St. Mark's alumna Amanda Abend '14 (pictured at right making final adjustments to one of her gowns) was recently winner of the Saks Fifth Avenue 2018 Emerging Designer Award at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts' 89th annual Spring Fashion Design Show.
The aim of the St. Mark’s Theater Department is to engage students in the classroom, in the rehearsal hall, on stage, backstage, and in the audience on and off campus. We hope to reveal the collaborative and multifaceted nature of theater as both an art and a craft — and as an integral means of reflecting who we are as participants in the world.
The Theatre Department is an active component in the life of the school, mounting a major main stage production in the fall and the winter, and the ever-popular Student Directed One Act Workshop in the spring. There exist numerous opportunities for performers and non-performers alike, and in a typical year, a little more than 20 percent of the student body participates in the productions.The productions vary in theme and content, and lately have included the zany, semi-improvisational Neo-futurist
- Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
- Our Town,
- The Laramie Project, a pungent chronicle of how that Wyoming community responded to the murder of Matthew Shepard, and Euripides's 5th century B.C. anti-war classic
- The Trojan Women, adapted and updated to the war in Iraq.
On Wednesday evening, May 16, and Friday evening, May 18, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present three student-directed one act plays in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater. One of the plays was also written by a St. Marker: Kaela Dunne '18.
Miles Borchard '15, a student at the Theater Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, was recently named recipient of a Robert & Ellen Marks/Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship. Sarah Siddons Society scholarships are given "to outstanding theatre students in the Chicago area, enabling them to further their education in fine arts."
On Friday and Saturday evenings, April 20 and 21, the St. Mark's Musical Comedy Club wowed audiences in the Black Box Theater with their production of Hairspray.
The St. Mark's Musical Comedy Club will be presenting "Hairspray" in the Black Box Theater this Friday With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, "Hairspray" based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. "Hairspray" originally appeared on Broadway in 2003, winning eight Tony Awards.