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Professor’s New Book Brings a Theatrical Perspective to the Study of Churches and Temples

Mark Pizzato’s work integrates research across the arts, humanities, and sciences.
   May 2, 2024

Bloomsbury Publishing has today released European Churches and Chinese Temples as Neuro-Theatrical Sites, a new book by Professor of Theatre and Film...

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Grad's Next Chapter Could Be a Cinderella Story

Kiana Vazquetelles heads to the Disney College Program as a character performer.
   May 2, 2024

You could say that Kiana Vazquetelles owes her very existence to UNC Charlotte. Years before she entered the University as a freshman theatre major, her parents were themselves Niners. Vazquetelles’s father, Darren, played shortstop for the baseball team; her mother, Dee-Dee, cheered on the dance team. Both were psychology majors.

After graduating they married and remained in the...

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Theatre Alumna Caridad Svich Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Caridad Svich ’85 is an award-winning playwright of more than 40 full-length plays.
   April 17, 2024

Caridad Svich ’85 has received a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Svich, who was appointed in the field of Drama and Performance Art, is one of 188 international recipients chosen from more than 3,000 applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.

“Humanity faces some profound existential challenges,” said Edward Hirsch...

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Cruz Receives Engaged Faculty Award from NC Campus Engagement

The annual award recognizes one faculty member in NC for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship.
   February 16, 2024

Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz has received the 2024 Engaged Faculty Award from North Carolina Campus Engagement (NCCE). Each year, the Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one faculty member in North Carolina for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship, including leadership that advances students’ community and civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering...

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College of Arts + Architecture Announces 2024 Distinguished Alumni

Five Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a ceremony on April 12.
   January 31, 2024

The College of Arts + Architecture (CoA+A) will honor five Distinguished Alumni on Friday, April 12, in the tenth annual celebration of alumni achievement. The award ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm in Rowe Recital Hall and will be open to the public.

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Professors' Loray Mill Strike Musical Receives Cultural Vision Grant

Sequina DuBose and Laura Waringer have assembled a creative team for a new musical.
   December 13, 2023

Professors Sequina DuBose and Laura Waringer have received a Cultural Vision Grant from the Arts & Science Council in support of their project to create a new musical theatre work based on the story of the 1929 strike at the Loray Mill in Gastonia. The $20,000 grant...

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Farewell to Our Graduating Office Assistants

Lysa Fakir and Rayden Leeder have worked in the CoAA main office for two years.
   December 13, 2023

As College of Arts + Architecture student office assistants, Lysa Fakir and Rayden Leeder have brought friendliness and professionalism to the CoA+A main office for the past two academic years. They are both graduating, and we will miss them!

Lysa is receiving a BFA in Art with a concentration in illustration and a Minor in Dance. Rayden is receiving a BA in Theatre with a...

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Faculty and Alumni Recognized in “Best in the Nest” Awards

Annual awards are presented by Queen City Nerve independent newspaper.
   November 30, 2023

Several faculty and alumni in the College of Arts + Architecture have been recognized in the 2023 “Best in the Nest” Awards presented by Charlotte independent weekly newspaper Queen City Nerve. Covering a wide range of categories, the annual awards include both Critics’ and Readers’ Picks.

In the “City Life” Category,...

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Voice Students Win Awards at NATS State Auditions

Nine students participated in the Musical Theatre category competition.
   November 20, 2023

The College of Arts + Architecture had nine students compete in the recent Musical Theatre Student Auditions for the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Signing (NATS), which took place on November 10 and 11 at Meredith College in...

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Theatre Professor's Urban Circus Troupe Wins Knight Foundation Award

Nouveau Sud Project receives 2023 Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund grant.
   November 15, 2023

The Nouveau Sud Project, the urban circus initiative founded by Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz, is a recipient of a 2023 Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation created the Knight Art + Tech Expansion Fund “to support the long-term sustainability of Charlotte’s arts community by providing practitioners with the...

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