Department of Theatre Arts Chair, Susan Berkompas, MFA, Directs Riveting Production That Looks At Domestic Violence From A Different Perspective
Costa Mesa, CA, January 21, 2016 –Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has been selected by the Kennedy Center and American College Theatre Festival to be included in this year’s regional festival, featuring a selected scene from Vanguard’s production of Life Without Parole. The scene will be included in the Evening of Invited Scenes at the University of Hawaii Honolulu from February 11-15, 2016.
Life Without Parole, directed by Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard University, is a contemporary drama that tells the story of Helen Broker as she faces a parole board hearing for the first time—taking audiences on a journey through the tragedies of domestic violence. Vanguard professor and playwright, Warren Doody, transformed what was once Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard’s research of the California Institution for Women at Chino, into an original stage play. Dr. Dermody Leonard interviewed 42 women who were serving long-term sentences for killing their abusive partners.
Berkompas is also set to produce Life Without Parole in Los Angeles, on a professional stage in 2016.
The Evening of Invited Scenes, where Life Without Parole will be featured, kicks off the festivities at the 2016 Regional Festival, held in Honolulu. More than 1000 students, faculty, and guest artists from universities and colleges across Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Guam and Hawaii will gather for this year’s 48th festival. The scene from Vanguard University’s production was one of 10 scenes selected to participate in the main stage production, out of approximately 75 nominated.
Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and has lauded alumni in film and professional theatre productions across the U.S.
For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.
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