From Screenplays to Student Affairs: Kevin Butler Rejoins the Wesleyan Administration

October 28, 2016, by Gili Lipman, News Editor

By day, Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Butler’s door in North College is always open to students, but in the evenings, if Butler is not attending a campus event or spending time with his family, he can be found acting, writing, or watching his beloved Baltimore Ravens hit the gridiron.

Butler left the University in 2007 after serving in the position for over three years but returned this year to Middletown for a second stint. The Argus sat down with Butler to discuss his award-winning screenplays, his grandmother’s delicious macaroni and cheese, and his vision for equal opportunity.

Lindsey Baldwin is a senior ('17) from Albany, New York with a double major in Theatre and Visual Art. She is currently designing the visual art and multi-media design for the mainstage production of Ophelia.   Meet Lindsey: 

How do your two majors compliment each other?  

I think my visual art major has given me a lot of transferrable skills when I'm designing for theatre.

Pat Cornacchio is a junior Theatre major and Global Studies minor from Salem, MA. He has a variety of interests and skills in theatre which showcase his versatility as an emerging artist.  He is currently the dramaturg for the SMC mainstage production of Ophelia: A Different Perspective on William Shakespeare's Hamlet. 

What made you select the Saint Michael's College Theatre program when you were looking at colleges and universities?

I actually did not intend to do theatre when I selected St.

OWEN FREEMAN is a sophomore Theatre major from Portland, Maine.  Last year he was featured in the Saint Michael's College productions of The Crucible and A Midsummer NIght's Dream.   Currently, he is playing Laertes in the fall mainstage production of Ophelia:  A Different Perspective on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Emma Drennen, a sophomore from Philadelphia, PA, was recently recognized for Excellence in Acting by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her role as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Saint Michael's. She is currently playing Gertrude in our original production of Ophelia - A Different Version of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. 

Meet Emma:

My major is in theatre, and I am working on declaring a double major in French.

Professor John Devlin received the Saint Michael's College Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award for 2016.  This is a prestigious award given to one faculty member annually at the Convocation.  Here is part of the citation read at the ceremony:

John Paul Devlin has a distinguished record of artistic scholarship since joining Saint Michael’s College in 2001.

Every other year the Theatre Department offers TH 101 Life in the Theatre.  This year we have twenty students enrolled, most of whom are Theatre majors.  This semester we will have guest artists visit our class: professional actors, designers, directors and working artists in the field of stand-up comedy, technical theatre and musical theatre.  Students in Life in the Theatre will be able to interview these artists about their career choices and their artistic process.

PREPARATION: 

Time to prep for auditions for the Fall SMC-Theatre mainstage! The production will be a devised play created by the ensemble cast. Cathy Hurst will direct and also serve as one of the playwrights in rehearsal. It's a contemporary re-telling of HAMLET with more secrets and untold stories than you can imagine. What was Ophelia's real story? What was Horatio's story? It will soon be uncovered. How can you prepare for these auditions? Familiarize yourself with the play HAMLET.

Ian Underwood is a rising Junior Theatre major with a Minor in Music.  He is from Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

What are three words that describe you?

Happy, Tall, Sensible.

What are your strengths as an actor? 

I think I develop chemistry with my co-actors which creates good relationships on stage but honestly I’m struggling with this question a lot. I consider myself a good actor but when I try and think of why that is,  I just come to the conclusion that  I act  well.
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