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VIOLET the Musical Opens NKU’s Theatre & Dance Season

NKU_Violet logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts presents “Violet: The Musical” to open the 22/23 Theatre & Dance season. “Violet” will run Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2022, at NKU’s Corbett Theatre. “Violet” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

  • What: VIOLET the Musical
  • When: Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2022
  • Where: NKU Corbett Theatre
  • Tickets: nku.edu/tickets or (859) 572-5464

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she travels across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, “Violet” is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems ranging from American roots to folk to gospel.

Director Jamey Strawn notes that Violet’s scar is present through various scenic elements and lighting. “This, along with song lyrics and topical scenes, delivers a world that challenges us and unashamedly addresses racism, ableism and prejudice,” he said. “Violet is the kindred spirit that holds us to higher moral integrity. She showcases that equality for people, regardless of differences, can bring true healing.”

The cast features Tasha Conzelman, Sylas Craven, Chloe Esmeier, Zachary Farmer, Trey Finkenstead, Rachel Gardner, Chloe Hedrick, Jeremiah Jackson, Annie Jennings, Maggie Komp, Yolee Louis, Chris Monell, Ellie O’Hara, Dylan Perez, Tre Taylor, and Hailey Watson. Stage Manager: Jasmine Cosma; Choreographer: Jeri Deckard Gatch; Music Director: Scot Buzza. The show is directed by Jamey Strawn.

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.

About SOTA: The Theatre and Dance, Art and Design, and Music programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Theatre and Dance relies on intensive student involvement both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff, resources and facilities serve the developing artist. At the program’s center is a vital balance of process and production, giving each student opportunities to stretch boundaries and discover new possibilities. Graduates are working in professional theatres in every major city in the United States and on five continents, having successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatre, on cruise ships, in theme parks and film and television. For more information, visit theatre.nku.edu.

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VIOLET Runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2

NKU_Violet logoVIOLET
NKU SOTA Theatre & Dance
Sept. 23-Oct. 2
Corbett Theatre [Highland Heights]

Directed by Jamey Strawn
Music directed by Scot Buzza

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she travels across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems ranging from American roots to folk to gospel.

  • Fri, Sept. 23 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 24 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 25 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Oct. 2 at 2pm

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Programs and Production Assistant Sought by NKU SOTA

NKU_SOTA logoNKU School of the Arts – Programs and Production Assistant
Work Schedule M-F
Hours per Week 37.5
Months per Year 12
Purpose of Position Northern Kentucky University is seeking a Programs and Production Assistant for the School of the Arts. The School of the Arts (SOTA) at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a full-time staff position assisting the Programs and productions beginning in the Summer of 2022. This position provides administrative support to SOTA and its three programs by coordinating front line services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors; scheduling appointments and meetings, assisting with room reservations, filing, researching files and records, preparing documents for request; oversee office work-study students in the program’s offices. Serves as Production Manager for SOTA productions, primarily in the Theatre + Dance Program.

The Art & Design, Music, and Theatre + Dance programs make up the School of the Arts that sits in the College of Arts and Science at Northern Kentucky University. Through quality interdisciplinary education, scholarship, and civic engagement, NKU’s School of the Arts provides high-quality education for students interested in developing creatively. SOTA encourages serious humanistic inquiry that is not easily achieved within traditional disciplinary boundaries, heightens the visibility of the arts at NKU, and provides the public with an awareness of the central role of the arts in the quality of human life. Currently SOTA has over 900 students and host 136 events each year. With 12 majors, more than 30 specializations to study and 15 regional arts partners, NKU’s transdisciplinary School of the Arts is a powerhouse of the visual and performing arts in the Midwest.

Located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University is a 15,000-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 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 welcome candidates with unexpected skill sets to help in unexpected ways. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, but especially from individuals who contribute to the diversity of our academic community.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide administrative support and help facilitate the daily operation of the School of the Arts and Programs within the School. Assist Program Head in all three SOTA Programs with front office operations and support.
  • Serve as production manager for SOTA productions, primarily in the Theatre + Dance Program (securing copyrights, coordinating production meetings, calendars, and timelines)
  • Assist Program Heads in all three programs with various projects and assignments (lockers, etc.)
  • Manage all SOTA key requests, distributions, and inventory
  • Oversee implementation of annual inventory of Theatre + Dance & Art and Design Programs
  • Receive all incoming mail for SOTA and communicate with stakeholders, update order tracking systems, and distribute accordingly.
  • Assist students (majors, minors, and non-majors) for various requests and/or resolutions of student issues.
  • Attend SOTA staff meetings, coordinate staff efforts where possible
  • In coordination with each Program Head, oversee office work-study students in the Art & Design and Music Office and the Theatre + Dance office. Approximately 3-5.
  • Other duties as assigned by SOTA administration
Qualifications Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in the performing arts with 3 years of related management experience. While no formal production management experience is required for this position, it is necessary to be familiar with theatre and dance through some aspect of work experience or college study. Stage management or other theatre management training and experience is also highly preferred to be successful in this role. Impeccable organizational skills and demonstrated communication skills are required. Detail oriented and efficient in managing day to day tasks. Basic computer skills including email and familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 suite.

Please highlight any of the following material in your application:

  • Production, Stage, or other Theatrical Shop Management experience
  • Management of staff, including part-time employees and student workers
  • Collaboration across disciplines
  • Other technical skills are plus Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at jobs@nku.edu.

Questions regarding the use of this website should be directed to the Human Resources Department at jobs@nku.edu. Questions regarding the nature of the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Catherine Schmeal, Costume Shop Manager, via email: schmealc@nku.edu. For additional information on NKU and the School of the Arts, visit nku.edu and nku.edu/academics/sota

Candidates should submit materials electronically through Northern Kentucky University’s website portal jobs.nku.edu. Required materials include:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 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.

Further materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue 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.

Minimum Education Bachelor’s Degree
Minimum Experience 3 years
Salary $16.01/hr minimum
Quick Link https://jobs.nku.edu/postings/11990

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NKU Music Preparatory Office Manager Sought by NKU SOTA

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Working Title NKU Music Preparatory Office Manager
Department School of the Arts
Position Status Temporary
Work Schedule Monday–Wednesday 2–6pm

Saturday 9am–noon (flexible)

Occasional Sunday afternoons and events (flex time on these weeks)

Hours per Week Up to 15
Months per Year 12
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.
Purpose of Position Provide on-going administrative support to the Music Preparatory Program.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Serve as administrative support to the Director of Music Preparatory.
  • Process incoming and outgoing Music Prep office mail, email, phone messages and calls.
  • Greet and assist Music Prep students, families, teachers, and visitors upon first visits to the university, to collect payment, give directions to classrooms, etc. while during office hours.
  • Serve as administrative support for program directors on program needs and materials including music copies, costume/uniform distribution and inventory, class rosters, and the like.

Manage registration system (Administrative Software Applications: ASA) which requires the following:

  • Thorough understanding of PCI Compliance (requires training from NKU)
  • Knowledge of computer programming
  • Develop and program all registration data in ASA for upcoming semester classes/programs/lessons
  • Maintain outstanding payments, failed transactions, and payment plans
  • Process all electronic, cash, and check payment deposits at least once weekly
    • Assist in maintaining instrument inventory and music library.
Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year of office experience preferred
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse ages and backgrounds, in particular parents of children ages 3–17
  • Ability to multi-task and make decisions efficiently and calmly
  • Ability to lift/arrange classroom/stage equipment and move about the building frequently
  • Demonstrated customer service experience and excellence
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Dependable, punctual, self-starter, and problem solver
  • Background in or strong affinity for the fine and performing arts, music preferred
  • Experience with MS Office Suite, Facebook, and Instagram

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

It is Northern Kentucky University’s policy to ensure equal employment opportunity for all persons and to take the necessary actions needed to recruit, employ, train, promote, and retain qualified faculty and staff, including members of protected groups. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Minimum Education High School Diploma
Preferred Education Bachelor’s Degree
Minimum Experience 1 year
Salary $16.00/hr
Quick Link https://jobs.nku.edu/postings/11744

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Visiting Director of Bands Sought by NKU SOTA

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Working Title Visiting Director of Bands – Non Tenure-track Temporary
Department School of the Arts
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.
Purpose of Position 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 a BME in Music Education (Choral/Vocal and Instrumental), BM in Performance (Instrumental, Jazz Studies, Piano Pedagogy, and Voice) a BM in Composition (Traditional and Commercial Music/Audio Production, BA in Music (Liberal Studies), Music Minor, and Audio Production Minor. The Music Program is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. See the Music website at music.nku.edu for additional information.
Primary Responsibilities Primary responsibilities are to provide leadership of the NKU band program, to recruit and maintain appropriate instrumentation for a balanced band program, and to conduct the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band. Additional duties will be assigned based on the candidate’s strengths and the needs of the program. Secondary teaching areas may include conducting, methods courses (brass, woodwinds, and/or marching band techniques), instrumentation and scoring, and music theory.

Primary Responsibilities
May include:

  • Director of Symphonic Winds and or University Concert Band
  • Marching Band Techniques
  • Applied Methods & Materials

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Required Qualifications

Master’s degree required, additional education (Ph.D. or DMA), and experience preferred. Candidates with a strong background/interest in music education, along with successful teaching experience (college and/or K-12), are highly desirable. Preference is given to candidates who have experience cultivating positive and collaborative relationships (with area band directors, faculty, and students) and the ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and goals.

Application Materials

Send cover letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Selected candidates must successfully pass a background check. Applicants who enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Finalist candidates should expect to provide video links to rehearsals and/or example conducting.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Ron Shaw, Associate Director School of the Arts with any questions.  Shaw@nku.edu

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

Minimum Education Master’s Degree
Preferred Education Doctorate
Quick Link https://jobs.nku.edu/postings/11925

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