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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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NKU School of the Arts Announces Appointments to Program Heads

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University has appointed new program heads for its School of the Arts (SOTA).

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Brad McCombs.

Brad McCombs will transition from Program Head of Music over to the Program Head of Visual Arts. Brad received a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Brad’s interest in leadership of the arts rests in the power of the arts to transform individuals and communities that both inspires and provokes thought. His research focuses on creating powerful connections with an audience whether they are physical, virtual or somewhere in-between. His role as an artist is comprehensive and embraces activism, anthropology, ecology, and sociology. His regional public art project, the Driftwood Institute, engages students to help educate the community about our watershed. Brad has shown his work both nationally and internationally including a recent project in collaboration with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra where he created visuals to accompany the live performance of Darius Milhaud’s “La Création du Monde”.

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Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri.

Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri will be assuming the role of Program Head of Music. She is Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator at NKU’s School of the Arts. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lazzeri currently serves as President of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In the summer, she often serves on the music faculty of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Lazzeri is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and she teaches a course at NKU entitled “Yoga for Creativity.” Dr. Lazzeri holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. To learn more, visit “Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri Voice Studio” on Facebook.

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Michael Hatton.

Michael Hatton will be continuing as Program Head of Theatre + Dance. Michael received his M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy and Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.F.A. in Theatre Management from Northern Kentucky University and has been a full-time faculty since 2005. He has served in various forms of university governance and service, including general education, university and college curriculum, e-learning, master advising, international education, and planning committees, and currently serves on the executive board of the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). Additionally, Michael has won awards for teaching, including from the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and University as well as the NKU Michael C.C. and Susan S. Adams Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty award. He is a freelance director and stage manager having worked with numerous regional theatre companies.

About NKU School of the Arts
SOTA is the creative engine of Northern Kentucky University. The School of the Arts combines dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. Our minors come from every college on campus from nursing to mathematics, political science to construction management. SOTA’s Prep programs, including the nationally recognized String Project, engage 900 students from children to adults annually. SOTA offers 12 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to seven minors. With innovative curriculum, small class sizes and award-winning instructors, students develop expertise and the qualities most in-demand for today’s changing career landscape. To learn more, please visit nku.edu/sota or find us on social media @NKUSOTA.

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NKU School of the Arts Offering Online Art Summer Workshops for Adults

NKU_SOTA logoNorthern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will be offering two online art studio workshops for adults age 18+ this summer. Each workshop is taught by Randel Plowman and will offer an optional 10-hour Professional Development certificate for teachers. Tuition for each workshop is $70.

‘Zine Workshop (June 13-19)
You will create a ‘zine edition of your own! This can include text and pictures, pictures only, text only. Both printing and binding techniques will be taught. If you are an artist, writer, teacher or anyone with a story to tell, a point to make, or like to draw and make things, this workshop is for you! No previous experience necessary.

‘Zines (pronounced “zeens,” short for magazines) are self-published mini-books or original content about anything the author/illustrator chooses. Examples of topics range from comics, fanfiction, politics, art, and personal stories. Generally, they are reproduced on a photocopier in small print runs for sale or trade. Zines have been produced since the 1700s and were created by politically involved artists in the Dada and Surrealist movements in the early 20th century and the 1970s Punk subculture.

Collage Workshop (June 27-July 3)
Collage is the art of recycling. It takes the old and makes it new again through fragmenting, recontextualizing and combining imagery in new and exciting ways. This seven-day online workshop explores the many possibilities that collage can offer. This workshop is open to both beginner and advanced artists.

Several techniques will be explored in this hands-on workshop, including; creating visually compelling imagery through the use of layering, using color effectively, how to create a strong composition and more.

About Randel Plowman
Randel Plowman received his M.F.A. in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.F.A. from Northern Kentucky University. He has exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States; in addition, his work appears in many public and private collections in North America and abroad, his work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times and USA Today; been featured in The Paris Review, How Design Magazine, Artist Magazine and Somerset Studio. He is the author of two books, Masters: Collage, and The Collage Workbook: How To Get Started And Stay Inspired; voted Best Art Instruction Book of 2012 by Library Journal. Plowman currently teaches printmaking at Northern Kentucky University.

For more information and to register, please visit nku.edu/artworkshops.

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NKU Music Prep to Host Virtual Open House April 28

NKU_Virtual-open-house2Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts Music Preparatory Division will be hosting a FREE Virtual Open House for their Early Childhood Programs on Tuesday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Calling all families with Toddlers through Age 9! NKU Music Prep is launching an 8-week summer session of Virtual Early Childhood Classes from May 12-July 2, 2020. Not sure what these classes would look like for your family? Try them out at a FREE Virtual Open House! The classes will be taught on Zoom, so in order to receive the information to join in, registration is required at https://forms.gle/j5b8yCgRMbEVAPw96.

The following classes will be offered at the Open House:

  • 9:30 a.m. “Toddler and Me” (Walking-Age 3, with a participating caregiver)
  • 10:30 a.m. OR 4:30 p.m. “Arts for Tots” (Ages 3-5) (Music and Dance)
  • 11:15 a.m. “M&M’s (Music and Movers)” (Ages 5-6) (Music and Dance)
  • 3:30 p.m. “Rhythm Rockers” (Ages 7-9) (Bucket Drumming)
  • 4:00 p.m. “Summer Strummers” (Ages 7-9) (Ukulele class)

For descriptions of each class and sign-up form, visit the Open House event on Facebook: fb.com/events/326053161705827

Or, visit the Early Childhood page on the Music Prep website: nku.edu/academics/sota/musicprep/programs/earlychildhood.html

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NKU_SOTA logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is excited to announce the addition of MAMMA MIA! to its 2020-2021 Mainstage season, which will take the place of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, running Feb. 19-28, 2021.

SOTA will also be offering a FREE performance of a modified staged reading of the previously canceled BURIED CHILD as a welcome back event on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Tickets can be reserved through the box office starting on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. If demand exceeds seating capacity, up to two additional performances will be scheduled. Updated 2020-2021 season information will be shared later in the summer.

In the meantime, make sure to tune in to SOTA’s new video series, NKU SOTA Stream – an ongoing collection of videos showcasing the deep talent throughout SOTA. Videos are available to view for free on our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram. For more information, please visit nku.edu/sotastream.


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