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Student Black Box Theater Celebrates its Shivaversary

On May 10th, Vassar celebrated its Shivaversary — that is to say, the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Susan Stein Shiva Theater. The space, originally known as the Coal Bin Theater, has been used as a student-run black box for more than just the past ten years, but was renamed in 1998 in memory of Susan Stein Shiva ’57, a Vassar drama major. “People have done some spectacular work here and it was inspiring to see that the work we do here now is part of a tradition,” said Rachel Lee ’08, manager of the Shiva Theater. “It is the home of one of the most vibrant student theater communities anywhere,” she elaborated — a sentiment that drove Lee, along with the rest of the Shiva staff, to host the affair.

In addition to current students, alumnae/i who have worked in the Shiva were invited to attend the event, where people could mingle, enjoy cocktails and appetizers, and share Shiva memories at an open mike. Although most alumnae/i were unable to make it to the celebration, many sent in photographs of work they had done in the Shiva over the course of their Vassar careers. These photographs, as well as programs and posters from productions going back to the days of the Coal Bin, were all on display at the event. Lee compiled the pictures and posters into a timeline that will become a permanent fixture at the Shiva next year.

June 2008

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