You’ll see on the September Listing of Events that FTT’s ND Theatre NOW! begins in the Philbin on September 27th and runs to October 7th.



This year’s show will consist of two one-act plays that will get a unique spin by FTT. The first up is WASP written by all-around legend of everything: Steve Martin! Mr. Martin’s play will be directed by Notre Dame student Najmeddine Harrbi ’19. Here is the synopsis:

In the fractured landscape of 50s suburbia, a prototypical white protestant family exists in a dark limbo of expectation and routine. Mom is surrounded by people but deeply alone, dad speaks in delicious platitudes, and the children fear anything new. The play vibrates with satire and dark lyrical irony as the family meanders blindly toward catastrophe.

The second one-act will be American Roulette written by Tom McCormack. Notre Dame student Roisin Goebelbecker ’19 will direct. Here is the info:

An African-American man named Sam has come for an interview. The firm is unspecified, described only as “the most powerful firm there is.” Two very privileged-looking Caucasians, Charles and Hillary, carry out the interview. They tell him that the only qualification needed is desire to be in the firm. The interview amounts to a series of tests designed to trick Sam. This original and perceptive work details a tense, contemporary American crisis. Alternately hilarious and chilling the play moves swiftly, and inexorably, to an explosive unforgettable climax.

There you have it!









Please wish our June babies a Happy B-day!

6/09 Leo L.

6/12 John Y.

6/17 Marilyn C.

6/17 Ana D.

6/19 Jack E.

6/24 Marilyn S.

6/29 Anastasia G.

VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT: December 2017 Birthdays!











December is here, so let’s send some happiness to our December b-days!

12/10 Mark K.

12/14 Joanne K.

12/15 Gary O.

12/23 Reynaldo H.

12/25 JoLynn B.

12/29 Katherine J.

12/30 Greg O.

*Also note as we get to the end of the year, if you haven’t seen your birthday come up please let us know and we’ll make sure we get your birthday in our system for 2018. Thanks!

TIP OF THE WEEK: New DPAC Website Coming Wednesday September 27th!

Some of you may have noticed that DPAC’s website has had some problems lately. Our computer people are on it and next week it will not just be updated, but replaced! On Wednesday September 27th, DPAC will be launching the new

As this website will be brand new, please get yourself acquainted with it. Plus, you can help us look for problems! Since it is new, there might be some bugs to work out. For example, there could be links that may not go where they’re supposed to. So please feel free to click around and let us know if you find anything! Thanks!

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE: New Local Arts Leaders!

Just wanted to let you know about two new local hires in the South Bend arts scene! First up the South Bend Symphony Orchestra has found the successor to Tsung Yeh. The new maestro is Alastair Willis! Here is a little info on Mr. Willis:

“The Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis has guest conducted orchestras around the world.  Most recently, he completed a successful tenure as Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, which serves the communities of Springfield and Bloomington/Normal.  Willis has been a staff conductor for the Seattle Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras; and led acclaimed ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic as a guest conductor, as well as Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble”.

Born in Acton, Massachusetts, Alastair Willis spent his formative years in the United Kingdom.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from England’s Bristol University and an Education Degree from Kingston University.  He then moved to the United States and earned a Master’s Degree in Music from Rice University.  He currently resides in Seattle with his family, and is looking forward to making South Bend his second home.”

We look forward to having Mr. Willis in the building when the SBSO returns to the Leighton!


Next up, Shakespeare at Notre Dame’s own Aaron Nichols has been named the Executive Director of South Bend Civic Theatre. Aaron’s been a part of the NDSF for many years and we’re going to miss him around here. Here’s his bio for those who don’t know him:

“Nichols comes to SBCT from the University of Notre Dame, where he most recently served as audience development manager for Shakespeare at Notre Dame. He also brings experience in human resources, communications, and operations from eight years of service with global manufacturer NIBCO Inc. Nichols is an active member of the local performing arts community, with acting and directing credits at SBCT, The Acting Ensemble, Elkhart Civic Theatre, the Notre Dame Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, and the Bethel College Theater Arts Department. Nichols was graduated from Taylor University, Upland, Ind., with a bachelor of arts in mass communications. He is presently completing an Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy with National Arts Strategies at the University of Pennsylvania.”

All of us who know Aaron know how good a fit he is for this job. Congrats go out to Aaron and we wish him the best!



NEWSLETTER ARTICLE: Third Coast Percussion at the GRAMMYS!








After their soon to be triumphant performance in the Leighton on Saturday night, the gentlemen of Third Coast Percussion will be going to Hollywood for next weekend’s GRAMMYS. They are nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their piece Steve Reich. In addition to being nominated, they will be performing! They are part of the Premiere Ceremony which will be streamed live on next Sunday February 12th starting at 12:30 PM. We wish them the best of luck!

Here is the official GRAMMY press release:

The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally via

Preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by current GRAMMY nominee Margaret Cho and will feature performances by current nominees Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Northern Cree, O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor, and Third Coast Percussion.

Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam and current nominees Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Sarah Jarosz, René Marie, Mýa, and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco.

The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.