School of Theatre and Dance students at the National Water Dance Project at Blue Springs in High Springs, April 12, 2014. Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun.
SoTD adjunct lecturer Kristin O’Neal led the National Water Dance Project on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The project took place at venues across the United States and locally at Blue Springs Park. O’Neal engaged with Dance Composition II students and colleagues across the United States to bring attention to fragile water resources.
“These 14 students worked together to create a beautifully inspiring site-specific work at Blue Springs while connecting with the rest of the nation dancing simultaneously around bodies of water,” O’Neal said.
SoTD student Stefanie Anarumo was selected as a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a research grant for her project “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi: An Artistic Fusion of Languages Signed and Spoken.” The creation of “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi” (Deaf Children’s Theatre) will fuse Italian sign language and American sign language, in the exploration of the traditional Italian style of physical comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, and the works of William Shakespeare. In addition to creating a deaf arts program in Rome, Italy, Stefanie will be studying the current state of Italy’s arts accessibility in relation to that of the United States.
"I am thrilled to further my theatrical studies in the areas of opera, dance and drama, with professional Italian artists," said Stefanie. "It will be a true honor to represent the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance as a Fulbright scholar abroad next spring."
The UF Aerial Club invites you to their Spring Showcase this weekend on April 24, 25 and 26 at the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.
The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the Spring BFA Dance Showcase, a production coordinated by University of Florida Associate Professor of Dance Ric Rose. Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 10, 7 p.m. on April 11, 7:30 p.m. on April 12 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on April 13 in G-6 Studio located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on UF’s campus. Tickets are $9.
SoTD alum Danny Sharron (BA, 2008) was recently offered a directing assistantship at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. He will be assisting Broadway director Kathleen Marshall. You can find information about the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Assistantship here.
SoTD student Kyle Mosler with SoTD Professor and Center for World Arts Director Dr. Joan Frosch. Photo by Amber Riccinto
UF’s University Scholars Program (USP) introduces undergraduate students to the exciting world of academic research. USP Scholars work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method. The College of Fine Arts has ten 2013-2014 University Scholars. Here is one of their stories.
UF Musical Theatre students with Ben Vereen. ©Eric Zamora/University of Florida
Legendary, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen was on the UF campus April 2, 2014 talking to students about his career, hosting a master class and performing his one man show Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen at the Phillips Center. Following his performance, Vereen was honored by the School of Theatre and Dance with the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre. The award, which honors preeminent theatre artists, was last presented to Tommy Tune in 2011.
SoTD alum Usman Ally won Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Jungle Book at Huntington Theatre Company. The awards, which were given out by the Independent Reviewers of New England, were presented on April 7, 2014 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. You can read about the 18th Annual Independent Reviewers of New England Awards and Ally’s award here.
In addition, Ally and his performance in Let Me Down Easy, which deals with illness and loss, was written about in an article by Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. Ally will be playing all 19 characters in the Chicago premiere of Anna Deavere Smith’s 2009 work Let Me Down Easy, an interview-based meditation on health and the human body.
Pictured left to right: Dean Lucinda Lavelli, Representative Kathy Castor and Cherie Fine
National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Dean Lucinda Lavelli and President of the Friends of Music Cherie Fine attended on behalf of the College of Fine Arts.
Choreographer Tzveta Kassabova, center, with dancers Shannon Healey, left, and Daniel Morimoto
UF dancers recently returned from the 2014 Southeast Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Congratulations to Tzveta Kassabova and Raja Kelly, choreographers of Super We, one of three national selections that will be performed at the national festival June 5-7 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Super We was performed by Shannon Healey and Daniel Morimoto. Congratulations to all UF dancers who participated in the regional event.
Actors (characters) from left to right: Linden Tailor (Joe Pitt), Megan Wicks (Harper), Kevin Roost (Louis Ironson), and Joel Oramas (Belize).
The School of Theatre and Dance presents Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, a production written by Tony award-winning playwright Tony Kushner and directed by UF Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer March 28-April 6, 2014. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 and April 1-5 and at 2 p.m. on March 30 and April 6 in Constans Theatre located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on UF’s campus. Tickets are $13 for UF students, UF faculty/staff and senior citizens, and are $17 for the general public.
UF School of Theatre and Dance alum George Salazar (BFA 2008) was in the Rob Schneider-directed Twisted in Concert, an abridged version of Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, which is an original musical comedy parody from the creative team behind A Very Potter Musical. The production came from the YouTube sensation Team Starkid and premiered March 17 at 54 Below.