

HealthRHYTHMS is an evidence-based and research-proven wellness program that has proved to reduce stress and burnout, to have positive affects on the immune system, to foster positive mood states, as well as many other benefits. It is also a lot of fun!

Neil Dunn has sessions scheduled for 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. First session was April 9th but there is room for a few more participants. The 60-minute sessions are a lot of fun and help out with stress relief.

Contact Neil directly to sign up or to get more information:

Bring a friend! Tell a friend! This is free and open to all K-State students.

Film: “Manhattan” Tonight at 6pm in Forum Hall

The Student Union is showing the film “Manhattan,” made by KSU Alums and filmed in Manhattan, KS.

Today, April 13th it starts at 6pm and there will be a post film discussion with George Stavropoulos and two of the film’s directors, Bret Palmer and Ryan Bruce. These alums will be at Theatre Forum on Monday at 12:30 in Chapman Theatre.

Here is a link to the film’s trailer:



Each year the performances at Ko are curated on a theme that we think will entertain, provoke and inspire our audiences! Our 23rd season has been curated on the theme of WORK | JOB | CAREER | CALLING. The shows are by a diverse group of artists:  Beau Jest Moving Theatre, Judith Sloan & Earsay, The Independent Eye, and Alice Eve Cohen. We will also offer a couple of special events by Carpetbag Brigade (an extraordinary stilt company), the Mettawee River Theatre Company with an all-ages event with masks, giant puppets and live music, and a Story Slam on our season theme in which interns, Ko artists and community members participate, plus an interactive visual art installation. All our shows are adventurous, devised works created by the people who perform them & their teams of collaborators. In addition, we offer rehearsal residencies and intensive 6-day workshops by master teachers Gerard Stropnicky, Baba Israel, and Elizabeth Fuller and Conrad Bishop of The Independent Eye.

The 5-week festival will take place in on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA. Interns have ranged from 18-55 and have been students, educators and professionals looking to expand their horizons.

Perhaps you know someone who might be interested. Please help me get the word out to them!

Who Might Be Interested:

Naturally those with a theater background, but also to those compelled by the season theme.  Most often undergraduate and graduate students, but we have also had faculty members and practicing professionals who want to reenergize and widen their horizons join us.

General Description of the Internship:

Interns work closely with the staff and the visiting artists to execute the full range of summer activities, including mounting and running of shows, assisting with rehearsal residencies where new work is being created, hosting the visiting artists and workshop students, and the creation of visual displays about the work – including an interactive art installation by Kali Quinn. Interns are full members of the artistic community at the festival, and as such are encouraged to participate in the discussions that follow all the performances at the festival. Experience, particularly in the technical and front-of-house aspects of theater production, is welcome but all interns will receive additional training for their work, which will be in a multiplicity of production areas.

Useful Information:

All activities will be held on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA for the month of July and depart on August 6. Internship dates may be somewhat flexible.  Interns are housed on campus with the artists in a wonderful mansion with a large and fully-equipped kitchen. Interns are eligible to use the state-of-the-art campus gym and pool. There is a bike path right near the housing and the center of Amherst is just a short walk away.

Our WORKSHOPS may also be of interest:

These 6-day intensives in with master teachers include:

July 14-19
Story & COMMUNITY: Creativity. Transformation. Performance!
with Gerard Stropnicky, co-founder Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble & Higher Ground, Swamp Gravy, Flood Stories, etc.

July 21-26


with Baba Israel

July 28 – Aug. 2
with Elizabeth Fuller & Conrad Bishop of The Independent Eye

FOR APPLICATION FORMS & FURTHER INFORMATION on any aspect of the Festival or to apply visit

QUESTIONS? Email Artistic Director, Sabrina Hamilton at or call (413) 427-6147.