APSU Musical Theater Senior Breanna Douglas to Perform in NYC at Theaterlab

Clarksville, TN — Breanna Douglas, a musical theater student at Austin Peay State University (APSU), will perform at the climactic staged reading of “Our Tempest,” a new play by Jacques Braschat theater lab in New York on June 6, 2022.

Staged reading is the last stage of one year commitment between the Department of Theater and Dance at Austin Peay State University and The Farm Theater in New York with the generous financial support of APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (ECSC).

“This is exactly the type of long-term project that our department excels at producing,” said Marcus Hayes, president of the Department of Theater and Dance. “Students had the opportunity to see how a new play is developed over the course of a year and to see one of our students perform in New York alongside professional actors is a clear demonstration of the quality of students we have in the Department of Theater and Dance at APSU.

Douglas announced the news on his Facebook page earlier this week and invited anyone in New York to view it.

The reading will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. ET) at the Theaterlab located at 357 West 36e Street, Third Floor, New York, New York. Places are limited and available by sending an email to .

The culmination of a one-year project

Breanna Douglas, a musical theater student at Austin Peay State University.  (APSU)
Breanna Douglas, a musical theater student at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

From August 14-17, 2021, a group of acting and dance majors with acting professor Darren Michael and associate acting professor Talon Beeson traveled to New York City to participate in the College Collab program presented by Farm Theatre.

The Farm Theater College Collaborative Project “commissions an early-career playwright to write a play that several schools produce independently throughout the school year,” according to the program’s website. “The faculty, the students and the playwright collaborate throughout the year to develop the text. The majority of the characters will be under the age of thirty so undergraduate actors can play the roles successfully.

Brooklyn-based Brasch was this year’s playwright, and he participated in a workshop on his new play, “Our Tempest,” with theater and dance students from Austin Peay State University on November 5-6, 2021. .

After each round of workshops, Brasch edited the script and sent the revised version to the next partner institution. Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville produced a staged reading of “Our Tempest” in April, and the final version will be performed at Theaterlab in New York.

A dozen APSU students have worked on the collaboration over the past year.

For the readings held in November at Austin Peay State University, the student team was Noah Puckett, vice-principal; Alyssa Amos, stage manager; Autumn Rager, assistant stage manager.

The cast was Jessika Land as Jessica, Destiny Neal as JJ, Jaylan Downes as Denver, Justin Tinker as Lucien, Khatelin White as Adelaide, Sebastian Fenton as Mack, Sarah Wilson as Bear 1/caretaker and Noah Puckett as Bear 2/tow guy .

Douglas played the role of Elle. Now she will play the same role in New York. Pellissippi State student Michael Spurgeon will play Lucien. The other roles will be performed by professional actors.

For more information about the theater and dance degree programs offered at APSU, contact the department office at 931.221.6767.