Roger Guenveur Smith with UNC Charlotte students, January 2017
Post-show Conversation with Playwright Caridad Svich
Thursday, September 12 at 9 PM | Black Box Theater | CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER EMERGENCY
Caridad Svich has written more than 40 full-length plays, a variety of short works, and 15 translations. She received the 2018 Ellen Steward Award for Career Achievement in Theatre (from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education), a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the National New Play Network rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad.
Post-show Conversation with actors Kaja Dunn and Carlos Cruz on role preparation and research using culturally competent techniques
Friday, September 13 at 9 PM | Black Box Theater | CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER EMERGENCY
Post-show Conversation with Dramaturgs Dr. Jennifer Pierce and Marissa Rivera
Saturday, September 14 at 9 PM | Black Box Theater | CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER EMERGENCY
Words, Words, Words! Why Do We Still Perform Shakespeare?
Post-Show Panel Discussion with Shakespeare scholar Dr. Kirk Melnikoff, actor/scholar Jessica Boyles, actor and stage voice professor Christopher Berry, and student dramaturg Hessie Sanders
Saturday, October 27 | Black Box Theater | Following performance of Twelfth Night
Shakespeare’s plays are hard, “wordy” (code for boring), and old. So why do we still produce and perform them? Join us for a post-show panel discussion with UNCC students and professors and Charlotte area theatre professionals to hear why they think Shakespeare performance is valuable and rewarding for theatre artists, scholars and audiences.
- Jessica Boyles, MLitt Candidate at Mary Baldwin University
- Kirk Melnikoff, PhD, Professor of English at UNCC
- Christopher Berry, MFA, Assistant Professor of Stage Voice at UNCC
- Hessie Sanders, UNCC Department of Theatre Major
Forgiving and Forgetting: Shakespeare and Power by Peter Holland
Pre-show Talk and Dessert
Saturday, November 3 at 6 PM | Robinson 145
Distinguished Shakespeare scholar Peter Holland shares his recent research into Shakespeare and memory.
Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at Notre Dame University. Prior positions include the Judith E. Wilson Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Cambridge (1996-1997) and Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham (1997-2002). His first book, The Ornament of Action, was a study of Restoration comedy in performance. Subsequent work has concentrated on Shakespeare in performance and on editing Shakespeare’s plays. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey, general editor with Stanley Wells of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, associate general editor of the Oxford Drama Library, and series editor of Redefining British Theatre History. His article on ‘"William Shakespeare" is the longest entry in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Other interests include David Garrick, recent British drama, performance theory, and English pantomimes.
WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES
Playwriting Workshop led by Caridad Svich
Friday, September 28 at 2:15 PM | Robinson 205
A playwriting workshop with OBIE winner Caridad Svich on the art of awakened dreaming, articulating vision, and finding story. In-class writing will occur in this workshop.
Caridad Svich has written more than 40 full-length plays, a variety of short works, and 15 translations. She received the 2018 Ellen Steward Award for Career Achievement in Theatre (from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education), a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the National New Play Network rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad.
Shakespeare Masterclass presented by Rodney Cottier, Head of the London Academy of Dramatic Art Drama School
Wednesday, October 17 at 12:15 PM | Rowe 163
Sign up on the Robinson Hall Call Board (across from Room 128) or by emailing Lynne Conner at email@example.com.
Rodney Cottier is the Head of Drama School at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art – the world’s oldest drama conservatory. Rodney has thirty-five years experience as a stage director and teacher of stage combat, acting and text at LAMDA, were he has directed twenty-five plays from Shakespeare’s canon. As a fight director, Rodney has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe as Master-of-Fight, choreographing several productions including Mark Rylance’s Hamlet. His Shakespeare Masterclass is interactive, stimulating, and a great deal of fun! Special focus will be given to the “Bloody Rag” Speech in HENRY VI. The lecture is free of charge, runs 2 hours, and is geared to all levels of experience, with something in it for everyone – from those just starting out to old pros. All are welcome, and the more who attend, the merrier. No special preparation is required, but if they can, participants should please bring copies of Shakespeare’s complete works, any edition.
Authentic Performance Acting Workshop led by Jennifer Pierce, Ph.D.
Friday, November 9 at 2:30 PM | Rowe 163
What makes a performance seem “real”? How can I connect with a scene partner? How do I make the audience buy into my performance?
In her Authentic Performance workshops, Dr. Jennifer Pierce takes studies about how the brain works and applies it to acting, giving you simple, practical techniques for creating authentic performances and connecting with your scene partners. Please come in loose comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you have a memorized monologue or scene ready, you may get a chance to work with it.
"Acting through Song" Workshop led by Broadway star Cassondra James
Friday, February 1 at 4 PM | Rowe Recital Hall
Information on how to sign up for the workshop will be sent out in January 2019.
In this workshop, Cassondra James will discuss 'truth', the art of 'joyous communication', and how these intersect in song interpretation and performance. Students are encouraged to bring printed sheet music and lyrics to workshop with the class. Though the workshop will focus on music, it is open to all - from non-singers to studied and professional singers.
Sign-up is limited to 15 students. Notification about how to sign up will be sent out in January. Observers are welcome to sit in the house seats (without signing up).
Cassondra has traveled the world singing and workshop leading. She has toured with the grammy-award winning artist Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, and has performed with a wide range of artists like Christina Aguilera, Kim Burrell, Tituss Burgess, The original ladies of Chic, Laura Izibor, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, LaChanze, and Wynton Marsalis. When she is not traveling, you can hear her performing jazz, funk, the blues, r&b, gospel, and even classical music in venues around the New York metropolitan area. She is currently a Storyteller and flutist in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island. In addition to her musical accomplishments, Cassondra earned her B.A. in sociology from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) . She has since earned a Master's degree in theological studies from Drew University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is conducting research on stand-up comedy.
Pizza Lunch with Obie-Award winning Playwright Caridad Svich
Friday, September 28 at 12:30 PM | Robinson 109
Don't miss this opportunity to talk to Cardidad Svich about her work and how to build a career in theatre. Caridad has written more than 40 full-length plays, a variety of short works, and 15 translations. She received the 2018 Ellen Steward Award for Career Achievement in Theatre (from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education), a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize. She won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times. She is also a UNCC Theatre alum and winner of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award!
College of Arts + Architecture Networking Fair
Thursday, November 8 | 11 - 1 PM | Storrs Gallery
This event will include arts and design professionals who work in all five disciplines of the COA+A including Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Architecture. Students will have a valuable opportunity to mingle with these professionals and learn more about programs within these organizations where they can get more involved through volunteering, internships, part-time or full-time employment. A few of participating organizations include the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Ballet, Little Diversified, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Opera Carolina, and many more!
Department of Theatre Portfolio Review
Friday, December 7 | 2 - 5 PM | Robinson 205
Any student who is interested in designing, assistant designing, or holding a major production role for a department production must attend in order to be considered. All students currently enrolled in a section of THEA 4610, or wishing to receive credit next spring, must present a portfolio. In addition, any student who is interested in trying to develop a design or technical portfolio is highly encouraged to attend in order to observe, ask questions, and gain valuable insight into what makes a successful theatre portfolio. Faculty and Students are welcome to observe.
THEATRE PASSPORT FREE TICKETS SERIES
The PASSPORT Free Ticket Series offers UNC Charlotte Theatre majors the opportunity to attend a variety of professional theatre productions in Charlotte. Each semester we purchase tickets to wide variety of performances including plays, musicals, opera, children’s theater, and interdisciplinary/devised work. At the end of the semester participating students share their opinions about the shows with faculty and student colleagues.
ALUMNI AWARD CEREMONY
College of Arts + Architecture Distinguished Alumni Awards
TBA, 2019 | Anne R. Belk Theater
2019 Department of Theatre Distinguished Alumni: TBA
December Grads Celebration and Winter Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 PM | Black Box Theater
May Grads and End-of-Year Celebration
TBA, 2019 | Black Box Theater
It’s time to party! Theatre students and faculty gather to celebrate the end of the semester and to honor our graduating seniors with special commendations (delivered by the faculty), dinner, dancing, and performances.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
UNC Charlotte Commedia Players
Under the artistic leadership of Assistant Professor of Physical Theatre, Carlos Cruz, Theater majors have the opportunity to audition for this special traveling performance company appearing each fall at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Over the course of eight weekend, our student commedia troupe performs for thousands of visitors to the festival. For more information on auditioning for the UNC Charlotte Commedia Players, please contact Professor Cruz at CarlosCruz@uncc.edu.