George Fox theatre professor speaks at Legacy League luncheon Jan. 18

January 4th, 2019

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Guest will share about the school’s commitment to developing ‘servant storytellers’ and the theatre department as a whole

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University theatre professor Rhett Luedtke will be a special guest speaker at a Legacy League (formerly George Fox Auxiliary) luncheon at noon on Friday, Jan. 18, in the university’s Canyon Commons dining hall.

Luedtke will speak about the school’s commitment to developing “servant storytellers” with students dedicated to integrating faith and artistic excellence, the discernment process of planning the campus theatre season each year, the University Players touring group, and the drama department’s leadership role in the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium.

The university’s theatre department stages three major main-stage performances each year. Upcoming is a winter musical, Jane Eyre, scheduled Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 and Feb. 7-10, and a spring drama, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, playing April 4-6 and April 11-14.

Luedtke is recipient of the 2016 Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Excellence in Educational Theatre, the 2010 National Directing Fellowship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and the 2010 George Fox Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award.

In addition to nearly 30 directing credits at George Fox, he has directed across the nation, including the Idaho Repertory Theater, the Heartland Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois, the Small Time Outreach Productions in Auburn, Alabama, and the Festival by the Marsh in New Brunswick, Canada.

He currently is artistic director for the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, which has 12 universities across the nation committed to developing new American plays dedicated to interfaith conflict and peace. Created in 2017, it has commissioned a playwright and plans first performances in 2019 through 2022.
Luedtke has a bachelor’s degree in theatre and English from Valparaiso University in Indiana and an MFA in directing from Illinois State University.

Reservations for the luncheon are required, with $10 payable at the door. Reservations, with a deadline of Jan. 16, may be made by calling Connie Magee at 503-927-5011 or Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Connie Magee

Judy Woolsey

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