Nina Morrison, adjunct faculty of Humanities and English as well as advisor and director for the Mount Ida Drama Organization shares some wonderful drama of her own. She was named as a Huntington Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.
Fellows receive two-year residencies during which they are provided a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a bi-weekly writers’ collective, attend Huntington productions and events, and benefit from access to the Huntington’s artistic staff and resources. Nina is one of four 2014-2016 Fellows who were selected from more than 60 applicants.
“It’s amazing to be chosen as a Fellow. The big audiences, big stages, to be able to put on work and develop as a writer and to have their expertise at my disposal is a fantastic opportunity. It’s about being able to dream bigger and bolder.
Nina’s plays have been read and produced by the One-Minute Play Festival, Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Wax Wings Productions, Bostonia Bohemia, and Interim Writers. She is a member of Project:Project and Accomplice Writers. Before moving to Boston, Ms. Morrison was the senior program associate at the Philadelphia Theater Initiative. She studied acting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, New Actors Workshop, and Oberlin College. In addition to teaching at Mount Ida, she enlightens classes at the University of New Hampshire and GrubStreet.
In addition, Nina is preparing for the Mount Ida Spring show in April – “Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit”! Nina says “I love working with the students at Mount Ida!”
As part of their ongoing commitment to community service and engagement, Mount Ida Dental Hygiene students volunteered at the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association (MDHA) annual meeting and Walk for Oral Cancer this fall. Mount Ida was the only school to volunteer at the annual meeting and attend professional lectures with 100% attendance from both the first and second year classes. In addition, two second year students were honored at the state level for their leadership, Marilyn Cooper and Nicole Cantello.
On second day of the conference, Dental Hygiene student Holly Arcadipane was elected as Membership Chair, becoming the first Mount Ida student to hold a MDHA state office. After the success of the conference, Mount Ida students went on to participate in the Walk for Oral Cancer. Mount Ida was the only dental hygiene school present, and under Professor Karin Torrisi’s guidance, students performed oral cancer screenings and referrals. In addition, Mount Ida was the top fundraiser at the event and was awarded an oral cancer screening device.
In November, the Mount Ida Dental Hygiene Program will host “Give Kids a Smile.” In coordination with the Massachusetts Dental Association and community dentists, our dental hygiene students will provide free preventive care to underprivileged children at the Dental Education Center & Community Dental Clinic. For more information about the Mount Ida College Dental Hygiene Program, please visit the program homepage here.