Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville Our Chapter was formed in 2009 and has been an active part of UNCA's liberal arts community. We produce one show every semester as well as sponsoring many other events including open mics and film projects.
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This is the official page for Alpha Psi Omega at UNC Asheville. APO is a national theatre society which produces one play every semester. We also host many different events throughout the year. Every show is designed, directed, and acted by students. Membership is available to all UNCA students, go to our website for more information.

Mission: APOUNCA is a Dramatic honor society which focuses on exploration, education, and student collaboration in a safe and creative environment.

04/26/2019

Everyone come out to the Office Trivia Event! It’s starting very soon in Whitesides’ Acting Lab! ⭐️⭐️

The cast and crew of Rossum's Universal Robots has been working exceptionally hard these past few weeks, and their hard ...
03/28/2019

The cast and crew of Rossum's Universal Robots has been working exceptionally hard these past few weeks, and their hard work has paid off! We open TOMORROW night at 8pm! Please email [email protected] to claim your tickets, there only a few seats remaining.

March 30th's performance is officially SOLD OUT! Grab your free tickets for the March 29th and March 31st performances b...
03/25/2019

March 30th's performance is officially SOLD OUT! Grab your free tickets for the March 29th and March 31st performances by emailing [email protected].

WHAT?: Rossum's Universal Robots
WHEN?: March 29-30 @8PM & March 31 @1:30PM
WHERE?: Whitesides 103 (The Acting Lab)

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Rossum's Universal Robots opens in two weeks! This
science fiction play is directed by Alpha Psi Omega's very own William Buffkin and will leave viewers asking themselves, "What does it mean to be human?" Please email [email protected] to reserve your tickets for this show. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so be sure to act fast!

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Poster designed by Dylan Jones.

Let the countdown begin! Rossum's Universal Robots opens in just FIVE days! Email apounca@gmail.com to claim your FREE t...
03/25/2019

Let the countdown begin! Rossum's Universal Robots opens in just FIVE days! Email [email protected] to claim your FREE tickets for the show. We only have two more tickets available for Saturday's (March 30th) show, so grab a friend and see some awesome student talent.

WHAT?: Rossum's Universal Robots
WHEN?: March 29-30 @8PM & March 31 @1:30PM
WHERE?: Whitesides 103 (The Acting Lab)

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Rossum's Universal Robots opens in two weeks! This
science fiction play is directed by Alpha Psi Omega's very own William Buffkin and will leave viewers asking themselves, "What does it mean to be human?" Please email [email protected] to reserve your tickets for this show. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so be sure to act fast!

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Poster designed by Dylan Jones.

WHAT?: Rossum's Universal RobotsWHEN?: March 29-30 @8PM & March 31 @1:30PM  WHERE?: Whitesides 103 (The Acting Lab)---Ro...
03/17/2019

WHAT?: Rossum's Universal Robots
WHEN?: March 29-30 @8PM & March 31 @1:30PM
WHERE?: Whitesides 103 (The Acting Lab)

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Rossum's Universal Robots opens in two weeks! This
science fiction play is directed by Alpha Psi Omega's very own William Buffkin and will leave viewers asking themselves, "What does it mean to be human?" Please email [email protected] to reserve your tickets for this show. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so be sure to act fast!

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Poster designed by Dylan Jones.

Flashback Thursday! We love working as an ensemble to create theatre in APO. This is a photo of Alpha Psi Omega's produc...
02/07/2019

Flashback Thursday! We love working as an ensemble to create theatre in APO. This is a photo of Alpha Psi Omega's production of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" directed by the fearless duo Morgan Fuller and Lea Gilbert!

Alpha Psi Omega is just getting started for the semester, but we certainly have A LOT of awesome things in store. Here a...
01/31/2019

Alpha Psi Omega is just getting started for the semester, but we certainly have A LOT of awesome things in store. Here are some of our amazing members at our biweekly meeting!

If you’re interested in becoming a part of Alpha Psi Omega, please reach out to us!

01/24/2019
Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville

We’re hosting open auditions for our production of Rossum’s Universal Robots RIGHT NOW Whitesides Hall 012! If you’re a UNCA student, come and audition!

01/23/2019

We’re hosting open auditions for our production of Rossum’s Universal Robots RIGHT NOW Whitesides Hall 012! If you’re a UNCA student, come and audition!

10/19/2018

A little information about 36 Treats and Tricks! Get ready!!

10/05/2018

WE SHALL BE HOLDING START TIME FOR INDUCTION INDUCTIONS FOR 10 MINUTES FOR PEOPLE ARRIVING FROM DOWNTOWN

Some info on what to expect and what to prepare:
10/03/2018

Some info on what to expect and what to prepare:

REMINDER: Alpha Psi Omega’s Inductions for the Fall Semester are happening TOMORROW, 10/4/18 in the WHITESIDES ACTING LA...
10/03/2018

REMINDER: Alpha Psi Omega’s Inductions for the Fall Semester are happening TOMORROW, 10/4/18 in the WHITESIDES ACTING LAB at 10:00pm.
Information on what to prepare for inductions can be found on the UNCA Alpha Psi Omega’s website (www.apounca.org) under “Inductions”. We hope to see you there!

It’s time for our first ever Welcome Back PARTY! We hope to see you there!
08/29/2018

It’s time for our first ever Welcome Back PARTY! We hope to see you there!

08/23/2018

REMINDER: Meeting TODAY at 12:00pm in Whitesides Hall Room 012! We will be discussing all things APO!

04/19/2018

Members of APO,

The results are in! We had some wonderful shows proposed and an intensely incredible batch of nominees for our Officer and Board positions. We’d first like to thank everyone for continuing to show as much enthusiasm and support for this organization as you all have. Our growth has been incredible, and there’s no doubt in any of our minds that we will continue to grow and flourish in the coming year.

First, the show we will be doing in the coming fall semester (that will be having a 3 week run in Asheville Community Theatre’s 35 Below black box space) cannot be announced publicly until we’ve purchased the rights, but it will be directed by our friend and prospective APO member Missy Sullivan.

Second, the events we will be hosting in the coming fall semester are Finding Your Light, an actor’s guide on staying visible in their light; and Create48, a 48 hour one-act play festival.

Finally, your new leadership team for the 2018-2019 year is as follows:
President: Serena Dotson-Smith
Vice President: Raina Trent
Secretary: Rachel Anderson
Treasurer: Lea Gilbert
PR/Marketing Director: Ryan Miller

We want to extend a huge congratulations to those elected and a huge thank you to our members. We would also like to thank everyone for making our experience as your leaders as wonderful as it has been. This year has been full of ups and downs, laughter and tears (the good kind and the bad kind), and growth in more ways than we could have ever predicted. Thank you.

We are so looking forward to the coming year!

Grace Siplon, President
Maxwell Roberts, Vice President
Serena Dotson-Smith, Secretary
Anna Zurliene, Treasurer
Lea Gilbert, Production Manager
Ryan Miller, Event Coordinator

04/19/2018

Dear friends and colleagues,

We regret to announce that our production of Antigonus is hereby cancelled due to a combination of multiple unforeseen issues. To those who contributed your time, resources, and energy, we thank you for all your hard work. To those planning on seeing the show, we are sorry you will no longer be able to, but also thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

APO has always been and will always be by the students, for the students. We have grown in membership and production complexity exponentially within the last year, and while that is exciting, it is important to make sure that we focus as much on our classes and personal health as we do on our productions. We are students who have much to learn, and the leadership commends the cast and crew’s maturity in reaching this decision.

Thank you all once again for your support.

Sincerely,

Grace Siplon, President
Maxwell Roberts, Vice President
Serena Dotson-Smith, Secretary
Anna Zurliene, Treasurer
Lea Gilbert, Production Manager
Ryan Miller, Event Coordinator

Our final Actor Spotlight comes on opening night of "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait." Introducing Salome Navarro who is appe...
03/30/2018

Our final Actor Spotlight comes on opening night of "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait." Introducing Salome Navarro who is appearing as an ensemble member! She is a senior Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major and is participating with APO for the first time! According to Sal, "The best part was watching this process unfold for Justin (director)." Her favorite line in the show is, "Excuse me brother. I have news."

03/29/2018

Two tickets have become available for tonights show, first come first serve!

Meet Alyssa Vincent, playing an ensemble member of "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait." Alyssa is a junior Accounting major and...
03/28/2018

Meet Alyssa Vincent, playing an ensemble member of "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait." Alyssa is a junior Accounting major and this will be her second show with APO! She says, "the best part was working with friends." Her favorite line of the show is, "Each second beautiful but nearing a tragic end." See her in action this weekend!

(Photo by Serena Dotson Smith)

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville's cover photo
03/28/2018

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville's cover photo

Presenting Nick Thorne in the role of Ray! Nick is a junior Enviromental Studies major appearing in his first APO show! ...
03/28/2018

Presenting Nick Thorne in the role of Ray! Nick is a junior Enviromental Studies major appearing in his first APO show! He says that working with Justin Day (director) has been the best part of the show. His favorite line is "Our children are hideous." Make sure to reserve your tickets to see "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait" this weekend!

(Photo by Serena Dotson-Smith)

03/27/2018

What is a Melusine? Check out the new trailer for the original play “HOWL: Melusine in Portrait”.

Meet Raina Trent! Raina will be playing the role of Melusine in our upcoming production of "Howl: Melusine in Portrait."...
03/27/2018

Meet Raina Trent! Raina will be playing the role of Melusine in our upcoming production of "Howl: Melusine in Portrait." Raina is a junior and a drama major here at UNCA! This will be her second APO show, having appeared as Vera in our production of "And Then There Were None." When asked what she loves about "Howl" she said, "So many people put so much work into it and it's paying off." Her favorite line in Justin Day's script is "F**k." Come see her in action this weekend!

(Photo by Serena Dotson-Smith)

01/24/2018

Hello, everyone! APO's first meeting of the year is thursday, Jan. 24th (that's tomorrow!) In the Acting Lab at Whitesides 103! Even if you're not a part of APO, you're welcome to come and see what we're about! The more the merrier! Hope to see y'all there!

01/03/2018

Hi folks! How's your break going? Feeling refreshed? Maybe a little listless? Needing some more art in your life? Why not apply to be a designer for one of APO's two spring semester shows, "HOWL: Melusine in Portrait" and "Antigonus"! The deadline for HOWL is January 16th and the deadline for Antigonus is January 23rd! Application information and the applications themselves can both be found at https://www.apounca.org/member-area! We're looking forward to your artistic vision!!

Just a few photos from "And Then There Were None", find more in our gallery at apounca.org
01/03/2018

Just a few photos from "And Then There Were None", find more in our gallery at apounca.org

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville's cover photo
01/03/2018

Alpha Psi Omega at UNC-Asheville's cover photo

12/11/2017

Hey folks! Are YOU interested in stage managing or assistant directing one of TWO absolutely wonderful shows??
Remember, the deadline for applications is the 16th, so if this is what you're interested in, get them in fast! Take a look at the application forms below and decide for yourself! Hope to see you all next semester!
https://www.apounca.org/howl-melusine-in-portrait
https://www.apounca.org/antigonus

Design and tech applications for next season's shows (HOWL and Antigonus), are now open.Note: Design and tech positions ...
12/08/2017
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Design and tech applications for next season's shows (HOWL and Antigonus), are now open.

Note: Design and tech positions are not limited just to theatre majors or members of APO.

Alpha Psi Omega is a Dramatic honor society which focuses on exploration, education, and student collaboration in a safe and creative environment.

Members of APO had a blast today volunteering to organize the costume storage at Asheville Community Theatre!
12/04/2017

Members of APO had a blast today volunteering to organize the costume storage at Asheville Community Theatre!

12/02/2017

There are a few seats available for tonights performance of "And Then There Were None", no need to reserve just come to the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall! The show starts at 7:30pm.

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APO presents CRABARET! Tonight in the Highsmith Grotto at 7:30pm come and watch members of the UNCA chapter of Alpha Psi Omega sing, act, and perform! Members of Alpha Psi Omega can stay after the show for the annual Crabbie Awards, in which we honor the achievements our membership has made over the past year! Our local chapter of USITT will also be providing assorted baked goods for attendees! Best part of all? It’s all free! So come on out and let us entertain you!
In recognition of her tireless work as stage manager on one of APO’s upcoming productions, it is my great honor and absolutely pleasure to present to you this week’s Member of the Week, Tori Isenhour! At this point, Tori has been involved with Alpha Psi Omega for three semesters. She worked backstage for Angels in America, participated in two semesters of Crabaret, and is currently stage managing for HOWL: Melusine in Portrait (get your tickets now!) Not only is Tori a theatre nerd, but she’s a nerd cross-breed. She’s a gamer (her favorite video games include Overwatch, the Binding of Isaac, Faster than Light, and the entire Kingdom Hearts series,) a bookworm (well, if fanfiction makes you a bookworm,) and a singer! Tori credits her grandmother’s obsession with church hymns for her beautiful voice! Her favorite color is yellow (she describes it as a very happy color, which I think most can agree with,) and her dream role is Jamilla in Firebringer (or literally any role in any Starkid show.) Tori’s celebrity icon is Cynthia Erivo, who, according to Tori, brings such an amazing light to one of her favorite musicals, The Color Purple. When asked about her experience with HOWL so far, Tori said, “So far, it has been so informative. I’ve never stage managed at this level before. Although Justin has done a great job in guiding me throughout the process, stage managing is very new to me. I am so grateful to APO for giving me the opportunity to step WAY outside of my comfort zone and do a job that I might not be perfectly equipped for. The cast and crew of HOWL have truly built a show from the ground up and I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of that.” Tori is a double major in psychology and drama and hopes to one day found a nonprofit organization that focuses on working with recovering addicts by utilizing the positive benefits of the dramatic arts. “Although I have huge dreams as far as my career goes, if I can say that I’ve helped one person with substance dependency at the end of my life, I will have accomplished all that I set out to do.” As someone who has been working very closely with Tori all semester, I can honestly say and mean with every fiber of my being that she is not one of the most hard-working, determined, and level-headed people I have ever met in my entire life, but one of the most compassionate and genuine. She has made me laugh until tears streamed down my face, and when not-so-happy tears welled in my eyes, she was there to wipe them away. I love her so much, and getting to know her has been an indescribable honor. Once again, congratulations Tori on your accomplishments this semester! I know you’re going to continue blowing us all away! (**Note: Tori approved the use of her absolutely stunning school photo from 2005 in this collage**)
Once again, I am late, and once again, oh well! In recognition of her recent work with APO’s Production HOWL: Melusine in Portrait and Mainstage’s This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, and This Girl Does Nothing, it is my honor and pleasure to present to you our Member of the Week, Lea Gilbert! Lea is a drama major with a minor in arts management, and she has been involved with APO since auditioning for The Stratford Sessions. Since then, she has become very well-established in APO and obtained National Membership last semester. Lea co-directed And Then There Were None, is currently sound designer for HOWL, and has recently been elected Production Manager for Alpha Psi Omega. When asked about her current role in This Girl, Lea said, “[It’s] just a whole lot of fun. I just get to run around and use my imagination, and Beatrix, while having her serious moments, is such a ball of sunshine. It’s such a breath of breath air to play her.” Ball of sunshine, eh? Sounds like some pretty perfect casting to me! Lea is one of the most adored members of APO, for she never fails to brighten up the lives of everyone around her. Her hobbies include reading (particularly fantasy novels,) cross-stitching, bullet-journaling, and singing (which she describes as being a “nuisance,” but I wholeheartedly disagree!) Her favorite color is purple, and her celebrity icons are Julie Andrews, Emma Watson, and Anne Hathaway. In fact, her dream role is Ella in Ella Enchanted! When asked what she hoped to accomplish in her lifetime, Lea said, “I just hope to create an impact. Whether that be through directing, acting, singing, writing or something completely unrelated, I hope to create something that will outlive me and affect the lives of other people. I want to be able to create something meaningful.” All in all, Lea is one of APO’s best, and it is not difficult to understand why she is absolutely, unconditionally adored by everyone. In fact, I believe that Lea stands for… Loved by Everyone Always.
I’m one day late, but we can still celebrate! It is my joy and pleasure to present our wonderful Vice President Maxwell as APO’s Member of the Week! Let’s have a big, virtual round of applause for this incredible human being and all of his accomplishments! Maxwell is a drama major and APO veteran who has been involved since Spring 2016, where he acted in “Lake Street Extension.” Since then, he has stage managed for “The Stratford Sessions,” was assistant director/stage manager for “A Giddy Thing,” and was lighting designer for” And Then There Were None.” In Fall 2016, despite the fact that he had not yet been “officially” inducted, he was inaugurated as Vice President and then re-elected in Fall 2017. This semester, Maxwell had the opportunity to stage manage for UNCA’s Mainstage Production of “Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,” which he described as a huge learning experience. Not only did he discover what the role of stage manager looked like outside of APO, but also gained contextual knowledge regarding the show’s subject matter, more specifically, “PTSD in veterans, the culture of Slab City, and finding love in strangers.” His dedication to theatre is undisputed. When asked about what he wished to accomplish in his lifetime, he said, “My biggest goal in life is to never abandon theatre. It’s an incredible, wholly unique art form, and its collaborative nature makes all the hard work and stress with it. I want to continue with stage management and lighting design, and one day I hope to teach at the collegiate level. But either way, as long as I’m doing theatre, I’m happy.” Furthermore, when the subject of hobbies arose, he simply said, “I don’t have time for hobbies.” When asked about Maxwell, an anonymous source (who preferred to remain anonymous for reasons of anonymity) said, “Oh my GOODNESS GRACIOUS, Maxwell is one of the best human beings I have ever met in my entire life. Like really. Very seldom will you meet someone as genuine and kind as he. #TeamMaxwell5Ever.” Congratulations again, Vice President, you've earned it! On behalf of Alpha Psi Omega, WE LOVE YOU!
CALL FOR ACTORS - THE WORST CURSE The Worst Curse is a series of short films written by UNCA students about their interpretation of what the very worst curse might be. It is in equal measures comedic and dramatic and is going to be a really fun project, but we need actors! Because we are going to need a large number of people in varying capacities and a fairly small time commitment (most characters will only be needed for one or two film dates at worst), we won't be having auditions. Instead, please fill out this form if you're interested in being involved in the production and send a headshot to [email protected]. For your convenience, a list of the characters we are casting follows. Thank you! WITCH - (onscreen, speaking role) A youthful and spunky practitioner of dark magicks. Cursed everybody in this series, whether or not they know it. Has a pretty messed up sense of humor. WITCH'S MOM - (onscreen, non-speaking role) Doesn't have the best luck with relationships, but is pretty good at rolling with the punches where dark magic powers are concerned. MAN - (onscreen, speaking role) A class-A douchebag. We all know somebody like this. Might have thirst-trapped the WITCH on Tinder ROOMMATE - (onscreen, speaking role) Took one WGSS class and thinks that he's pretty Woke. Yknow, for a guy. CYNTHIA - (onscreen, speaking role) A performer and a poet, but can't rhyme at all (its a curse). Gifted with the kind of confidence only someone who can afford their own apartment understands. TODD - (onscreen, speaking role) CYNTHIA's best friend and the hype man of the century. Ride or die Rihanna fan. BRADLEY - (onscreen, speaking role) The absolute worst person performing at any slam poetry event. Really into the aesthetics of Neo-Hinduism, but you wouldn't really understand that. ANNOUNCER - (offscreen, speaking role) Really not sure how she got roper into this sh*t. HUGO - (onscreen, speaking role) Socially awkward, haunted by (literal) demons at night, but is a very nice fellow at heart. Wears a lot of long sleeves. JAMES - (onscreen, non-speaking role) A sad man with a dog. BEATRICE - (onscreen, speaking role) A sad lady who feeds birds. ABIGAIL - (onscreen, speaking role) Intuitive and caring, an emotional deus ex machina of sorts. Not afraid of talking to strangers. CYGNUS - (onscreen, speaking role) An Artist and Tortured Soul, finds and loses the love of his life in proper Greek fashion. Will need to be okay with being a lil bit naked onscreen, but we are flexible about that. PHAETHON - (onscreen, non-speaking role) CYGNUS's lover, excellent at making origami but not as good at not dying from terminal illness. Steals the sun. IMPROV ACTORS - (onscreen, speaking role) There will be 4-5 of these. If you are interested in doing this you will be contacted individually, and it may be more painful than you expect. AUDIENCE - For the improv show and poetry slam, you can just hang out and be in the live audience, if you are so inclined. Just put it in your form!