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Coming Shows & Events

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Actor and Director, Michael Arden

January 13, 2021 at 5:30pm
Free (Registration required)

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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Thomas Presto

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Thomas Talawa Prestø

Ancestral Technique: Ancient Power in Modern Use

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Performance

Dynamic Perspectives

January 23, 2021 at 5pm

Virtual Dance Festival that is the culminating event and screening of dance films. Possible pop-up screening sites and large-scale projections as part of festival.

Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members
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Jamie Philbert

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Jamie J. Philbert

Bois Academy of Trinidad and Tobago, Philbert-Kalinda Technique for Dance & Performance

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

Choreographer, Dance Artist, Cultural Researcher, Educator, Designer, Curator, and Filmmaker, Jamie Philbert is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, brought up in Bed StuyBrooklyn . 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 GallmanNia Love Blacksmiths Daughter, Charles Moore Dance Theater, and H.T. Chen and dancers… (tap Learn More for full bio)

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Performance

Unveiling the Mask

Graduate Company Performance: February 1, 2021 at 7pm
Freedom Players Performance: March 5, 2021 at 7pm
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

Our graduate acting company and undergraduate Black Theatre & Dance Collective, are creating unique and beautiful productions that explore identity, heritage, and race.

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Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Set and Costume Designer, Alexander Dodge

February 3, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

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.

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Carl ‘Dougie Styles’ Sanders Jr

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Carl ‘Dougie Styles’ Sanders Jr.

Dachiology - Dialog in Motion

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Lawrence Fung

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Lawrence Fung

Urban Screendance

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Producer, Joey Monda

February 17, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

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.

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Kristyn Fontanella

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Kristyn Fontanella

Contemporary Irish Dance

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Movement Matters

Special Guest: Instrutora Sabiá

Capoeira & Colonial Resistance

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Lighting Designer, Rui Rita

March 3, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

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.

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Brother(hood) Dance

Movement Matters

Special Guest: Brother(hood) Dance

Socio-Political and Environmental Injustices

Friday, March 5, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Performance

Healing Through Dance and Drums

Friday, March 5 at 6pm
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

Through the lens of African Diasporic drum and dance, artists look to the past to author traditions of the future.

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Ballethnic

Movement Matters

BallEthnic

Creating Access for Dancers

Friday, March 12, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Crystal Frazier

Movement Matters

Crystal Frazier

Women in Hip Hop

Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Performance

Pingree's Past

March 26, 2021 at 7pm
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

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.

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Alice Blumenfeld

Movement Matters

Alice Blumenfeld

Abrepaso Flamenco

Friday, April 2, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Monique Haley

Movement Matters

Monique Haley

Roots of Jazz

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Allana Clarke

Movement Matters

Allana Clarke

Movement and Visual Art Intersection

Friday, April 16, 2021 from 9:30am – 11am

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)

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Performance

Anon(ymous)

Date and Time: TBA
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

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.

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Performance

Tales from Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Date and Time: TBA
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

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.

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Performance

Trivøya Gold

Date and Time: TBA
Pay-What-You-Can ($10 recommended)
Free for members

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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Slideshow includes various images from recent productions.
Theatre photo credits: Chuk Nowak Photography
Dance photo credits: Scott Lipiec