Photo courtesy of Loyola's Department of Fine and Performing Arts

The lights, cameras, and action will be in abundance this fall for Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA). The DFPA’s calendar is brimming with art projects, theatre productions, and artistic performances for the semester.

Jennie Martin, director of public programming for the DFPA, says there are many new and exciting changes happening within the department this fall.

“After many months of anticipation, our new main stage theatre space, The Newhart Family Theatre, will be opening on October 13.¬†Also new this year is the flexible seating Underground Laboratory Theatre and professional quality scenic, costume, property, and lighting shops to serve both theatres. In addition, we have specialized classrooms for dance, music, theatre, and fine arts students, including state-of-the-art recording studios, drawing and painting studios, and performance classrooms,” Martin says.

The Underground Laboratory Theatre was built in the basement of Mundelein Center as a black box theatre space. It will house the Lab Experiment Series, which is a series of staged theatre readings mainly led by students in the department.

Martin says all these changes uphold the DFPA’s dedication to the arts and their patrons.

“These new spaces will lead to a lot of changes in the department and how we do things, but most importantly it will help us to provide an even greater standard of excellence in the arts, whether that be in the visual arts, dance, theatre, or music,” Martin says.

The DFPA has also added three new art majors. Students now have the option to major in sacred music, jazz studies, and dance.

Here are a few events coming up in the next several weeks.

  • To start things off, the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex will house the Sculptures in Love with Architecture exhibition until October 6, 2012. This exhibition features the creations of Fabio J. Fern√°ndez and Tom Lauerman as they explore the “emotional capacities of architecture.”
  • Trojan Women is a play directed by Ann Shanahan, a Loyola theatre professor. The production looks at what happens to the women in battle zones during the aftermath of wars through the lens of a Greek tragedy. This show will be held in Studio 409 in Mundelein Center on October 5-7 and 18-21.
  • Harriet’s Halloween Candy is one of the productions taking place in the Underground Laboratory Theatre on October 26. This production is the first children’s musical to be performed at Loyola. Kids from elementary schools near Loyola can watch Harriet face the decision of whether or not to share her candy with her friends and learn the meaning of friendship.

To view a full list of DFPA events for the fall semester, please visit the DFPA’s Arts Alive blog.