Author: Leighton Carruth

Students Take Shakespeare from Staunton to Abu Dhabi

Undergraduate students in MBU’s theatre and Shakespeare programs are opening a door to the world in April. A group from Mary Baldwin has been invited to participate and perform in the Global Shakespeare Student Festival, running April 5–9 at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). “When I began my acting journey at Mary Baldwin four years ago, I never could have imagined it would culminate in a trip to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Global Shakespeare Festival,” said senior Layla Teears. “I am so pleased to be part of an institution that values the arts and invests in...

Read More

Pianist Lynne Mackey Performs at Next Sunday Recital

The Sunday Recital Series at Mary Baldwin University will continue on Sunday, February 11. Pianist Lynne Mackey will perform works of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and Medtner.  The recital is at 3 p.m. in Francis Auditorium. Mackey’s appealing program features a wide range of pieces, including Beethoven’s well-known “Waldstein” Sonata, op. 53, along with two etudes by Franz Liszt, and Chopin’s beautiful Fourth Ballade.  She will also treat the audience to some works which may be less familiar, such as three Fairy Tales Nicholai Medtner andChaconne, a work by American composer Robert Evett. “I think the audience will enjoy the contrast in this program,” explains Mackey.  “In the first half, the short Fairy Tales by Medtner, a Russian composer, will contrast with Beethoven’s famous “Waldstein” Sonata.  The pieces on the second half are shorter, but still show a strong contrast: the Chaconne of Robert Evett was written in 1950, but is an old form, while the familiar Chopin Ballade is firmly planted in the Romantic period.” Mackey has performed solo recitals and chamber music in the United States, Brazil, Europe and Morocco. Highlights of her career include performances at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Rotterdam. She is director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.  She is also a member of the Gee-Mackey Duo (cello...

Read More

New Multimedia Exhibition Opens at Hunt Gallery

From 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 12, Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery will hold a reception for the opening of Sarah Irvin’s new multimedia exhibition The Daily Immeasurable. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature refreshments and an artist’s talk starting at 5 p.m. The exhibition will remain in Hunt Gallery from February 12 to March 2, 2018. Irvin said the following about her exhibition: For this work, I used the space and texture of my home and the form of my child’s dollhouse as a resource for exploring the interaction of self and other, self and the material world, and self and the space of the imaginary. I created work using different textures from our home in units the size of our hands. Tiny replications of our dollhouse appear alongside distorted footage of the same miniature house. The small books re-create the format of a complete cyanotype index of British Algae create by Anna Atkins in the mid-1800s printed at the same size as our copies of the works of Beatrix Potter. The books contain an index of Allen Eye Chart Images, an eye chart for preschoolers. In the gallery, the current height of my child is marked using paint that matches the color of their bedroom walls as one iteration of an ongoing growth project that has marked many public and private...

Read More

MBU Theatre Presents Marie Antoinette

Who doesn’t know the story of Marie Antoinette? She lived a decadent and extravagant lifestyle full of beautiful fashion, luxurious foods, and opulent parties. She was the queen of France, but she famously paid for her extravagance with her life. Mary Baldwin University Theatre presents David Adjmi’s political and social satire Marie Antoinette, which runs February 14-18 in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center. Layla Ophelia stars as the doomed French queen with a bad reputation and Clarence Finn portrays her feckless husband King Louis XVI. The royal couple’s strained marriage reflects the struggles of their dissatisfied populace, as citizen and monarch are poised on the razor’s edge of a bloody revolution. The production features Mary Baldwin theatre favorites Melissa Fulton, Marianna Moynihan, Micaela Harmon, and Maeve Edwards respectively as the Dauphin, Dutchess Polignac, Dutchess Lamballe, and a talking Sheep. They are joined by Shakespeare and Performance alum Ryan Odenbrett as Fersen and Keith Taylor, Emma Siegel, Nicole Jones, Duncan McGhee, and Micaela Harmon playing multiple roles. Mary Baldwin’s art and undergraduate theatre department joined forces to create the elegant design reminiscent of the French court, led by the directorial team: Doreen Bechtol, Allison Glenzer, and Christina Peppas. Audiences are sure to enjoy this tale of a frivolous queen whose shockingly explicit language roots her in a modern American dialect. By doing so, playwright Adjmi...

Read More

First Sunday Recital of 2018 Features Terra Voce Duo

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin University is pleased to announce the first Sunday Recital of 2018. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, the Terra Voce Duo will take the stage at Francis Auditorium. The popular husband-and-wife duo of Elizabeth Brightbill, flute, and Andrew Gabbert, cello, will perform a colorful array of works inspired by dance and song, including music by Marais and Villa-Lobos, along with traditional Brazilian and French styles. “The music we are playing is in some way related to song or dance,” explains flutist Elizabeth Brightbill.  “Each selection exhibits beautiful melodies or catchy rhythms — and sometimes both.  There is a diverse mix of styles that we think will be quite engaging.”  The program includes several works that the duo has arranged for flute and cello, including the familiar La Folia by Marin Marais and some Brazilian choro.  “We find that the choro are often audience favorites!” says Brightbill. Terra Voce delights audiences with virtuosity, a conversational style of presentation, and genre-expanding programs that explore diverse musical styles, traditions and cross-cultural influences, while at the same time testing the limits of what is possible on just two instruments. In addition to their numerous performances on college campuses and community concert series, they have appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City’s Riverside Church, and as finalists in the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition. Terra...

Read More


  • Three MBU Students Selected as NewGen Peacebuilders
    on January 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    MBU students were selected to participate in the Rotary International NewGen Peacebuilders program, a global youth peace education program that emphasizes the role, value, and impact of young people (ages 14 through 24) in achieving a peaceful world. […]

  • Student Honored for One-Act Play
    on January 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    MBU senior Myra Diehl earned third place in the William Faulkner Literary Competition for her one-act play "Rehearsal Report." She had never written a play before taking a directing class at Mary Baldwin. […]

  • Student Directs MBU's Election Live Broadcast
    on January 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    MBU senior Diamonique Anderson directed the Election Live broadcast on election night in November. Working with more than 60 other students, she helped track the results of state and local races and dove into relevant topics for voters electing a new Virginia governor. […]

Contact Information

Archives, by date