Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! We’ll be chatting with Tony-nominated director and acclaimed Broadway actor, Michael Arden about his career.
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Special Guest: Thomas Talawa Prestø
Ancestral Technique: Ancient Power in Modern Use
Thomas “Talawa” Prestø is an internationally-renowned lecturer, instructor, choreographer and performer. Thomas is the founder and Artistic Director of Tabanka Dance Ensemble and creator of the Talawa Technique™… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Special Guest: Jamie J. Philbert
Bois Academy of Trinidad and Tobago, Philbert-Kalinda Technique for Dance & Performance
Choreographer, Dance Artist, Cultural Researcher, Educator, Designer, Curator, and Filmmaker, Jamie Philbert is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, brought up in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn . She is a dance graduate of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts. Upon graduating, she founded Echoes Dance Company in 1999 and began presenting her choreography while freelancing for dance companies and choreographers like Janis Brenner, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Roger C. Jeffrey, Alfred Gallman, Nia Love Blacksmiths Daughter, Charles Moore Dance Theater, and H.T. Chen and dancers… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Unveiling the Mask
Freedom Players Performance: March 5, 2021 at 7pm
Our graduate acting company and undergraduate Black Theatre & Dance Collective, are creating unique and beautiful productions that explore identity, heritage, and race.
Apple Discussion Series
A Conversation with Set and Costume Designer, Alexander Dodge
Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Come chat with Alexander Dodge, recently represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical, Anastasia and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for which he received a Drama Desk Nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Nomination, and a Tony Award Nomination.
Special Guest: Carl ‘Dougie Styles’ Sanders Jr.
Dachiology - Dialog in Motion
A native of Atlanta, Georgia. Carl D. Sanders, Jr or more commonly known as Dougie is a movement designer, director, educator, practitioner, and entrepreneur… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Special Guest: Lawrence Fung
As a choreographer and movement artist, Fung is constantly exploring the integration and similarities between ballet and breaking, bringing the opposite disciplines into a free flowing harmony that exists in a new dimension without contextual boundaries. Modern masculinity, self-discovery, and religion are themes that gravitate Fung’s curiosity in his dance-making… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Apple Discussion Series
A Conversation with Producer, Joey Monda
Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Hear from and talk with Joey Monda, a Broadway producer and general manger, currently running Hadestown (Tony Award) and Mrs. Doubtfire and the previous Broadway productions of The Inheritance (Tony nomination), Slave Play (Tony nomination), Mike Birbiglia’s The New One and The Cher Show.
Special Guest: Kristyn Fontanella
Contemporary Irish Dance
As a choreographer/dance artist Kristyn Fontanella focuses her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context. Having toured for many years with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance & as lead soloist in Gaelforce Dance, her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Special Guest: Instrutora Sabiá
Capoeira & Colonial Resistance
Capoeira is an exciting cultural fusion of music, dance, martial arts and body expression. No other body movement has been so completely enriching for Sabiá. Although there are many styles of capoeira, Sabiá’s focus is that of her Mestre: expression, illusion and magic created by the creative movement of the body… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Apple Discussion Series
A Conversation with Lighting Designer, Rui Rita
Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Talk with Broadway Lighting Designer, Rui Rita, about his career and work on such acclaimed shows as The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons, The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Condola Rashad at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and more.
Special Guest: Brother(hood) Dance
Socio-Political and Environmental Injustices
Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio- political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Creating Access for Dancers
Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta’s first African American-founded professional ballet company, was founded in 1990 by Nena Gilreath and Waverly Lucas, both formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Women in Hip Hop
Frazier’s industry performance credits include: MTV and BET, VH1’s Vogue Fashion awards, BET awards, Italy tour with Kathy Sledge, Nike All-Star showcase, among others. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award-winning artist Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour”… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Guest artist Gary Anderson, a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow and Artistic Director of Detroit’s Plowshares Theatre Company, directs the premiere work of acclaimed playwright, Garlia Cornelia. Pingree’s Past is a brand new play set in contemporary Detroit.
Alice Blumenfeld is a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Silver Award winner, a Fulbright recipient in Dance, and an Individual Excellence Awardee in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council (FY 20). She fell in love with flamenco at age 12, and since then it has been the driving force in her life, founding the non-profit music and dance company ABREPASO Flamenco in 2016 and previously on dance faculty at Oberlin College and Cuyahoga Community College… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Roots of Jazz
Monique Haley is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Haley completed nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company in 2010. Her final season with the company also marked the opportunity to debut her first professional choreographic work Uhuru. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Movement and Visual Art Intersection
Allana Clarke is a Trinidadian-American artist whose practice is built upon a foundation of uncertainty, curiosity, a will to heal, and an insistence upon freedom. Fluidly moving through video, performance, photography, and text, her research-based practice incorporates socio-political and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, the binding nature of bodily signification, and of the possibility to create non-totalizing identifying structures… (tap Learn More for full bio)
Written by Naomi Iizuka. Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.
Tales from Shakespeare: Twelfth Night
In collaboration with guest artist and musical theatre composer Scotty Arnold, our MFA Acting students present songs inspired by the rich and lyrical words of William Shakespeare, reimagined for today’s audience.
The musical, with book and lyrics by Alana Jacoby and book and music by Scotty Arnold, is a story of death, nationalism, and Olympic Curling. In Trivøya, a small island off the coast of Norway, it is so cold that corpses don’t decompose. As a result, death is banned on the small island. Aching to die in their homes, the Trivøyan citizens demand independent rule, and will be given it if they can win an Olympic gold medal in curling.
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