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2014-2015

 

July 1, 2015

 

Anich takes over as Technical Director of Theatre

 

Milan Anich IIMilan Anich II brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as he takes over as Cowley College’s new Technical Director of Theatre on Wednesday, July 1.

 

Prior to coming to Cowley, Anich spent the previous four years as the Technical Director of Theatre at the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center at Owasso (OK) High School. At Owasso, he was fortunate to work on many great shows like Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Footloose. Additionally, the program at Owasso was invited to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

“Milan comes to us with years of experience running a busy theatre and juggling multiple events and organizational needs,” John Sefel, Cowley's Director of Theatre said. “All the many groups that utilize the Brown Center can rest assured that they are in very, very good hands."

 

Anich found out about the opening in Cowley’s Theatre Department through a professional acquaintance and loved what he heard about the close family-like atmosphere.

 

“Once I saw the Brown Center I knew this was the place for me,” Anich said. “I hope to introduce more projection into my scenic work here and hope that the skills our students learn in theatre will translate into other life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

 

Anich earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Master of Fine Arts in 2011 from the University of Georgia. Both degrees are in Scenic Design, while his Master of Fine Arts degree dealt additionally with film and Production Design/editing/projection.

 

Anich began as an actor in college but ended up with a passion for Scenic Design. While at OU, he was an Assistant Scenic Designer for the PCPA conservatory during the 2002 summer season. He has also worked with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) on a few jobs loading in bands such as "Hole."

 

Anich also was the Theatre Manager/Designer for The Historic Sooner Theatre when the Theatre brought in "Bill Haley's Comets," "The Lovin' Spoonful," and "Second City Comedy Troupe."

 

He also gained experience working as a technician at University of Missouri in St. Louis and The Alley Theatre in Houston.

 

"There are so many great qualities that Milan brings to the Cowley family," Sefel said. "I am extremely excited about his experience combining live performance with digital technology. The past few seasons on Broadway have been awash with these sorts of innovations, and they are starting to spread to many professional theatres throughout the country--but many colleges and universities have been slow to implement training. Milan's expertise will give our students a very decided leg up as they look ahead to their careers."

 

Tony Award-winning shows like War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, as well as Disney's upcoming stage adaptation of Frozen, have all heavily utilized digital imaging and projections.

 

Anich is eager to immerse himself in the role of Technical Director of Theatre at Cowley College.

 

“I am excited to be a part of such a welcoming community,” Anich said.