Success Stories: Our Department
Want to work in TV and movies? Don't miss the workshop "The Business of The Business in L.A." -- Wednesday morning (Nov 6) 10:00-noon in the Department classroom (ASC 273).
The workshop will be led by TV/Film actor (and Theatre UAB alum!) Julie Sanford and Casting Associate Doug Traer.
MEMORIES OF THE FIRST DECADE
by D. Ward Haarbauer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
(Theatre at UAB began in the 1970-71 school year with no budget and no permanent home. If any one person can be called the Founder of our program, that would have to be Professor Haarbauer -- so for the Department's 40th Anniversary we asked him to share his recollections of the Department's earliest years).
Forty years! What a long time and what a short time! And so many people who, during that time, have taken Theatre at UAB from its tiny but honorable beginnings to the remarkable program it is today.
The 1970 beginning was on the stage at what was then Clark Memorial Theater, home of Town and Gown. Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, performed arena style with a cast of four, started it all, inviting people to “Go to Hell on Hallowe’en”. For three successive nights enough people took the chance and filled the house.
|NO EXIT in 1970 -- performed off-campus with UAB students|
The next three productions appeared in three different locations— Lysistrata played in the Ballet House (now Honors House), The Brick and the Rose and Krapp’s Last Tape in the Engineering Building Auditorium (now gone), and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus in Bell Auditorium (now partially renovated after a long period of deterioration). Despite the constant changes of venue, student and community audiences found the shows somehow.