Programs evolve in fine arts departments

Lifestyle Reporter
The Department of Theatre and Dance is preparing for a season of new performances and productions.

Fine arts programs continue to evolve with a variety of majors and minors to choose from as Texas State increases. 

Thomas Clark, director of the School of Music, said he has watched the school grow since coming to Texas State in 2008.  Changes to the program included recent building renovations and the addition of the Performing Arts Center.

"When I started here, we had music courses and activities going on in three different buildings," Clark said. “The School of Music has a very respected sound recording technology program, and the laboratory space for that is in an old fire station that was renovated into a recording studio—a whole complex area of studios."

Clark said the music program is now housed in seven different buildings across campus.

"We still have the same three," Clark said. "But we've added practice rooms in the Colorado Building, faculty office and studio space in the Lampasas Building, storage space in the old Riverside Apartments next to Jowers for the marching band and the new Performing Arts Center on University Drive."

Felicia Nugroho, piano performance major, has high hopes for the future of the department.

"I think it is going to be a good direction and a better future for the program," Nugroho said.  “There are more talented and better students.”

Chelsea Urban, theatre junior, is a member of the performing arts honor fraternity Alpha Psi Omega. Urban said the theatre department has undergone changes, which allows students to grow more creatively.

"We are building a lot of new programs," Urban said. "We're actually starting another film festival this semester, and we're getting everyone's ideas so we can get everything pitched and ready."

Urban said these changes have given people a new perspective on not just their departments but theatre as a whole.

"People hear 'theatre' and think, 'oh, Mainstage theatre,'" Urban said. "It's not just about bright lights. We have studio theaters, there's filming, production—we have a lot more chances to do things by expanding and broadening."