Special Opportunities: Workshops, Discussions, Career Presentations, Passport Free Ticket Series

Roger Guenveur Smith with students
Roger Guenveur Smith with UNC Charlotte students, January 2017

DISCUSSIONS


Pizza Chat with Roger Guenveur Smith

Tuesday, January 10 | 12:30 PM in the Black Box Theater

Students are invited to eat pizza with Mr. Smith and to learn more about his career as an actor, writer and director. No sign-up necessary!

Award-winning actor, writer, and director ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH is a highly regarded film, television and stage actor whose work includes a successful career in film (American Gangster, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, The Birth of a Nation), television and on stage. RODNEY KING was initially developed and presented at Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, in August 2012. It has since been performed at The New York Public Theatre, Penumbra, Long Wharf, Woolly Mammoth, Tate Modern (London), DuSable Museums, and BricArts Brooklyn. The New York Times has called the show "sinuous, complicated, and deeply moving.” In 2015 RODNEY KING won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.

Costume Designer Amy Andrews Harrell

Friday, March 17 | 2:00pm – 4:00 PM | Location and Sign-up TBD

AMY ANDREWS HARRELL, UNC Charlotte alumna, is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer/costume supervisor with extensive movie and television credits, including (among others) the films "Lincoln," "Cold Mountain," "The Patriot," "A River Runs Through It," and "Dirty Dancing 2" and the television shows "Louie," "Mercy Street," "Killing Kennedy," and "Killing Lincoln." Harrell won an Emmy for the HBO series "John Adams" (as costume supervisor) and a 2013 Emmy nomination for her costume designs for National Geographic Chanel's "Killing Lincoln." Her costume designs for the television show "Mercy Street" were recently included in the prestigious FIDM Art of the Television Costume Design 10th Anniversary Exhibit.

WORKSHOPS


Stacey Rose Playwriting Workshops: “I've Been Meaning to Write: How to Love Your S*%@!iest Work”

Based on an exercise from Stacey Rose's playwriting studies with Annie Baker, students will strive to write the worst play they've ever written with every cliché and stereotype they can dream up. The goal will be to sift through the crap for treasure (an amazing monologue, a great scene). Said scenes/monologues/scraps will be buffed to a shine and presented to an audience.

Thursday, February 9 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Robinson 109

Sign-up sheet located on Robinson call board.

Friday, February 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Robinson 109

Sign-up sheet located on Robinson call board.

Student presentations of monologues/scenes on Friday, February 10 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Rowe 163 (White Box)

STACEY ROSE is a mother, a theatre artist, and filmmaker who strives to create work that entertains, challenges, educates and empowers both the audience and her collaborators. She’s a 2014-15 American Association of University Women Career Development Grant recipient. She’s been honored with the NYU Grey Gallery Prize in collaboration with The Studio Museum of Harlem for her short play "M y Pet." Stacey, also an emerging screenwriter/director, is a 2014-15 Tisch Future Screenwriter Fellow and recently produced "Fun", the third in her series of films for "The Perceptions Project." She is currently a Script Coordinator on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It television show for Netflix.  You can read Stacey's writing and keep up with her general goings on at www.fromtherosesmouth.com.

Sean Graney/Aristophanesathon Workshop

Sean Graney will lead a team of students in a work-shopping exercise of his Aristophanesathon, a work-in-progress adapting all of Aristophanes’ eleven plays to a five-hour marathon. This is an extraordinary opportunity for actors, directors, dramaturges and/or designers to work on a major artistic project with one of the country’s most exciting and talked about theatre artists. Students will learn tools for adapting classic theater for contemporary audiences and working with durational theater. The only requirement is that you are willing to read and share opinions and that you can commit to the whole week of workshops (March 13 through 17 from 6 to 10pm) and the performance event on Saturday, March 18 (from noon to 5 p.m.).

Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17 | 6:00 – 10:00 PM | Robinson 330

Sign-up sheet located on Robinson call board.

Aristophanesathon performance will be on Saturday, March 18 | 12:00 to 5:00 PM | Black Box Theater

SEAN GRANEY is an award-winning playwright, adapter and director. His Chicago-based company The Hipocrites has earned multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards and performed in a range of prestigious venues around the United States, including the American Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre and The Flea. Graney was honored with a year-long fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where he completed All Our Tragic, his 12-hour adaptation combining all 32 surviving Greek tragedies. Other adaptations include Edward II, Pirates of Penzance, Peer Gynt, Woyzeck, Tartuffe, Comedy of Errors, and Cinderella. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors from 2004-6. He has been awarded two Joseph Jefferson Citations for Outstanding Direction.

ALUMNI AWARD CEREMONY


College of Arts + Architecture Distinguished Alumni Awards

Friday, March 17 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM | Anne R. Belk Theater

2017 Department of Theatre Distinguished Alumni: Amy Andrews Harrell (Class of 1985)

AMY ANDREWS HARRELL is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer/costume supervisor with extensive movie and television credits, including (among others) the films "Lincoln," "Cold Mountain," "The Patriot," "A River Runs Through It," and "Dirty Dancing 2" and the television shows "Louie," "Mercy Street," "Killing Kennedy," and "Killing Lincoln." Harrell won an Emmy for the HBO series "John Adams" (as costume supervisor) and a 2013 Emmy nomination for her costume designs for National Geographic Chanel's "Killing Lincoln." Her costume designs for the television show "Mercy Street" were recently included in the prestigious FIDM Art of the Television Costume Design 10th Anniversary Exhibit.

THEATRE CAREERS SERIES


Stacey Rose on Stage and Television Writing

Friday, February 10 | 12:30 – 1:45 PM | Robinson 103

STACEY ROSE is a mother, a theatre artist, and filmmaker who strives to create work that entertains, challenges, educates and empowers both the audience and her collaborators. She’s a 2014-15 American Association of University Women Career Development Grant recipient. She’s been honored with the NYU Grey Gallery Prize in collaboration with The Studio Museum of Harlem for her short play "M y Pet." Stacey, also an emerging screenwriter/director, is a 2014-15 Tisch Future Screenwriter Fellow and recently produced "Fun", the third in her series of films for "The Perceptions Project." She is currently a Script Coordinator on Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It television show for Netflix.  You can read Stacey's writing and keep up with her general goings on at www.fromtherosesmouth.com.

Jerrell Henderson on Directing

Friday, March 3 | 12:30 – 1:45 PM | Robinson 103

JERRELL L. HENDERSON is a Chicago based director and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include The Healer: A Workshop Production with Pegasus Theatre Chicago/Spring Muse Festival at Chicago Dramatists and A Year With Frog and Toad at Northwestern University. As an assistant director, Jerrell has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. As an acting instructor, Jerrell worked with the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA for nine years, splitting his time between teaching performance classes, devising and directing scripts with students and directing several professional Outreach productions for the Education Department including Stuart Little, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, and I Never Saw Another Butterfly. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University (2003), an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University (2015), and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2012).

Sean Graney on Artistic Directing, Devising and New Work Development

Friday, March 17 | 2:30 – 3:45 PM | Robinson 103

SEAN GRANEY is an award-winning playwright, adapter and director. His Chicago-based company The Hipocrites has earned multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards and performed in a range of prestigious venues around the United States, including the American Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre and The Flea. Graney was honored with a year-long fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where he completed All Our Tragic, his 12-hour adaptation combining all 32 surviving Greek tragedies. Other adaptations include Edward II, Pirates of Penzance, Peer Gynt, Woyzeck, Tartuffe, Comedy of Errors, and Cinderella. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors from 2004-6. He has been awarded two Joseph Jefferson Citations for Outstanding Direction.

Quentin Talley/OnQ Performing Arts on Artistic Directing and Theatre Entrepreneurialism

Friday, April 7 | 12:30 – 1:45 PM | Robinson 103

QUENTIN TALLEY is an accomplished poet, actor, director, and producer. Quentin is Founder and Artistic Director of OnQ Performing Arts, a 2012 recipient of the inaugural Leadership U Fellowship, administered by Theater Communications Group and funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and 2003 graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre Performance. As a poet, he has performed throughout the country, appeared in the Borders Open-Door Poetry series and Turner South network, as well as shared the stage with such luminaries as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, MC Lyte, Sonia Sanchez and Tavis Smiley. As an Actor, he has worked professionally with Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Winston Salem Arts Council, and New River Dramatist. His directing credits include: Rise For Freedom, Dutchman, In The Blood, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Day of Absence, Paul Robeson, Rhyme Deferred and Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) OnQ Performing Arts is currently in its 6th season of residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts and was an 2012 MTA nominee for Theater Company of the Year. OnQ started in 2006 with a mission to educate and produce, classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the black experience.

Tim Parati on Scenic Design and Film Acting

Friday, April 21 | 12:30 – 1:45 PM | Robinson 103

TIM PARATI is Scenic Artist for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and has designed or worked on over 200 productions. He is also an accomplished actor who has appeared in over 50 film and television roles and is best known for playing Winston in Joel Shumacher's "A Time To Kill," Andy in Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever" (2002), Caesar Rodney in HBO's "John Adams," Blaisdell in HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon," and in the recurring roles, Chief on Lifetime's "Army Wives," and Dr. Emmett Carson on AMC's "The Walking Dead."

THEATRE PASSPORT FREE TICKETS SERIES


The Theatre Passport Free Ticket Series gives UNC Charlotte Theatre majors to opportunity to attend a variety of professional theatre productions in Charlotte. For Spring 2017, we’ve purchased 84 tickets to five different events: Fiasco Theatre’s Into the Woods, Black Violin, Theatre Charlotte’s A Raisin in the Sun, On Q Productions’ Miles & Coltrane: Blue, and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Bud, Not Buddy.

At the end of the semester participating students will share their opinions about the shows with all of our majors and minors and faculty members during an all-department session. We look forward to hearing about the meaning and value of these audience experiences from our engaged students!