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Bloomington’s theaters strive to improve diversity

April 19th, 2018

Ivy Tech student and actress Kaila Day became excited when she read nearly two years ago that an Asian-American woman had been cast to play Ariel on a national tour of “The Little Mermaid.” As a Japanese-American, she found it inspiring.

“Even though I’m 18 now – I’m not a little kid – I still appreciate that so much,” she said. “It really is inspiring sometimes to have stuff like that happen.”

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Bloomington’s Paul Daily lives his passion through John Waldron Arts Center

March 29th, 2018

Paul Daily leans into his computer, absorbed in the emails that pop up with a ping at regular intervals. The walls are lined on one side with photos of his wife and three children. The remaining sides are filled with painted canvases and awards. A cardboard sculpture resembling a head and various stage props lie amid the papers that cover his desk.

As the artistic director, Daily’s desk reflects every aspect of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, where he does everything from administrative work to directing plays. As the center’s connection to the Bloomington community, Daily is the first to know about anything happening there.

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Out-of-towners made finding local opinions challenging

March 27th, 2018

Walking up and down Kirkwood Avenue on February 10, 2018, I felt the shyness bubble inside of me that I thought I had abandoned long ago. With experience with the Indiana Daily Student newspaper under my belt, I thought I had overcome this dread of approaching strangers.

But I could not bring myself to approach many of the people who made eye contact with me on the street, continuing past them and cursing myself for doing so.

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Bloomington residents find theater speaks important messages

March 1st, 2018

Bloomington theater can make statements that matter but needs to do more to entice audiences, according to four random interviews at the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Washington Street on Feb. 10, 2018.

“I think sometimes people see things at the Auditorium a lot, like the big travelling shows,” 20-year old Shawn Coughlin from Bloomington said. “I do wish there was more interest in a little more obscure things that are going on or smaller things that are going on.”

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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 15th, 2018


Jan. 17, 2018

Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times

Mary Katherine Nagle, a director of Native American descent, put her heritage onstage in the play “Sovereignty,” which focuses on the death of a Cherokee Nation leader. The play carries both a political and personal statement from Nagle, who said, “It’s my family onstage.”

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Bio: Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis
Rebecca Ellis is a sophomore at Indiana University pursuing a major in journalism with minors in English and marketing. Ellis works two jobs at IU. She is a copy editor at the Indiana Daily Student newspaper with prior experience as the IU Administration beat reporter for the News Life desk. She is also a student assistant in the Eigenmann Residence Hall library. She is interested in focusing on arts and entertainment within journalism and hopes to move to Chicago to work in publishing after she graduates.