Alum accepts costuming post

David | May 18, 2016
Tiffany Delligatti A West Virginia University alumna will return to her alma mater to teaching costuming in the fall of 2016. Tiffani Delligatti has will join the School of Theatre and Dance as a clinical assistant professor of costuming.

“I applied to WVU, because I knew the department wasn’t afraid of doing interesting, off-the-beaten path type projects, including masks, crafts, and extensive puppetry,” said Delligatti. “That style of theater appeals to the type of projects I like to take on. That also ties into what I am most looking forward to—I can’t wait to see what challenges our student designers come up with, and how to realize them into a theatrical production.”

“We are delighted to have Professor Delligatti join the faculty in the School of Theatre & Dance,” said Director Joshua Williamson. “She brings considerable technical skill and artistry to our costuming program and will help train our students to be competitive nationally in a growing field.”

Delligatti earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from WVU in 2009. She later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from the University of Connecticut.

She recently taught costuming at Eastern Connecticut State University, covering costume history and costume design for the stage. She’s been an instructor at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.

Delligatti has extensive experience in costume construction for regional theatre companies. Most recently, she was first hand for the Summer Stock Theater at Shakespeare and Company. She’s worked for Arkansas Shakespeare, Theatre West Virginia, and Connecticut Repertory.

Cutting-edge drama, lost Shakespeare, and singing pirates will take stages across Morgantown courtesy of West Virginia University’s School of Theatre & Dance. The School recently announced its 2016-17 season.

“Our faculty chose the pieces in this season to not only offer a vibrant slate of entertainment for our audiences, but to provide our diverse group of student actors, designers, and technicians with challenges that will help them become professional theatre practitioners,” said Joshua Williamson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. “Whether it’s a ‘lost’ work by Shakespeare or a contemporary drama by Mamet, we want our season to speak to both our audiences and our students.”

The season will include:

Race Samuel French “Race,” by David Mamet, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre, Creative Arts Center, Sept. 23-Oct. 2: Three lawyers are forced to confront their own feelings about race when they’re offered the chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. David Mamet’s customarily crackling dialogue and startling plot twists are the building blocks of a probing and intelligent look at some of the most controversial and important issues of our time. Directed by Jerry McGonigle.


Noises Off Samuel French “Noises Off,” by Michael Frayn. in the Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown, Oct. 20-23: Things go from bad to worse to beyond chaotic as a rag-tag theatre troupe prepares for the opening night of a new comedy, “Nothing On.” Onstage mishaps and backstage backstabbing reach laugh-out-loud heights in this classic comedic farce. Directed by Lee Blair.


Trojan Women “The Trojan Women,” by Euripides, Translated and Adapted by Gwendolyn MacEwen, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre, Creative Arts Center, Nov. 17-18, 29-Dec. 4: A meditation on the true cost of war, “The Trojan Women” raises up the voices of the survivors of Troy’s fall to the Greeks as they learn their fates. Separation, despair, and death—along with sharp and painful lessons—await the women of Troy in this magnificent and timeless tragedy. Directed by Jay Malarcher.


“Dance Now,” in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, Creative Arts Center, Feb. 2-4, 2017: WVU’s annual dance concert gives audiences the opportunity to experience a wide variety of styles in an eclectic and electric evening of choreography. A mix of student, faculty and guest choreographers join forces with visiting troupes to bring the best of dance to the Creative Arts Center.


Pericles “Pericles,” by William Shakespeare, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre, Creative Arts Center, March 2-3, 14-19, 2017: The titular prince is in love with a princess, but dark secrets put Pericles in danger and left him on the run! Terror and tragedy dog his steps in the years that follow in this mysterious entry into the Bard’s canon. Follow Pericles as he deals with lascivious royals, treacherous seas, and a lifetime of surprises.


Pirates of Penzeance libretto “The Pirates of Penzance,” by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, Creative Arts Center, April 6-9, 2017: Long before Disney pirates started to yuk it up in the Caribbean, Gilbert and Sullivan’s seafaring brigands were blending romantic comedy with glorious song in this beloved operetta. Join the School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance as they tell a tale of reluctant pirates, fair maidens, and questionable naval intelligence. Directed by Lee Blair.

For more information on the School of Theatre & Dance, please visit theatre.wvu.edu.

Ashley Pritchard Now in its sixth year, West Virginia University’s Summer Dance Academy has added new features that will bring opportunities to a wider audience of dancers and educators.

“We will present an even wider variety of classes in all three of our academies,” said Yoav Kaddar, professor of dance, referring to the young, teen, and teacher academies that comprise the weeklong event.

“With our ongoing programs for children from age 5 up to professional dance teachers, we will continue to have an exciting lineup of classes taught by gifted and experienced faculty that includes members of the WVU dance program and guest artists from far and near,” he added.

This year the academy is offering college credits for interested participants. Academy attendees may now earn ACCESS, college or professional development credits for their participation and work in the academy. 

Barry Blumenfeld of the Dance Education Lab in New York will be a featured guest artist and instructor.

“WVU’s dance program is now an official collaborator with the Harkness Dance Center and Dance Education Lab at the 92nd Street Y in New York City,” Kaddar said. “The center is a hub for quality dance education and is known around the country.”

Dance Education Lab curriculum will be taught at this year’s academy as part of the program for teachers.   Blumenfeld also writes the technology “Ask the Experts” column for Dance Teacher Magazine and will offer a special workshop on this subject. Participants will receive a Dance Education Lab certificate of completion at the end of the week.  

The teen academy will benefit from two important guest artists, Pablo Piantino and Paula Peters. A native of Argentina, Piantino has studied at The Julliard School and the University of Washington and danced with San Francisco Ballet. He’s currently working with Hubbard Street Dance, restaging the works of choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Peters is currently on the faculty of the University of Washington. She performed with the Spectrum Dance Theater for 14 years.

For more information on all components of the Summer Dance Academy, visit http://theatre.wvu.edu/summerdance.

Jennifer Jordan Jennifer Jordan will join the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts as its director of development in June.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Jennifer to the Creative Arts Center family,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “We know her experience will be a tremendous asset to the College of Creative Arts as we work to fund the expansion of the Creative Arts Center.”

In addition to the ambitious expansion project, Jordan will also concentrate on guiding and developing fundraising strategies for the Art Museum of WVU, student scholarships and assistantships, and a range of other initiatives.

“I look forward to working alongside Jennifer in furthering the goals of the College,” Kreider said.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the fundraising efforts at the College of Creative Arts,” Jordan said. “I believe whole-heartedly in the land-grant mission of this University and our responsibility to serve West Virginia and her people – and serve I will. I anticipate great, visionary and bold things to come in the near future at the Creative Arts Center, so stay tuned!”

Jordan joins the College after a three-year stint as associate director of development for WVU’s College of Law. In that role, she worked closely with the dean to raise funds to support the mission, programs, project and students of the College. She managed a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, along with the College’s annual giving program.

Prior to that, Jordan served as director of development for Legal Aid of West Virginia, where her statewide responsibilities involved implementing a comprehensive, effective resource development plan including major gifts, annual fund campaign management, grant research, and planned giving.

Her other professional experiences include work as a program director for West Virginia State University Extension, developing resources to aid in the revitalized of a gentrified community in Charleston. She’s been executive director for Kanawha Valley Collective, Inc., and senior program manager for Terrell Ellis & Associates, a management and consulting firm.

She earned a B.A. in History and Government from the WVU Institute of Technology and a M.A in American Public Policy and Political Science from WVU.

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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Friday, May 13
COMMENCEMENT: WVU College of Creative Arts
The WVU College of Creative Arts will celebrate its graduating undergraduate and graduate students at its commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. Eric Ting, who earned a BFA in Theatre in 1997, will serve as speaker, and an honorary DMA will be conferred upon Charlie McCoy.

Through Saturday, May 14
EXHIBITION: Bachelor of Fine Arts Show
Seniors graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in the WVU College of Creative Arts will exhibit their final projects in the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries, April 14 through May 14. The Mesaros Galleries will be open during the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, to be held Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Through June 12
EXHIBITION: “Here to There”
Huntington area art lovers will get a chance to enjoy works by West Virginia University faculty members in an ongoing exhibition. “Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by WVU School of Art & Design Faculty” is on view at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 12.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Exhibitions: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening and Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia
The Art Museum of WVU will be closed Saturday, May 7, to Wednesday, May 11. It will be open to the public for walk-in tours at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12. It will be closed except to scheduled school groups Friday, May 13, to Tuesday, May 17. It will be open for public walk-in tours at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 (International Museum Day). Summer hours begin Thursday, May 19. The museum will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with extended hours on Thursdays until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.

Summer Youth Acting Academy 2016

Want to discover your inner actor? West Virginia University will offer a Youth Summer Academy for young actors ages 10 to 13. It’s open to students of all levels of experience, and it provides quality training for the beginner and more advanced actors.

Led by WVU faculty and guest artists, courses include acting, stage combat, voice and speech, movement, dance for the musical theatre, improvisation, and more. The Academy concludes with a presentation in the Vivian Davis Michael Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

The Academy will run June 13-17. Enrollment is limited, so visit http://theatre.wvu.edu/summeracting/young-academy to learn more and to register!

Summer Teen Acting Academy 2016

WVU’s Summer Teen Acting Academy is a one-week professional training program for high-school aged actors, including graduating seniors, who want to develop their inner actor. The Academy offers quality training for actors of all experience levels.

Led by West Virginia University faculty and guest artists who are dedicated and skilled in working with young actors, the courses will include acting, stage combat, voice and speech, movement, character masks, and improvisation. The program culminates in a student presentation in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the WVU Creative Arts Center.

The Academy will run June 19-25. The camp is open to local day participants, and on-campus housing is available, but enrollment is limited, so visit http://theatre.wvu.edu/summeracting/teen-acting-academy to learn more and to register!

Radhica Ganapathy West Virginia University’s School of Theatre & Dance will welcome a new scholar in the fall of 2016. Radhica Ganapathy will serve as an assistant professor of theatre history and criticism.

“I love the fact that WVU’s is a practice oriented program that offers so much variety via performances toward the study of theatre and dance; thus, contributing to a balance between theory and practice,” Ganapathy said.

She’s eager to collaborate with students on innovative LAB Theatre productions. “I am in constant awe of their passion and hunger to put ideas through experimentation, to create new works, and to expand their current knowledge database in every possible academic capacity for their future,” she said.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Ganapathy join our faculty,” said Jay Malarcher, associate professor and dramaturg for the School.  ”She brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that will enhance the education not only of our own majors, but also of students from all reaches of the University in ways that the School of Theatre & Dance couldn’t before.”

Ganapathy’s research engages in critical representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in 20th century theatre and performance. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Texas Tech University with a dual focus in history, theory, and criticism and acting and directing.

She began her career in theatre as a professional actor in New Delhi before relocating to the United States. Since then, she has also worked as a director, dramaturg, and producer. She has collaborated with various artists and performers in India and the United States.

Prior to joining WVU’s School of Theatre & Dance, she taught at Penn State Berks and Stockholm University in Sweden. Her current research is about contemporary non-western performance practices in India, exploring notions of performance and performativity in art and everyday life.

General and NWE

A new musical theatre ensemble at West Virginia University will end its first year with a spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

The New World Ensemble will perform pieces of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Adam Guettel’s “Light in the Piazza,” among others. The concert is free and open to the public.

General McArthur Hambrick, assistant professor of dance in WVU’s School of Theatre and Dance, started the group in the fall semester of 2015 as “a means to give musical theatre students an outlet to perform and hone their crafts, as well as to create a small, self-contained group that can perform at special events on and off campus, acting as ambassadors for the program, the College of Creative Arts, and WVU,” Hambrick said.

The mission of the group is twofold: “preparing students for a professional performance career and educating young and old audiences in the musical theatre repertoire, bringing entertainment to parts of West Virginia that might not see it otherwise,” Hambrick said.

Members of the ensemble have additional opportunities to develop performance skills, hone their sight reading, and become more aware of the wide range of musical theatre. Students work their way to becoming “triple threats,” adept actors, singers and dancers, while building an ensemble with their peers.

Students in the ensemble include Marissa Bailey, Kayla Banks, Alex Brown, Patrick Clarke, Katherine Conklin, Jordan Crow, Michaela Edens, Deja Elliott, Taylor Heath, Haley Hizer, Casey Johnson, Hannah Kitchen, Ashley Koon, Hunter Nolan, Elizabeth Schiffbauer, Lindsay Wayne, and accompanist Julia Kindernect.

New World Ensemble rehearsal

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Saturday, May 7
CONCERT: New World Ensemble
A new musical theatre ensemble at West Virginia University will end its first year with a spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. The New World Ensemble will perform pieces of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Adam Guettel’s “Light in the Piazza,” among others. The concert is free and open to the public.

Through Saturday, May 14
EXHIBITION: Bachelor of Fine Arts Show
Seniors graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in the WVU College of Creative Arts will exhibit their final projects in the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries, April 14 through May 14. The Mesaros Galleries will be open during the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, to be held Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Through June 12
EXHIBITION: “Here to There”
Huntington area art lovers will get a chance to enjoy works by West Virginia University faculty members in an ongoing exhibition. “Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by WVU School of Art & Design Faculty” is on view at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 12.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Exhibitions: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening and Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.