Theatre & Dance

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

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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