An inside look at JCU fall theater

October 21st, 2014



Keith Nagy, assistant professor and managing director of theater at John Carroll University, has many opportunities planned for students to get involved in the theatre program on campus.

Prior to coming to the John Carroll, Nagy has “always been in the Cleveland area theater community.”

Nagy has been the director of production and resident designer at Opera Cleveland, and has helped with the design process, including painting and lighting, for the Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Ballet, Verb Ballets and Cleveland Public Theatre, as well as many other Cleveland area theatres.

He has been “involved in the original ‘resident companies’ that helped build PlayhouseSquare.”

Nagy is currently in his 18th year of involvement at JCU. Knowing for many years that he wanted to be involved in educational theater, Nagy first came to the University in 1996 as a visiting professor to fill a vacancy in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

After taking a year leave of absence from Cleveland Opera, JCU offered him a full-time position.

The JCU theater department is currently in rehearsal for the female version of “The Odd Couple,” directed by associate professor of theater Karen Gygli and written by Neil Simon.  Keith Nagy is the technical director of this show. This is the department’s mainstage production and will be performed on Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Kulas Auditorium.



However, there are other opportunities for students to get involved in the theatre department this semester.

In November, performances include the debut of the newly-renamed one act series, “The Dennis Miller student-directed one acts at the Marinello Little Theater,” thanks to the generosity of the Dennis Miller Fund.

The first of the two student-directed one acts is “If Men Played Cards As Women Do,” written by George S. Kaufman and directed by senior Robin Weaver.

The second one act is a sister play of the first, titled “If Women Worked as Men Do,” written by Ellen Goodfellow and directed by senior Chris Kent.

As a special treat in celebration of the new name of the one act series, there will be an additional musical directed by Nagy, titled “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” written by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, and features the music of composer Jacques Brel.

All of these one acts will be performed in the Marinello Little Theatre, located in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center on Nov. 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

During the spring semester, there will also be additional one acts performances Feb. 19-22, held in the Marinello Little Theatre.

The department will provide more information about these one acts closer to the performance dates.

Additionally, there will be a mainstage production that will be performed on March 20-25. This is a dream play about an Irish family in the 1930s titled, “Dancing at Lughnasa,” written by Brian Friel, directed by Nathan Motta, artistic director at Dobama Theatre.

For students interested in auditioning for the one acts or mainstage performance, Nagy advises to “consult the internet for audition times and information.

Read the scripts that are available about a week in advance before the auditions.”


Also, come in to the audition with a very good knowledge of your schedule and commitments for that semester.”

For more information, please contact Keith Nagy at