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School of Theatre to hold memorial celebration Sept. 29

The UNCG School of Theatre will hold a remembrance gathering to honor the lives of two storied theatre faculty members and an alumna on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Sprinkle Theatre, Brown Building.

The gathering will celebrate the lives and careers of Marsha Paludan, Alan Cook and Marian Smith through shared memories, music and photographs. That evening’s performance of “Hair” will also be dedicated to them.

Marsha Paludan served the University for 17 years as a teacher, director, advisor and mentor. She coordinated the movement curriculum for the BFA and MFA actor training programs, bringing to her students an eclectic blend of the Alexander Technique, developmental technique, Yoga, Tai Chi, Viewpoints and contact improvisation. In 2001, she won the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Also an accomplished director, her UNCG productions included “Miss Julie,” “The Sound of Music,” “Equus,” Emily Mann’s “Greensboro: A Requiem,” “An Evening of Kyogen Plays” and Mark Adamo’s opera based on “Little Women.” She retired from UNCG at the end of the 2008-09 school year.

Alan Cook came to UNCG in 1991 and retired as head of the MFA directing program 2007.  Cook directed more than 100 plays in venues across the globe, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and the Jos Repertory Theatre in Nigeria.

Marian Smith graduated from Woman’s College (UNCG) in 1949 and received numerous awards for her work for the arts, including the UNCG Alumni Service Award, induction into the UNCG Theatre’s Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Theater Conference Distinguished Career Award, which was renamed in her honor.

See more in this News and Record article.