Woods, Students, and WIU Alums Tour China
Starry Night Repertory Theatre, under the artistic direction of Dr. Jeannie M. Woods, Theatre and Dance, was invited to tour China in November. The company performed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Shanghai Theatre Academy as part of the 2010 Eastern Comedy Performances of the 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, November 13 and 14, 2010. The company also performed at the 2000-seat Centennial Theatre at Peking University in Beijing, November 23 and 24, 2010. During the two-week tour, the company members visited the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and other significant sites.
The theatre company premiered Complete Works on the WIU campus as a Bureau of Cultural Affairs event November 3 & 4. The Starry Night company included Dr. Woods (director); Dan Woods (actor); WIU alumni Wes Whitaker, BA 2008, and Zack Meyer, BA 2009, (actors); WIU seniors Cody Cunningham, Montrose, IA, (stage manager and technical consultant) and Lily Blouin, Anchorage, AK, (actor, fight director and assistant director); and Professor Laura Wayth from Florida Atlantic University (text coach).
The tour was made possible by Dr. William Sun, Vice President of the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Dr. Woods has been a guest artist at the Shanghai Theatre Academy on two previous occasions and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan in 1998-99. While in Shanghai she also gave a guest lecture on the comedy at the Chinese Eastern Normal University.
Lily Blouin reports that the trip was “life changing” for her. Not many college seniors get to travel to China and perform their craft before they graduate!