Coming Up This Month From CAM
“Creature,” Heidi Schreck’s absorbing play about character and faith, is loosely based on the life of Margery Kempe, brewery owner, wife, mother, aspiring saint and eventually writer. “Creature” details Margery’s quest for legitimacy as a mystic. The story begins shortly after the traumatic birth of the first of 14 children, when this medieval Englishwoman begins to see visions. Are these visions sent from God or the Devil?
Commencement Spotlight: Carlos Zimmerman
Carlos Zimmerman has seen plenty of victories celebrated as a play-by-play announcer for 90.5 KSHU radio in Huntsville. This fall, Zimmerman celebrates a victory of his own by crossing the stage at commencement with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Sam Houston State University.
Commencement Spotlight: Mikah Boyd
Mikah Boyd’s passion for journalism led her to Sam Houston State University’s mass communications department as a transfer student.
Ring In The Holiday Season With Music
The Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media and the School of Music welcome all to the Gaertner Performing Arts Center to enjoy an evening of festive tunes performed by SHSU faculty, students and the Houston Jazz Orchestra with guest singer Anthony Caceres. The CAM Artist Series: Holiday Concert will take place Dec. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Payne Concert Hall.
Dance Spectrum And Other CAM Events
The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance presents “Dance Spectrum in Concert,” an exhilarating performance of contemporary dance works performed by students and choreographed by faculty and invited guest artists, taking place Nov. 18-20.
SHSU Opera Presents 'Cendrillon' – A Cinderella Story
The Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media, along with the School of Music, present an SHSU Opera performance of Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon”, a charming retelling of the beloved Cinderella story. Performances will take place Nov. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Erica Starr Theatre.
Diversity Through Dance
To some, dancing is simply movement of the body whereas to others, dancing is a way to express the human condition and a medium to tell stories in ways words cannot achieve. Rasika Borse, a faculty member in the Sam Houston State University Department of Dance, sees dance as much more than just bodily movement.
Coming Up On Stage With CAM
In 1869, ten explorers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers, under the guidance of Major John Wesley Powell. This month, the great Powell expedition docks in the Sam Houston State University Showcase Theatre with the production, Men On Boats.
CAM Artist Series Features Golden Music Award-Winning Musicians
The College of Arts and Media at Sam Houston State University is proud to present “CAM Artists Series: Diego Caetano and Friends” featuring performances by School of Music faculty members Diego Caetano, Nina Knight, and Daniel Saenz, as well as special guest violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov. The concert will take place on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.
'Hands On A Hardbody' And October CAM Events
Hope is a thing with tires in the Texas inspired musical, "Hands on a Hardbody." Adapted from the terrific 1997 documentary by S.R. Binder, the musical weaves together the individual stories of characters whose collective goal is to win a brand-new pickup truck. The show, directed by Patrick Pearson, features a book by the Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, with lyrics by Amanda Green, and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green.
A New Season Of Performances Debut At SHSU
Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media offers a lineup of exceptional on-stage talent as students prepare for debut performances of the fall semester. Tickets for upcoming events are available on the Box Office website for $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. SHSU students, faculty, and staff receive one free ticket with a current SHSU ID.
Broadway Star And SHSU Alumna Takes The Stage With Houston Symphony
A special performance is in store for both the Houston and Sam Houston State University communities this fall as Broadway star and SHSU alumna Katie Rose Clarke takes the stage with the Houston Symphony in “Once Upon a Time: Alan Menken’s Broadway.”
Shaping The Future Of Journalism
When Hal F. Foster Jr. served as the Warner Professor of Journalism at Sam Houston State University from 1998-2000, he helped influence aspiring young journalists through the editing and writing courses he taught as well as serving as advisor to the student newspaper, The Houstonian.
College of Arts & Media Students Take To The Stage In Spring Productions
Music and dance fill the stages of Sam Houston State University College of Arts and Media, featuring student artists in the musical production of “Once on This Island” and the annual choreography showcase, “Dance Spectrum in Concert.”
Lowman Student Center Celebrates Diversity With Student Artist’s Work
Recently, Sam Houston State University’s Lowman Student Center (LSC) held an art contest through social media. One student’s work stood out so much, that she was asked to create a new piece to be permanently displayed in the LSC, just outside of the orange ballroom.
Student-Directed Theatre Series Continues On Alternating Nights
The Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media is proud to produce a series of student directed shows as part of their main season. The Directors’ Debut Series is a barebones approach to theatre which allows the student to hone their directing skills by telling the story as set down by the playwright through analysis and character creation with actors.
Musical Theatre Student Attends Selective Training Program
Sam Houston State University junior, Jackera Davis, was one of only 32 students from a nationwide search selected to attend the LiNK program for Acting & Musical Theatre.
The national program is designed to connect students to potential agents and opportunities through workshops and a showcase, and only 3% of applicants are accepted.
Dance Alumna Puts Best Foot Forward In Career Development
Sam Houston State University alumna Shaté Hayes (’14) is a content producer and educator, passionate about storytelling to strengthen career advancement, personal growth, and community empowerment. Since receiving her MFA in Dance, Hayes now serves as an educator, author, self-confidence booster, and founder of The Working Dancer, an online career resource for aspiring artists.
Bearkats Hit The Stage In The College Of Arts & Media
The College of Arts & Media at Sam Houston State University continues to offer stand out performances from Bearkat students. New performances in the coming weeks include multiple Master of Fine Arts candidates pouring their skills into their thesis work for virtual audiences.
SHSU Expands Engagement With New MFA In Art And Social Practice
The Department of Art at Sam Houston State University is expanding their emphasis on community engagement with the new Master of Fine Arts in Art & Social Practice degree. This three-year, 60-credit-hour program provides students with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary projects that collaborate with local organizations and serve a meaningful purpose to the surrounding communities who help create them.
Art Professor Earns TAEA Award
Edie Wells, clinical professor in the Art Department at Sam Houston State University, received the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Outstanding Educator of the Year Higher Education Division Award for her dedication and advocacy to art education.
Grant Awards Expand Research In Arts and Media
Sam Houston State University College of Arts and Media recently made headway in research development with several departments receiving grant awards for expanding academic and community engagement projects.
Radio Show Evokes Simpler Times
In a year when festivities are vastly different from usual, the College of Arts & Media provides a sense of comfort and familiarity with the Holiday Radio Show, a program streaming for free, Dec. 12-25.
Music Professor Wins Big At International Festival
Sam Houston State University Assistant Professor of Piano Diego Caetano and his performance partner violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov were awarded first prize, also known as the “Bonn Prize,” for their submission to the International Music Competition.
A Musical Journey With Violet
This week, Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre presents the musical production of Violet.
Fall Spectrum Presents Dance for Camera Showings
The Department of Dance’s Fall 2020 Spectrum: Dance for Camera Showings provides a window into the artmaking process of choreographers in a time of social distancing. Six dance films featuring over 70 performers will stream one after another via YouTube Live, November 19-21 at 8 PM each evening.
Alumni Q&A: Doing What Drums Naturally
Tamara Williams received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Sam Houston State University in 2010. During her undergraduate experience, she participated in every SHSU performing ensemble: wind ensemble (principal percussionist), symphony orchestra (principal percussionist), drumline (captain), percussion ensemble, new music projects, and steel band, in addition to performing with a metal band and playing drums for a singer-songwriter.
Coming Up In Performing Arts
The College of Arts & Media continues to present exciting student-led performances this fall with both in person and virtual options for audiences. In the first week of November, two new productions open with “Let Me Down Easy” and “Virtual But Live Dance Experience.”
Students Chat With High-Profile Journalist
Hosted by Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts & Media, the “Dateline: Democracy” online series continues with another special guest interview. The public is invited to join in as the next media industry expert engages with SHSU mass communication students in a virtual conversation.
Concert Series Honors Beethoven
The Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media along with the School of Music presents Beethoven 2020@SHSU, a concert series featuring School of Music graduate students performing alongside their accomplished faculty.
“She Kills Monsters” Offers Unique Virtual Adventure
It can be hard to imagine actors rehearsing and performing without the ability to meet in person, but the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University has risen to the occasion. The group will present “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen starting October 14 via livestream.
CAM's 'Dateline: Democracy' To Feature Lesley Stahl
Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts and Media hosts “Dateline: Democracy,” highlighting a stellar line-up of interviews with national media reporters and professionals during the fall 2020 semester.
Independent Study Course To Virtually Host National Media Members
A new online independent study course through Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts and Media titled, “Dateline: Democracy” will highlight a stellar line-up of national media reporters and a former official White House photographer during the fall 2020 semester.
Faculty Unite In Advocacy For The Innocence Project
For nearly 30 years, The Innocence Project has worked to exonerate the wrongfully convicted in the United States. Since its foundation in 1992, the program has freed 375 innocent people based on DNA exoneration who have served a total of 5,284 years in prison.
Photography Students Leave Their Mark with “QuaranZINE”
When COVID-19 caused a sudden switch to remote delivery in the spring, university students debated enrollment in hands-on courses since they lacked access to equipment and feared having nothing to show for their effort during the semester. Assistant Professor of Photography Emily Peacock decided that was not going to happen to her students.
Displaying The Miracle of Light For All To See
The simple nature of eyesight is something many people take for granted. For SHSU alumna Jill Adams, the gift of sight is a miracle that she decided to share with her alma mater. Standing tall in front of the new Art Complex is a brilliant stained-glass sculpture. With Adams’ generous contribution, the university was able to provide this sculpture with the beautiful showcase patio that it deserves.
Jazz Ensemble Releases First Downloadable CD: “Shoreline Drive”
The SHSU Jazz Ensemble is gearing up for the release of their first ever downloadable CD, Shoreline Drive. It serves as a tribute to late trombone legend, Bill Watrous, an inspiration to musicians all over the world. Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Aric Schneller, is extremely proud of the 19 student musicians and their ability to channel such creativity and professionalism.
Theatre Department Triumphs at Regional Festival
Sam Houston State University has swept another year at the Regional VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Abeline earlier this year. Theatre and Musical Theatre students won all three performance-related national finalist positions: Musical Theatre Initiative (Brad Brickhouse), Student Directing Initiative (Angela Utrera), and Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship (Destiny Mosely). Destiny Mosely is the first African-American woman from SHSU to win this award.
Method-Acting Book Release Features SHSU Theatre Professor
When instilling acting techniques, what is the best way to get into character? This is the great debate theatre teachers face when deciding what will benefit their students the most. Often, the result is a combination of techniques. Recently, SHSU Professor Tom Prior was offered an opportunity to publish his thoughts on the matter.
Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is a collaboration of 15 authors sharing their experience and expertise. It will be released in late July 2020.
Nurturing Creative Passions Through Scholarships
As artistic degrees grow in popularity, SHSU alumnus William A. ‘Bill’ Bartlett hopes to continue this trend by providing funds for art and vocal music scholarships.
Animation Festival Celebrates Next Generation of Creators
The Department of Art is crafting the next generation of creators specializing in animation, meaning the future is in for a treat. These artists do more than produce entertainment, as animation can be used to develop advertising, training simulations, and even 2-D or 3-D models that aid in scientific research. SHSU’s Animation program has ranked third in Texas. It has also ranked within the Top 30 percent nationally and made the Top 10 list in the Southwest.
MFA Dance Student Graduates With Eight Awards
Evelyn Toh is no stranger to achievement. While completing 60 credit hours over a period of three years to receive her MFA, she served as a graduate teaching assistant for the SHSU Department of Dance.Originally from Singapore, she danced professionally there and throughout the United States for multiple companies, in addition to obtaining her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. One may wonder what brought an already seasoned performer to return to higher education.
Sharing The Gift Of Art
The College of Arts and Media celebrated a landmark in Fall 2019 as the new Art Complex building was finally opened to the public. In addition to new classrooms, studios and galleries, the Sam Houston State University landscape now includes a new, unique work of art, made possible from a generous gift by Life Endowed members of the Alumni Association, Kelly DeHay (’74) and Rod Danielson.
The Resiliency Of Student Journalists
One of the stops on a Sam Houston State University tour for prospective students is in front of the Dan Rather Communications Building, where the guide mentions a huge benefit to being a Mass Communications major: the student-led media outlets within the department. A college campus can offer numerous opportunities in news reporting, editing and publishing, but what happens when the buzz of campus life and activities comes to a halt during a global pandemic?
Teaching Creatively In A Pandemic
The College of Arts and Media at Sam Houston State University was developed on the foundation of human interaction, so how does an organization that thrives on developing their work via physical presence survive in a time when large gatherings and non-essential physical contact is banned? Amidst a global pandemic, professors provide insight on their experience.
SHSU student leadership in public relations goes national
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently held an election for its 2020-2021 National Committee. One of SHSU’s own, senior Kathryn Belanger, was chosen as Vice President of Digital Communications.
Acting technique revives virtual learning
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, history was in the making within the SHSU Department of Theatre. Professor Thomas Prior held a Zoom meeting with nearly three dozen members of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers to discuss a performance technique developed by Sanford Meisner, an American actor and teacher. Meisner’s approach was monumental for helping actors connect emotionally with their scene work, despite being different from traditional methods. The key to the Meisner technique is not to plan for the dialogue, but to focus on a personal element of truth.
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