Full Fresno State theater season announced

Gina Sandí-Díaz, a new faculty member, will direct ‘Lydia’

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Fresno State’s theater department today announced its complete 2017-18 season — and in the process introduced its newest tenure-track faculty member to the community.

Gina Sandí-Díaz, a theater instructor and doctoral student at the University of Kansas, will direct Octavio Solis’ “Lydia” March 16-24. The other five shows in the season were previously announced, with a “TK” indicated for the performance slot that “Lydia” now fills.

From her Linked In page:

Gina Sandí-Díaz is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre, University of Kansas. She is also an actor, director and theatre for social change facilitator. Originally from Costa Rica, she has done extensive Applied Theatre projects in vulnerable communities including prisons, psychiatric institutions and earthquake relief areas. Her academic interests include Performance Studies, Latin American Theatre and Performance, Latin@ Theatre in the U.S. and Theatre for Social Change.

With this new hire, Fresno State appears to be putting a new emphasis on Latino theater, which is a welcome development for the theater department and the surrounding community.

The rest of the season:

Sept. 29-Oct. 7: “A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations),” by Sam Shepard. Directed by J. Daniel Herring.

Oct. 27-Nov. 4: “Native Son,” by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the Richard Wright novel. Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis.

Dec. 1-9: “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” by William Shakespeare. Directed by Brad Myers.

Feb. 16-24: Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Kenneth Balint, artistic director.

May 4-12: “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Kathleen McKinley.


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1 thought on “Full Fresno State theater season announced”

  1. One of the best seasons ever. Those students are incredibly lucky (and likely won’t realize it for years). Going through the process of the Sheperd piece with one of the best directors alive? Wow.

    And Brad will delight with the amazing Two Gentlemen.

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