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Welcome to our Dialogues: Voices from Performance colloqia series!

Register in advance to be part of the Q&A group here: https://cwu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L0-Dlc6mRUOTz_IGDDJURA 

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Schedule: 

May 28 2021 @ 10am 

Black Out: the Afrocentric Aesthetic and Global Outreach

Dr. Daryl Harris is a Full Professor in the School of the Arts (SOTA) Theatre and Dance Program at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  At NKU since 2003, he is an over 50-year veteran of traditional, alternative, academic, and applied theatre. He has studied and worked throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia. In addition to teaching diverse interdisciplinary theatre courses, and being the area coordinator for his program’s Theatre in World Cultures undergraduate area of study, Harris also acts in, directs and costume-designs theatrical productions locally, nationally and internationally. He is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and a 2010 recipient of President Obama’s President’s Call to Service Award, the highest level of awards recognizing and honoring volunteerism. Recently, as a Fulbright Specialist, he co-wrote, costumed, directed, and played a cameo role on Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy’s world premiere English language production of the traditional Buddhist tale, Sanda Kinduru. This was the third in a series of initiatives using theatre techniques to help English as a Second Language students learn and confidently use the language. The research for his MFA in Theatre and his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies continues to fuel his primary passion: engaging scholars and communities transculturally and transnationally across disciplines.

 

Upcoming: 

May 28th 2021: Dr. Daryl Harris Black Out: the Afrocentric Aesthetic and Global Outreach

Dr. Daryl Harris is a Full Professor in the School of the Arts (SOTA) Theatre and Dance Program at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  At NKU since 2003, he is an over 50-year veteran of traditional, alternative, academic, and applied theatre. He has studied and worked throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia. In addition to teaching diverse interdisciplinary theatre courses, and being the area coordinator for his program’s Theatre in World Cultures undergraduate area of study, Harris also acts in, directs and costume-designs theatrical productions locally, nationally and internationally. He is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and a 2010 recipient of President Obama’s President’s Call to Service Award, the highest level of awards recognizing and honoring volunteerism. Recently,as a Fulbright Specialist, he co-wrote, costumed, directed, and played a cameo role on Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy’s world premiere English language production of the traditional Buddhist tale, Sanda Kinduru. This was the third in a series of initiatives using theatre techniques to help English as a Second Language students learn and confidently use the language. The research for his MFA in Theatre and his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies continues to fuel his primary passion: engaging scholars and communities transculturally and transnationally across disciplines.

   

 

 

 

Past Speakers:

September 25th 2020 Dr. Dotun Ayobade Facing the Music: AIDS, Social Death and Gendered Survival after Fela Kuti
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I locate my scholarship and teaching in the areas of dance, performance and African popular culture, as well as in the intersection of gender, class and nation in the production of myriad theatre and performance forms in postcolonial Nigeria. I also investigate how, beyond the modalities of writing, [West] Africans activate aesthetic and everyday social performance to shape their lived realities, forge belonging, and declare their presence within the African political economy. My first book project tentatively titled Fela Kuti’s Queens: Performance, Play and Punishment in a Nigerian Music Subculture (currently under contract with Indiana University Press) examines the art, activism and politics of the wives of late Nigerian activist and musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. My work demonstrates how in the 1970s and 1980s postcolonial Nigeria the Queens evolved a host of self-fashioning performance strategies to negotiate agency and visibility in the face of social rebuke and state repression.

I earned my Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. I also obtained portfolio certificates in African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) as well as in Women and Gender Studies (WGS).

   

October 30th 2020 CHARLES O. ANDERSON 

(Re)Current Unrest and the Fire This Time: Choreographic Responses to BLM
Picture Charles O. Anderson is artistic director of Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, an afro-contemporary dance theatre company, which he founded in Philadelphia in 2003.  Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Charles earned his BA in Choreography and Performance from Cornell University and his MFA in Dance from Temple University.  He has performed in the companies of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Mark Dendy and Miguel Gutierrez among others.   His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has earned recognition by numerous grants and organizations such as the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, and one of ‘12 Rising Stars in the Academy” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine. Anderson is currently based in Austin, Texas where he is Head of the Dance Program and an associate professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.  Anderson also serves on faculty of the American Dance Festival six-week school in Durham, NC.
   
November 13th at 10AM PST: DR. LISA B. THOMPSON  Staging Black Feminism
lisa-b-thompson-play-read Lisa B. Thompson is an award winning playwright, scholar, and professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of three books, Beyond The Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009), Single Black Female (Samuel French Inc. 2012), and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Thompson’s plays, which have been produced off-Broadway, throughout the US and internationally, include Single Black Female (LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Comedy nominee, Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Award Best Play winner), Underground, (Austin Critics Circle David Mark Cohen New Play Award winner, Broadway World Regional Awards Best Writing of an Original Work nominee), Monroe (Austin Playhouse Festival of New Texas Plays winner), The Mamalogues (Broadway World Regional Awards Best Writing of an Original Work winner), and Dinner (Crossroads Theatre Genesis New Play Festival). Thompson has received  teaching awards from the Texas Exes and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Her scholarly and creative work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies; the University of Texas at Austin’s Humanities Institute; the W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute at Harvard University; the Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research; the Five Colleges, the University of California’s Office of the President; Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Hedgebrook; the Millay Colony for the Arts; and MacDowell.
   
January 29th, @10am: Frankie Lewis Title: The Collective: The Importance of Building Community

Bio: Frankie Lewis was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Frankie received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Theater Arts from the University of Louisville, soon after she had started her first fashion label, Ann DeEvelyn clothing company in 2014. Her work was first featured in EXTOL magazine and followed by Louisville magazine KMAC COUTURE - Art Walks the Runway as well as British and ITALIA Vogue. In 2018, Frankie was selected to compete with 15 other designers on season 17 of Project Runway. Currently, Lewis lives and works in Los Angeles, California as a freelance tailor for Micheal Schmidt’s Studios and is owner of the Frankie Lew fashion house. To learn more about her LA projects and adventures visit www.Frankielew.com

   
Feburary 26th, 2021: DONALD BYRD: Social Justice and Just Causes: What is the balance of the didactic, the authentic/personal, and the aesthetic in the creation of dance works during a time of racial reckoning and consciousness expansion

Donald Byrd has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. His career has been long and complex, and his choreographic and theatrical interests are broad. The New York Times describes him as “a choreographer with multiple personalities … an unabashed eclectic.” He is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer.

Mr. Byrd has frequently been referred to as a ‘citizen artist,’ a descriptive that perfectly aligns with an important component of Spectrum Dance Theater’s mission and Mr. Byrd’s personal beliefs – “dance as an art form and as a social/ civic instrument.”

Spectrum’s recent seasons, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Mr. Byrd, are a testament to his commitment to art as a Credible Partner of Social Justice. He continues to demonstrate this by creating dance/theater that is meant to question, to create awareness, to activate, and to move audiences & citizens into action around the persistent social issues that plague contemporary American society and the world: racism and white supremacy, climate change and the climate gap, gender equality, gender identity biases, xenophobia, and police brutality.

   
May 12th, 2021: NOELLE SCAGGS Diversify The Stage: How Do We Collectively Transform The Live Music Industry.

Diversify The Stage was founded by Noelle Scaggs, co-lead vocalist of alt-pop band Fitz And The Tantrums, in the spring of 2020, with a focus on transforming the concert, events, and touring industries to increase more diverse representation. The organization counts on the support of industry professionals and artists to collectively and actively build a culture of accountability that establishes more inclusive hiring practices and greater access to equitable opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ); Female-identifying and Gender Nonconforming individuals.   In less than a year, Diversify The Stage has set forth long-term change by partnering with the Music Forward Foundation to create educational and mentorship programs followed by paid internship/apprenticeship placements, in addition to working with NeverFamous.com to create a technical solution to hiring qualified touring staff. Diversify The Stage has gained support from the biggest players in the industry, including Live Nation, Live Nation Urban, WME, UTA Music, Azoff Company, Elektra and Atlantic Records, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), The Event Safety Alliance, Roadies Of Color United, lighting collective EVEN Network, as well as, stage suppliers and designers Clair Global and TAIT.

For more information and to join the Diversify The Stage community visit: www.diversifythestage.org

Follow on IG and FB @DiversifyTheStage and @DiverseStage on Twitter.

   
April 23 2021 @ 10am GOLDEN A Dead Name That Learned How to Live.
Golden (they/them) is a black gender nonconforming trans-femme photographer, poet, & community organizer raised in Hampton, VA (Kikotan land), currently residing in Boston, MA (Mashpee, Wampanoag, and Massachusett people land). Golden is the recipient of a Pink Door Fellowship (2017/2019), an Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Luminaries Fellowship (2019), the Frontier Award for New Poets (2019), a Best of the Net Award (2020), and a Pushcart Prize nomination (wildness, 2019 & Glass Poetry, 2020). Their work has been featured on/at Shade Literary Arts, the Offing, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed, i-D, Interview Magazine, & elsewhere. Golden holds a BFA in Photography from New York University (2018) and is currently a City of Boston Artist-in-Residence (2020-2021).

 

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