North Carolina Central University
Department of Theatre
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The National Award Winning NCCU Department of Theatre has been unique over the years because of the program's capacity to transform a creative notion about the theatre into practical knowledge and skills. North Carolina Central University's Department of Theatre is designed to satisfy the needs of a broad range of enthusiastic students; to give them the widest possible exposure to man's accomplishments in theatre and to experiences that will develop them as capable theatre practitioners. The most unique aspect of NCCU's Theatre program is the opportunity to choose from seven different theatre concentrations: Theatre Education, Technical Theatre, General Theatre, Performance, Theatre Administration, Theatre Communications and Musical Theatre . The Theatre Faculty designed the concentrations because of a growing concern for the future of our majors. Through our practical concentrations, they are being prepared to become theatre teachers, designers and technicians, theatre arts managers, and to work in media.
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Scott Lee Releases THROUGH THE MANGROVE TUNNELS Performed by the JACK Quartet With Steven Beck & Russell Lacy
September 29, 2020
Through the Mangrove Tunnels, performed by the JACK Quartet with pianist Steven Beck and drummer Russell Lacy, is a 45-minute work inspired by Lee's experiences growing up exploring the swamps and bayous of Florida.
Long Wharf Theatre Selects New Director Of Marketing And Communications
June 29, 2020
Long Wharf Theatre has selected King Kenney as Director of Marketing and Communications, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on April 20, 2020
Lenora Zenzalai Helm Returns After Nine-Year Recording Hiatus with FOR THE LOVE OF BIG BAND
March 25, 2020
Nine years since her last recording hit the charts, Lenora Zenzalai Helmreturns to the recording industry with FOR THE LOVE OF BIG BAND (FTLOBB)featuring Tribe Jazz Orchestrain a unique approach to the music of the big band tradition. Released on March 9 on Zenzalai Music, the new album is Helm's seventh record and her first leading a big band.
NYYS Jazz And Saxophonist Steve Wilson Celebrates Charlie Parker At Jazz At Lincoln Center
February 12, 2020
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) continues its 2019-2020 season with a performance by the 17-member NYYS Jazz ensemble on Monday, March 9, 2020 in two sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, at Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, led by Director Andy Clausen. Titled Celebrating Charlie Parker @ 100, and featuring saxophonist Steve Wilson, the performances pay homage to Charlie Parker's centennial, musical legacy, and bebop innovations with selections by Parker, Wilson, Bennie Moten, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and more. NYYS Jazz will also give the world premiere of the NYYS First Music commission In the Shadow of Tall Giants by Devin Reilly.
Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces Inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship Top-Placing Band Programs
January 20, 2020
In an awards ceremony tonight, January 19, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis announced the top three university and college jazz band programs in the nation.
BWW Review: THE END OF THE ROAD: 2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
August 08, 2019
The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival has ended with memories of grandeur and spectacular stage plays. Here is my review of the productions I attended.
New York Youth Symphony Announces Its 57th Season Of Concerts And Venues
August 01, 2019
New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), is proud to continue its mission of educating and inspiring young musicians through its Orchestra, Jazz, Chamber Music, Composition, Musical Theater Composition, Apprenticeship Conducting, and First Music commissioning programs. This season includes seven world premieres of new works commissioned through the First Music program, composed for the Orchestra, Jazz, and Chamber Music ensembles. The season also features renowned and up-and-coming soloists including prodigy pianist Harmony Zhu, 2019 Sphinx Competition winner cellist Sterling Elliott, and leading young pianist Michelle Cann in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Florence Price's recently re-discovered Piano Concerto in One Movement with NYYS Orchestra, as well as in-demand drummer Matt Wilson, celebrated saxophonist Steve Wilson, and trombone virtuoso Wycliffe Gordon with NYYS Jazz. The complete NYYS 2019-2020 concert calendar follows at the end of this press release.
Harlem Welcomes The 369th EXPERIENCE FOR MEMORIAL Weekend Concert
May 21, 2019
Harlem One Stop today announced a free special Memorial Day Weekend concert by The 369th Experience in celebration of the Harlem Renaissance Centennial and the Harlem Hell Fighters. The ensemble will perform a program of music by ragtime and early jazz bandleader James Reese Europe. The free outdoor performance will be presented from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Marcus Garvey Park (Mt. Morris Park West between East 120th-124th Streets) in Harlem.
NC Black Rep To Host Thirty Companies In Honor Of Thirtieth Anniversary Of The National Black Theatre Festival
May 14, 2019
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) will showcase productions from thirty theatre companies (twenty-five professional and five universities) at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) in honor of the festival's thirtieth anniversary. Fourteen states will be represented, as well as one international selection from Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, NC Black Rep will produce two shows at the festival: George Wolfe's Jelly's Last Jam, the opening night performance, and an outdoor production of Twelfth Night set in Jamaica, directed by stage and TV veteran Ted Lange.
The Kennedy Center Announces 50th KCACTF National Festival
April 09, 2019
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 120 outstanding theater students from colleges and universities across the nation as part of the 50th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), which runs April 16-20, 2019 in multiple locations throughout the Center. The Center also announced the national awardees for the KCACTF. Selected awardees and representatives will be brought to Washington, D.C. for an expense-paid trip to participate in the National Festival. These student artists from across the United States have been recognized for their outstanding work from the eight regional festivals that were held January 8 through February 28, 2019.
Skylight Music Theatre Names Cast and Creative of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
December 26, 2018
Skylight Music Theatre announced the cast and creative team for Five Guys Named Moe, a joyful, jazzy tribute to Louis Jordan, the 1940s rhythm and blues singer, songwriter and bandleader.
Warner Bros. Records Presents the 'Music For Discovery' HBCU Mobile Tour
October 23, 2018
This fall, Warner Bros. Records proudly presents the “Music For Discovery” HBCU Mobile Tour at college campuses across North America. It kicks off October 26-27 at Howard University in Washington D.C., rolls through major markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and concludes on November 6-7 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.