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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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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.

FAFSA and the Middle Class

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Experts who know precisely how the government calculates EFCs say there's one overarching reason for this shock: the formula is so outdated--it's loosely based on a family budget from 1967--that it's no surprise many 21st Century families are astonished when they receive their EFC estimates.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Perform for America

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Mary Anna Dennard

One mother of twin sons, both majoring in performing arts at colleges in the Northwest, has used her passion to launch a petition called, Perform for America, a national movement to create a program akin to Teach for America, but for young performers.

I Got In! And Then I Dropped Out

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Most of the performing arts college applicants I advise come from middle class families. They earn too much money to qualify for federal aid, and don't earn enough to pay what they consider to be unaffordable tuitions.

Cedar City's Utah Shakespeare Festival Promises Unique Experience

John M. Eger | Posted 08.14.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

If you already love anything Shakespeare-especially the plays-don't read this. If however you find the language of Shakespeare's works a bit difficul...

Sticker Shock! College Performing Arts Costs

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

As you investigate colleges and costs, ask questions of admission and recruitment offices. They are more than happy to give you straightforward answers. And the department heads certainly have a point of view about the affordability of their particular programs.

Review: Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in 'PUSH'

Meghan Feeks | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

For dancers, the peaks of artistry and athleticism rarely coincide. But when they do, one amplifies the other, and the result is dazzling.

Does College Name Prestige Matter for Actors?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.28.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Students and families about to enter the college audition process would love to know if having a highly-recognized school's name on their resume will really make a difference. So, I asked three show biz industry decision-makers to find out.

Paying for a Performing Arts College Education

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.20.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Receiving training in a performing arts degree program within a liberal arts college, affords students an opportunity to learn their craft while receiving a college degree.

That's (Not Just) Entertainment: Dance As a Tool For Cultural Dialogue and Social Change

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

In 2015, DRDT returns to JOMBA! to perform a collaborative work with Flatfoot that signifies a culmination of the exchange. However, it might be said that the meat of this initiative is not as much in the dancing as in the dialogue taking shape between two seemingly disparate cultures.

Questioning Your College Student's Career Path?

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Mary Anna Dennard

When the choice of major is one that prompts concern, especially one in the arts, it can cause tension and strife among families. With uncertainties about the world economy, and a high unemployment rate, parents have legitimate worries about their child's future: How are you going to make a living as an artist?

My Conversation With Joan Rivers

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, the first of my two-part conversation with legendary comedian Joan Rivers. We talked about her longstanding career and her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers spoke candidly about what will happen if the moment ever comes when she can no longer perform on stage.