Form Follows Function

Form Follows Function

Design exhibition showcases UMKC Theatre graduate work

(Kansas City, MO December 2, 2011)     Theatrical Designers are charged with the responsibility of transforming dramatic literature into three-dimensional existence.  Through scenic design, costume design, and lighting design the tone and aesthetic atmosphere is invented, so the actors can bring the content to life.  The UMKC Theatre graduate students come out from behind the scenes, to showcase their talent in an exhibition, titled Form Follows Function.

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. For 34 years, the theatre department has trained and developed some of the finest theatre artisans working in the industry today.

Form Follows Function will be on display in The Box Gallery from December 2nd through February 24, 2012.  The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building at 1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am to 5:30pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.  An opening reception for the artists will be held on First Friday, December 2, 2011 from 4:00 – 6:30pm.

About UMKC Theatre

From its humble beginnings in 1964 as an offshoot of the Speech department, UMKC Theatre has grown and expanded to include a well-respected, world-renowned faculty who continue as working theatre professionals. In addition, students are mentored by other famed theatre artists who act as visiting professors.

UMKC Theatre not only trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, and dramaturges for careers in the performing arts, they also produce numerous plays each season…a valued benefit to Kansas City residents.

Dynamic co-productions with local professional theatres provide a sense of the real world for students and even more enriching experiences for Kansas City theatre-lovers.

Graduates from UMKC Theatre program are invited to the most prestigious New York and LA showcases and auditions to exhibit their exemplary work and have the opportunity of securing positions with national and international companies. Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

About Professor Lindsay Davis

Mr. Davis came to UMKC to teach costume design/costume technology after a successful 30-year career in New York. During those 30 years he designed for 13 Academy Award – winning actors, and designed the Tony Award Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

For many years he owned and operated a highly successful commercial costume shop. Professor Davis has won design awards in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and South Florida. He has designed opera in Europe, musicals in Japan and Korea, and multiple shows in London’s West End.

About The Box Gallery

The Box Gallery is 830 square feet of space designed for exhibitions by local artists, collectors, and arts organizations.  Its mission is to serve a Downtown audience of residents, workers and visitors, with creative cultural art exhibitions that will enliven, enlighten and engage.

 For more information contact:

Robin Trafton, director, The Box Gallery

TheBoxGallery@towerproperties.com, (816) 760-7885

Lindsay W. Davis, Chair of Design and Technology, UMKC Theatre

Davislin@umkc.edu, (816) 569 2864

Cindy Stofiel, Student Affairs Representative, UMKC Theatre

stofielc@umkc.edu, (816) 235 6683

Image Credit:  UMKC Conservatory of Music Dance Concert, lighting designer EJ Reinagel, photo by Phil Koenig