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Mikylah Myers promoted to new Associate Dean position

Mikylah Myers has been named Associate Dean of Artistic and Scholarly Achievement at the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts.

Myers has filled the role of Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement for the last three years and has been a WVU faculty member since 2007.

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WVU mourns the passing Kacy Wiedebusch

West Virginia University’s “First Lady of Dance,” Mary Kathryne “Kacy” Wiedebusch passed away on July 5.

A Clarksburg native, Wiedebusch earned her bachelor’s and master’s of arts from WVU and continued her professional studies in New York City. She returned to West Virginia and started teaching at Morgantown High School as a physical education teacher in the late 1940s, starting the Junior Orchesis Dance program there. 

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CCA selects Faculty Student Mentored Research Award Winners

The College of Creative Arts Faculty Student Mentored Research awards demonstrate the exceptional mentored research work being conducted in the arts at West Virginia University. Research in the arts can take many forms: exhibitions, performances, publications, scholarly research and more. 

The winners of the 2022 Faculty Student Mentored Research Awards are:

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WVU’s ‘King Lear’ premieres live, on WVPB in March

The West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance invites the Morgantown community to enjoy a free live premier screening of their film version of Shakespeare’s most powerful play King Lear, Sunday March 6 at 7 p.m. in WVU’s Canady Creative Arts Center’s Lyle B Clay Theatre. The film was shot in 2021 in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and will be broadcast on WVPB channels starting March 13. To find the WVPB channel near you, visit https://www.wvpublic.org/.

The idea for the filming and broadcasting of King Lear came out of necessity for Jerry McGonigle, professor of acting and directing. “Covid hit and it became very clear that we were not coming back in the fall,” McGonigle said about WVU’s 2020-21 academic year. “There was not going to be public audiences for performances.”

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Yoav Kaddar named President Elect of NDEO

He currently serves on the board of directors of NDEO and has previously served on the board of directors of the American College Dance Association (ACDA). He is the faculty advisor and chair of the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, serves on the WVU Fulbright Advisory Committee and was appointed several times to serve on the US Scholar as well as the Student Fulbright National Screening Committees. He is a Fulbright Scholar in his own right.

Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School. He recently is a recipient of the WVU Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor – Lifetime Achievement Award and most recently the WVU Office of Global Affairs Virtual Exchange Award. He has been invited to serve on the New York State Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions.

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WVU to perform ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’

Students from West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance are coming back to the stage with ‘35mm: A Musical Exhibition’ Sept. 30 - Oct. 3.

The production is a collection of songs and transitions by Ryan Scott Oliver based on photographs from Matthew Murphy. The musical is entirely sung for the 75-minute run time.

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Faculty Spotlight: Matt Greenberg

I teach MUSC 120: The History of Musical Theatre, THET 355: Junior Musical Theatre Studio, THET 455: Senior Musical Theatre Studio, and I am co-directing 35mm: A Musical Exhibition with two undergraduate BFA Musical Theatre Students (opening September 30th!)

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