College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2018

  • SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

    SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

    September 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert showcases the talents of the diverse School of Music performing faculty, according to Dr. Jamie Weaver, associate professor of music history at SFA and president of Pi Kappa Lambda honors society. Proceeds from the concert fund scholarships for deserving SFA music majors selected by the honors society.

    "I encourage everyone who loves music, who would like to learn more about music, or who is curious about music at SFA to attend this year's Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase," Weaver said. "Sponsored by the university music honors society, the concert features a wide variety of instruments, voices and musical styles in brief, audience-friendly performances.

    "Faculty members look forward to this concert every year because we have the chance to perform for each other as well as for our students and friends," she added. "Some musicians perform with their talented family members."

    For example, Mario Ajero, professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will perform with his children, Nio and Olivia Ajero.

    "Many of our faculty artists collaborate in groups, and we all enjoy watching them perform together," Weaver said.

    This year's program will feature performances by a jazz trio, as well as the SFA Brass Quintet, which features Deb Scott, trombone; Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Charles Gavin, horn; and JD Salas, tuba.

    Other faculty performers will be Christopher Ayer and Vanessa Davis, clarinet; Debbie Berry, Nita Hudson and Scott LaGraff, voice, with guest artist Kimberly LaGraff; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Christina Guenther, flute; Abby Yeakle Held, oboe; Bradley Meyer, percussion; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Mary Cooper, Thomas Nixon, Hyun Ji Oh, Andrew Parr, Ronald Petti and James Pitts, piano.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the 2018-19 Friends of Music Concert Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA theatre students to present 'Seascape with Sharks and Dancer'

    SFA theatre students to present 'Seascape with Sharks and Dancer'

    September 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright Don Nigro's "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer" will open the fall semester of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's student-directed plays.

    Directed by Center senior Avery Tindol, the full-length play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Set in a beach bungalow during 1978, the play is about a young man who saves a young woman from drowning. The play explores the relationship between the two from that point forward, according to Tindol. Soon, the woman finds herself trapped in the man's life and torn between her need for love and her belief that all human relationships eventually turn into nightmares, Tindol said.

    The two-person cast includes Austin senior Sarah Loveday as Tracy and Waxahachie freshman Adam Lamb as Ben.

    The production staff includes Michael Nunez, Dallas freshman, as stage manager; Gareth Phipps, Dallas junior, assistant director; Kathleen McNamara, Irving junior, scenic designer; Jordyn Averitte, Baytown junior, costume designer; Armando Chavez, Corpus Christi sophomore, lighting designer; Mia Lindemann, Prosper senior, sound designer; and Logan Jennings, Longview junior, properties master.

    Tindol is studying theatre and creative writing at SFA. His public directing credits at SFA are "Picnic on the Battlefield" by Fernando Arrabal and "Baby with the Bathwater" by Christopher Durang. His acting credits include Max in Jack Heifner's "Hot Flashes," Mr. Antrobus in "The Skin of Our Teeth," Carthage Kilbride in "By the Bog of Cats" and Banquo in "Macbeth."

    "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer" is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Rick Jones.

    Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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  • SFA School of Theatre to present Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sweat"

    SFA School of Theatre to present Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sweat"

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    The SFA School of Theatre will present Lynn Nottage's “Sweat” in what will be the play's Texas premiere. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2 through 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    September 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A play that speaks to working class Americans with real-life issues opens the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's Mainstage Series this fall.

    Lynn Nottage's "Sweat" won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, for a five-night run at SFA in what will be the play's Texas premiere.

    Using a backdrop of industry job cuts, downsizing and poverty, "Sweat" gives working class people a voice, according to Cleo House Jr., director of the SFA School of Theatre and of the play.

    "We selected this play because it speaks to real issues and real people," House said. "It speaks to working class people of all races.

    "The play is also highly entertaining and funny, all while tackling some serious economic issues for the average working class American," he added.

    "Sweat" is the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on a factory floor.

    "But when layoffs, promotions and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat," House said.

    Veteran entertainment journalist Jeremy Girard called the play "ferociously engrossing" stating, "no play in recent memory has shed more light on the crises and tribulations of America's great retrenched working middle class."

    Nottage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of marginalized people. She is a professor of playwriting at Columbia University. SFA School of Theatre presented her play "Intimate Apparel" in 2017. Her play "Ruined" won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    Because of its themes, "Sweat" is recommended for age 13 and up. House also recommends the play to anyone who is curious about people and their reactions to adversity.

    "The play really does look into how we as a community respond to an inevitable change that threatens our dreams and our plans," he said.

    The play bounces back and forth in the time periods in which it takes place - from 2000 to 2008.

    "To be able to clearly communicate time and place without making it about time and place is a delicate balance," House said.

    Student actors will be challenged to portray characters who are older than them and who have more life experiences, House said.

    "There's a certain sense of being grounded that comes with age," he said. "Getting young actors to find that takes time."

    House hopes audiences will be both entertained and engaged with "Sweat."

    "I hope they leave with a conversation on their lips," he said. "I hope that they ask themselves, 'What would I do?' if they found themselves in these characters' positions."

    "Sweat" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2 through 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA's Music Prep to host Middle School Choir Camp

    SFA's Music Prep to host Middle School Choir Camp

    September 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host its annual fall Middle School All-Region Choir Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The choir camp is designed to help East Texas area middle school students learn their UIL all-region competition music, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

    Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at SFA, is the combined conductor for the camp. Clinicians are Charlotte Davis, Music Prep faculty, soprano I; Amanda Sheriff, graduate student, soprano II; Jennifer Weems, NISD choir instructor, alto; Nita Hudson, lecturer of voice and opera, tenor; and Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice, bass.

    Accompanists are Linda Parr, Donna Dear, Nio Ajero, Kaden Harman and Mary Cooper, piano. The Music Preparatory Division's Advisory Board is in charge of arrangements. Nicole Stewart, Lufkin High School choir director, is the overall camp director.

    All participants should bring Region 21 All-Region music, pencil, water and a snack. Concessions will be available for purchase during scheduled breaks. The dining hall in the Baker Pattillo Student Center will be open and serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cost per student is $20. Registration is accepted by calling (936) 468-1291 or by email at pbarnett@sfasu.edu.

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  • 'Endless Dusk: An Icelandic Exhibition' highlights SFA students' artwork

    'Endless Dusk: An Icelandic Exhibition' highlights SFA students' artwork

    September 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University art students who participated in a Maymester study abroad program in Iceland will present the course work they created in an exhibition to show Sept. 10 through 21 in the lower art building on the SFA campus.

    "Endless Dusk: An Icelandic Experience" will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the student galleries.

    This past May, 10 SFA art students traveled to the Baer Art Center in northern Iceland where they observed and explored the Icelandic landscape and responded by making creative work: drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and installation. Wesley Berg, assistant professor in the School of Art, and Lauren Selden, SFA professor of art, accompanied the students on the residency.

    SFA art exhibitions are free and open to the public. For information, contact the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804.

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  • Tickets available for Reduced Shakespeare Company's performance

    Tickets available for Reduced Shakespeare Company's performance

    September 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available to a performance of the Reduced Shakespeare Company in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin, and directed by Martin and Austin Tichenor, the play became London's longest-running comedy and also enjoyed a successful New York run. The Nacogdoches performance, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series, is the first stop on a national tour that will take the RSC from California to Massachusetts.

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, associate professor and coordinator of graduate studies in SFA's Department of English and Creative Writing, will present an informative talk on "Shakespeare's Women" at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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