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Millicent Johnnie to be 2014-15 Roser dance guest artistMillicent Johnnie, assistant professor at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, will be the 2014-15 Roser Guest Artist in dance.   She will be in residence for two weeks at CU-Boulder, during which she will teach classes and set a work on students that will be performed in The Current, which […]
Jennifer Hubbard named 2014-15 Roe Green Visiting Theatre ArtistThe Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that Jennifer Hubbard will be the 2014- 2015 Roe Green Visiting Theatre Artist, directing Legacy of Light by Karen Zacarias.  Hubbard is a professional director, actor and teacher and is currently a visiting professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A former nominee for the Theatre Communications […]
Orr named producing artistic director of Colorado Shakespeare FestivalThe University of Colorado Boulder today announced the hiring of Timothy Orr as producing artistic director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Orr has been serving as interim director since February 2013 and was hired at the conclusion of a nationwide search for a permanent director. Orr has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a […]
‘Metamorphoses’ to splash down April 11-19 at CU-BoulderWhen the curtain rises for Metamorphoses, theatergoers can expect to get a little wet as actors plunge in and out of a pool sprawling across the stage. In fact, the first three rows on the CU Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning play, which runs April 11 to 19, will be a […]
‘Metamorphoses’ at CU-Boulder April 11-19: Mythical resonanceBOULDER, Colo. – Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning play, “Metamorphoses,” is proof that Ovid’s ancient Greek and Roman myths resonate with meaning literally millennia after their creation.  “These tales are so old, yet their ideas have been passed on,” says Kevin Crowe, who will direct a new production of “Metamorphoses” April 11-19 at CU-Boulder’s University Theatre. […]
‘Ubuntu’: A celebration of African culture at CU-Boulder April 19 Collaborative celebration will encourage audience participation and co-creation   BOULDER, Colo. – The Zulu word “Ubuntu” means “I am, because we are,” and is often used to describe the interconnectedness of African cultures. That connection will be the focus of CU-Boulder’s first Ubuntu African Dance Festival, an afternoon of dance and celebration on April 19. […]
Dancing in the dark: Midnight Tribal Fusion classes continue April 18If you love to dance, you’ll do it just about anytime — even after midnight. That’s the thinking behind Assistant Professor Donna Mejia’s series of three Midnight Tribal Fusion dance classes during the spring 2014 semester. The first session, which took place from midnight to 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, was a major success. Everyone […]
‘The Current’ puts spotlight on new CU dance faculty works; annual showcase March 7-9BOULDER, Colo. – The dance faculty and guest artists will present “The Current,” a performance of new work March 7-9 at the University of Colorado Boulder. This year’s performance will include work by two faculty members and three guest artists:  Assistant Professor Donna Mejia will premier a solo and a group piece with nine students. […]
CU-Boulder faculty, students at the forefront of ‘dance on radio’By Chloe Veltman Colorado Public Radio   UPDATE: Listen to an interview with Ira Glass of “This American Life” about “Dance on Radio.” UPDATE: Erika Randall wins “2014 Ira Glass Radio Dances Prize.” “I had no idea I would be giving out a prize,” Glass told Randall and Colorado Public Radio’s Chloe Veltman of the […]
‘Catapult’: BFA dancers bring new work to the stage Feb. 14-16By Maddy Gonzalez BOULDER, Colo. – Britt Ford, Amy Millennor and Samantha Lysaght will take audience on a journey through time and space and explore the elements in their upcoming production, “Catapult.” In her piece, Lysaght will travel between the planes of memory and reality. Childhood memories, triggered by the sound of The Beatles, allow […]
Life, love and hardship on the prairie: ‘Quilters’ opens Feb. 1430th-anniversary production of Tony-nominated Broadway musical BOULDER, Colo. – The challenges, the wide-open possibility and the sometimes-harsh beauty of life on the Great Plains are at the center of the Tony-nominated musical “Quilters,” which opens a two-week run at CU-Boulder’s University Theatre Feb. 14. “It’s a celebration of American womanhood and a musical tribute to […]
REVIEW Tammy Meneghini in ‘Gideon’s Knot’ at Dairy CenterBy Mike Pearson Daily Camera If you believe that theater should be warm and comfortable, caressing you from the inside like a cup of mushroom soup, “Gidion’s Knot” will almost certainly disappoint you. If, on the other hand, you expect more from the stage — confrontation, drama, empathy, rage — this is a play that […]
CU-Boulder’s ‘These Shining Lives’ picked for Kennedy Center American College Theater FestivalThe Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has chosen the Department of Theatre and Dance’s November production of Melanie Marnich’s 2010 play “These Shining Lives” for its regional festival in Boise, Idaho, Feb. 17-21, 2014. The play, directed by Elizabeth Dowd, the department’s 2013-14 Roe Green Visiting Theatre Artist, follows the lives of four women […]
Making connections: CU-Boulder theater seniors will head to New York City for March showcaseAs a senior BFA student in the Department of Theater and Dance, Brendan Milove has been on stage enough times that it doesn’t really faze him too much. But when it comes to pondering his future beyond CU, he admits to some anxiety. “We go to school for a number of years and get all […]
Join us for winter 2013 commencement on Dec. 20Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our December 2013 graduates of the Department of Theatre and Dance at our winter commencement ceremony at noon Friday, Dec. 20. Degrees awarded will include bachelor of arts in theatre, bachelor of arts in dance, bachelor of fine arts in theatre, bachelor of fine arts in dance,  master in dance […]
Erika Randall film named ‘best bet’ at 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival“More,” a film by Assistant Professor of Dance Erika Randall and her husband Daniel Beahm, was named a “best bet” for the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival by 5280 Magazine. Photo: Erika Randall poses with her husband Daniel Beahm on the red carpet at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Photo by Karl Gehring/The Denver Post. […]
Roe Green honored by Dramatists Guild FundRoe Green (BA theatre, ’70) was recognized by the Dramatists Guild Fund of New York City as a key patron of the arts at a ceremony in New York in October. Green has been a generous supporter and integral patron at the Department of Theatre and Dance for many years. In 2006 she established the […]
‘At Buffalo’ explores racial exhibits at 1901 World’s FairWorkshop production of ‘musical in progress’ at CU-Boulder Dec. 6-7 Audiences who want to “be there at the beginning” will have a chance to do just that during a workshop production of “At Buffalo,” a musical-in-progress about conflicting visions of blackness at the 1901 World’s Fair in Buffalo, N.Y. The play dramatizes history long forgotten […]
Women’s lives imperiled — and strengthened; ‘These Shining Lives’ opens Nov. 14When “These Shining Lives” opens at the University of Colorado Boulder Nov. 14 it will have special resonance: The curtain will lift just 10 miles from the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, where controversy still rages over radioactive contamination. TV writer (“Big Love”) and playwright Melanie Marnich’s 2010 play follows the lives of four […]
Studying abroad shakes you and wakes you in indescribable waysBy Gesel Mason I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba as part of the 2013 CU Boulder Summer Global Seminar. The six-credit seminar focused on the political economy of race and gender in post-Soviet Cuba. In addition, as part of my research and spurred by a strong contingent of dance artists and […]
FACULTY NEWS — DANCE, fall 2013Faculty news, fall 2013 Nada Diachenko Deepening my Alexander Technique (AT) work has profoundly impacted my teaching and personal growth. I was one of twelve AT teachers selected to train in the Art of Breathing Certification Program led by founder Jessica Wolf in Los Angeles. I attended the training in May, June and August and […]
New dance faculty: Gesel MasonBy Erika Randall I met Gesel  in 1990 when we were both Graham babies in David Hochoy’s repertory piece at the American College Dance Festival. Clad in fuschia and purple lycra unitards, we pitched and tilted to the swirling incessants of Philip Glass. I was in awe of her from that first day, marveling at […]
DANCE Ubuntu African Festival, April 19, 2014Africa is a continent with more than one billion people, living in more than 50 countries, with diverse cultures. Yet it is the spirit of “Ubuntu,” the philosophy of our interconnectedness, which fosters the common bond of shared identity for the people across Africa. Ubuntu is the principle of interconnectedness that underscores the relationship between […]
Dance outreach highlights, fall 2013The Dance and Community Engagement (formerly CU Moving) class hosted an extraordinary movement and performance workshop focused on bullying with University Hill Elementary third graders and their teachers. The CU students showed a stop-action version of a dance, “Sticks and Stones,” choreographed by CU Dance graduate students Kate Speer and Rachel Oliver. This dance was […]
Nancy McElroy American College Dance Festival, 2014Please consider contributing to the Nancy McElroy American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) Fund and help eight undergraduate and three graduate students attend this year’s ACDFA in Missoula, Montana April 2-5! Our dancers have been very successful at ADCFA conferences, astounding everyone with unique choreography and mind-blowing dance technique — this year’s dancers are no exception! […]
Learning to love ‘stage love’ — an ode to Bob ShannonIt is overwhelming to try and describe Bob Shannon’s impact on the dance department over the last 32 years. His hands have made profound improvements in our physical facilities, budget, our professional protocols, the curriculum (man, oh, man you should see his syllabus and course materials for dance production), and of course, dance productions. A whole […]
Grad Salon Fridays, fall 2013MFA candidates Sonya Smith and Rachel Oliver have undertaken the management of the Grad Salon Fridays, an idea initiated by Maren Waldman and Cristina Goletti and inspired by a Grad Salon held during the 2013 MFA audition weekend. It’s not often that we graduate students are able to get together, and the opportunity to share research, […]
Letter from the dance director, fall 2013The aspen tree, a symbol of determination, community and diversity, has a remarkable root structure that allows new trees to emerge in a cohesive grove. This complex single organism, healthiest when it includes trees of all different ages, can survive to several thousand years of age at its most diverse. Still able to grow in […]
CU Dance Connection news, fall 2013Greetings CU dance lovers! CU Dance Connection (CUDC) exists as a channel for communication for dance department faculty, staff and students. Our goal as a student organization is to create a greater sense of community within the department and offer performance and choreographic opportunities for our students. With our newly structured “dream team” of CUDC, […]
Climate change, through the language of the arts: Dance and storytelling at CU, Oct. 1-6When the conversation turns to global warming, many Americans are inclined to turn away. And why not? After all, it’s a vast and complicated subject. Truly understanding it seems to require specialized knowledge most people don’t possess. And perhaps most notably, it’s become such a hot-button political issue that it easily inflames passions. That’s enough […]
VIDEO Theater grad Caroline Barry in TV commercial for CU-BoulderRecent theater graduate Caroline Barry was chosen as one of the faces of CU-Boulder for a new national TV commercial. The commercial is airing on televised CU football games in the fall of 2013. Print Friendly
Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera to give performances, workshops Sept. 5-8The highly regarded Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company will present workshops and public performances at the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 5-8, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center for Asian Studies. Founded in 1987 by Qi Shu Fang, the company is dedicated to the preservation and performance of Peking […]
August 2013 student newsAre you a CU-Boulder theatre or dance student? We’d love to know what you are you up to. Send us an email and let us know! Hadley Kamminga-Peck (Ph.D. Theatre) received an $8,000 Outreach Award from the University of Colorado Boulder. The grant is for the creation of a 50-minute script based on fairy tales, […]
August 2013 faculty newsAssociate Professor of Theatre Design and Technology Bruce Bergner received a $46,000 seed grant and $7,000 to pursue the creation of The Experience Design Center, a “vessel for collaborative and creative problem solving through design.” Rennie Harris has been renewed as the Guest Artist in Residence for the 2013-14 season. He is founder of Rennie […]
August 2013 alumni newsWhat’s going on with your life? We’d love to hear from you. You can submit your news here.    Roe Green (BA ’70) was honored with the CU-Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance Alumni Recognition Award at a ceremony in November. Angela Reed (BA ’91) toured with the national company of the Broadway hit, “War […]
Recent theatre and dance graduates become ‘stars on the sea’Performing on cruise ships offers both experience and adventure   How’s this sound for life after graduation? Performing professionally — singing, dancing, acting — in front of packed houses five to six nights a week, room and board paid for, and the opportunity to visit some exotic corners of the world nearly every day. That […]
CU-Boulder-University of East London exchange: ‘A lovely collaboration’If you’re going to go overseas to teach, study or participate in theater, it’s hard to beat the Stratford district of East London. The area is home to the historic Theatre Royal Stratford East and the more contemporary Stratford Circus. The area is also home to the University of East London, which has a renowned […]
Coleman named interim head of new CU-Boulder arts program  The name may not stick, but the ideas behind a proposed Interdepartmental Program in Fine Arts have stirred enthusiasm in the Film Studies, Art and Art History and Theatre & Dance departments at CU-Boulder. The program could lead to the creation of a new fine-arts school within the college. “It is very exciting that […]
Ellsworth will take a year of living artisticallyFrom the deep woods of New Hampshire to the sunny Mediterranean island of Kalymnos, Michelle Ellsworth of the CU-Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance is going to be on the move over the next year...
Sowah recognized for his impact on studentsNii Armah Sowah, senior instructor in the CU-Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance, was recognized with a Marinus Smith Award from the CU Parents Association for the 2013 spring semester...
Daniel Charon Int/Adv Modern WorkshopMay 28 – June 1 and June 3 – June 7 in W350 Drop in classes available! More information found here.   Print Friendly
‘Tick, Tock, Poe’ stages lessons against violenceFour travelers flee to the mountains to escape a terrible plague — a Red Death. There they meet at an ancient, crumbling abbey and begin to share tales of mystery and imagination to pass the time...
‘Inside the Greenhouse,’ students hone a messageClara Boland didn’t fully appreciate coal’s role in her life until she did some digging. That meant going to Paonia, a small town in Western Colorado, which has mined coal for more than a century...
Grad student offers spring break dancing classesBy Brittany Anas Camera Staff Writer   In a dance studio on the University of Colorado campus, graduate student Jessica Page called out a sequence of action verbs for her class of dancers to interpret through movement. It was choreographed chaos as middle- and high-schoolers at the spring break dance camp reacted uniquely to the […]
Twists of fate: ‘Chesapeake’ retrieves laughter from controversyCU faculty member Chip Persons to star in one-man show March 13-17 Lee Blessing’s provocative one-person play, “Chesapeake,” takes its cues from the heated culture wars of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, when members of Congress accused federally funded visual and performing artists of peddling obscenity. That may sound prosaic. But halfway through the […]
[un]W.R.A.P. and Trajal Harrell[un]W.R.A.P. brings New York dancer Trajal Harrell to CU March 6-9 Trajal Harrell, called “the brainy downtown experimentalist with a sharp sense of humor” by the New York Times, will headline an impressive lineup of dance, lectures and risk-taking at “[un]W.R.A.P.” at CU-Boulder March 6-9. Cristina Goletti, curator and art director, describes the four-day event […]
BFA Performance Auditions 3/18/13The University of Colorado Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance announces Auditions for the BFA in Performance Program Monday, March 18, 2013 University Theatre, CU Theatre Building   3:00 to 6:00 pm – Individual auditions and interviews Please prepare two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than three minutes combined. 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Mandatory […]
VIDEO: Dancer Johnny StewartPrint Friendly
Box Office changesDear Theatre and Dance patron, First, we’d like to thank you for your continuing support of the performing arts at the University of Colorado. It’s thanks to you that we are able to offer world-class dance, music, and theatre. As we move into the new year we’d like to share some important news about changes […]
Fear and ambiguity in CU’s Far AwayAn ambiguous future that uneasily reflects the present:  CU’s Far Away onstage January 30 – February 3 in the Loft Theatre Fear and ambiguity haunt the dystopian world of British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Far Away. And that’s just the way director Andryn Arithson wants to keep it. “There is a lot of room for interpretation,” says […]
Alum Chad Neidt on The Tonight Showneidt Tuesday 11 December 2012 is the night to tune into THE TONIGHT SHOW as CU alum Chad Neidt (BFA in Performance, 2009) will be featured in “Can You Thrill Bill” section, right after Jay’s opening monologue. Neidt will be performing one of his famous mashups, 20 Christmas songs in 30 seconds, for William Shatner […]
Theatre alum Brian Dietzen on the cover of TV GUIDEBrian Dietzen (BFA in Performance, 2000) is featured on one of the 10th anniversary covers of TV GUDIE (12-18 November), celebrating his character Jimmy Palmer on CBS’ popular hit:  NCIS.  Dietzen was promoted to a season regular for Season 10 (2012-13). Brian Dietzen Print Friendly
Donna Mejia’s Potency and Power!          Assistant Professor in Dance Donna Mejia featured in The Daily Camera.  Print Friendly
Alumni Recognition Award for Roe GreenRoeStairs   At the 83rd Annual CU Alumni Association Awards Ceremony, 1 November 2012, alumni and donor Roe Green (BA, 1970) was honored with this year’s Alumni Recognition Award, for “her generosity of spirit, her allegiance to learning and her passionate advocacy for the arts.”  Eight years ago she established the Roe Green Visiting Theatre Artist […]
Stephanie Tuley’s research featured in Dance Informa!Click below to read Stephanie Tuley’s recently published research in the online magazine Dance Informa! Print Friendly
Roe Green gives $2 million to endow T&D chairCU-Boulder alumnus gives $2 million to launch endowed chair in theater Written by Jeremy Simon • Issue: July 19, 2012 • Campus: CU Foundation Roe, Frost and Bud Photo system foundation 07-19-2012 When a young caller for the University of Colorado Boulder’s annual giving program asked Roe Green a decade ago if she would consider […]
Upcoming Dance AuditionsAny student enrolled in classes at CU may audition for our dance performances. We’ve added the following auditions: The Current audition will be held in W150 on Friday, Sept. 14th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Utopia Parkway audition will be held in W150 on Monday, October 1st at 6 pm. More information can be […]
CU Dance Outreach in the news!CU dance hosts a spring break workshop for local kids! Read all about it in The Daily Camera.   Print Friendly
New Dance Video!Check out our new Dance promo video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MnkiVlDW5Y Print Friendly
Don’t Miss “14″ in the UT 2/8“14″ has been nominated for the Kenny Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival! Based on true events in the author’s life, John Cameron takes a hard look at “therapy” that used electroshocks in an attempt to change same sex desire in fourteen young men, and the devastating effect of this procedure on their lives. Sometimes humourous, […]
Job AnnouncementsThe Department of Theatre and Dance is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Theatre and Dance Lighting, Projections, and Sound Designer Instructor. View a full description of the position here. Print Friendly
Beth Osnes in the news!!This spring, the University of Colorado’s Theater and Dance department is joining forces with Environmental Science to offer an upper-division course, Inside the Greenhouse: Using Media to Communicate Positive Solutions for Climate Change. The interdisciplinary course will combine assistant professor Beth Osnes’s narrative theory with the science, politics and policy of climate change, taught by […]
Camera’s Theatre Awardshttp://www.dailycamera.com/theater-dance/ci_19554853 Theater:  Boulder County’s best in 2011 Editor’s Note: After viewing 61 different plays that opened in Boulder County in 2011, Camera Theatre Critic Mark Collins has named his 2011 Camera’s Eye Boulder County Theater Awards. University of Colorado at Boulder / Department of Theatre & Dance Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Comedic Role […]
Tammy Meneghini – Best Solo PerformanceTamara Meneghini was awarded Denver’s 2011 Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance, “Great Goddess Bazaar,” written by David Rush and directed by Jane Page. Notified of the award on December 25th, Tammy comments “kind of cool present, huh?” A challenging and cautionary commentary on the consequences of our choices in a modern world where trouble […]
Graham Emmons in TV CommercialGraham Emmons, current BFA Performance student,  has a TV commercial for Christy Sports! Check out 9 News tonight! Print Friendly
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTSThe Department of Theatre and Dance is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Dance. View a full description of the position here. Theatre and Dance Lighting, Projections, and Sound Designer Instructor. View a full description of the position here. Print Friendly
Michelle Ellsworth receives $50K grant!Boulder dancer, professor receives $50,000 grant Artist’s performance websites recognized by national association By Steve Weishampel Photo courtesy of Michelle Ellsworth “Objectification Cabbage” Considering how many hats she wears, it’s unclear exactly what stood out in Michelle Ellsworth’s repertoire. But something caught the attention of United States Artists (USA), a nonprofit that has selected the Boulder […]
Harris reviewed in The New York Times!Check out Rennie’s review in The New York Times! Print Friendly
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Nii Armah Sowah presented with OIE Global Citizen AwardThe Office of International Education congratulates Nii Armah Sowah on being selected for the Campus Global Citizen of the Year Award this year in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promote international understanding. We appreciate all your efforts and accomplishments. We will present three OIE Global Citizen Awards this year to: Nii Armah Sowah, Campus […]
Dance showcases this weekendChoreographer’s Showcase – Friday, Dec. 2 @ 7:30pm and Graduate Showcase – Saturday, Dec. 3 @ 7:30 pm Print Friendly
2000 BA Receives Distinguished Professor AwardAssociate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Karen Robinson, who lives in Atlanta, received the Distinguished Professor Award — the foundation’s highest faculty award. Robinson is a 2000 B.A. graduate in Theatre and English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.   Robinson, who received an award of $17,000, said,    “The Distinguished Professor Award is […]
Job OpeningsThe Department of Theatre and Dance is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Dance. View a full description of the position here. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Department of Theatre and Dance are seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager position. Check out the job announcement […]
T&D NEWSKeep up to date with all the behind the scenes action in the CU-Theatre and Dance Department.  Where are our alumni? What are our faculty up to? What are the backstage whispers you want to know?  Click here to view a pdf of the 2010-2011 Newsletter! JUST IN: The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Department of Theatre […]
Rennie Harris Puremovement Cultural TourRennie Harris’ hip hop dance, performed at its highest level, officially represents American Culture to the world. After the completion of a pilot program and in conjunction with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Urban Affairs, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has been selected to be the grantee and administrator of a […]
Javanese Wooden Rod Puppet PerformanceJoin the Center for Asian Studies (as organized by Beth Osnes and Hadley Kamminga-Peck) presentation of Javanese Wooden Rod Puppet Performance with live Gamelan music on Friday, September 16th @ 4:00pm on the Norlin Quad in front of the University Theatre Building. Performed by Kathy Foley, Editor of Asian Theatre Journal, Professor of Theatre at […]