Join DTAA and Guests for discussions about the arts, culture, and community
Last semester upon the onset of the shut down due to COVID-19, the UA Arts Administration office began an online talk series called "Arts Connections." The purpose of this series is to provide students with resources and opportunities to meet and learn from UA professors, Akron community members, and influential leaders in their arts field.The Arts Administration office wants to be a resource to all students in the Akron area, whether they are affiliated with UA or simply looking for a quality place to find and make art. We have expanded the Arts Connections Series audience to all artists, arts supporters, students, and the greater community.
View upcoming talks at: https://www.facebook.com/UADanceTheatre/events/
View recordings of past discussions on this page below.
#6 October 26, 2020: Musical Theatre and Opera with Dr. Frank Ward, Dr. Laurie Lashbrook, Dan Hoy, and Lauren Corcoran Emrich
The School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration joined UA faculty Dr. Lashbrook and Dr. Ward along with performers Lauren Corcoran Emrich and Dan Hoy to discuss professional musical and opera theatre careers, ways to prepare, vocal and mental health, and more.
Dr. Laurie Lashbrook
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Dr. Frank Ward
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Dan Hoy, A.E.A.
Now residing in New York, Dan is a new face in the musical theatre world. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University, he was most recently seen as Munkustrap in the 1st National Tour of the CATS revival and has performed in regional theaters across the country including Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater.
Lauren Corcoran Emrich
An alumna of The University of Akron, Lauren now resides in Pittsburgh where she sings with numerous choirs such as the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Resonance Works Festival Chorus and performs in productions such as Verdi’s Macbeth (Dama, Lady Macbeth), and Bernstein's On the Town, A Joyous Sound! (Ivy Smith).
#5 October 13, 2020: Anna-Jeannine Kemper, Brian Schultis, Lysander Mills, and Cennidie Hall
Brian Schultis, PhD CLMA practices and researches performer training, embodied and performative relations to environments and materials, and embodied practice as a way of generating knowledge. He currently teaches theatre at The University of Akron and has also taught at The University of Kent UK, and Kent State University. He was associate director of Oberlin College Drama at Grafton Reintegration Center from 2018-2019. His doctoral research built theory around the work of Polish director Jerzy Grotowski in relation to practical research on performative meetings in relation to landscapes based on travel and transition. He certified as a Laban / Bartenieff Movement analyst in 2020. Brian was an apprentice from 2009-2012 with the Akron, Ohio based New World Performance Laboratory.
#4 May 6, 2020: Dr.Andrew D. Feyes and Dr. Laurie Lashbrook
UA Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Andrew D. Feyes and UA Chair of the Voice Program Dr. Laurie Lashbrook joined UA students for a virtual talk session on May 6, 2020. Dr. Feyes and Dr. Lashbrook discussed how the current health crisis is affecting the field of music, both instrumentally and vocally, and how musicians can make the most of this time.
Dr. Laurie Lashbrook
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Dr. Andrew D. Feyes
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#3 April 23, 2020: James Slowiak and Katie Beck
James Slowiak, New World Performance Lab’s Co-Artistic Director and The University of Akron’s Professor and Coordinator of Theatre, and Gum-Dip Theatre’s Artistic Director Katie Beck joined UA student for a virtual discussion on April 23, 2020. James and Katie discussed how the field of theatre has been altered and their organizations’ responses to the global crisis as leaders in the theatre community.
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Katie Beck is a creative community builder, director, writer, actor, and teaching artist who works to build spaces that highlight and prioritize underrepresented voices. After graduating from Allegheny College in 2014 with a BA in Theatre and Community and Justice Studies, she moved back to her hometown of Akron.
Since establishing Gum-Dip Theatre in 2016, Katie has produced or directed nearly 80 performances of community-based theatre. Recent directing credits include Denied Admission, My North Hill, Imprisoned, Namaste-WHAT?, In Search of Alternative Dreams, Girls Studio, and Into the Mold.
Katie is the recipient of the 2019 ‘30 for Future’ Award by the Greater Akron Chamber, the 2018 Arts Alive Award for Outstanding Artist in Theatre, the 2017 Akron Fellowship for League of Creative Interventionists, and a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Grant for the “Nepali Applause” festival. Her published writing credits include: “Developing a Community-Engaged Scholarly Identity” in Publicly Engaged Scholars and “Connecting My Academic Studies with Community Practice” in the fall 2016 issue of Diversity and Democracy.
#2 April 16, 2020: Christy Bolingbroke
On April 16, 2020 NCCAkron’s Executive and Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke joined UA students for another virtual discussion. Christy discussed how the dance field has been changed, the future of the field and NCCAkron’s response to the global crisis as a leader in the dance community. For more information on NCCAkron, visit nccakron.org.
Following a national search, Christy Bolingbroke was named the first Executive & Artistic Director of the National Center for Choreography located at The University of Akron. In this role, she provides both artistic and administrative leadership for NCCAkron, building upon her extensive experience in curatorial programs and external relations
Christy came to NCCAkron from the San Francisco-based ODC (founded at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1971 as the Oberlin Dance Collective), where she served as the Deputy Director for Advancement. In that position she oversaw curation and performance programming, managed marketing and development campus-wide, directed a unique three-year artist in residence program for dance artists, and mentored emerging arts administrators.
Christy was formerly the Director of Marketing for the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn where she increased touring ticket sales worldwide and activated Access/MMDG events in major hub cities nationally. The Access/MMDG program uses custom-tailored arts and humanities-based activities to deepen and enhance the audience experience.
Bolingbroke has a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, is a graduate of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management Fellowships Program (previously at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC), Arts & Business Council of New York’s Arts Leadership Institute, and holds a Master's Degree from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
#1 April 8, 2020: Nakiasha Moore-Dunson and Alyssa Lombardi
Our UA Arts Administration students were joined by Nakiasha Moore-Dunson and Alyssa Lombardi for a virtual discussion on April 8, 2020. Nakiasha and Alyssa discussed how artists and arts administrator in the field are navigating this unprecedented time. This talk kicked off the Arts Connections Series and took place live.
Nakiasha Moore-Dunson is the Company Manager for Verb Ballets, a Northeast Ohio dance company that strives to act as a catalyst to promote learning, nurture wellness, and encourage dialogue about the dance art form through contemporary ballet. Nakiasha supports the entire organization in timely completion of projects, organizing and managing the daily operations of Verb Ballets, and supports the Associate Artistic Director, Director of Marketing, and the organization's board.
Alyssa Lombardi is the Manager of Communications and Marketing at The Fine Arts Association, an organization that strives to be innovative and motivates, inspires, and transforms individuals as they lead, collaborate, promote creative exchange, and act as a catalyst for uniting the regional community to embrace the arts. Alyssa is an advocate for incorporating accessibility best practices and policies within arts organizations. From Massillon Ohio, she has always appreciated both the arts and the philanthropic community in Cleveland.