Play examines multifaceted stories of the women of Juárez

March 10, 2014

“Women of Ciudad Juárez” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., March 29 and March 31 at ASU’s West campus. The play uses the theater as a space to examine, reflect on and speak about the femicides taking place in Juárez, Mexico.

This production by Troublemaker Theatre/Teatro Travieso is the English-language debut of the text. The play’s author, Cristina Michaus, has written a new introduction in the program for this production. actress on stage performing in the play "Women of Ciudad Juarez" Download Full Image

Also scheduled on March 31 are an opportunity to meet the director and cast, as well as a brown bag discussion on the topic of theater and agency.

“This play offers a voice and a space for the countless female victims whose murders have been reduced to contested numbers and a gross display of injustice,” said Claudia Villegas-Silva, assistant professor of Latin American studies in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus.

“Showing multiple female perspectives of life in Juárez, from mothers and daughters to factory workers and prostitutes, the production speaks out against all forms of violence against the female body and psyche,” Villegas-Silva said. “In this staging of the show, four actresses take on the roles of the women, their families and the officials investigating the murders.”

The production is recommended for mature audiences only.

The four performers are visiting artists from The College of Wooster. The production is directed and translated by Jimmy A. Noriega, founder of Troublemaker Theatre/Teatro Travieso.

Michaus, a Mexican actress, originally wrote and performed “Mujeres de Ciudad Juárez” as a one-woman show in 2002. The production ran for more than six months in Mexico City, and toured to other theaters throughout Mexico for several years.

In 2011, Noriega directed the play for sold-out audiences at Cornell University. It was also presented at an international theater festival in Quito, Ecuador.

The March 29 and 31 performances of “Women of Ciudad Juárez” will be held in Second Stage West, lower level of the University Center Building at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting and searching “Arizona State University.”

Visitor parking on the West campus is free for the March 29 performance; it costs $2 per hour for the March 31 performance.

The March 31 free brown bag talk on theater and agency will be held from noon to 1 p.m., in room 132 of Fine Arts Center (FAC) on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Then, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., March 31, ASU’s Committee for Campus Inclusion is hosting a free reception, to be attended by the director and cast, in the Delph Courtyard of the University Center Building on the West campus. The reception also serves to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.

In addition to New College’s School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies and the Committee for Campus Inclusion, sponsors of the ASU visit by Troublemaker Theatre/Teatro Travieso include Chasqui: Revista de Lieratura Latinoamericana; ASU’s M.A. program in Social Justice and Human Rights; the School of Social Transformation; Hispanic Heritage Month Committee; School of International Letters and Cultures; Latin American Studies Foundation; and Theatre and Performance of the Americas.

ASU offers sports broadcasting camp for high school students

March 10, 2014

High school students from across the country who are interested in sports broadcasting can cover professional teams and learn from top journalists through a new summer camp at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp exposes high school-age students to the growing field of sports journalism at one of the nation’s top journalism schools. This on-campus residential experience runs this summer from July 20 to Aug. 1, and includes field trips during which students will cover the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Mercury. Registration is currently open here. Space is limited. woman standing in front of camera Download Full Image

The camp includes partnerships with FOX Sports Arizona and the Arizona Cardinals that provide mentorship and support to students throughout the camp.

“Our long-standing partnership with ASU’s Cronkite School helps with our goal of supporting education and Arizona’s youth,” said Brian Hogan, FOX Sports Arizona senior vice president and general manager. “This new program will give high school students a tremendous introduction to the sports broadcast profession, and we are proud to be involved.”

The camp includes high-impact sessions exposing students to play-by-play and sideline reporting, as well as program hosting and studio production. Students will also produce segments and full sports programs in Cronkite’s state-of-the-art television studios using the same equipment and editing software used by professional broadcasters.

“Sports broadcasting is in high demand at media outlets all over the country,” said Cronkite assistant dean, Mark Lodato, who leads the school’s sports journalism program. “This camp is perfect for any high school student considering studying sports broadcasting in college. It offers them the rare chance to cover professional sports teams in the nation’s sixth-largest city.”

Students will be housed just steps away from the Cronkite School at the Taylor Place residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Tuition includes housing, meals and transportation during camp, as well as access to broadcast equipment, field trips and professional instruction. No prior experience is required to participate.

The Cronkite School is home to a new sports journalism program that offers ASU students unmatched access to sports media classes and dozens of professional experiences. The program features a full-immersion sports bureau in Southern California, where ASU students get real-world reporting experience. Students regularly cover Major League Baseball’s Cactus League spring training for national media outlets, and this fall, students will cover news and events leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Reporter , ASU Now