Theatre students spend spring break studying in NYC

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Theatre students spend spring break studying in NYC

Published: April 2, 2014.

Lewis University students spent their spring break in New York City as part of the NYC Theatre 2014 Travel Study Program. The study trip provided students with an opportunity to learn more about the qualities of a professional theatre production and the benefits and concerns of living and working in New York City.

“The chance to see four extraordinary productions in a short period of time was an exceptional benefit to our students,” Keith White, Lewis University professor and chair of theatre, said. White and Harold McCay, professor and theatre technical director, led the trip.

Experiencing what is considered the most professional current theatre productions in one of the country’s most vibrant cities and the center of theatre life in the United States, students attended a theatre production each night of the trip. The four productions included “Aladdin,” “Kinky Boots,” “Outside Mullingar” and “Pippin.” Students also enjoyed guided tours of the 9/11 Tribute Center & Memorial and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Students who attended this year’s NYC Theatre Travel Study Program trip included: Samantha Agins, Olivia Colanto, Allie Dimielle, Laura Fox, Emma McGee, Marcus Newell, Kawaan Panama, Katelynn Papineau, Michael Progress, Briana Reidy, Rachel Tau and Erika Young.

The travel study program developed four foundational skills— writing, communication, information literacy and critical thinking. The students enhanced the skills through writing four production analysis papers and discussions about each production. They also connected with Lewis University alumni currently working in the field.

The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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