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USF Theatre and Dance 2021-22 Season
LIFT UP | RISE UP | STAND UP

The health and wellness of the USF community is always our first priority. In light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), for the latest information visit http://usf.edu/coronavirus.

Tickets for the 2021-2022 Season are being offered for FREE!  Reservations are required for attendace and can be made online.  Visit here for more ticketing info and reservations.

Fall 2021

Student workshop with Outcast Theatre Collective – An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed
The Outcast Theatre Collective will introduce various games and exercises from the arsenal of the Theatre of the Oppressed in order to familiarize student collaborators with the process of collectively creating original scenes that are centered around experienced oppressions. The goal will be to establish and enhance an activating scene that can be presented during the public theatre performance wherein we can invite audience members to participate in the action along with our actors and the theatre students from USF that were involved in its creation.
 

Fall Dance Concert
Joshua L. Peugh, Artist Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, will be a guest artist in residence and set choreographic work on our students for this concert.  Our talented DanceUSF faculty members Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley, Osmany Montano, John Parks and Sadie Lehmker will also set new work on our students for this fall performance.
October 21st – 23rd @ 7:30PM & 24th @ 3PM, Theatre 1
 

USF Theatre & Dance’s Fall 2021 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre guest artist JOSHUA L. PEUGH is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Co-founder of Fair Assembly. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and an alumnus of Universal Ballet (under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov), he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America, winning awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival and was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch." Joshua served as choreographer for legendary soprano Kathleen Battle’s concert Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey and was the 2018 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. He has created over 40 new works for BalletX, Ballet Memphis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, BODYTRAFFIC, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Collage Dance Collective, Company E, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dance Lab NY, DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, MADCO, METdance, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Verb Ballets, and Whim W'Him, among others.

The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides both programs with funds on an annual basis. John W. Holloway, a TheatreUSF graduate, has systematically donated enhancement funds to build the theatre and dance programs to exceptional artistic status. The Holloway Endowed Chair has enabled theatre and dance majors to work with renowned international artists in the creation of new work and in the preparation of interdisciplinary stage productions on important contemporary subjects.

Dutchman by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka and The Owl Answers by Adrienne Kennedy
Two one-acts presented a full evening performance
Directed by Clareann Despain
Two one-acts presented in a full evening performance. Dutchman presents a stylized encounter that illustrates animosity between blacks and whites in America as well as the political and psychological conflicts facing black American men. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of 1964. Set in a New York City subway car, the play involves Clay, a young, middle-class black man who is approached seductively by Lula, a white fellow passenger. Lula provokes Clay to anger and finally murders him. In The Owl Answers, an African-American girl dreams of establishing a heritage and imagines she is applying to bury her father in Westminster Cathedral.

This show contains adult themes, strong language and some imagery that may be disturbing. 
November 18th – 20th @ 7:30PM & 21st @ 3PM, Theatre2
 

Emerging Playwrights Staged Reading
TheatreUSF playwriting students showcase their semester work with the help of Theatre USF actors.  This program is made possible by a generous donation from the Lily Foundation.
November 29th @ 7pm, TAR 120

BFA Dance End of Semester Performance
DanceUSF students’ end BFA projects. Our senior BFA Dance Students have taken their culminating projects to a new level and each piece represents our students’ own choreographic vision.  Join us to see the stunning, inventive work that these emerging dance artists have created.
November 30th @ 7:30PM, Theatre 1
 

Spring 2022

Student Dance Concert
Our amazing DanceUSF students Reveal their own original choreographic work streamed directly to you in our student-choreographed concert! From ballet to modern and everything in between this eclectic concert is not to me missed. Come support the talented students of DanceUSF in this annual performance.
 January 21st -22nd @ 7:30PM, Theatre 1

Staged Readings
Embrace the power of the spoken word as you listen to the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year
January 23rd @ 3PM – 24th @ 7:30PM, TAR 120
January 30th @ 3PM – 31st @ 7:30PM, TAR 120

TheatreUSF British International Theatre class workshop public showing
Our TheatreUSF students will be working this semester with returning guest artist Helen Tennison to develop performance pieces around a theme. Join us for their final performance of they work.
Feb 26th @ 7:30PM, Feb 27th @ 3PM, TAR 120

Spring Dance Concert
Marc Brew, former Artist Director of AXIS Dance Company, will be a guest artist in residence and set choreographic work on our students for this concert (https://www.axisdance.org/).   Our talented DanceUSF faculty members Bliss Kohlmyer, Osmany Montano, Paula Nunez and Jeanne Travers will also set new work on our students for this fall performance.
March 3rd – 5th @ 7:30PM, 6th @ 3PM, Theatre 1

Ordinary Days, Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Douglas S. Hall
Ordinary Days is a musical that tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways.  This show is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
April 7th- 9th @ 7:30PM, 10th @ 3PM, Theatre 2
April 14th – 15th @ 7:30PM, 16th  @ 3PM, Theatre 2

BFA Dance End of Semester Performance
DanceUSF students’ end BFA projects. Our senior BFA Dance Students have taken their culminating projects to a new level and each piece represents our students’ own choreographic vision. Join us to see the stunning, inventive work that these emerging dance artists have created.
April 27 @ 7:30PM, Theatre 1

 

 

 

Spring 2021

Spring Staged Readings

Embrace the power of the spoken word as you listen to the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year.

Ruined
January 31 and February 1, 7:30 pm
Virtual Event is free but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Please email Amanda Clark at amandaclark@usf.edu to reserve your spot! 

This show contains adult themes and content.
TheatreUSF student Tiana Callender directs a staged reading of Ruined, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Lynn Nottage that takes place in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Sophie and Salima, women who have survived being raped by soldiers, are brought by Christian, a traveling salesman, to work at Mama Nadi's bar and brothel.

Eurydice
April 8 & 9 at 7:30
Virtual Event is free but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
This show contains adult themes and content.

Please email Amanda Clark at amandaclark@usf.edu  to reserve your spot!

TheatreUSF student Talia Fish directs a staged reading of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl is a retelling of the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father.

A group of dancers lean to one side with their arms up towards their backs.

USF Student-Choreographed Dance Concert
February 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm
Free Virtual Event
Our amazing DanceUSF students Reveal their own original choreographic work streamed directly to you in this virtual version of our student-choreographed concert! From ballet to modern and everything in between this eclectic concert is not to me missed. Come support the talented students of DanceUSF in this annual performance.

Polar bears walk on the ice.

Magnetic North -  TheatreUSF British International Theatre (BRIT) Production 
February 26-27 and March 5-6 at 7:30 pm
Feb 28 and March 7 at 3:00 pm

This virtual event is FREE but reservations are required.  To reserve your spot Click Here!  If you have any questions please email cota-boxoffice@usf.edu 

Magnetic North – Three interwoven stories of Arctic exploration - a unique performance experience created specifically for zoom. Written and directed by TheatreUSF returning British International Theatre guest artist Helen Tennison (The Crucible, Orlando) this is an original show created with TheatreUSF students – Embracing the feeling of 2020 from across the pond in completely virtual environments!

Gather with us on Zoom to celebrate the life and times of Josie Aguirre – activist, journalist and lover of the Arctic wilderness. We’ll be sharing extracts from the 1909 diaries of Matthew A Henson, a polar explorer and one of Josie’s hero’s, meeting her friends and sharing stories from her 1976 trip to Greenland.

Three stories of the Arctic question our human ability to create a world of equality in harmony with the environment. In 1909, inspired by the true story of Matthew Henson, we follow a determined explorer as they overcome all the odds. It’s 1976 the oil industry is booming, it’s party time and there is money to made in the Arctic. Enter wheelers, dealers and a pesky Greenpeace hippy. And in 2021 characters Zoom to celebrate these lives and stories and look for human connection.

An old chrome microphone shines in the spotlight

Musical Theatre Cabaret - Directed by Douglas Hall, Music Direction by Michael Raabe
Premiering March 20 at 7:30 pm and streaming on the CoTA YouTube channel through April
Free Virtual Event with environments and filters created by TheatreUSF design students

Let TheatreUSF take you on a trip through the musical theatre cannon – from Broadway classics to new favorites.  With fun virtual environments designed by our talented TheatreUSF design students and a cross-section of musical theatre songs -- join us for an enchanting evening of musical theatre streamed directly to your device!

Two dancers fall gracefully into a dip.

Spring Dance Concert
Premiering March 27 at 7:30 pm and streaming on the CoTA YouTube channel through through April

Free Virtual Event
Dance can Reveal the world around us, as it empowers the body to embrace this time we are living in and give it form. Join us for streamed dance with works by DanceUSF Faculty Michael Foley, Merry Lynn Morris, Paula Nunez, John Parks, and Jeanne Travers. Bringing you a dance experience like no other – embrace this adventure with us!


 

BFA Spring Showings
Premiering April 23 at 7:30 pm and streaming on the CoTA YouTube channel through April
Free Virtual Event
DanceUSF students stream their semester end BFA projects. To round out this unprecedented academic year, our senior BFA Dance Students have taken their culminating projects to a new level.  Filmed in USF’s Theatre 1 as well as around the Tampa Bay area, each piece represents our students’ own choreographic vision.  Tune in to see the stunning, inventive work that these emerging dance artists have created.

Text typed on a sheet of paper in a typewriter saying "What's your story?"

Emerging Playwrights
April, 2021
Free Virtual Event, streaming on the COTA YouTube channel starting April 26

Past Events: Fall 2020

Staged Readings Series

EMBRACE the power of the spoken word as you listen the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life in two plays being considered for the next season. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year.

Performances will be live streamed from our TAR 120 blackbox.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED in order to be sent the link for the performance.  Please call 813-974-9108 or email Amanda Clark at amandaclark@usf.edu for reservations or more information

PLEASE NOTE: These shows contain adult content and language and are not suitable for children under 15.

One Flea Spare, by Naomi Wallace, directed by Stephen Huff
Sun, Oct 18 & Mon, Oct 19 @ 7:30pm 
It is 1665. In this dark comedy, as London spirals toward disaster in plague-time, an aristocrat and his invalid wife shelter under quarantine inside their lavish home. One night two intruders of a lower class break in and start demanding food. As the days drag on, cracks are REVEALED as gender roles are turned on their head, class boundaries are rewritten, and passion EMBRACED threatens a stately marriage.

Good Boys and True, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by Alex Barba and Juliette Moore
Sun, Oct 25 & Mon, Oct 26 @ 7:30pm
Prep-school senior Brandon Hardy is brilliant, athletic, popular and charming—the kind of student that makes St. Joe's School for Boys proud to call its own. However, his privileged life threatens to collapse when a disturbing videotape is REVEALED on campus.

 

2020 Fall Dance Concert

2020 Fall Dance Concert poster showing two women dancers mid-dance: One dancer is rising from a sitting position on the ground, she holds onto the outstretched hand of the other dancer, who is standing on one leg and tucking her leg under her chest at 90 degrees.

2020 Fall Dance Concert

Fall Dance Concert

Performances Sat, Oct 17 @ 7:30pm and Sun, Oct 18 @ 3pm

Performances will be streamed from the USF campus and Theatre 1.  For further information see the Arts Calendar of Events.

Dance can REVEAL the world around us, as it EMPOWERS the body to EMBRACE this time we are living in and give it form. DanceUSF as it has never been presented before! Join us for this streamed dance performance with works by Andrew Carroll, Bliss Kohlmyer and Andee Scott along pieces by guest choreographer/DanceUSF alums Sadie Lehmker and Alexander Jones.  Bringing you a dance experience like no other – EMBRACE this adventure with us!

 

Measure for Measure

Poster for Measure for Measure: A black scale balance against a bright red background, text reads "Measure for Measure."

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Fanni V. Green

Fri, Nov 20 & Sat, Nov 21 @ 7:30

Performances will be live streamed from Theatre 2. Please call 813-974-2323 or visit usf.edu/arts for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: These shows contain adult content and language and are not suitable for children under 15.

Costume Design: Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch
Set Design: Soledad Sanchez Valdez
Lighting Design: Beau Edwardson

Join us as motives are REVEALED, a woman is EMPOWERED, and love is EMBRACED in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Isabella struggles to make an impossible decision.  Would you give up your essential self in order to save someone you love? 

The story centers around the fate of Claudio, who is arrested by Lord Angelo, the temporary leader of Vienna. Isabella, Claudio's sister, is about to enter a nunnery when her brother is arrested. When she hears of her brother's arrest, she goes to Angelo to beg him for mercy. He refuses, but then he propositions her, saying that he will let Claudio live if she agrees to sleep with him.

John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre
The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides these programs with funds on an annual basis. John W. Holloway, a TheatreUSF graduate, has systematically donated enhancement funds to build the Theatre and Dance programs to exceptional artistic status. The Holloway Endowed Chair has allowed both theatre and dance majors to work with renowned international artists in the creation of new work and in the preparation of interdisciplinary stage productions on important contemporary subjects.

 

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