School Department News

Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 8:30am
Tim Matheny, chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication and assistant professor of theatre at William Carey University, was recently named the university’s 2014 Humanities Teacher of the Year.
As part of the award, Matheny presented a lecture entitled “The Power of Theatre: A Look into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Theatre’s Influence on Modern and Historical Societies” at WCU on October 23.
Matheny, of Petal, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre and performance from William Carey College in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance from the University of Louisville in 1999. He returned to WCU in 2000 to work as faculty, serving from 2000-2005. He spent three years working with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Russia and the Czech Republic before returning to WCU in 2008.
He is a seasoned performer and director, having worked with the popular Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) beginning in 1994. He has also worked with Mosaic Productions in Moscow, Russia; the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera; and the Louisville Repertory Company. At WCU, he has directed The Diviners, All My Sons and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, as well as the CDT performances of Route 66, The Taffetas and Cotton Patch Gospel. His original play, Beginnings, co-written with Jeanna Graves, and his adaptations of Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest have premiered at WCU. In 2013, he directed a short play that was performed at the IMB’s commissioning service in Hattiesburg.
Matheny has served on committees with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was named chair of the college/university division of the Mississippi Theatre Association in 2012. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society.
A faculty member from each higher learning institution in the state is selected for the Humanities Teacher of the Year honor each year by the Mississippi Humanities Council, a nonprofit corporation with the goal of sponsoring, supporting and conducting a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community and empower Mississippi's people with a vision for the future.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:46pm
Four William Carey University art majors will have their works displayed during “Emerging Artists” exhibits at the Lucile Parker Gallery in October and November.
The first exhibition, featuring seniors Joanna McKenzie of Monticello and Amber Holifield of Collins, will be on display from October 21-30. The opening reception is 4:30 until 6 p.m. on October 23.
The second exhibition, featuring senior Anna Dancsisin of Summit and graduate student Laura Creekmore of Hattiesburg, will run from November 11-20. The opening reception is 4:30 until 6 p.m. on November 13.
The Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg, is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:28am

The Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University will host “Fractured Space,” an exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Mississippi artist Patt Odom, from September 23 until October 16.

The opening reception for the exhibit is 4:30 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 25.

Odom specializes in oil and acrylic paintings with south Mississippi themes. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and has also studied at the University of Hawaii, Louisiana Tech University, the Ringling School of Art and Design and the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft. She has taught art at USM, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Lilly Burney School and Leakesville High School.

Odom continues to teach workshops across the country. She has had numerous shows of her work throughout the South and many influential local collections feature her work, including collections at WCU.

Odom’s approach to art attempts to reveal the character, humanity and spirit of the figures she paints. Her highly personal style illuminates her artistic process by making viewers aware of the paint, the color and the brushwork she uses.

This show includes 30 paintings and drawings along with six ceramic sculptures, representative of the emotional range and technical mastery of Odom’s recent works.

The Parker Gallery, located at 512 Tuscan Avenue in Hattiesburg, is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or by appointment by calling (801) 755-4052.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:56pm

The William Carey University Theatre will present Tony Award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s “Scenes from Argonautika” (The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts) October 9 through 11 and 16 through 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre.

Zimmerman tells this classic saga with a contemporary twist, combining humor and drama, transforming this Greek adventure. The story begins with adventure seeking sailors of the ship Argo following their leader Jason (Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, GA). Encountering an array of daunting challenges in their “first voyage of the world,” Jason and his mighty crew press on in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Argonauts include Meleager (Xavier Martin of Hattiesburg); Idmon (Branden Lindsay of Greenville, S.C.); Tiphys (Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg); Castor (Justin Taylor Abbott of Picayune); Atalanta (Rebekah Romack of Poplarville); Hercules (Billy Burkes of Meridian); and Hylas (Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune). Gods, goddesses, nymphs, and Kings are Amycus (Chris Permenter of Oak Grove); King Aeetes (Burkes); King Dymas (Hutchison); Hera (Miranda Rester of Oak Grove); Athena (Amanda Campbell of Picayune); Medea and Dryope (Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg); Andromeda and Eros (Haley Genberg of Warren, PA); and Aphrodite (Ashlyn Watts of Picayune). 

Based on the third century Greek epic, “Argonautika” explores a world where magic rules the everyday lives of those passionate enough to seek adventure. This is a world where gods laugh in the face of mortal promises like the one King Pelias makes, “Think of it Jason, to sail so far beyond where anyone has ever sailed… and when you return, covered in glory this kingdom shall be yours.” 

The production is directed by Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department. Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty is technical director for student designers. Scenic designers are Chris Permenter and Jana Barkley of Picayune. The costume designers are Permenter and Ashlyn Watts. Barkley and Billy Burkes are lighting designers, and the sound designers are Joey Roderick and Burkes. Makeup and properties designers are Watts and Haley Genberg. Barkley also is lightboard operator and Sawyer Walters of Hattiesburg is sound board operator. Stage hands are Johonna Bush of Foxworth; Karlie Buss of Hilltop Lakes, TX; and Dana Buckley of Gulfport.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning October 6.