Theatre Groundbreaking Set for October 14
By Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- A groundbreaking for the Nafe Katter Thrust
Stage Theatre will take place at the University of Connecticut on
Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard next to the
music/drama building library.
A scholarship tea to honor donors of scholarships and awards,
and the fine arts students who have received them, will follow in
the Mobius Theatre in the drama building.
Katter, an emeritus professor of dramatic arts, donated $1
million for construction of the new theater in the School of Fine
Arts. The University matched his gift with an additional
A thrust stage is a three-sided stage that extends into the
audience and offers more audience-actor contact. The new theater
will complement the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, the
proscenium-style venue where the dramatic arts department presents
its main-stage productions through its performance arm, Connecticut
Repertory Theatre. Thrust stages are particularly useful for
"The Nafe Katter Theatre gives us an opportunity to enhance
the educational experience of our students in the dramatic arts. It
is a venue that provides a different experience for our theater
majors, one they have not had before," says David Woods, dean
of the School of Fine Arts.
Katter says he is "thrilled" that the new thrust stage
theater is being built. "It's important for students to
get this kind of experience," says Katter. "Not only
actors, but designers and directors as well. It's something
I've been thinking about for a couple of decades."
Katter came to UConn in 1957 and retired in 1997. While at the
University, he directed 100 productions, including Shakespeare
productions and musicals. He was a founder of, and acted at the
Stratford (Conn.) Festival Theatre, and has acted in Theatreworks
and at the Hartford Stage, where he continues to enjoy an active
career. In 2000, Katter received a Distinguished Advocates for the
Arts Award from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
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