Department of Communication & Theatre Arts

Alpha Psi Omega

This honorary organization is the first national collegiate drama fraternity to be founded in the East, and was organized at Fairmont State College in 1925 with Dr. Paul Opp as its founder. Now with over 550 chapters, Alpha Psi Omega is the largest national honor society in America. The Alpha Chapter is active in community service and educational outreach.

Masquers

Theatre production has a celebrated history at Fairmont State. The first theatrical organization, “The Drama Club,” was founded in 1921 by a group of students inspired by a love of theatre and headed by George H. Turley. In 1923, with Dr. Paul F. Opp as advisor, the students changed the name of the group to Masquers, and elected Lawrence A. Wallman as the organization’s first president. Today, the students in Masquers work on the four main stage productions in the academic season as actors, technicians, and designers under the supervision of the faculty from the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. They also use their talents to serve the community through projects such as the Halloween Food Drive and the Christmas Hat and Glove Tree. In addition, Masquers sponsors the annual awards ceremony dubbed “The Pappy’s” in honor of its first president and long time Fairmont State faculty member Lawrence “Pappy” Wallman. Part Oscars, part comedy roast, The Pappy’s is a fun-filled evening that celebrates theatre on the Fairmont State campus.

Contact Info

Dr. Robert E. Mild
Interim Dean
School of Fine Arts
Wallman Hall 303
Phone : 304.367.4219
Robert.Mild@fairmontstate.edu

FSUNow Stories

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts fall term will begin the week of Sept. 5 through Nov. 12.

Course offering include a wide variety of classes for ages 3 to adult in visual art, music, theatre and hip hop dance. Private instruction is available for ages 5 to adult in acting, studio art and music (all instruments including voice). Instruction on select instruments is available at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Fairmont State University Department of Art announces the solo painting exhibition “Genesis” by artist Dan Hernandez opens Monday, Sept. 12.

The JD Brooks Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall on the FSU main campus, is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the exhibition will run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 4. A closing reception and gallery talk are planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Admission to the exhibit and the reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4147.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts announces a comprehensive printmaking retrospective. The 109 prints included in this exhibition showcase the work of Fairmont State students over the past seven years, and the work represents students from both Printmaking I and Printmaking II. All work was done via the media available at on-campus print facilities, including linoleum relief, intaglio (dry points and etchings done on zinc plates) and polyester plate lithography.

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