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NKU SOTA Explores American Inclusiveness with THE AFRICAN COMPANY

NKU_Richard III final promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will launch its 2019-2020 Theatre + Dance Season with THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III by Carlyle Brown, running Sept. 26-Oct. 6 at NKU’s Corbett Theatre.

In 1820’s Manhattan, William Henry Brown, a free black American, organizes a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III for a predominantly black audience. When the booking of a famous English actor to play Richard III by a rival theatre company threatens to close their production, his African Grove Theatre Company is forced to reflect on their lives – performing jobs of servitude by day and their artistry by night. Drawn to the stage because of their ability to create art out of their own experiences, the company members must determine if their artistry is worth risking it all. Based on a true story, The African Company Presents Richard III carries a timeless message of negotiating racial consciousness in theatre that still resonates today.

Carlyle Brown’s script honors the earliest pioneers of African American Theatre. Rooted in ritual theatre techniques, this production pays homage to the African traditions from which the company evolved, while also referencing its contemporary descendants. Celebrating scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s concept of the Africanist Aesthetic, the production incorporates both cross-centurial and cross-cultural (African, Asian, European) artistry. For example, Bunraku-styled puppeteers, in the roles of Ancestors, transport us through history via shadow puppetry – one of the oldest performance traditions throughout the world. In African puppetry, the puppet holds specific meaning and supernatural power in performance. The puppet has a traditional significance in its ability to convey both sacred and secular meanings.

The NKU cast features Alexander Slade (Stephen Price), Mary McNeill (Sarah), Maiya Caldwell (Ann Johnson), Je’Shaun Jackson (James Hewlett), Thomas Smith (Papa Shakespeare), Isaiah Reaves (William Henry Brown & Ira Aldrige), and Jerrod Gruber (Constable-Man). The Ancestors and Shadow Puppeteers will be portrayed by Olivia Barrell, Ezra Crist, Shelby Flynn, Brooke Hardin, Sabrina Mack, Elizabeth McClure, Erin Reardon, Katie Tierney and Theodore Molstad. The show is directed by Daryl Harris with additional material by Isaiah Reaves.

Other creative team members include Aretta Baumgartner (Movement/Puppetry Coach), Cat Schmeal (Costume Designer), Terry Powell (Lighting Designer), Griffin Allen (Assistant Lighting Designer), Jeremiah Kearns (Sound Designer), Brandon Kirkham (Scenic and Puppet Designer), Lily Adcock (Assistant Scenic Designer), and Sydney Dent (Props Master). The Stage Manager is Scott Slucher and Assistant Stage Managers are Ashlyn Duggan and Katie Mitchell.

For more information, call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit nku.edu/sotatickets.

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THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III Runs Sept. 26-Oct. 6

NKU_Richard III promoTHE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III
Northern Kentucky University
Sept. 26-Oct. 6
Corbett Theatre [Highland Heights]

In 1820’s Manhattan, William Henry Brown, a free black American, organizes a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III for a predominantly black audience. When the booking of a famous English actor to play Richard III by a rival theatre company threatens to close their production, his African Grove Theatre Company is forced to reflect on their lives – performing jobs of servitude by day and their artistry by night. Drawn to the stage because of their ability to create art out of their own experiences, the company members must determine if their artistry is worth risking it all. Based on a true story, The African Company Presents Richard III carries a timeless message of negotiating racial consciousness in theatre that still resonates today.

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 26-28 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Oct. 2-5 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 6 at 2pm

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NKU SOTA Presents THE SONNET MAN, Hip-Hop Shakespeare Sept. 6

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Devon Glover.

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts welcome “The Sonnet Man” on Sept. 6, 1-2 p.m. at NKU’s Corbett Theatre. The Sonnet Man introduces and makes Shakespeare’s sonnets accessible to audiences in a modern, fun, and innovative way: through hip-hop.

Devon Glover, an artist, teacher, and modern-day Sonnet Man, delivers Shakespeare’s sonnets as originally written, and then breaks them down into “spoken word” and raps to energetic beats. On-stage volunteers then get to attempt at rapping Shakespeare with The Sonnet Man as their guide. Audience members will also engage in other activities including songs with call-n-response prompts, multiple-choice questions, storytelling songs, and more. Participants will come away with a greater enthusiasm for learning, an increase in creativity, improved confidence in their communication abilities and literacy, and a greater appreciation for, and desire to participate in, the arts.

The Sonnet Man offers performances and Shakespeare workshops that both entertain and educate students. Mr. Glover’s flows, and presentation and teaching abilities, embody a richness of Shakespeare’s language, and his passionate, yet natural delivery offers inspiring and creative experiences audiences of all ages love!

Learn more about “The Sonnet Man,” Devon Glover at thesonnetmannyc.com.

For information about the workshop, please contact the NKU SOTA Theatre + Dance office at (859) 572-6362.

For more information about NKU’s School of the Arts, please visit nku.edu/sota or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

The workshop is made possible from support by NKU’s College of Arts & Sciences, Honors College, Department of English, Black Studies Program and Black Faculty and Staff Association.

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NKU SOTA Offering Theatre Performances to High School

NKU_SOTA logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts Theatre + Dance Program is offering school-day performances of their 2019-2020 mainstage season to high schools in the tri-state area. Tickets are $10.00. Reservations are first-come, first-served. Seating is limited! Below is a list of performances with reservation deadlines for the 2019-2020 season.

The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: Sept. 20, 2019
Corbett Theatre

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
Monday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: Oct. 11, 2019
Stauss Theatre – limited seating

Disney’s Freaky Friday – A New Musical
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: Nov. 8, 2019
Corbett Theatre

H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: Feb. 14, 2020
Corbett Theatre

Buried Child by Sam Shepard
Monday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: March 20, 2020
Stauss Theatre – limited seating

Mamma Mia!
Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.
Reservation deadline: April 17, 2020
Corbett Theatre

If interested in attending one or more of these productions, please contact the SOTA Box Office Manager, Spenser Smith at (859) 572-5809 or smiths13@nku.edu. Detailed information about the plays/musicals is available at nku.edu/theatre.

For more information about NKU’s School of the Arts, please visit nku.edu/sota or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

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Lecturer Position in Applied Low Brass Available at NKU SOTA

NKU_SOTA logoNKU School of the Arts – Lecturer Position in Applied Low Brass
(Full-time, non-tenure track)

The School of the Arts Music Program at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a full-time, lecturer position in Low Brass, beginning Fall 2019. This is a full-time, standard nine-month, 1-year contract faculty appointment. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in cultivating a thriving low brass studio, and will work with faculty colleagues to enhance the offerings of a dynamic and growing Music Program in the School of the Arts.

Secondary teaching responsibilities include classroom teaching of aural skills or music theory. Faculty responsibilities include teaching, recruiting, program and school-level service, and academic mentoring.

The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University offers a wide array of degree programs in the visual and performing arts. The Music Program within the School of the Arts offers the B.M.E. in Music Education, the B.M in Performance, Jazz Studies, and Composition, and the B.A. in Music with tracks in audio production and music technology. The Music Program is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. See the music web site at music.nku.edu for additional information.

Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University is a 14,000-student nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. Greater Cincinnati has one of the most vibrant and multifaceted cultural scenes in the Midwest, with The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, a large community of working artists, musicians and designers and a variety of theaters. It offers an outstanding quality of life and an affordable cost of living. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, but especially from individuals who contribute to the diversity of our academic community.

Primary Responsibilities
Full-load teaching requirements will include applied studio teaching in Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba. The position will include commitment to brass area performance classes, auditions, juries, and recital hearings, and attendance at degree recitals. The position will also include classroom teaching, including courses such as Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Brass Chamber Music and other courses commensurate with the candidate’s areas of strength.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be committed to being an outstanding teacher both in the applied studio and classroom;
  • have both applied low brass and classroom teaching experience in Aural Skills and or Music Theory with prior teaching at the collegiate level being highly desirable;
  • be driven to create, implement, and to effectively execute recruitment and retention activities on and off campus for current and prospective students (i.e. Band Symposium, Audition Days, Workshop Days, School Visits & Clinics, Masterclasses, etc.);
  • effectively engage with NKU’s commitment to student success in the following areas: access, completion, community and career engagement
  • additional duties include participating in SOTA and Music Program faculty meetings, some University/Program service and committee work.

Qualifications  

  • Master’s degree in music required; DM/DMA preferred;
  • Successful record of both applied and classroom teaching in the college setting;
  • Significant experience as a performer in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings;
  • Demonstrated proficiency teaching in at least two of three primary low brass instruments;
  • Commitment to recruitment, retention, and developing relationships with local music educators and students;
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, mentorship, and development is essential and is in keeping with the needs and mission of the area/program.

Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to effectively teach all three low brass instruments (trombone/euphonium/tuba), with additional experience in teaching classroom aural skills and/or music theory.

Please include the following in the application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Current References
  • A statement of your personal philosophy on diversity and inclusion and why they are important in higher education. Please include specifics regarding your commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Link to performance video(s)
  • Link to applied teaching video(s)
  • Link to classroom teaching video (optional, but preference given to theory or aural skills classroom teaching video).

In order to ensure full consideration, applications should be received by July 7, 2019. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

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