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Bloomington theaters discover ways to keep virtual viewers engaged, receive positive community response

April 21st, 2021

Bloomington Playwrights Project patron Susan Jones received multiple “In the Box Entertainment” boxes at her door throughout the pandemic with items to help her remain engaged during virtual plays on Zoom. In January, the box had clues to solve a strange mystery. In February, there was a small easel and a canvas, which she used to paint a scene of a home and yard on a sunny day.

“I think it’s just been very clever,” she said. “These boxes are very professional.” 


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IU alumnus Brad Schiesser brings new theater to community through Bloomington Playwrights Project

April 1st, 2021

The first theater experience Brad Schiesser remembers involved an enormous, fanged, human-consuming Venus flytrap named Audrey II. The plant was a prop in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” his grandfather directed at a high school in Crown Point. The experience left him with an immense love for drama and theater.

Schiesser grew up in South Bend, often attending local theater. His family also went to productions his grandfather directed and to shows at big-name theaters, attending some shows in Chicago. His grandparents had season tickets to some theaters, and they would buy extra for him and his family if they wanted to see a certain play together.

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Student sources were in abundance during reporter’s outing in the pandemic

March 25th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hesitation about face-to-face interviews with journalists for health and safety reasons, but to my surprise, most students I approached were willing to speak with me for my reaction story.

I faced only one challenge—determining who was studying and who was not. Some students were in class or meetings while others were with friends or on study breaks.

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IU students’ entertainment habits changed due to pandemic, some remained consistent

March 11th, 2021

Some IU students drastically transformed their arts and entertainment habits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to students interviewed Feb. 24 at the Indiana Memorial Union. Others said their habits were already safe by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. 

Why it matters:  The arts and entertainment industry shifted on its axis, changing consumer patterns for some IU students, such as freshman Sarah Qu, 18, from Carmel. 

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On the Beat — Arts & Entertainment

February 25th, 2021


Feb. 1, 2021

C. Ovelton, Indiana Daily Student 

The performance is one play in IU Theater’s “Amplified” series, which is composed of four plays about Black stories. The main character embodies the playwright’s identity and experiences as an Afro-Latinx, queer woman. 

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Bio: Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren McLaughlin
Lauren McLaughlin is a sophomore from Pendleton, Indiana majoring in journalism with a concentration in news reporting and editing with a minor in Spanish. She is an Ernie Pyle Scholar at Indiana University and works as a breaking news reporter for the Indiana Daily Student. She has experience in criminal justice and economy news, but her heart lies with arts and feature stories. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing with her dogs, reading and spending time with family and friends. In the future, she plans to find employment as a reporter at a city newspaper.