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Theatre Professor’s Social Circus Project is NEFA Finalist

Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz founded the Nouveau Sud Circus Project.
   June 26, 2020

The Nouveau Sud Circus Project, founded and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz, has been named a 2020 National Theater Project finalist by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Chosen from among 90 applicants, the 28 finalists...

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Theatre Professor Participates in National Puppetry Conference

Associate Professor of Scenic Design Tom Burch participated in the National Puppetry Conference.
   June 23, 2020

Associate Professor of Scenic Design Tom Burch was a participant in the National Puppetry Conference hosted June 8-12 by the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Led by Artistic Director Pam Arciero, a principal puppeteer with Sesame Street, the annual National Puppetry Conference was founded 30 years ago to encourage and advance...

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Alumnus Produces “Quarantine Concerts”

Zack Tarlton keeps live theatre going with streamed performances.
   May 19, 2020

Working from home this spring, in his position as Senior Research Administrator of Invoicing in Grants and Contracts Administration at UNC Charlotte, Zack Tarlton (Bachelor of Architecture, 2013) started playing piano during his lunch hour. While his academic training is in architecture, Tarlton has a long history in musical theatre.

“I basically grew up at Matthews Playhouse,” he says...

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Theatre Faculty Present Workshop Virtual Reading

Set in Charlotte, play-in-progress addresses Black economics and immigration.
   May 15, 2020

Assistant Professor of Acting Kaja Dunn and Chris Berry, who will return to the Department of Theatre faculty in August, will perform in a workshop reading of a new play by Celeste Jennings, streaming live on May 22 at 7:30 pm. The play-in-progress, Processing, is set in Charlotte and addresses Black economics and immigration through the lens of a married couple. A talkback follows...

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Professor’s Book Responds to April 30th Shooting

Impervious, by Andrew Hartley, will be released April 23.
   April 17, 2020

On April 23, Dr. Andrew Hartley will publish his 23rd novel. Hartley, the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Theatre, is an internationally respected Shakespeare scholar and an expert, in particular, on Julius Caesar. Outside of academic circles, though, he is better known as A.J. Hartley – or in some cases Andrew Hart – a New...

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Theatre Professor in Virtual Premiere of Lauren Gunderson One-Woman Play

Kaja Dunn performs the role of “She” in the premiere of Natural Shocks.
   March 25, 2020

Assistant Professor of Acting Kaja Dunn performed the role of “She” in the premiere of Natural Shocks – A One-Woman Play in a Tornado, a new work by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson. The virtual staged reading, presented by the Women’s Theatre Festival, was streamed live on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 pm EDT via the platform Twitch and was followed by a Q&A with the...

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Play by Theatre Department Chair Receives World Premiere

"The Mother," by Dr. Lynne Conner, opened March 6 at Dramatic Repertory Company.
   March 7, 2020

The Mother, a new play by Department of Theatre Chair Lynne Conner, received its world premiere by Dramatic Repertory Company in Portland, Maine, in March. The play explores the effects on a mother – and her family – of a school shooting that is perpetrated by her son. A...

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Student Wins SETC Sound Design Award

Gianna Agostino won the competition for the sound design for “Far Away.”
   March 5, 2020

Student Gianna Agostino won first place in the Sound Design competition at the 71st annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Convention, which was held February 26 – March 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Gianna is a junior pursuing a double major in music and communications with a minor in theatre. She won the award for her design for the Department of Theatre production of Caryl Churchill’s...

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Students Take Prizes at Kennedy Center Festival

Eight students competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV.
   February 10, 2020

Eight UNC Charlotte students recently competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is a national program to benefit college theatre students. The program supports eight regional festivals in January and February and a national festival in April.

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Theatre Professor's Children's Book Adaptation is on Stage in Chicago

Aly Amidei has adapted "Bunny's Book Club" for Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries.
   January 22, 2020

Assistant Professor of Costume Design Aly Amidei has adapted the children's book, Bunny's Book Club, for the stage in a world premiere production at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre. The show, part of the Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries, opened on January 11 and runs through February 16. Amidei has also designed the production's costumes.

This is Amidei's second adaptation for the...

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