School of the Arts » Headlines http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota Announcements • Awards • Events • Press Mon, 19 May 2014 14:27:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Piccolo Spoleto Stelle di Domani Theatre Series http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/15/stelle-2/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/15/stelle-2/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 15:21:16 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2173 A variety of entertaining performances that feature the Stars of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Follow #stelledidomani
    
THEY CALL ME ARETHUSA - Arethusa has been turned into a river, or so everyone thinks. Rather, she has joined a society of women with some very troubling secrets. College of Charleston alumna Jessica Colie McClellan spent three months in conversation with women from all walks of life who have had experience, either first or second hand, with relationship violence. In this fraught, but hopeful one-woman show, she weaves Arethusa’s tale from Greek mythology into that of the contemporary every-woman. [more info and tickets]

MAD GRAVITY - The College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance proudly re-stages this sell-out, improbably loopy, award-winning farce (2013 T.M. National Playwriting runner-up, 2013 Reva Shiner Comedy Award Winner and Finalist at The Eugene O’Neill). The play unites a host couple, a performance artist who insists on bringing his work home with him and his supportive wife, with their guests, a dentist and his unhappily sarcastic spouse, to hash out their children’s romance over dinner. The apocalypse suddenly looms! Bedlam ensues! Funny and outrageous, the play even reveals the meaning of life! [more info and tickets]

UNDER THE LIGHTS - This Production (in its eighth incarnation and a Stelle favorite) showcases a series of original student written 10-minute plays. Included are the winners of the 2014 Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the 2014 Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. Join us for an evening focused on the voices and ideas of the next generation of writers [more info and tickets]

MIDDLE GROUND - This dance concert celebrates the collaboration between the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Annex Dance Company, a local, professional modern dance company. Selected works are drawn from both repertoires and include blended casts, collaborative choreography, and dances that explore the intersections of physicality, beauty, and convergence. [more info and tickets]

MR. AND MRS. JOHN MARSH: THE WORLD KNEW HER AS MARGARET MITCHELL - by Melita Easters. This lively and humorous one-woman show about the reclusive author of Gone With the Wind is especially timely as the film premiered 75 years ago. The play stars Saluda Camp, a Charleston native and graduate of the College of Charleston, who currently practices her craft in New York. Directed by Cailín Heffernan. [more info and tickets]

Melita Easter, the author and producer, will present a free lecture about her inspiration for writing Mrs. John Marsh, including discussion about Gone With the Wind [more info]

THE ELEPHANT IN MY CLOSET - Me. Coming out to my father. As a Democrat. The hit solo show from David Lee Nelson, created with Adam Knight, returns for one final run where it all began. “4 Stars”- Time Out, NY . “Hits precisely the right notes at exactly the right place and time.” –Washington Post. May 3oth show is CofC alumni special in which part of the proceeds will be given to the College of Charleston. [more info and tickets]

THE ALUMNI DANCE CONCERT – The performance showcases the creative spirit of graduates from the College of Charleston’s Dept. of Theatre and Dance. This concert commemorates the connection between the alumni and the department, and promotes a partnership between professional and emerging dance artists. Enjoy the choreography and performances of our talented alumni. [more info and tickets]

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD – Written by George Brant, is a play based on the true story of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the circus. An accident in a small town brings out the animal in everyone involved. Directed by Edward Precht, it is brought back after a sold-out run in CofC’s Center Stage season. [more info and tickets]

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival: College of Charleston Young Artists Series http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/09/yas-2/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/09/yas-2/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 14:50:24 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2171 The Young Artists Series features some of the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ most accomplished music students and alumni. Tickets are $11 and available at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office 1-(866)-811-4111 or online. All concerts take place at 12:00 noon in the College’s Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, except for May 24 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. 

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Saturday, May 24 – College of Charleston Concert Choir in Concert, Robert Taylor-conductor [buy tickets]
This outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. They regularly perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and are known for their rich, warm choral tone and dynamic programming of standard repertoire and new, contemporary choral works. This concert takes place at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

Monday, May 26 – Celebrating Our International Connections – Music for guitar, voice, and piano [buy tickets]
Featuring guitarists Grace McNally and Robbie Chan, tenor Josh Avant, and pianists Justin Watkins and Irwin Jiang, this Memorial Day concert will feature works by Dyens (Tunisian-French), Ponce (Mexican), Dvorak (Czech), Faure (French), Uematsu (Japanese), Domeniconi (Italian), and Chopin (Polish).

Tuesday, May 27 - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms [buy tickets]
Includes Bach Suite No. 3 for cello, Bach arias, Bach Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Beethoven Sonata Op. 81a, and Brahms Ballade, Rhapsody in G minor, and Piano Trio No. 1. Featured performers are: Robbie Chan, Patricia Cooney, Unusdian Errandonea, Diego Suarez, Joseph Tan and Justin Watkins.

Wednesday, May 28 - Violin Marathon  [buy tickets]
Outstanding students of Professor Yuriy Bekker to perform: Yuhong Tu, Ting Yao, Zoe Whittaker, Shannon Fitzhenry, Chelsea Murphy, plus Gregory Guay — perform a dynamic and varied program of music for violin, with guitar and piano accompaniment.

Thursday, May 29 – A Romantic Affair– Chamber Music of the 19th & 20th Centuries  [buy tickets]
Jonathan Williams, cello, and Gregory Guay, guitar in works of Saint-Saens and Piazzolla, soprano Ashley Fabian in songs by Strauss, cellist Unusdian Errandonea in Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, and Ae-lin Youn, Jonathan Milord, Caitlin Delaney, and Irwin Jiang in the amazingly beautiful Schumann Piano Quartet.

Friday, May 30 - College of Charleston Opera  [buy tickets]
A fast-paced program of favorite arias and scenes from opera, including the Act I finale of CofC Opera’s recent hit performance of Edwin Penhorwood’s hilarious opera Too Many Sopranos.

Saturday, May 31 - Piano Plus Cello!  [buy tickets]
Featuring solo cellist Shelby Bowden playing Bach’s Suite No. 4, solo pianist Emily Tran playing Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 31, No. 2—The Tempest and York Bowen’s Three Preludes, plus a cello/piano duet by Boccherini with Zachary Litchfield, cellist and Tran at the piano.

Monday, June 2 – Prize-Winning Seniors – Abbie Geddings and Savannah Shelby, mezzo-sopranos  [buy tickets]
A program of varied songs sung by talented and dynamic singers, who are recent graduates headed to graduate school and singing careers. Both are recent winners in the NATS Student Auditions competition.

Tuesday, June 3 - Art Song Extravaganza  [buy tickets]
Marrying voice and piano, text and music, the Art Song takes its place as one of the most expressive genres of music for the voice. The program will include familiar songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Faure, Duparc, Chausson and Quilter performed by the talented and well-trained singers of the College’s Voice Program.

Wednesday, June 4 - Masterpieces and Miniatures – Music for Piano and Cello  [buy tickets]
Pianist Diego Suarez will tantalize with miniatures– Chopin-Étude “Winter Wind,” Liszt-Étude “Mazeppa,” Debussy L’sle joyeuse, and a movement from Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, followed by two masterpieces–a movement from Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in g minor with Caitlin Delany, cellist and Irwin Jiang, pianist. Then Jiang will conclude with the stunning Prokofiev Sonata No. 6.

Thursday, June 5 – National Prize-Winning Singers – Ashley Fabian, soprano/Nathan Matticks, baritone  [buy tickets]
Ashley Fabian–winner in 2014 national MTNA Young Artist competition in Chicago and SC NATS Artist Award competition and Nathan Matticks—awards in Metro West Opera Competition and Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday gala at Carnegie Hall–present songs by Schumann, Bachelet, Chausson, Beach and Pasatieri plus an operatic duet.

Friday, June 6 - College of Charleston Jazz  [buy tickets]
The College’s “premiere” jazz combo performs familiar tunes and new arrangements of jazz standards.

Saturday, June 7 – Tchaikovsky and Liszt Piano Concertos – Irwin Jiang and Diego Suarez, pianists  [buy tickets]
Two of the most beloved piano concertos performed in a duo piano format.

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2013-14 School of the Arts Awards http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/06/sota-awards/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/05/06/sota-awards/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:58:42 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2168 The School of the Arts will honor the achievements of a select group of students who have demonstrated excellence in their respective disciplines. The Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 9 will recognize those who have set a standard for their peers as well as those who will follow in their footsteps. [event details]

The School will also recognize alumni who have made significant professional and personal contributions to their communities since graduating from the College of Charleston. These alumni are leaders in the arts, business, philanthropy and other areas who honed their skills through the study of the arts at the College and now share their talents and their resources with others.

Alumni Award of Achievement
Brian Rutenberg ’87

Young Alumni Award
Marco Sartor ’03

ART HISTORY
School of the Arts Scholars
Corey Ames Heyward
Caitlin Elizabeth Murphy
Amelia Roché Roland

Outstanding Student Award
Corey Ames Heyward
Katherine R. Keener

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, College of Charleston Summer Study Award
Giovanna Quattrone

ARTS MANAGEMENT
School of the Arts Scholars
Kaitlin Hetrick
Amelia Roché Roland

Outstanding Student Award
Maggie Bailey
Margaret Balltrip
Serena Finnerty
Elizabeth Grindrod
Kaitlin Hetrick
Madelyn Stoneburner

Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award
Tyler Boone

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, College of Charleston Summer Study Award
Emily Farris

HISTORIC PRESERVATION & COMMUNITY PLANNING
School of the Arts Scholar
Alaina Watkins

Outstanding Student Award
Autumn Joy Baker
Dannielle N. Hobbs
EmmaLee Jean Kunze

MUSIC

School of the Art Scholars
Brett Belanger
Lauren Abigail Geddings
Chelsea Loew
Courtney Richmond
Alan Schmitt
Diego Suarez
Christian Wood

Outstanding Student Award
Brett Belanger
Lauren Abigail Geddings
Chelsea Loew
Kevin Patton
Courtney Richmond
Savannah Shelby
Diego Suarez
Zoe Whitaker
Jonathan Williams

Mary Stewart Allan Award for Violin
Yuhong Tu

Marguerite Elfe Erckman Vocal Award
Lauren Abigail Geddings
Courtney Richmond
Savannah Shelby

The Melvin H. & Virginia Peacock Goodwin Award for Instrumental Performance
Brett Belanger

Reba Kinne Huge Award in Music
Zachery Litchfield

Julian Hayes and Clifford Milton Award for Excellence in Strings
Robbie Chan
Unusdian Errandonea

Edwin Davis Peacock Award for Excellence in Piano
Emily Tran

Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music
Brett Belanger
Diego Suarez

Artist Certificate Recipients
Matthew Griswold
Nathan Matticks
Chee-Hang See
Amy Tan
Ting Yao

STUDIO ART
School of the Arts Scholar
Katherine Butler
Aidan Cooke
Piper Hagan
Lori Leist
Hannah Shepard

Outstanding Student Award
Chelsea Haines
Anna Hopkins
Emily Kelly
Mariah Smith
Emily Stein
Kelly Wills

The Artists and Craftsman Award
Kyle Ford
Hannah Garrard

The Laura M. Bragg Memorial Award
Mary Koch

Charleston Fine Art Dealer Award
Nicholas Albia

The Corrie McCallum Award for Printmaking
Brittany Hill

The Seltzer Prize in Studio Art
Lori Leist

The Seltzer Prize for Young Contemporaries
Keller James
Branch Tanksley

The Tyzack Prize
Nicole Scioscia

THEATRE AND DANCE
School of the Arts Scholars
Diana Biffl
Nicolette Goetz
Corinne Williams

Outstanding Student Award
Maggie Bailey
John King
Claire Sparks
Kathryn Teska

Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting Award
Katelyn Ribant

Center Stage Award
Ashley Gennarelli

Maria Alicia Elfe Award for Theatre
Samantha Dahabi

Faculty Award of Merit – Theatre Faculty Award
Trevor Catalano
Samantha Dahabi
John King
Shelby North
Claire Sparks
Peter Spearman

Future Professionals Award – Performance
Celeste Riddle

Future Professionals Award – Production
John King

Future Teacher Award
Heather Roberts

Mary Jollensten Scholar
Peter Spearman

Arthur McDonald Award for Theatre
Edward Precht

Todd McNerney Playwriting Award
Anderson Haney

Valerie Morris Award for an Outstanding Performance
by an Actor or an Actress in a Play
Caroline Connell

The John Olbrych Prize for Excellence in Design
John King

Outstanding Dance Ambassador
Maggie Bailey

Emmett Robinson Scholar
Shelby North

The Seltzer Prize in Theatre
Brennen Reeves

The Stelle Award
Caroline Connell

AWARDS OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON AWARDS

ExCEL Awards (Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership Awards) – This award recognizes a student for his or her achievements at the College. The recipient represents the positive attributes of a student leader, and the award recognizes the recipient for his or her continued contributions to the campus and the broader community.
Student of the Year, School of the Arts • Corinne Williams, Theatre

REGIONAL AND NATIONAL AWARDS

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Nine-State District Young Artist Competition in Voice  (first place) and MTNA National Young Artist Performance in Voice (third place)
Ashley Fabian

South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Auditions (first place, Senior Women’s Division) and NATS Mid-Atlantic Region (including North Carolina; South Carolina; Virginia; Maryland and Washington, D.C.) Auditions (second place, Senior Women’s Division)
Savannah Shelby

NATS Auditions (second place, Senior Women’s Division) and NATS Mid-Atlantic Region (including North Carolina; South Carolina; Virginia; Maryland and Washington, D.C.) Auditions (fifth place, Senior Women’s Division)
Lauren Abigail Geddings

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region IV – David L. Shelton Student Playwriting Award (Full Length Play Competition)
Edward Precht for his play Bread and Circuses

National KCACTF – The National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award
Edward Precht for his play Bread and Circuses

KCACTF Region IV – Ten Minute Play Regional Winner
Anderson Haney for his play Medium Skewered

KCACTF Region IV – Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Lighting Design
John King

National KCACTF – Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Lighting Design
John King

KCACTF Region IV – Irene Ryan Acting Competition Semi-finalist
Allyson Musmeci

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ExCEL Awards for Outstanding SOTA Individuals http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/03/27/excel/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/03/27/excel/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:55:31 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2153 The School of the Arts (SOTA) congratulates the following SOTA individuals for receiving 2014 Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards:

Outstanding SOTA Student of the Year:  Corinne Williams (Theatre major)

Female Student Athlete of the Year:  Alyssa Frye (Arts Management major)

Outstanding SOTA Faculty of the Year:  Evan Parry (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance)

Diversity Service of the Year Award:  Karen Chandler (Associate Professor, Arts Management Program)

The 2014 ExCEL Awards honored more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. The winners were chosen from more than 125 nominations.

[more info]

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2013 SOTA Highlights http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/01/06/sotaspeak/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2014/01/06/sotaspeak/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:13:38 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2113 Please take a few minutes to read about, and join us in celebrating, the numerous accomplishments of College of Charleston School of the Arts’ students, alumni, faculty and more. 

::: The Department of Theatre and Dance has been working on an exciting partnership with England’s historic Bristol Old Vic Theatre. On February 19, 2014, you can see firsthand this international relationship at work on stage at a special preview of the 1992 Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Save the date – more details to come! [more]

::: The College of Charleston Summer Study Fellowship with Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City gave Megan Schaeffer ’13 the opportunity to visit more than 50 art galleries, meet people from around the world, and become a more well-rounded arts manager. [more]

::: Former Studio Art Department Chair John Hull, who is currently on sabbatical, presented an exhibition, The Sporting Life, that was on view at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery in Ucross, Wyoming, June 14 – Sept. 14. (Hull also was an artist in residence at the Whitney Museum of Western Art this summer, during which time he spent two weeks making drawings on site at the Cody Stampede Rodeo.) The exhibition of approximately 25 paintings included images of baseball, horse racing, football and rodeo. Support for the exhibition came from the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the Wyoming Arts Council and the Welch School Galleries at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where the exhibition was on view Oct. 3 – Nov. 15. Hull also conducted a two-day drawing workshop in conjunction with the exhibition when it was in Atlanta. The Whitney Western Art Museum purchased one of the works from the exhibition when it was in Wyoming.

::: The Taylor Festival Choir, in residence at the College and directed by Professor Robert Taylor, spent 11 days touring Ireland last summer with its sister ensemble Na Fidleiri. They presented “From the Lowcountry to the Old Country” in Dublin, Belfast and three other cities. [video]

::: Music Professor and Soprano Deanna McBroom performed in a recital of American songs/duets with, mezzo-soprano Helen Tintes-Schuermann, an American living in Vienna and teaching at the Wien Konservatorium. The recital was on June 20 at the Gesellschaft fuer Musiktheater, and it included songs by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and John Alden Carpenter. McBroom performed the European premiere of a song cycle entitled “Erotic Spirits” by Stephen Paulus and joined her colleague in the world premiere of “Garden Songs,” a duet that Edward Hart, Chair of the Music Department, composed as a commission for the Vienna concert.

::: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art garnered four major awards for publications that were produced in conjunction with two 2012 exhibitions. Both works (catalogues) were designed by Gil Shuler Graphic Design. [more]

::: Earlier this month the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region IV awarded Theatre student Edward Precht the David Shelton Full Length Playwrighting Award and invited him to present a staged reading of his play, Bread and Circuses, at the 2014 festival in Virginia. The award is unique to the KC/ACTF Region IV, which includes colleges and universities within the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Southern Virginia. (In 2008 alumnus Michael Smallwood won the award for his play The Mind’s I.) In addition (Robert) Anderson Haney’s short play Medium Skewered has been selected to participate in the ten-minute play festival at the Region IV KCACTF, too. This ten-minute play festival offers the chance for him to work with a production team of director, stage manager, and dramaturg to cast, rehearse, and present a stage reading at the festival.

::: This fall the College of Charleston School of the Arts hosted the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s 2013 conference in which the College’s Concert Choir delivered an outstanding performance. [more]

::: In July Varna International Opera Company presented Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Assistant Professor David Templeton, who directs the Music Department’s opera program, performed the role of Count Almaviva, while Metropolitan Opera soprano Susan Neves performed the role of Countess Almaviva.

::: In November The New York Times reviewed the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of Our Town, for which Assistant Professor Charlie Calvert was the set designer. The review referred to the “beautiful production” and dedicated a full paragraph to Calvert’s design. Theatre student Samantha Dahabi worked on the project with Calvert as an assistant set designer. [more]

::: Kitchen Sink Studios created a short film about a project, “Rise and Fall,” by Studio Art Assistant Professor Steve Johnson. Johnson drew a series of birds in flight, nesting, nurturing, and dying; he attempts to capture the commonalities between them and society. [video]

::: In November Assistant Professor Rebekah Compton presented a paper entitled “Clothing Venus: The Art of Adornment in Botticelli’s Mythologies” for the annual conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference. She presented her research during a session entitled What People Wore[?]: Social Art History Through Fashion. For the same conference Professor Tessa Garton co-chaired a session entitled All Things Stone: New Research into Masons and Sculptors during the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries and presented “Romanesque Sculptors, Stonemasons, and Contractors in Northern Palencia” as part of that session.

::: Arts Management Associate Professor Karen Chandler was a co-coordinator of the MOJA Festival’s 4th Graders Read Out program. Through this program fourth grade students from Charleston County schools participate in a special reading program and receive a copy of the book that they read. Chandler also is a member of the fall 2013 class of the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative, which is a project of the Riley Institute at Furman University.

::: In August, Blake Stevens, Assistant Professor of Music History, presented a research paper at the ninth conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies at the University of London. This interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Silence, Absence and Ellipsis in Words and Music” included scholars in music history, art history, literary studies, and philosophy. Stevens’ paper, “Absence Effects and the Spectacular Imagination in the Tragédie en musique,” focused on the uses of theatrical space in French Baroque opera and addressed issues and methodologies from opera studies, comparative literature, and aesthetics. The College of Charleston School of the Arts provided some of the funding to support this important professional development activity, and Blake has stated that he “benefited from both the formal responses to my paper in the session and individual conversations with other scholars.”

::: Professors Barbara Duval and Cliff Peacock were among the 25 artists whose work was in the South Carolina Biennial 2013 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia.  The jury selected them from among more than 120 artists for the exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina Artists. The 701 Center for Contemporary Art presented the exhibition in two parts, with openings in September and November.

::: Following the release of The Impact of Social Media on Arts Attendance in Charleston, SC report, Arts Management Adjunct Professor Chris Burgess attended the Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts (STP&A) conference in Seattle, Washington, to present the findings in a panel format. STP&A is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world. STP&A is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management and cultural policy.

::: Music alumnus Marco Sartor won an award for his doctoral dissertation at Yale University. He will perform a classical guitar concert for the College’s Monday Night Concert Series on February 17.

 

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Theatre Students Get Real-World Experience Designing Sets http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/08/07/theatre-students-get-real-world-experience-designing-sets/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/08/07/theatre-students-get-real-world-experience-designing-sets/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:48:13 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2065 theatre featured

College of Charleston theatre students Kathryn Teska, Samantha Dahabi, Corinne Williams, and Shelby North are working as assistant set designers and stage managers for professional theatre companies this summer to gain excellent connections as well as insight into what the field of scenic design entails outside of the College of Charleston campus. All four students have declared a major in theatre with a concentration in design and technology.

Both Teska and Dahabi are working with Charlie Calvert, College of Charleston scenic design professor, to research period styles and influences, make models, and draft technical drawings for professional theatres. Teska, a rising senior at the College, is working with Calvert on the acclaimed musical, “Next to Normal” directed by Julian Wiles, for Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre throughout the duration of the summer and the fall semester; “Next to Normal” runs from February 14, 2014 to March 2, 2014. Teska is exceedingly grateful to Calvert for giving her the opportunity to work with him.

“This experience is more than I could have ever dreamed of,” Teska says. “I could think of nothing better that a mentor could have done to help me with my future career. I’ve had to build one of the most complex models he’s ever made while learning the process of design and I’ve learned about so many other scene designers while also having my eyes opened to the realities of design, such as financial restrictions.”

Dahabi is working with Calvert on a production titled “Our Town,” directed by Joseph Discher, which will be presented later this year by the well-known Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Calvert has worked with this company several times in the past, and has received positive reviews from The New York Times as a result.

“There is an art form in and of itself for working with directors and designer so that the shared vision is able to come to life,” Dahabi says. “I’ve learned a lot of great little tricks and the importance of the model we build. It is what we use to house all of the scenery and helps the rest of the production team understand what the space will look and feel like.”

Real-world opportunities will hopefully continue to be accessible for College of Charleston theatre students. Calvert is already planning to work with students next summer on a production at the Olney Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Shelby North and Corinne Williams are spending their summer as stage management interns at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Heritage Theatre Festival, respectively. Both have completed coursework in this area with faculty member Joy Vandervort-Cobb and have stage managed productions for the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“A large scale professional theatre is so different compared to academic theatre,” North explains. “After this experience, I find myself equipped to handle what I will have to face after I graduate. Living in a strange place and working as often as I have this summer has made me realize how much I love theatre,” says North, who like Teska, can’t help but give some credit to Calvert.

“In theatre,” explains North, “it is so easy to become consumed with the productions that we put on at the College. Professor Calvert makes sure that his students see the big picture, encouraging us to take internships and learn from as many people and as many places as possible.”

For further information about internship opportunities for College of Charleston scenic design students, contact Charlie Calvert at calvertcc@cofc.edu.

Source: College of Charleston News

 

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Dean Valerie Morris to Receive ‘Influential Women in Business’ Award http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/06/21/womeninbusiness/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/06/21/womeninbusiness/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:11:50 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2055

Valerie B. Morris, Dean of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, is one of twelve winners of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Influential Women in Business awards for 2013. The annual awards recognize local women who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in their careers and community service. A luncheon will be held for the winners, and they will be featured in a special section of the Business Journal.

Dean Morris has overseen the School of the Arts since 1998 and also has taught in the School’s Arts Management Program. Prior to joining the College, she was the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, D.C., where she was the founding director of that institution’s Arts Management Program.

Dean Morris is involved in several national, state-wide and local organizations. She is a member of the Steering Committee for South Carolina’s Arts in Basic Curriculum program, serves on the board of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and the Arts Schools Network, and is the immediate past president of the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. She is a board member of the Charleston Concert Association, the Charleston Jazz Initiative, and the Free Enterprise Foundation. She is a past member of numerous other boards and committees.

Dean Morris has received various awards and distinctions, including the YWCA Greater Charleston’s “Tribute to Women of Influence” and a “Women of Distinction” award from the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. Most recently Charlie magazine included her in its 2013 list of people to watch in conjunction with its list of the Fifty Most Progressive people in Charleston.

[Full biography of Dean Morris]

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2012-13 School of the Arts Awards http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/05/09/awards/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/05/09/awards/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 18:05:05 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=2046 The School of the Arts celebrates the accomplishments of all of its graduates. The School will honor the achievements of a select group of students who have demonstrated excellence in their respective disciplines. The Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 10 will recognize those who have set a standard for their peers as well as those who will follow in their footsteps. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Simons Center for the Arts, followed by the ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Recital Hall. (54 St. Philip Street)

The School will also recognize alumni who have made significant professional and personal contributions to their communities since graduating from the College of Charleston. These alumni are leaders in the arts, business, philanthropy and other areas who honed their skills through the study of the arts at the College and now share their talents and their resources with others.

Alumni Award of Achievement
Christie Will Wolf ’99
Jill Hooper ’94
Alumni Award for Philanthropy
Lily Mortimer ’12
Alumni Award for Service
Eunjoo Yun ’95
Young Alumni Award
David Lee Nelson ’00
Brooke Falk Permenter ’06
ART HISTORY
Departmental Honors
Deborah Florence Berg
Sarah Jane Hyde
Sara Frances Levin
Miriam Sarah Nicholson
ARTS MANAGEMENT
Departmental Honors
Chloe Cunagin
Aline Dick
Chloe Gilstrap
Chelsea Michael
Jennifer Popper
Alicia Raimann
Hannah Shepard
Outstanding Student Award
Chloe Cunagin
Casey Frails
Shelby Hintz
Alizay Khan
Jennifer Popper
Angeline Schoonover
Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award
Alizay Khan
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, College of Charleston Summer Study Awards
Chelsea Michael
Megan Schaeffer
HISTORIC PRESERVATION & COMMUNITY PLANNING
Departmental Honors
Deborah Florence Berg
Sara Frances Levin
Emily Ann Soyka
Outstanding Student Award
Sara Frances Levin
MUSIC
Departmental Honors
Brian Arne
Jordan Boyd
John “Andy” Childs
Martin Dawson
Meghan Henson
Emmalee Hinson
Kirsten Onken
Paul Runyon
Stephanie Schecter
Outstanding Student Award
Brian Arne
Jordan Boyd
Gary “Trey” Cooper
Martin Dawson
Ashley Fabian
Emmalee Hinson
Jessica Kori Miller
Paul Runyon
Mary Stewart Allan Award for Violin
Zoe Whittaker
Marguerite Elfe Erckman Vocal Award
Jordan Boyd
Ashley Fabian
Jessica Kori Miller
The Melvin H. & Virginia Peacock Goodwin Award for Instrumental Performance
Robbie Chan
Julian Hayes and Clifford Milton Award for Excellence in Strings
Unusdian Errandonea
Edwin Davis Peacock Award for Excellence in Piano
Diego Suarez
Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music
Martin Dawson
Chelsea Loew
Artist Certificate Recipients
Gregory Guay, Guitar
Ulyana Machneva, Guitar
Yuhong Tu, Violin
Pedro Uceda, Piano
STUDIO ART
Departmental Honors
Elizabeth Collins
Chloe Gilstrap
Sarah Green
Eliza Griffin
Ansley Jones
Crystal King
Chelsea Michael
Tiffany Nichols
Jackie Pennoyer
Helen Phan
Christina Rodino
Erin Skinner
Sophie Treppendahl
Outstanding Student Award
Joshua Beckman
Sarah Davis
Adam Eddy
Rachel Ekdahl
Kathleen Hansen
Alizay Khan
Kevin McLean
Joseph Nelson
Hanna Reed
Kathleen Saunders
Anastasia Timina
The Artists and Craftsman Award
Christina Rodino
The Laura M. Bragg Memorial Award
Adam Eddy
The Corrie McCallum Award for Printmaking
Alizay Khan
The Seltzer Prize in Studio Art
Chloe Gilstrap
The Seltzer Prize for Young Contemporaries
Sage Graham
The Tyzack Prize
Kevin McLean
Charleston Fine Art Dealer Award
Mary Koch
THEATRE AND DANCE
Departmental Honors
Kacie Friedman
Victor Imko
Steven Moskos
Alanda Parker
John Prevost
Nicholas Smith
Anna Stephenson
Outstanding Student Award
Meg Buckner
Austin Cantrell
Jess Dick
Brenna McNamara
Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting Award
Peter Spearman
Center Stage Award
Corinne Williams
Maria Alicia Elfe Award for Theatre
Alanda Parker
Faculty Award of Merit – Theatre Faculty Award
William Klein
Brenna McNamara
Shelby North
Alanda Parker
Claire Sparks
Future Professionals Award – Performance
Haley Barfield
Future Professionals Award – Production
Alanda Parker
Future Teacher Award
Ashley Greene
Mary Jollensten Scholar
Adriana Boyd
Arthur McDonald Award for Theatre
Victor Imko
Todd McNerney Playwriting Award
Edward Precht
Valerie Morris Award for an Outstanding Performance
by an Actor or an Actress in a Play
Claire Sparks
The John Olbrych Prize for Excellence in Design
Austin Cantrell, Theatre
Alexia Sosa, Dance
Outstanding Dance Ambassador
Tim Brown
Emmett Robinson Scholar
Corinne Williams
The Seltzer Prize in Theatre
Austin Cantrell
The Stelle Award
Carrie Zollinger
Transfer Student Academic Achievement Award
John C. Prevost
AWARDS OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
College of Charleston Awards
Cistern Award – This award recognizes senior students who have been motivated and engaged workers or members of an organization. These individuals are not necessarily the ones who hold executive roles (president, executive member or other officer), but they are leaders because of what they do for the organization and the College community.
Gregory Mangieri, Theatre
Brenna McNamara, Theatre
ExCEL Awards (Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership Awards) – This award recognizes a student for his or her achievements at the College. The recipient represents the positive attributes of a student leader, and the award recognizes the recipient for his or her continued contributions to the campus and the broader community.
Student of the Year, School of the Arts • Grace Musser, Studio Art
Leadership Certificate Program – The Leadership Certificate Program is a customized experience that culminates in the completion of a personal Leadership Portfolio.
Zach Aaron, Arts Management
Brenna McNamara, Theatre
Ted Stern Cup – The Ted Stern Cup honors a member of the senior class of the College of Charleston who has most faithfully served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of Theodore S. Stern (1912-2013), both in the College and the community. Stern was the sixteenth President of the College of Charleston and an Emeritus member of the School of the Arts Council.
Brenna McNamara, Theatre
Regional and National Awards
Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy/MFA Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship
Cara Beth Heath, Theatre minor
Palmetto State Writing Center Association Statewide Award for Logo Design
Katie Hetrick, Arts Management with minors in Studio Art and Hospitality and Tourism
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Arts Philanthropist John Zeigler to Receive Multiple Honors http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/03/01/zeigler/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2013/03/01/zeigler/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:17:59 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=1998

John A. Zeigler, Jr.The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) has announced that John Ashbury Zeigler, Jr., a long-time friend and benefactor of the School of the Arts who celebrated his 101st birthday on February 5, is the recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in the Lifetime Achievement category. The SCAC does not present the Verner award in this category every year, so this is particularly good news!

The Verner Awards are the highest honor that South Carolina presents in the arts. These awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina, and Mr. Zeigler will join recipients of the award in other categories during the award ceremony in the Statehouse on Thursday, May 2.

As if an honor from the governor wasn’t enough, Mr. Zeigler is also named as one of CHARLIE’s 50 Most Progressive people in Charleston. CHARLIE, an online and print publication, annually recognizes the most forward-thinking people making a positive impact on the future of Charleston.

One would think that philanthropic activities would be the last thing on a person’s mind upon passing the century mark, but that is not the case for Mr. Zeigler. Giving of himself and his resources is something that John does daily, making him an inspiration to all South Carolinians who strive to make a difference in their state.

From endowing funds that recognize and support students who have superior talent to providing financial support for student travel to competitions, Mr. Zeigler has made gifts totaling approximately $800,000 to the College of Charleston during the course of his life.

The College of Charleston Alumni Association honored Mr. Zeigler with the Alumni Award of Honor, the only award the Alumni Association bestows on non-graduates, in 2010.

In 2011 Governor Haley recognized the significant contributions that Mr. Zeigler has made to South Carolina and its arts community by awarding him the Order of the Silver Crescent.

Mr. Zeigler is shown with Chee-Hang See [L] and Amy Tan [R], the piano duo that performed in honor of Mr. Zeigler's 101st birthday.

Mr. Zeigler enjoys his birthday celebration with Chee-Hang See [L] and Amy Tan [R], the piano duo that performed in honor of Mr. Zeigler’s 101st birthday.

A Snapshot of Support
John Zeigler’s support as both a benefactor and as a mentor has helped many students and alumni of the School of the Arts reach a position from which they now are able to teach and guide future generations of artists. For example, Eunjoo Yun, an early recipient of one of Mr. Zeigler’s scholarships, established the Charleston Academy of Music, to “expose people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to the many wonders of music.” Countertenor José Lemos, another recipient of one of Mr. Zeigler’s scholarships, has moved onto the international stage during his young career. His recent roles included that of Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina at the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent, Belgium, in October and November of 2012. Another beneficiary of Mr. Zeigler’s scholarships, and the recipient of the School of the Arts’ Young Alumnus Award in 2011, Florencia di Concilio, is a composer who now lives in Paris. She recently wrote the score for Eyes Wide Open: A Journey through Today’s South America. That film was the recipient of the Audience Award in the 2010 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The accomplishments of these alumni, along with those of their peers, demonstrate the impact that one person can have on the future through generously supporting young artists in the formative years of their undergraduate education. Kudos, Mr. Zeigler!
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Karen Chandler Honored by Humanities Council SC http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2012/11/28/karen-chandler/ http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/2012/11/28/karen-chandler/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:01:17 +0000 http://blogs.cofc.edu/sota/?p=1974 On October 30 The Humanities CouncilSC  hosted a luncheon at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to honor “two extraordinary South Carolina individuals and one university institution” as the recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities. The three recipients were Karen Chandler, Associate Professor in Arts Management at the College of Charleston School of the Arts; Anthony DiGiorgio, retiring President of Winthrop University; and the University of South Carolina Press located on the Columbia campus.

The Humanities CouncilSC is South Carolina’s state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize “outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote public understanding of ideas and issues related to the humanities; excellence defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the nation or world; and exemplary support for public humanities programs.”

Chandler is a co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI). Numerous funders, including both the National Endowment for the Arts and The Humanities CouncilSC, have supported this important project, through which Chandler has planned and presented performances, collected oral histories and archival materials, and convened and/or made presentations for several academic conferences related to jazz and its origins. The Governor’s Award in the Humanities is just the latest recognition to go to Chandler for her work.  She also has enjoyed honors from the MOJA Arts Festival and the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

In May of this year Chandler was the recipient of a Testimonial Resolution by the City Council of Detroit, Michigan, for her research and work with the CJI to document the life and musical career of James Jamerson, a former resident of Charleston and Edisto Island who was a longtime Motown jazz bassist.  In October the Art Schools Network, an association of more than 300 member schools (K-12 and colleges/universities) from around the world, presented Chandler with the Research Initiative Award for individual effort in recognition of her work with CJI.

Chandler serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. Her service includes membership on the boards of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the Charleston Concert Association, and Art Forms and Theatre Concepts.  She also serves on the advisory board of Creative Spark Center for the Arts and is a volunteer Literary Coordinator for the MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston. At the national level she is a member of the African American Jazz Caucus in New York.

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