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My First Opera Remembered

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

"L'Orphée" marked my first opera--a beautiful tale that swept me away with tides of excellent execution. I was expecting Greco-Roman and I got mid-ce...

Musical Theatre Family Creates a Stereo Experience for the Heart

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Waves of stinging triumph gripped my father and me as we walked up the freshly poured ramp to the swanky Jefferson Performing Arts Center in suburban New Orleans.

Forget FOMO. This Is the Year of GOMO.

Julia Hartz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Julia Hartz

Looking back, 2015 was about moving away from materialism, and towards experientialism. I've spent a lot of time thinking about the trends that contributed to this shift and these led to 10 predictions for this coming year. Spoiler alert: 2016 could be the year you see your mom at Coachella, wake up more enlightened than dehydrated, and leave your wallet at home on purpose.

Does the College Decision Define You?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 12.15.2015 | Education
Mary Anna Dennard

Your college experience is only one in a long string of experiences that will help to mold the person you ultimately become. And your tribe will still love you for who you are, regardless of the college decision outcome.

On Rejection and Resiliency in the Life of an Actor

Rebecca Strong | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Rebecca Strong

On the whole, it seems that actors spend more time looking for their next gig than actually working on one. It's one of the many peculiarities of ...

All The World's a Stage

John M. Eger | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that public art has taken on a new dimension. Music and theater festivals, opera without walls and the second three-day WOW Festival, for Without Walls, held earlier this month by the acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse in California has raised the bar.

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Women in the Performing Arts: Annette Tanner

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This spring and summer, I have been spotlighting a handful of remarkable women who are making their mark on educational theatre. With this final entry, I round out my series, Women In The Performing Arts.

Tap World

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

At one point in this sweet gem of a documentary, two tap dancers from different parts of the world define the joy and philosophy of tap dancing: "Dance to express, not to impress" says Chloe Arnold of the U.S. "I dance, therefore I am," states Arthur Benhamou of Paris.

Women In The Performing Arts: Cathy McNeela

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This is the second to last entry in my series, Women In The Performing Arts. Cathy McNeela is the director of the musical theatre degree on the beautiful campus of Elon University. She has built a dynamic performing arts program "with a heart." Another example of a power house female college theatre educator.

Women In The Performing Arts: Karen Kohlhaas

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Mary Anna Dennard

As I enter the home stretch of my series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am struck by the enormous and diverse talents of these remarkable women and the difference they are making in the lives of young artists.

Women in the Performing Arts: Vicky Bussert

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

As I continue my series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am struck once again, with the impressive accomplishments of these dynamic female educators and the difference they are making in the lives of young artists.

Women in the Performing Arts: Lyn Cramer

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

This week, in my series, Women in the Performing Arts, I am spotlighting University of Oklahoma faculty member Lyn Cramer, who generously and remarkably took time out from her wedding weekend in Taos to answer my questions.

Moving People and the Tao of Ice Cream: Live Performing Arts in the Next Decade

Jean-François Bouchard | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Jean-François Bouchard

The truly remarkable performing arts of the future will be simply and profoundly good, not only by accident but through hard, systematic and deliberate work to move people, deliciously.

Women in the Performing Arts: Barbara Mackenzie-Wood

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

During this Spring and Summer, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable women educators in college theatre in my blog series entitled, Women In The Performing Arts.

Escaping War Saved My Life. Song and Dance Saved My Soul.

Okello Kelo Sam | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Okello Kelo Sam

Whenever I feel a darkness creep into my soul, I sing, dance and play music on the adungu, a traditional hand-held harp of northern Uganda. It always works, the darkness recedes. Art is my detox.

Women in the Performing Arts: Kaitlin Hopkins

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.28.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

In my continuing series, Women in the Performing Arts, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable females who lead some of the most successful college theatre programs in the U.S. They discuss the development of their programs, and the impact their teaching is having on young artists.

Unforgiving Yet Intriguing: A Review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

The internationally-known modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered original choreography by Matthew Rushing, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey at Revelations last month at Boston's Citi Wang Theater.

BOOMTOWN Closes Wonderbound's Season With a Bang

Eden Lane | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Eden Lane

Colorado's Contemporary Dance powerhouse Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado) has established itself as a major force with a variety of successful collaborations.

Women in the Performing Arts, Mariann Cook

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

In my continuing series, Women In The Performing Arts, I am spotlighting a handful of remarkable females who lead some of the most successful college theatre programs in the U.S.

Student Actors, Now Read This!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Mary Anna Dennard

For those of you who have been in the throws of the college audition process, things are finally beginning to wind down. You may now be twiddling your thumbs, having completed the whirlwind of applications, travel and a series of high stakes auditions.

The Waiting, the Waiting, the Waiting

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

The best distraction of all is to enjoy your senior year. You will never get this time back, so savor it. Get involved at your high school with activities and senior celebrations. Don't be distracted when non-performer friends start announcing their acceptances.

Shut Your Mouth: College Audition Etiquette

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

To say you are not sizing up the competition would be a fabrication. Sound like an awkward situation? You bet it is. So what is the appropriate behavior, and how can you keep from embarrassing yourself?

Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Know Your BFA "Must-Haves"

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

With so many BFA offerings, students and families can be overwhelmed with the task of compiling a college list that fits their needs.