Westminster College Assistant Professor to Discuss Behind the Scenes Details of The Drowsy Chaperone Set

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Terry Jachimiak, Westminster assistant professor of Theatre , will present "The Show Opens When?" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Jachimiak and Josh Scott, a sophomore communication studies and theatre major,  developed a memorable set design for the characters of The Drowsy Chaperone.  Reaching across multiple disciplines, the pair utilized techniques such as critical thinking and abstract research to create a world for the actors and actresses to live in. 

Jachimiak will share his insights into the collaboration design process with a student, from the most preliminary of design meetings to when the lights finally bring the design to life. He will include his thoughts on what he considered successes, struggles, and implications for future collaborations.

Jachimiak, who has been with Westminster since 2011, earned an undergraduate degree in technical theatre from Longwood University and a master's degree in scenic design from Wayne State University.

Scott is a son of Robin and Michele Scott of Warren, Ohio, and a graduate of Champion High School.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact Jachimiak at (724) 946-7273 or email for additional information.

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or click here.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Terry Jachimiak, assistant professor of Theatre