A summer tending to Victory Gardens

Posted by Samantha Berger on Aug 21, 2017 11:58:29 AM

 

This past May I packed up my car with the barest essentials for a three-month adventure and made the move to Chicago, Illinois. This would be a solo adventure, and I would be lying if I said I was without trepidation. My destination was reached in three hours and thus began a summer like no other: a summer interning with Victory Gardens Theater.

 Victory Gardens Theater offers a transformative space for young arts professionals, and I was lucky to have this door opened for me when I attended the National Arts Marketing Conference last November in Austin, Texas. I was able to network with people from the Chicago theater industry and ultimately land this internship and make my vision of speaking truth and affecting change through the art I love a reality

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Topics: The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A time for the arts

Posted by College of Fine Arts Dean's Office on Aug 17, 2017 4:56:14 PM

 

The College of Fine Arts is beginning the 2017-18 academic year with a simple message: Now is a time for the arts.

The arts have long been a vital part of the human experience. Whether watching the Kabuki of Japan or classic ballet of France, taking in works showcased at MoMA, or absorbing the distinctive sounds of jazz, the act of engaging with the arts provides us an opportunity to examine our lived experiences and encourages us to be more creative, more observant and more aware.

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Topics: Department of Dance, School of Music, Frostic School of Art, Department of Theatre

Staff spotlight: Nick Gauthier

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 9, 2017 4:38:34 PM

 

He is often a newcomer's first point of contact with the Gwen Frostic School of Art as they tour the facilities and register for their first semester of classes. He's also a key resource for graduating seniors as they check off their degree requirements and transition into the "real world." From start to finsh, academic advisor Nick Gauthier is invaluable in a Frostic School of Art student's journey. 

Learn more about Nick -  including the best part of his job and his love of theatre - in his responses below.

 

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Staff Spotlight

CFA gets social: Meeting our newest class of fine arts Broncos

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Aug 1, 2017 5:02:13 PM

 

More than 300 new art, dance, music and theatre students will be joining us on campus this fall, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to welcome them to the College of Fine Arts community. Earlier this week, we mailed these fine arts Broncos their official welcome packet, including some CFA swag and a message to engage with us on social media.

 

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Topics: Admissions, Student Experience

Rubbing elbows with RUBBERBANDance Group

Posted by Michael Arellano on Jul 28, 2017 3:59:16 PM

 

My name is Michael Arellano, and I am a Junior at WMU pursuing a BA degree in both Dance and Psychology. I’m originally from Shelby Township, Michigan and next fall I will be traveling to London to study abroad. 

This summer, I spent two weeks at the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy in Saint-Irénée, Québec. The company RUBBERBANDance Group was in residence at the academy to teach their codified “Rubberband Method” as well as some of their repertoire. RUBBERBANDance was founded by artist director Victor Quijada in 2002 and is based in Montreal, Québec. The works created by this company include elements of both hip-hop/break-dancing, as well as ballet and contemporary.

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

My summer with the Naples Players: A few of my favorite things

Posted by Hannah Cremin on Jul 25, 2017 1:51:12 PM

 

Hello from Naples, Florida! First let me answer an obvious question: Yes, it is very hot here in the summer! My Midwestern body has been trained for the arctic, so transitioning into this new weather was tough, but it’s been two months and I’m still alive! I consider that a victory. 

am the Stage Management intern for the Naples Players, and this is without a doubt the biggest adventure I have ever been on! 

Here are a few of my favorite things about my time here:

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Topics: Student Experience, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Staff spotlight: Natalie Faculak

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 20, 2017 3:18:14 PM

 

Whether at a college fair, in your high school art classroom, or here on campus during orientation, if you're a student in the College of Fine Arts, chances are you've met Natalie Faculak. Or, if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in person, you probably recognize her name from your email inbox or our blog, as Natalie frequently contributes tips and guidance for students during their college decision process and beyond.

As manager of recruitment and outreach for the College of Fine Arts, Natalie's job is to be a resource for prospective students, answering questions and providing information regarding the admissions process, our top-notch programs and the offerings of the university as a whole. Seeing that she's a two-time graduate of Western Michigan University, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better representative to speak with.

Get to know Natalie - from her daily duties to how she'd spend her dream day - in her responses below:

 

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Topics: Staff Spotlight

A summer as a stitcher

Posted by Adam Stocker on Jul 17, 2017 9:57:33 AM

 

My name is Adam Stocker, and I recently graduated from WMU's Department of Theatre as a technical production theatre major with an emphasis in costume construction. I grew up in Warren, Michigan, and I will soon  be moving to New York City to pursue all of my dreams and goals.

I spent my summer as a stitcher at The Glimmerglass Festival, an opera company in Cooperstown, NY. I worked here last year as an intern, and I came back this year as staff. The show I specifically worked the most on was Oklahoma! (Glimmerglass produces 1 musical and 3 operas each summer). I work 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. about six days a week, and I spend that time working in the costume shop, sewing away and building costumes. As a stitcher, my primary job is to construct the garments via a sewing machine.

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Topics: The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Staff spotlight: Laura Cornish

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 5, 2017 11:44:43 AM

 

Laura Cornish can usually be found behind the lightboard, but today we're shining the spotlight on her.

As supervisor of dance production, Laura splits her time between designing lighting for dance concerts and presentations, teaching and mentoring aspiring lighting designers, and managing various marketing duties for the Department of Dance. Learn more about Laura -  including what her farm upbringing taught her and where she finds the best prime rib in Kalamazoo - in her responses below.

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Staff Spotlight

Looking back to move forward

Posted by Amy Russell on Jun 28, 2017 12:28:36 PM

 

It is my strong belief that in order to effectively progress forward in time, you must fully understand the path you have traveled thus far. This philosophy has been my guiding star as I research the history of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance.

The goal of this research is to document and analyze the evolution of dance at Western Michigan University. Much of the analysis will consist of tracing dance lineages through faculty and guest artists to understand stylistic choices in training university students. In addition, external factors, such as socio-political climates and trends within the dance industry, will be analyzed. My goal is to really understand why the department developed the way it did, which requires an understanding of university conditions, socio-political climates, and circumstances in the professional dance industry.

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Topics: Department of Dance, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

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