Topic: theatre

pencil sketch of B. Michael Howard smiling with folded arms

Tribute: B. Michael Howard

B. Michael Howard, beloved music faculty member and longtime artistic director for Summer Lyric Theatre, died on Aug. 12, 2023.


Quoted: Jenny Mercein

“What emerged in the research is that people have been debating whether the sport is too rough as far back as the game goes. The science is new, but the debate is not.” JENNY MERCEIN, Tulane assistant professor of theatre. Mercein is co-creator, along with playwright KJ Sanchez, of X’s and O’s, a play that examines the lasting physical and neurological impacts from playing football. They presented a reading and panel discussion of X’s and O’s at the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club at Yulman Stadium in February. Mercein was raised in a football family.

Jenny Mercein, assistant professor of theatre

Stages of a Career

Before she knew she wanted to be an actor, Jenny Mercein knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Bill Groom on the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmys

impression: Bill Groom

As a child growing up in California, Missouri, Bill Groom (G ’74) used his imagination to entertain his family at his grandmother’s house every other Sunday with self-produced plays in the living room and the occasional circus in the backyard.

Bryan Batt with Pontchartrain Beach memorabilia

Bryan Batt: Actor & Author

Actor Bryan Batt (A&S ’87) knows that a career in show business can have as many twists and turns as a carnival ride.


Theatrical Work

In October, Newcomb Art Museum hosted the world premiere of Postcards From Over the Edge, a new theatrical work that illustrates the history of the sale of sex in Louisiana. The play, developed by New Orleans–based artists, was initiated by Karel Sloane-Boekbinder from the School of Liberal Arts’ Department of Theatre and Dance.