UA Theatre Arts Faculty News in the Community

UA professors among finalists of the first Knight Arts Challenge Akron

Out of over 540 submissions for the first Knight Arts Challenge Akron, 58 ideas were chosen to be used in neighborhoods and communities across Akron. Some of the finalists included UA professors, a graduate student and three theatre arts alumni with ideas that span and reflect Akron's creativity, diversity and desire to engage new audiences in the region's developing cultural voice. UA finalists include Carolyn Behrman, Charles Beneke, Theron Brown, Eilsa Gargarella, Matthew Kolodziej, James Slowiak, India Nicole Burton, Wendy Duke and Ben Rexroad.

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New World Performance Laboratory receives travel grant, James Slowiak

UA Theatre Arts faculty James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta of New World Performance Laboratory (Akron, OH) received a travel grant from Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET) to go to Colombia in December and January. Slowiak and Cuesta will meet with Fundacion Varasanta Teatro (Bogota, Colombia) to share techniques in devising theatre events that concern indigenous populations of Colombia. These sessions will prepare Slowiak and Cuesta for a trip to the Amazon region to engage in dialogue with the Uitoto tribe concerning oral tradition, embodiment, and cultural reverberations of the exploitation by the rubber industry. This research will help in the devising of NWPL's Devil's Milk Trilogy concerning Akron and its relationship with rubber.

Congratulations to UA Theatre Arts faculty, James Slowiak

When James Slowiak, UA Theatre Arts Faculty, is off-campus, he continues producing theatre as Co-Artistic Director of the New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL)! In Spring 2015, James and NWPL received a $15,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support the development of a new theatre work, "The Devil's Milk Trilogy."

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