Through Waterloo Writing Project, students experience and review live events at Gallagher Bluedorn

October 25, 2017

Blake Argotsinger, associate marketing manager, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 319-273-3660,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Waterloo Writing Project (WWP) began in 2015 with the goal of supporting young creatives of all ages K through 12. Students from Waterloo and surrounding areas meet on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. to collaborate and grow as writers and communicators.

As a special project this year, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa has asked the WWP to review shows in the 2017-18 Artist Series. As part of the collaboration, the Writing Project sends students accompanied by a volunteer to observe and write about different parts of their experience. Gallagher Bluedorn marketing manager, Blake Argotsinger, says, “We try to give them a full picture of the live event. We’ve sent them back stage for meet and greets, sat them in the Gold Zone and also the last row of the gallery. They come for the pre-show events and watch the performances start to finish. We want them to experience everything.”

The students have reviewed five shows to date this season. “The reviews have been wonderful. They are authentic and showcase the experience from a different viewpoint than we’re used too. Some of them have even noted things for us to improve on, which we welcome! We want a full review,” said Argotsinger. Co-founder and director of the Waterloo Writing Project, Alyssa Bruecken, comments on the collaboration, “This has been a truly great experience for WWP students. We feel even more a part of the community as writers!”

Student reviews from these events can be found at or on the Gallagher Bluedorn Facebook page at

If you would like to get involved with or learn more about the Waterloo Writing Project, visit their website at

For more information about the Gallagher Bluedorn, visit or contact Argotsinger at 319-273-3660 or