SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and NSU produced Facing Forward - a fast-paced, docutainment designed to educate young people in Broward County about breast health. It was my honor to serve as principle investigator and project manager for the grant.
My community inspires me and I've written songs to celebrate it. "Wade In" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRzIJigtfnQ) features Jalisa Graham and the Bossa Nova Chorale. "Breakfast at Riverside" (link below) is performed by Andy Gilbert, piano, Jalisa Graham, singer, and Andrew Hodgen, percussion.
In recognition of significant contributions to research and scholarship and exceptional instruction, I was honored as the Distinguished Professor of the Year (2017-2018) from my College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
In January 2020, NSU will launch THEA 2500 Healthcare Theatre, a course which was developed in consultation with the University of Delaware, a pioneer in this inter-professional field. I had the great fortune to work in the Delaware healthcare theatre labs with Amy Cowperthwait and Allen Carlsen (pictured).
Examples of student collaborations where together, we learned. Teaching is learning.
SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
Ben Underhill, freshman theatre major, and I created the concept for this Tennessee Williams masterpiece which I directed. Ben worked with Dan Gelbmann, theatre faculty, to develop and realize the design.
Shiloe Gardner, graphic design major, worked with me as program manager and Tennille Shuster, art faculty, to develop the marketing for our grant-funded project, Facing Forward. Shiloe had the experience of collaborating with the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to make this design.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Alyiece Moretto-Watkins, theatre major, was instrumental creating the concept for my production of Little Shop which influenced the lighting, costume, and sound design. Her set design was realized with the help of Dan Gelbmann, theatre faculty.
Members of the Razor's Edge Shark Talent Scholars program developed the marketing and promotional materials for a performance of Tony Award winning guest artist Levi Kreis. With my coordination, students had the opportunity to work with Art Sage, an intergenerational partnership with John Knox Village who produced this event.