Updates to the 2020-2021 Theatre & Dance Season at NKU

NKU_SOTA logoWith challenges to produce live, in-person theatrical productions during this unprecedented time, NKU SOTA pivoted its programming to theatre and dance projects on film.

Select productions from the previously announced season lineup have been postponed to the 2021-2022 season, including Noises Off, Torch Song, Mamma Mia and the YES Festival of New Plays. Mamma Mia ticket holders may call the Box Office at (859) 572-5464 and leave a message or email boxoffice@nku.edu.

H.M.S. Pinafore
By W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Available on YouTube beginning Sept. 18, 2020

A replay of last season’s H.M.S. Pinafore production will be available to view for free on the NKU SOTA YouTube channel. The production is dedicated in loving memory to Ally Davis (Little Buttercup), who tragically passed away this past July. Patrons will have to option to donate to the Ally Davis Memorial GoFundMe fundraiser.

Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase 2020 – Dance on Film Festival
Available on YouTube beginning Nov. 23, 2020

Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase (ECS) is a student-produced and student-led showcase promoting artistic expression and personal growth. NKU Dance Alum Kat Wolf established this showcase back in 2014 and for its sixth season, ECS will be delving into dance on film. The program will be available the NKU SOTA YouTube channel.

SOTA Summit Series
This exciting new series of in-person and virtual round-table, town-hall-type sessions will be co-moderated by Daryl Harris and a guest professional in the arts.

  • Oct. 7. Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases
  • Oct. 28. Arts in the Age of “Me Too”: Women in the Arts
  • Nov. 18: Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts

Norse Artist Series
Ken Jones will host a panel of special guest alumni, sharing their experiences after graduation. These events are open to the public via Zoom. Only NKU students/faculty/staff can attend in-person. Recordings of these panels will be available to view on YouTube a couple days after they occur.

  • Sept. 18. Kat Moser and Jacob Priddy: Kat – Off Broadway run in The Office: A Musical Parody and grad school. Jacob – professional Musical Director in and out of New York City.
  • Sept. 25. Roderick Justice: Producing Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
  • Oct. 2. Mikki Abraham: National tours of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Once on This Island.
  • Oct. 16. Will Brandstetter: Tour Manager for Mannheim Steamroller and Alton Brown: Eat Your Science tour.
  • Oct. 23. Aaron Lavigne: Broadway shows; national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar as Jesus.
  • Nov. 13. Angie Schworer: Broadway shows including The Producers, Catch Me If You Can, The Prom, Something’s Rotten, and more.

Upcoming Virtual Productions
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 season, NKU SOTA will produce a series of streaming productions. Details on these programs will be available at a later date.

  • “Falling and Loving” by Charles Mee (directed by Corrie Danieley)
  • “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph (directed by Corrie Danieley)
  • “Elegies” by William Finn (directed by Kat Moser & Jacob Priddy)
  • “Edges” by Pasek & Paul (directed by Jamey Strawn)
  • “Fugitive Songs” by Miller & Tysen (directed by Jamey Strawn)
  • “Exploring the Summer of COVID-19” – First Year Show 2020 (directed by Charlie Roetting)

Season updates will be posted on the NKU Theatre + Dance website and on the NKU Theatre + Dance Facebook page.

About NKU School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skillsets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. For more information, visit nku.edu/sota or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

About NKU Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit nku.edu.


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