Tennessee State University
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Hands-On Learning: From theatrical set construction, working on an advertising campaign, participating in a 48 hour film challenge, covering a news story to developing an effective corporate presentation. The theatre faculty and students produce two major productions per year. Theatre was selected for national recognition for 2 productions over the past 3 years, Ruined and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The theatre program is rich in its history and uses the beautiful Cox-Lewis Theater as its centerpiece.
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Faculty Info: Dr. Tameka Winston Interim Department Chair Mr. Sean P. Allen Forensics Coach Mr. David Brandon Theatre Dr. Patrick Clinton Mass Communications Dr. Peter Fields Theatre Coordinator Mr. William Flood Theatre Mr. Eric Franzen Theatre Dr. Patrick Idoye Theatre Dr. Lawrence James Theatre Dr. Michael S. Jeffress Communication Studies Dr. Kimberly Johnson Communication Studies Mr. David Lee Theatre Ms. A. Mason-Chambers Communication Studies Dr. Jacqueline Mitchell Communication Studies Mr. Marc Payne Theatre Mr. Joe Richie Mass Communications Ms. Karen Russell Mass Communications Coordinator Dr. Qi Tang Communication Studies Ms. Airielle Vincent Mr. Erik Werner Mass Communications
Nashville Baseball Legend Henry Kimbro's New Book Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Negro League
December 16, 2020
Negro Baseball League players from Nashville are remembered in a new book by former Tennessee State University Associate Professor Dr. Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton, the daughter of Black baseball legend Henry Kimbro.
Connecticut Landmarks Names Aaron Marcavitch as Executive Director
October 21, 2020
Connecticut Landmarks has selected Aaron Marcavitch as Executive Director, following a national executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on September 14, 2020.
OPERA America Awards $980,000 in Innovation Grants to 13 Member Companies
September 01, 2020
OPERA America has announced the 13 Professional Company Members receiving a total of $980,000 as part of the fourth cycle of the Innovation Grants program. These grants enable organizations of all sizes to increase their commitment to experimentation and innovation, as well as contribute to field-wide learning.
Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center Announces Outdoor Production of TENNESSEE WOMEN FOR THE VOTE
August 21, 2020
Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to diverse stories and casts, is thrilled to return to the stage for the first time since February in a socially-distanced, outdoor production of Tennessee Women for the Vote.
Broadway Books: 10 Books on Set Design to Read While Staying Inside!
August 09, 2020
These books, many of which were written by current or former set designers, take a deep dive into what the art is all about, how to get started, what research goes into the craft, and even how to design on a budget!
Afton Wolfe Drops New EP 'Petronius' Last Meal'
July 07, 2020
The ancient Roman courtier Petronius led a life of hedonism and debauchery while serving under the emperor Nero, drawing the scorn of many rivals, leading to accusations of treason, a death sentence and, finally, suicide before his execution could be carried out.
Minton Sparks To Perform At Kennesaw State
January 31, 2020
Performance theatre comes in many forms, yet something about self-proclaimed 'speaker-songwriter' Minton Sparks sets her work apart from the rest, and she has the track record to prove it. Often referred to as the love child of Flannery O'Connor and Hank Williams, Sparks brings her melodic and captivating show to Kennesaw State University February 6-8, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Stillwell Theater.
Neil Vance Joins Collective Artist Management
December 13, 2019
Collective Artist Management (CAM) welcomes industry professional Neil Vance as a Manager with the company effective immediately. Vance brings with him rising country star, BMLG/Valory Music Co. recording artist Tyler Rich, to the CAM family.
CMA Visits Albuquerque With Lauren Alaina, Erin Enderlin, Sierra Hull and Luke Laird
October 17, 2019
The Country Music Association visited Albuquerque Tuesday, Oct. 15 with songwriters Lauren Alaina, Erin Enderlin, Sierra Hull and Luke Laird. While in Albuquerque, the group met with students and teachers from Albuquerque High School as part of U.S. Bank's Community Possible giving and engagement platform and its Places to Play partnership with the CMA Foundation, followed by a CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank performance at KiMo Theatre.
Jaelee Roberts Drops New Single 'One's Real Life'
September 23, 2019
Bluegrass wunderkind Jaelee Roberts' newest single, 'One's Real Life,' originated in a dream. Roberts recalls, 'In this dream, Harley Allen and I were writing a song. When I woke up, I could vividly remember the melody and the hook ... 'one's real life' ... and a few other lines. It was enough to get me thinking about the differences between what we see in people's photos and the reality of their lives, so I had a pretty good start on it from the beginning.'
Nashvilles Something Sweet, LLC Gearing Up for Super Holiday Season
September 17, 2019
Nashville-based virtual and pop up bakery Something Sweet, LLC is gearing up for another super holiday season delivering their family-made treats around the country. Once again, a portion of each item sold will be given to Girl, Unknown; a non-profit organization providing funding to girls and women for scholarships, events and grants. Founded by Alexis Hughes-Williams, Something Sweet LLC has grown to become the go-to online bakery for American's looking for sweet treats all year round. After a busy summer, which included shipping goods to a military member based in Kuwait, the online and pop-up bakery is set for its biggest ever holiday period. Starting baking with Great Grandmother and Grandmother when she was eight, Alexis' passion continued to grow, leading to her to create her own recipes such as her signature "Everything" cookie and Sweet Potato Cheesecake. After graduating from Tennessee State University, having majored in marketing, she went on to launch Something Sweet, LLC alongside starting the Girl, Unknown foundation which aims to empower young girls and women in the local community. Something Sweet, LLC also helped take part in the celebration of International Women's Day in Nashville. As Something Sweet, LLC has done since its inception, a portion of all profit made from each item sold via the website or one of its pop up events gets donated to Girl, Unknown. This donation helps provide support and funding to local girls, through scholarships, events and grants. Alexis will be sharing her story 9/28/2019 on City Current radio 95.5. For more information about Something Sweet LLC and order your sweet treats this holiday season, visit www.somethingsweetllc.com. Alexis Hughes-Williams added, 'We're really excited about this upcoming holiday season. Last year we had an incredible few months, where we actually had to stop taking orders as we had so many coming in from around the country! This year however, we're ready for even more orders - all of which help to support and give something back to girls and women in our local community.'
The Country Music Association Hosts Sixth Annual CMA EDU Executive Summit
July 25, 2019
The Country Music Association hosted its sixth annual CMA EDU Executive Summit in Nashville July 21-23. Leadership officers of CMA EDU collegiate chapters are invited each year to attend the two-and-a-half-day event, which exposes college students to the Country Music industry through professional development and networking opportunities.
GRAMMY Museum Grant Program Awards $200,000 For Music Research, Sound Preservation
July 10, 2019
The GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program announced today that $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 15 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include work on musical anhedonia, musical training's relationship to complex memories, and the relationship between cognitive function and singing accuracy. Preservation projects include the archiving of uncirculated John Hartford jam tapes, 960 audio reels of Cajun and zydeco artists, and 221 rare interview recordings with African-American actors, performers, composers, musicians, and scholars, among many other preservation projects.
BWW Review: Outrageous Comedy of 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues to Delight
April 30, 2019
That fact is proven every time we see a new staging of the Rachel Sheinkin/William Finn show, originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Now onstage at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts, in an immersive production directed by Rachel Jones and brought to life by a stellar cast of promising young actors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee guarantees every audience member will be engaged by the onstage antics of its young stars and the adults in their make-believe world who are responsible for ensuring the bee - rife with intrigue and true-blue competitive spirit - comes off without a hitch.
Mama Knows Best: Milstead, White & Walden from Chaffin's Barn's LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
April 25, 2019
Today, in our final installment, our spotlight falls upon three Nashville actors - Mileah Milstead, Vicki White and Shelena Walden - who join their castmates for the show at Chaffin's Barn, located at 8204 Highway 100 in Nashville. For ticket information or reservations, call (615) 646-9977 or go to www.chaffinsbarntheatre.com.