Students Go 'Art Brut' for Rep Studio Season Opener

Oct. 27, 2015

Students Go 'Art Brut' for Rep Studio Season Opener

A group of Webster University students were invited to design posters for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis 2015-2016 studio theatre opener, "I and You."

The catch? They had to make them intentionally bad.

In the play, high school student Anthony appears in his classmate Caroline's bedroom with a half-finished English project on Walt Whitman. He's an athlete, not an artist, so his Whitman poster is in desperate need of a makeover.

So in true "art brut" style, these talented arts students intentionally "dumbed-down" their style to create a prop for the show.

Art brut
Art students demonstrate the art brut style creating the intentionally bad Walt Whitman posters for The Rep's opener, "I and You."

 The "I and You" design team will select their favorite as a prototype for the production. See more photos of the students at work in this Facebook post by The Rep.

Learn more about "I and You" and get tickets here.

The Rep and Webster's Conservatory 

The Conservatory in Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts is a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre and stage management.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is one of the Conservatory's four professional partners. Since 1966, The Rep has been the St. Louis region’s premier live, professional theatre. This partnership was innovative. With a mission that dedicates itself to excellence in producing an eclectic range of live theatre, The Rep is also committed to building and sustaining its vital connection with Webster University. Rep performers, designers, artisans and administrators share performance and creative space with Conservatory from July through March. Students are assigned to Rep backstage crews, assist various artists, and on an individual production basis, audition for casting.

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