New Voices 19 Media Advisory

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass - The creativity and hard work of WPI students will be on display next week in two distinctly different events. Both are open to the public

New Voices 19
New Voices is WPI's annual showcase of the theater arts. This festival of new short plays written, directed, produced and performed by members of the WPI community will take place in Alden Memorial from Wednesday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21. Performances begin each day at 8 p.m.; there is also a 5 p.m. show on Friday. The festival is free and open to the public.

Susan Vick, professor of drama/theatre at WPI, created New Voices in 1982 to inspire students and other members of the WPI community to write plays and submit them for consideration by a team of dramaturges. Twelve 12 plays were selected to be performed this year. A complete schedule and information about each play may be found on the New Voices home page, http://users.wpi.edu/~theatre/new-voices/.

Project Presentation Day
This is the day set aside each year to showcase the amazing things that WPI students achieve as they complete their Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs), one of three projects all WPI students must complete.

This year, about 200 student project teams, representing every academic discipline, will stand at the front of lecture halls and classrooms and present the results of their projects to their faculty advisors and to the corporations and organizations that sponsored them. They will explain how they arrived at solutions to real-world problems by drawing on the knowledge and skills they've gained at WPI. It's a fascinating and powerful demonstration of WPI believes its outcomes-oriented approach to education is the best preparation for life in the globally based, technology-intensive world of the 21st century.

MQPs are professional-level design or research projects. The MQP exposes students to the kinds of work assignments they will be responsible for after graduation.

A complete schedule of presentations, and more information on WPI's unique approach to education, may be found on the Project Presentation Day Web site, http://www.wpi.edu/news/ppd.html.