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

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

CONVERSATIONS


Getting Started in Film/TV Acting: A Conversation with Casting Directors Craig and Lisa Mae Fincannon

Thursday, March 15 at 5 PM | Robinson 103

Casting professionals Craig (founder of Fincannon & Associates, Inc.) and Lisa Mae (Emmy-winning casting director) Fincannon talk about the film and TV business and offer tips on how to get started as actors in the industry. Fincannon & Associates does industry casting in over a dozen countries and throughout the United States. Their casting credits include over 125 feature films, more than 200 episodics, 125 movies of the week, 6 Mini-series, 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, and hundreds of commercials.

An Unexpected Journey: On Stage and in the Archives by Kathy Perkins

Wednesday, April 4 at 2 PM | Robinson Choir Room

Kathy A. Perkins will share her experience from a series of unexpected events that fueled her desire to become both a lighting designer and scholar.  She will also discuss how anger has often been the motivation for much of her research. Professor Perkins has designed lighting throughout the U.S. at such regional theatres as American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, The Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Congo Square, Manhattan Theatre Club, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New Federal Theatre, eta Creative Arts, Mark Taper, Indiana Repertory, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Two Rivers Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and Victory Gardens. She is the recipient of such design awards as NAACP Image Award, National Black Theatre Festival Award, and was a nominee for the L.A. Ovation Award and New York’s Audelco. Internationally, she has designed in Switzerland, Austria and South Africa. Perkins co-curated ONSTAGE: A Century of African American Stage Design at New York’s Lincoln Center, served as theatre consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, United States Information Agency (USIA), New York Times Company, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Money for Women Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and various University of Illinois awards, including University Scholar. Her publications include Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays before 1950, Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays, African Women Playwrights, and Alice Childress: Selected Plays. She co-edited Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (ATHE 1996 Outstanding Theatre Book Award) and Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women. Perkins is currently Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Women in Theatre Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 5 at 5 PM | Robinson 103

Join Kathy Perkins (award-winning lighting designer and author), Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (co-founder of San Diego’s Moxie Theatre), Donna Scott (Executive Director of donna scott productions) and Kaja Dunn (UNCC professor of acting) for a conversation about the state of women in the theatre industry, both locally and nationally.

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg is the Co-Founder of San Diego’s Moxie Theatre and a leading voice in creating women-centered theatre work. By producing works by female playwrights and giving special attention to plays that defy female stereotypes, MOXIE has created more diverse and honest images of women on stage.

Kathy Perkins has designed lighting throughout the U.S. at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, The Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Congo Square, Manhattan Theatre Club (among many others). She is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award, National Black Theatre Festival Award, and was a nominee for the L.A. Ovation Award and New York’s Audelco. Her publications include Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays before 1950, Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays, African Women Playwrights, and Alice Childress: Selected Plays. She co-edited Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (ATHE 1996 Outstanding Theatre Book Award) and Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women

Donna Scott is Executive Director of donna scott productions in Charlotte.  In 2005, DSP debuted The Body Chronicles in partnership with Girls on Run International, garnering four Metrolina Theatre Association awards including Outstanding Special Event and Best Direction as well as Creative Loafing’s Best Original Show of the Year.  The Body Chronicles gave over $10,000 of proceeds to the international non-profit organization Girls On the Run, a self-esteem and running program for girls, founded in Charlotte by Molly Barker. Other award-winning productions include The Fairy Tale Chronicles (Metrolina Theatre Association’s Outstanding Original Play for 2009) and The Dixie Swim Club, (Metrolina Theatre Association’s Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Lead Actress in a Comedy).

Kaja Amado Dunn has performed in over 40 shows and taught internationally. Favorites include Around the World in 80 Days and Brownie Points (Lamb’s), A Raisin in The Sun and Gibson Girl (Moxie), playing a blues singing chicken in Canada, and performing in a circus. Most recently she was the face of an international Western Union campaign. Kaja was previously a Lecturer at California State University San Marcos and toured with Ya Tong Theatre in Taiwan. Her primary research focus is on using theatre to facilitate complex cultural conversation and people of color in theatre.

Acting Your Color: The CRAFT, Power and Paradox of Acting for Black Americans by Dr. Monica Ndounou

Thursday, April 26 at 12:30 PM | Robinson 145 (Choir Room)

Dr. Monica White Ndounou's book, Acting Your Color: The CRAFT, Power and Paradox of Acting for Black Americans 1950s to the present identifies and documents a range of approaches to teaching and learning the crafts of acting and directing.  Drawn from her larger project documenting black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices from the nineteenth century to the present, this talk will present several significant research discoveries along with strategies for teaching and learning culturally specific techniques in acting classrooms and beyond. 

Dr. Monica White Ndounou is Associate Professor of Theater and Sony Music Fellow (2017-2018) at Dartmouth College.  In addition to being the President of the Black Theatre Association, a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), she is also the award-winning author of Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color- Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers.  She has published numerous articles on various topics including but not limited to “Being Black on Stage and Screen: Black Actor Training Before the Rise of Stanislavski’s System” forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (Routledge), "The Paradox of Acting for an African American Actress" in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts (Cambridge Scholars Press), and “Drama for ‘Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Dr. Ndounou has also performed in a range of roles from William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls, Douglas Turner Ward's Day of Absence and various roles in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle including FencesSeven Guitars, and Two Trains Running. Her directing credits include new works as well as August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean, along with Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.  Professor Ndounou is currently working on several projects including but not limited to a book, documentary film and digital archive exploring black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices.  She is also working with various organizations to spearhead the charge for an overhaul of theatre training programs throughout the United States and abroad in an effort to ensure theatre training curricula more accurately reflects the demographics of the nation and the larger world.

WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES


Defining Personal Success in the Context of a Theatre Career, led by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Thursday, April 5 at 2 PM | Rowe 163

Co-Founder of San Diego’s Moxie Theatre and a leading voice in creating women-centered theatre work, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will describe her successful efforts to create more diverse and honest images of women in our culture using the “intimate art of theatre. By producing works by female playwrights and giving special attention to plays that defy female stereotypes, MOXIE expands the idea of what is feminine.” She will also define her idea of personal success for theatre artists—one that includes a lot more than just climbing the industry ladder.

The CRAFT in Action: Practical Approaches to Culturally Nuanced Theatre Training, led by Dr. Monica Ndounou

Thursday, April 26 at 4 PM | Rowe 163

This interactive workshop expands the focus of the lecture/discussion by further integrating explorations of the study of the craft at the intersection of race and culture.  Participants are encouraged to examine their areas of interest through practical exercises designed to consider the role of cultural perspective in shaping approaches to teaching and learning theatre practice.  

Dr. Monica White Ndounou is Associate Professor of Theater and Sony Music Fellow (2017-2018) at Dartmouth College.  In addition to being the President of the Black Theatre Association, a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), she is also the award-winning author of Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color- Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers.  She has published numerous articles on various topics including but not limited to “Being Black on Stage and Screen: Black Actor Training Before the Rise of Stanislavski’s System” forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance (Routledge), "The Paradox of Acting for an African American Actress" in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts (Cambridge Scholars Press), and “Drama for ‘Neglected People': Recovering Anna Julia Cooper's Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the Shadows of W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Dr. Ndounou has also performed in a range of roles from William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls, Douglas Turner Ward's Day of Absence and various roles in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle including FencesSeven Guitars, and Two Trains Running. Her directing credits include new works as well as August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean, along with Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.  Professor Ndounou is currently working on several projects including but not limited to a book, documentary film and digital archive exploring black American contributions to developing acting theories and practices.  She is also working with various organizations to spearhead the charge for an overhaul of theatre training programs throughout the United States and abroad in an effort to ensure theatre training curricula more accurately reflects the demographics of the nation and the larger world.

SHOWCASE


Theatre Department Showcase

Thursday, May 3 at 7 PM | UNC Charlotte Center City Building

Spring is UNCC Theatre Department Showcase time! The first-ever UNCC Theatre Showcase is a culminating project for students focusing on an acting career. In traditional showcase structure, local talent agents and casting directors are invited to attend in order to scout our actors as they perform scenes and pieces developed in the audition workshop course. This culminating experience exposes Theatre majors and minors to opportunities for employment in the acting field.

​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

Friday, March 16 at 11:30 AM | Anne R. Belk Theater

The College of Arts + Architecture’s annual celebration of our accomplished alumni features Craig Fincannon (UNCC Theatre ‘77), who will be on campus to receive the Department of Theatre’s 2018 Alumni Award. Craig is the Founder and CEO of Fincannon & Associates, a motion picture and television casting agency with offices in Wilmington, NC, Atlanta, and New Orleans. His casting credits include over 125 feature films, more than 200 episodics, 125 movies of the week, 6 Mini-series, 3 Primetime Emmy Awards, and hundreds of commercials. Fincannon & Associates does industry casting in over a dozen countries and throughout the United States.  

CELEBRATIONS


Theatre End-of-Year and Senior Grads Celebration

Tuesday, May 1 at 6 PM | Black Box Theater

It’s time to party! Theatre students and faculty gather to celebrate the year 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.