Theatre students Dane Parker ’22, Campbell Duffy ’22, Jaime Hotaling ’23, Harrison Jones ’23, Oskar Brian ’22, Jessica Workman ’22, Ash Zunker ’25, and Lilly Percifield ’22 performed G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Event on February 26 and advanced from the Region 6 Festival (where they received three Meritorious Achievement Awards for Innovative Theatre Practices, Outstanding Ensemble, and Support of New Work) to the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Cast and crew received the Innovative Theatrical Experience Special Achievement Award. G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventis part of Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola’s 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 faculty-student projects.

—May 2022

Associate Professor of Theatre and Paideia Director Sergio Costola and Jaime Hotaling ’23 presented a paper titled “Theatre Education at the Crossroads: Lessons Learned during the Pandemic” at the 2022 American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment, held February 10–12 in San Diego, California.

—February 2022

Associate Professor of Theatre and Paideia Director Sergio Costola collaborated with Olly Crick on a book to be published by Routledge in December 2021. The book, titled The Dramaturgy of Commedia dell’Arte, examines commedia dell’arte as a performative genre and one that should be analyzed through the framework of dramaturgy and dramaturgical practice. 

—December 2021

Students Dane Parker ’22, Campbell Duffy ’22, Jaime Hotaling ’23, Harrison Jones ’23, Oskar Brian ’22, and Jessica Workman ’22 performed G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventon September 29 for the two respondents of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and received three Meritorious Achievements for Innovative Theatre Practices, Outstanding Ensemble, and Support of New Work. Hotaling and Duffy were also nominated for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Award. G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Eventwas directed by part-time Assistant Professor of Theatre CB Goodman and is part of Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola’s 2022–2023 faculty-student project.

—September 2021

Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger and Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola organized and led a seminar titled “Polychronic Translation of Shakespeare” at the 2019 European Shakespeare Research Association Conference, held at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy, July 9–12. Kayla Ingram ’20 attended the conference, and, following an independent study with Dr. Saenger on Shakespeare and Translation, designed graphic support for the seminar.

—July 2019

Assistant Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper titled “Lucrezia Borgia’s Use of Court Spectacle as Diplomacy during the Years of War (1509–1513)” and chaired the session “Confronted Case Studies of Kings and Queens in History, Art, and Psychology” at the Kings and Queens 8 conference, Resilio Ergo Regno: Resilience, Continuity, and Recovery at Royal Courts, held at the Università degli Studi di Catania, June 24–27. 

—June 2019

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper on Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519) at the 2019 Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, March 16–19. His paper was presented as part of a session titled “Women at Home in the Courts of Renaissance Italy.”

—March 2019

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper titled “‘Lucrezia Borgia’s Performances at the Este Court” at the seventh Kings and Queens Conference, “Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Crown,” at the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, July 913, 2018.

—July 2018

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola was an NEH Summer Scholar, having participated in the 2018 Summer Seminars and Institutes Program: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Georgia in Athens, June 1729.

—July 2018

Three faculty members from Southwestern attended the 17th annual Mediterranean Studies Congress held May 28-31 at the University of Malaga in Marbella, Spain. Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “Ramadan on the Rhone: Muslims and Christians in Secular France.” Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, presented a paper titled “London’s Venice and Shylock’s Rialto” and Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, presented a paper titled “Mediterranean Mishpocha: The 2010-14 Uprising(s) of the Mediterranean Peoples.”

—August 2014