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Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) blocks Arkansas Razorbacks guard Tramon Mark (12) during Texas A&M’s game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at Reed Arena. (Ishika Samant/The Battalion)
Free falling
February 20, 2024
Jace LaViolette (17) an Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle celebrating a home run during Texas A&Ms game against UIW on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 at Olsen Field. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
GALLERY: Baseball vs. UIW
February 20, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) catches a pop fly during Texas A&M’s game against McNeese on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 at Blue Bell Park. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Four for four
February 20, 2024
Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) blocks Arkansas Razorbacks guard Tramon Mark (12) during Texas A&M’s game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at Reed Arena. (Ishika Samant/The Battalion)
Free falling
February 20, 2024
Jace LaViolette (17) an Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle celebrating a home run during Texas A&Ms game against UIW on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 at Olsen Field. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
GALLERY: Baseball vs. UIW
February 20, 2024
Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) catches a pop fly during Texas A&M’s game against McNeese on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 at Blue Bell Park. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Four for four
February 20, 2024

New Works Festival showcases student playwrights

From actors and directors to designers and playwrights, the Student New Works Festival exists to showcase Aggie talent and to give theatre arts students the chance to live a dream.
The fourth annual festival this year from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23 has given theatre arts majors and minors a complete, hands-on experience as theater professionals. The students do it all, with the faculty serving an advisory role.
Tori Dominguez, senior theatre arts major and playwright of The Persistence of Memory said her experience writing the play that is showcased in the festival was amazing, yet humbling.
My piece is about my own personal experience with death and grief, Dominguez said. The script came from entries from my own journal, so its relieving, but also makes me feel a bit vulnerable.
Dominguez, along with five other playwrights, had her work chosen out of proposals sent to the theatre arts program season committee.
Students submit proposals, including a design presentation and a written abstract, said Amy Guerin, instructional assistant professor in the Department of Performance Studies. The theatre program season committee, with three faculty members and one student member, reviews the proposals and decides which proposals to accept.
From surrealism to satire, various genres will be presented through the pieces showcased in the event.
The five plays include Henderson by Emily Sturrock, senior English major and lifestyles writer for The Battalion; Slant by Citally Jimenez and senior English major Esmeralda Rodriguez; The Persistence of Memory by Dominguez; What Are You Really?by Justin Fullerton; and When I Grow Up by senior agricultural communications and journalism major Josh Hardcastle.
Madison OBrien, production stage manager and senior theatre arts major said the festival is a great learning experience for students, providing them with valuable insight into the world of production.
I love the challenge that New Works poses to all of the students involved in creating new art and experimenting and trying new things in an accepting environment, OBrien said. This environment not only allows everyone involved to learn from one another and the art they are creating, but invites the audience into this experiment as well.
Dominguez said the festival allows people to experiment with their creativity, no matter their professional level or prior experience to play production.
It shows that it doesnt matter who you are whether youre a professional actor, writer or director you can be creative too, Dominguez said. I hope students that come to the festival see that they can be creative as well.

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