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WVU arts community supports WVU Medicine

With facilities closed and performances halted, the arts community at West Virginia University has turned its attention to helping supply WVU Medicine with the products it needs while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with specifications from WVU Medicine, the costume shop in WVU’s School of Theatre & Dance has started production on N95 masks. Five volunteers from the school are spread out and working in the Falbo Theatre at WVU’s Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center.

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Creative Arts Center renamed in honor of Canady leadership gift

When students return to campus, the beloved home of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts will have a new name in honor of a leadership gift from the Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation. Beginning today, the former Creative Arts Center on WVU’s Evansdale campus will be known as the Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center.

The newly established Canady Fund for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts will provide for arts programming, educational enrichment opportunities, building improvements and discretionary support to benefit students, faculty and staff within the College of Creative Arts.

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WVU to host special concert, make announcement on March 24

The Canady Chamber Series was established by the Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation in 2018 in order to bring in professional chamber musicians to perform and teach for WVU students and the Morgantown community.

“The Canady family has long supported artistic presentations of the highest quality to benefit the CCA and broader Morgantown Community,” said Dean Keith Jackson. “As with previous initiatives, the importance of guaranteeing significant interactions between artists and CCA students is what makes the Canady Chamber Series unique as it includes tremendous performances and the opportunity for our students to work with full-time performers that are outside of their normal sphere of influence.”

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WVU School of Theatre & Dance Welcomes Robynn Rodriguez to Direct "Hedda Gabler" March 5-13

Ibsen is a formidable figure in modern drama. What about his dramaturgy challenges you and excites you?

Ibsen is credited as being the father of theatrical realism. His writing is spare. The characters in his plays are complex. There are a lot of things going on at once in his plays, with his people. There is a lot going on between the lines. What people don’t say is as compelling as what they do say. In Ibsen plays, actors have a real opportunity to take a deep emotional dive without the heavy trappings of production. There are no technical fireworks, no “bells and whistles,” no sweeping declamatory speeches. Just some very real, complex people trying very hard to live their lives. For the actor in an Ibsen play, the work is less about “acting” and more about “being."

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WVU alumna keeps Shakespeare in Pittsburgh

It was 2005 when Jennifer Tober moved to Pittsburgh and took a yoga class in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. When she came across the natural amphitheater in Frick Park, Tober knew it would be the perfect place to bring to life the works of William Shakespeare.

Tober has been a Shakespeare aficionado for decades. After graduating from West Virginia University in 1995 with a master’s degree in acting, Tober moved to New York City, where she spent 11 years acting in regional Shakespeare productions including Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and New York Classical Theatre. A versatile performer, Tober also acted in television shows, films and as an extra on many sets.

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School of Theatre & Dance Brings in New York Guest Director for "Twelfth Night"

“We’re having a lot of fun injecting [“Twelfth Night”] with a lot of heart,” Atkins said. “It’s been a great way to leave our own troubles outside the theatre and spend a couple of hours immersed in the fun and fantasy.”

Atkins received his MFA in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a finalist for SDC’s Mike Ockrent Fellowship with Casey Nicholaw and the Gielgud Fellowship with Michael Greif.

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WVU Presents “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 3-8

“Twelfth Night” is the Shakespearian equivalent to a Rom-Com, and this production by West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance throws in the big hair and big feelings of the 1980s! Don’t miss this rollercoaster ride of love, mistaken identity and 80’s pop music.

Corey Atkins, a guest director coming to the School of Theatre & Dance right off the heels of working in New York, has added a dash of 1980s musical flair to this production.

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School of Theatre & Dance Presents “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Susan Nanus, based on the novel by Norton Juster Oct. 24-27

Based on one of the top 100 children’s novels of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth” is wrought with imagination, learning and fun for the whole family. Come join us at the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown to see this children’s classic come to life!

Published in 1961, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer (who is also known for illustrating “Clifford”) “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster follows a little boy, Milo, on a quest to save the Kingdom of Wisdom after finding a mysterious package in his room. In our version, we follow Mila, a little girl, on that very same journey. She travels from realm to realm with Tock (a large Watchdog with a pension for not wasting time) and The Humbug (a giant, beetle-like creature who likes to make up fantastical tall-tales) learning about logic, imagination and, most importantly, friendship.

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School of Theatre & Dance welcomes Jeremiah Downes

The West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance is excited to welcome Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Jeremiah Downes to the faculty. He received a BFA from Univeristy of the Arts in Philidelphia and a Masters of Music from Oklahoma City University. He is also a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Professor Downes has spent more than 15 years as a professional performer on stages alongside some of Broadway’s finest performers.

“I am thrilled that we were able to land a teacher-performer as versatile and experienced as Jeremiah Downes,” said College of Creative Arts Dean Keith Jackson. “As both a teacher and performer he has engaged in activities in large metropolitan and in rural cultural centers. As our music theatre program continues to develop into one of the leading programs in the region, his diversity of experiences will be a great benefit to our students.”

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