The Theatre Audience: 
Its Role and Imagination

Sometimes the most enlightening place
you can be is in the dark!

Have you ever considered what role you serve as an audience member in a theatrical production?  Theatre is a group activity and the director of a production knows this better than anyone. For that reason, the director has very specific expectations of the audience and often develops the show’s concept around “sculpting” the audience’s experience.  While you think you might be sitting “quietly in the dark,” you might not realize there is much more going on than you ever expected.

Richard “Buzz” Herman, PhD and Chair and Professor of Theatre and Dance will be your guide on understanding the audience’s role in a theatrical production on Thursday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the BlackBox Theatre.  The BlackBox Theatre is located just south of the Audrey J. Walton Stadium in UCM’s Nickerson Residence Hall at 603 S. Washington St.  Free parking is available in the Multi-purpose Building parking lot, just across the street from Nickerson Hall.
At UCM, Buzz teaches courses in directing, acting, playwriting, and theatre history and has served as director and actor for over 150 academic and professional productions.  Buzz currently serves on the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Executive Team as National Playwriting Program Vice-Chair and is a Past President of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. Dr. Herman has received three KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Awards for Directing and served as director for Blue Window in 2013.  Buzz’s numerous teaching honors include the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Outstanding Teacher Award, Central Missouri State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and UCM’s Byler Distinguished Faculty Award.

Please join us for this informative, free presentation co-sponsored by UCM's Department of Theatre and Dance!

See our upcoming Spring 2015 Schedule here.



Welcome to Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri for the 2014-2015 school year!

September 2014  will mark the beginning of the 5th year of programming for Lifelong Learning (LLL) at UCM. The LLL board strives to provide community programs for continued learning. Programs are free and open to the community at large. They are designed to be of interest to people of various ages and educational levels. 

We thank all who have supported these programs in the past and welcome those who have not been able to attend. Please select a topic from our fall schedule and enjoy learning in a noncompetitive,  informal environment. No University affiliation is required to participate in our programming.

Deems Brooks, PhD
Lifelong Learning Coordinator


At the University of Central Missouri, LLL is supported by Extended Studies, and is affiliated with the Alumni Association, the Emeriti Association, and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. In addition, the Trails Regional Library is a community affiliate.

The LLL motto is: “Community programs for continued learning for people of various ages.”  We look forward to seeing you at future programs.  All programs are free and open to the public.

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