For Department of Communication Chairperson Cynthia Allan, there’s no better way to tell prospective students about the opportunities they’ll have in theater than putting on a great  performance.

“To be part of creating something like this from the ground up, with the quality of these collaborative artists, is truly unique,” Allan said. “I can’t imagine a more creative and vibrant  atmosphere for students.”

Allan, chairwoman of the Department of Communication, directed last fall’s presentation of “The Jungle Book,” which showcased not only the theater program, but also the Department of  Music, as well as dancers from the Midwest Regional Ballet.

Allan, along with graduate student Linden Little and adjunct faculty member Megan Westhoff, wrote the original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s tale. In addition to musical  direction by Stella Hastings and an original score by Jim Clanton (both PSU music professors), the show also featured original origami costuming by Lisa Quinteros, theater costume designer and a lecturer in communication.