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Expressions Archive: April 2013

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Moser as Orlando and Orlando
Heather Moser plays the role of Orlando as both a Victorian woman (left) and as an Edwardian man.

Moser as Orlando and Orlando

Senior theatre major Heather Moser will wrap up her education at IPFW in the title role of Orlando, written by Virginia Woolf and adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl. Orlando will open at Williams Theatre Friday, April 12, and run through April 19. Orlando will take audiences on a journey through the centuries, bending their understanding of gender as Orlando, who begins as an Elizabethan  nobleman, becomes a 19th-century woman. Moser will have plenty of room to stretch her skills as an actor in this contemporary adaptation directed by Jeff Casazza, IPFW assistant professor of acting, movement and voice.

“I’m in the process of completing the Honors Certificate along with my B.A. in Theatre,” said Moser. “When Jeff put Orlando on the calendar I was really excited that we would be doing the play, and when he asked if I would like to do this as my honors project,” said Moser, “my response was an enthusiastic yes.”

The IPFW Honors Program is open to all students with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better. IPFW has created the Honors Program capstone course, in which participating students are asked to undertake an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Each project encourages intellectual independence and introduces students to proper research methods in preparing for graduate work. In preparing for the role of Orlando, Moser thoroughly researched the life and writings of Virginia Woolf. “I was astounded at how much this project has changed my perceptions on research,” explained Moser. “My (artistic) choices have been greatly influenced and are much more informed.”

This will be Moser’s 14th play at IPFW. Her roles have included ensemble work in The Yellow Boat, Servant 3 in King Lear, Third God in The Good Person of Szechuan, and Old Sally in Oliver! In preparing for these roles Moser has trained in hand-to-hand combat, learned a British accent and taken movement and dance. But this kind of in-depth research as part of the honors project is new for Moser, who plans to do more research of her roles in the future. “Hopefully it all results in a more fully fleshed individual,” said Moser. “I think it really adds to the dimension of the character.” 

In addition to her studies at IPFW Moser is also a horseback riding instructor for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) After 16 years as a competitive Jumper/Hunter, Moser decided to put her passion and skills to work teaching autistic children and disabled children to ride.

“Five years ago I was enrolled at a different school and on my way to becoming a physical therapist,” Moser continued. “Not only has the theatre department become family, it’s helped me to open my imagination, form my own opinions and learn to express myself. It was one of the best decisions of my life.” For more information on the IPFW Honors Program visit:

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Haritun’s Love Affair with Music

Rosalie Haritun, associate professor of musicMusic has been the major love of Rosalie Haritun’s life; and even into her upcoming retirement, she has plans that continue to center around music.  Rosalie Haritun, associate professor of music, will be retiring at the end of spring semester 2013 after serving as a member of the Department of Music faculty since 1988. “When I first came to IPFW my classes were held in the Liberal Arts Building in the basement,” recalled Haritun, “That’s been a few years, 25 years to be exact.”

After receiving her Bachelor in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, Haritun earned an M.S. from the University of Illinois and earned an Ed.D. from Columbia University in New York City.  During her tenure at IPFW she has served as the Department of Music chair and as coordinator of music education, along with teaching music education and music appreciation courses.

Music for the Listener is a general education course that helps students listen to music with a critical ear. Classical music can be a bit intimidating to many, but Haritun has worked to make it accessible to literally thousands of students in her 25 years at IPFW.  “I love classical music. I always have. I feel like a musical missionary and I believe everyone has the ability to enjoy classical music if someone opens them up to the possibility,” said Haritun. 

To help guide new music educators, Haritun wrote the Music Teachers Survival Guide: Practical Techniques & Materials for Elementary Music Classroom, Parker Publishing, in 1994. She also has been a field editor for Prentice Hall textbooks since 2002 and has plans to continue that work into the future.  “I had been teaching music education classes for a few years and saving all my lesson plans,” explained Haritun. “One day I realized I had this huge stack of them and I thought, well that’s enough to pull a book together. So I did.”

Haritun has loved music her entire life and has been in a classroom either as a student or teacher since she was five years old. “I can remember when I was little, I took a stick and I pounded a few nails in it and I would pretend that it was an instrument. I’d sit out on the front porch pretending to play that thing lifting my fingers up and down on those nails,” Haritun recalled.

She went on to learn to play several instruments including clarinet and trombone. She had considered becoming a professional musician, but fell in love with teaching along the way. “I really could swing that trombone though,” said Haritun with a laugh.

While Haritun grew up in New York and still owns a home there, she plans to stay in Fort Wayne. “It’s where my friends are, where my community is. I haven’t really planned the rest out,” said Haritun.  “I never really had the chance to travel; I’d like to do some of that.”

The Department of Music has planned a reception in honor of Dr. Haritun Monday, April 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Auer lobby prior to the Community Orchestra Concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m.  Friends, colleagues, students and former students are invited to visit with Dr. Haritun to wish her well.  For more information call the Department of Music at 481-6714.

Petrovsky Hits the Big Time
Petrovsky is a character created by Andres Montenegro.

Petrovsky Hits the Big Time

The Little Quest of Petrovsky, an animated short by Andres Montenegro, has been accepted to compete in the International Animation Film Market’s Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France, June 10-15, 2013. The film will be competing in the animated short film category and Montenegro, IPFW assistant professor of modeling and animation in the Department of Visual Communication and Design, has been selected for a residency award.

Created in 1960, the competition categories include short films, long films, student films and films made for television, advertising and the internet. Festival partners include Adobe, Arte France and Walt Disney Studios. The festival’s creative focus is an incubator for projects and an ideal forum for animation professionals and the talents of tomorrow.

“Annecy is a uniquely important event in our annual calendar, because it combines the world's leading animation festival with a market dedicated to animation,” explains Disney, a festival partner, on Annecy’s web site. “Similarly, the creative focus provides an important intersection between art and commerce in which a diverse cross-section of international talent can take their first shot at pitching new ideas to the market.”

Montenegro has based his cinematic narrative on the paintings of French painter and stage designer Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (Balthus), who is noted for his carefully constructed figures. Montenegro’s central character, Petrovsky, is a lonely character concerned about his future and worried about how to navigate the emotional landscape of middle age. Alone and frustrated, Petrovsky recently has been dismissed from the WWII Asia-South Pacific war. As he frets over his future, Petrovsky finds a mysterious map containing clues inviting him to meet a mysterious lady in the middle of nowhere. Petrovsky, worried that this will be one more of his usual disappointments, discovers a hopeful turn of events.

Over the past 25 years the Annecy International Film Festival has established itself as a leading event in the industry.  Films shown at the festival are made available on the festival website and therefore benefit from such high visibility.

Pressler ImpressesIPFW alumna Blane Pressler

IPFW alumnus Blane Pressler ('09) recently was cast in the role of Jesus in Passion an adaptation of the Biblical story of the last days of Christ, written by Pam Reckamp. The play was presented by the Spotlight Theatre at the Skip Virah Center for the Arts, in St Louis, Missouri, on March 22, 2013.

In April, Pressler will take part in the 2013 St. Louis Shake38, a 38-play Shakespeare marathon that takes place throughout St. Louis and in surrounding communities, in advance of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. This year, Shake38 will celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, running April 19, 2013, through the Bard’s birthday on April 23. Pressler will take part in an updated version of Romeo and Juliet at Nevous International in St Charles, Missouri, on April 23.  The cast of six each will take on multiple roles. Pressler’s roles will include the Friar, the Nurse and Gregory.

Pressler will continue to stay busy throughout the summer season at the Ozark Actors Theatre, in Rolla, Missouri.  He has been cast as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Leon in Fools and the Baker in Into the Woods.

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Dereck Decker Artwork
Air Quality by Derek Decker was created using slip cast porcelain and molds with a glaze developed by Decker.

Environmental Awareness

Fine Arts adjunct faculty member and alumnus Derek Decker ('06) is one of 68 artists included in The Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) exhibition Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse? Juried by Eleanor Heartney, the exhibition will run from April 6 through May 18, 2013 at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass. Co-President for New York WCA, Marcia Annenberg, states: "this exhibit seeks to raise awareness of the imminent danger of uncontrolled climate change, caused by an excessive dependency on fossil fuels... It is our generation that has been called to this task."