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Central Washington University Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Patrick Dizney will give a public talk titled “Practicing Theatre in the Digital Age” as part of CWU’s Celebrating Arts & Humanities Speaker Series. Dizney’s talk will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in CWU’s Black Hall, Room 151. Students and attending community members can expect to hear about the changing nature of the theatre industry and how it is affected by economics, technological advancements, and cultural trends. Dizney’s talk will explore these topics through historical and forward-looking perspectives. When Professor Dizney started acting professionally, he says, “filing systems were still in cabinets and numbers were in Rolodexes.” The nature of human interaction has shifted tremendously, as digitization and technological advancements have impacted not only how theatre is made but how it reaches audiences. “Theatre disciplinarians,” Dizney says, “are wise to consider the effects of digitization not only for their survival, but for new ways to engage audiences.” Considering how theatre making changes over time, Dizney suggests, helps ensure that today’s theatre students and professionals are equipped with the skills they need to make a living in the arts. Professor Dizney received an MFA in Performance from the Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at University of Washington in 1998. He then worked professionally in New York for six years before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. He has worked in regional theatres, feature films, national commercials, and numerous industrials. Before coming to Ellensburg, he taught acting and cinema at Western Washington University. Professor Dizney currently teaches performance at CWU and says he was drawn to the school’s students and the opportunity to continue to shape a theatre program. Professor Dizney’s upcoming talk is free and open to the public. To learn more about this event or the Celebrating Arts and Humanities Speaker Series, please contact Ashlie Crawford at Ashlie.Crawford@cwu.edu or visit the College of Arts and Humanities website at www.cwu.edu/arts.