Past Opportunities

CONVERSATIONS


Pizza Chat with Roger Guenveur Smith

January 10, 2017 | Black Box Theater

Students were invited to eat pizza with Mr. Smith and to learn more about his career as an actor, writer and director. 

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

March 17, 2017 

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.

Of Color and On Campus: A Conversation

September 19, 2017

This student-led panel discussion was prompted by UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre’s fall production of Baltimore by Kristen Greenidge (September 27 - October 1, Black Box Theater). The play touched on race, micro-aggression, and class, and considered how these factors tie to a student’s experience at a university. The Of Color and On Campus panel featured student leaders of diverse backgrounds on our campus. Topics addressed included:

  • Keith Lamont Scott/Charlottesville: Your role in activism and/or overcoming outside racial trauma
  • Self-care in the face of racial aggression
  • Message to faculty and future leaders: How to improve our campus culture for students of color

Baltimore Post-Show Audience-centered Discussions

September 27 - October 1, 2017

Baltimore, by contemporary playwright Kirstin Greenidge, tells the story of a racist event and its aftermath in a college dorm. The play references recent events—including the riots in Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement—through the experience and perspectives of eight culturally diverse college students. Each of the five performances of Baltimore were followed by an audience-centered discussion about the issues raised in the play. 

A Conversation with Film & Television Actor Laura Linney

October 19, 2017

A moderated discussion/Q & A session with film, television and stage actress Laura Linney. A three-time academy award nominee, four-time Tony award nominee, and the winner of four Emmy awards, Linney is among the most versatile and successful actresses working today. Her stage credits include the 2002 Broadway revival of The Crucible (Tony award nomination) and the 2017 revival of The Little Foxes. Her film credits include You Can Count On Me, The Truman Show, Mystic River, and Love Actually. She is currently starring in HBO’s Ozark.

Women of Trachis Post-Show Conversation with Playwright Kate E. Ryan 

October 27, 2017

Using a kitchen sink full of contemporary references (think Xanax, computer games, and pop songs from the 60s), this updating of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis explores issues that just don’t seem to want to go away: gender trouble and the consequences of loving too hard. Playwright Kate E. Ryan and members of the production company engaged in conversation with audience members about their experience both performing in and watching the production.

Women of Trachis Post-Show Conversation with UNCC Classics Professor Dale Grote

October 28, 2017

Professor Dale Grote, Coordinator of the Minor in Classical Studies at UNC-Charlotte, participated in a discussion with the audience, moderated by Mark Pizzato, Professor of Theatre, focusing on comparisons between the Kate Ryan's version of Women of Trachis and the original version by the ancient Greek dramatist, Sophocles, from the mid-fifth century BCE. Dr. Grote is the author of The Vulgate of Mark with Synoptic Parallels (2016). 

Contemporary Circus in Philosophy and Practice as Theatrical Vocabulary

November 3, 2017

Contemporary circus arts are undergoing a period of tremendous growth and transformation—and the borders between circus and other forms of performance are becoming ever more porous in relationsip to the thematic concerns of post-dramatic and the trans-disciplinary theatre. This special event commenced with a special short performance by the Nouveau Sud project, Charlotte’s own Social Circus troupe, performing some excerpts from their latest production, Sûr. We followed the performance with a brief lecture/presentation by Louis Patrick Leroux, Concordia University professor and expert on the evolutions of trans-disciplinarity in European and North American circus.

Measure for Measure Post-Show Conversation with UNC Charlotte Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Andrew Hartley

November 3, 2017

Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Andrew Hartley led a post-show audience-centered discussion about this most troubling of Shakespeare’s “problem plays.” How do the play’s socio-cultural concerns relate to our contemporary dialogue on issues ranging from sexual harassment to the illicit use of power?

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

March 15, 2018

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

April 4, 2018

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

April 5, 2018

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

April 26, 2018

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


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 strove to write the worst play they've ever written with every cliché and stereotype they can dream up. The goal was to sift through the crap for treasure (an amazing monologue, a great scene). Said scenes/monologues/scraps were buffed to a shine and presented to an audience.

February 9-10, 2017 | Robinson 109

Student presentations of monologues/scenes were on Friday, February 10 | 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 led 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. It was 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 learned tools for adapting classic theater for contemporary audiences and working with durational theater. The only requirement was that students were willing to read and share opinions and that they could commit to the whole week of workshops (March 13 through 17 from 6 to 10 PM) and the performance event on Saturday, March 18 (from noon to 5 PM).

March 13-17, 2017 | Robinson 330

Aristophanesathon performance was on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the 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.

Acting Master Class with Film & Television Actor Laura Linney

October 19, 2017 | Anne R. Belk Theater

Film, television and stage actress Laura Linney led an acting master class for theater majors. A three-time academy award nominee, four-time Tony award nominee, and the winner of four Emmy awards, Linney is among the most versatile and successful actresses working today. Her stage credits include the 2002 Broadway revival of The Crucible (Tony award nomination) and the 2017 revival of The Little Foxes. Her film credits include You Can Count On Me, The Truman Show, Mystic River, and Love Actually. She is currently starring in HBO’s Ozark. 

Playwriting workshop with Kate E.  Ryan (Author of Women of Trachis

October 27, 2017 | Robinson 205

Playwright Kate E. Ryan provided a workshop/discussion on adaptation in playwriting for Theatre students. Topics include: successful recent adaptations, the problems inherent in the adaptation process, and Ryan's approach to adapting The Trachiniae.

Actors from the London Stage Acting Workshops

October 31 - November 3, 2017

Actors from the London Stage, a professional touring company featuring five British actors, led a series of special classroom workshops while in residence during the first week of November. One of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world, the troupe was co-founded by the renowned British actor Patrick Stewart.

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

April 5, 2018

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

April 26, 2018

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

May 3, 2018 | 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.

RESIDENCIES/OPEN HOUSE


Framing Civil Rights Project: Lila Quintero Weaver Graphic Novel Author/Illustrator Residency

September 25-29, 2017

Lila Quintero Weaver creator of the graphic novel DARKROOM: A MEMOIR IN BLACK AND WHITE, provides a five-day residency in UNC Charlotte and high school classrooms. This event initiates the Framing Civil Rights: Graphic Novels in Artistic Spaces Project, where arts and education classrooms consider the idea of civil rights, storytelling and the graphic novel form. Culminating in an informal gathering on November 16 at 4:30 pm in the Robinson Hall Black Box Theater, all classes—high school and university—come together to show and share their processes and/or creations with one another. The public is welcome to this informal gallery-style event. Participants are grateful to the Chancellor's Diversity Fund for sponsoring this collaborative initiative. 

ALUMNI AWARD CEREMONY


College of Arts + Architecture Distinguished Alumni Awards

March 17, 2017 | 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.

March 16, 2018 | Anne R. Belk Theater

2018 Department of Theatre Distinguished Alumni: Craig Fincannon (Class of 1977)

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.  

THEATRE CAREERS SERIES


Stacey Rose on Stage and Television Writing

February 10, 2017 | 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

March 3, 2017 | 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

March 17, 2017 | 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

April 7, 2017 | 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

April 21, 2017 | 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 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 shared their opinions about the shows with all of our majors and minors and faculty members during an all-department session.