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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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Silent Horror Film Gets a Puppet Remake

Department of Theatre's "The Caligari Project" is an unusual rendering of a cult classic.
   November 1, 2023

On November 2, the Department of Theatre debuts The Caligari Project, bringing puppets to the Black Box Theater for the department’s most distinctive production of the year, written, designed, and directed by Tom Burch. It has been more than five years since Burch, associate professor of scenic design, taught a puppetry class in the Department of Theatre. In February 2018, students...

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Professor Assumes Leadership of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education

CarlosAlexis Cruz will serve a two-year term as ATHE president.
   August 9, 2023

Associate Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz is the new president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the national professional membership organization for college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. Cruz assumed leadership of the...

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College Welcomes New Faculty

Six new professors join the faculty of the College in the 23-24 academic year.
   August 4, 2023

The College of Arts + Architecture is pleased to welcome these new full-time faculty beginning August 14.

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Professor Designs Opera Productions in Italy

Tom Burch designed two opera productions for La Musica Lirica.
   August 1, 2023

Tom Burch, associate professor of scenic design in the Department of Theatre, has just returned from six weeks in Italy, where he designed two opera productions for La Musica Lirica, an intensive opera training program for young professional singers. Premiering first in the town of Novafeltria, each production traveled to additional...

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Faculty Receive Project Support from ASC and City Grants

Grants will fund a festival and the creation and presentation of new works.
   June 26, 2023

Faculty in the College of Arts + Architecture are among the recipients of prominent grants announced recently by the City of Charlotte Infusion Fund and the Arts & Science Council. The funds will support the development and performance of new works over the next 12 months and the continuation of an annual festival.

Four projects led by CoA+A faculty have received...

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Department of Theatre Welcomes New Chair

David Janowiak assumes department leadership on July 1.
   June 22, 2023

The College of Arts + Architecture welcomes David Janowiak as the new chair of the Department of Theatre, effective July 1. Janowiak comes to UNC Charlotte from Western Oregon University (WOU), where he has spent the past seven years as professor and chair of the Creative Arts Division, following 17 years leading the WOU Theatre Department.

Janowiak has been successful as an...

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Festival Recognition for Theatre Professor’s Plays

Two plays by Lynne Conner received recognition this spring.
   June 19, 2023

Two plays by Professor of Theatre Lynne Conner were recently recognized by theatre festivals. Earlier this month, Conner’s The Mother was named a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, one of 148 plays chosen as semi-finalists from 614 applicants. The Mother, which was a 2018 and 2019 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, received its world...

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