The College of Creative Arts at Miami University has appointed Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix dean. After earning a PhD in theatre studies at Illinois, she joined the faculty at Illinois State University, where she taught and served as associate chair of the School of Theatre, director of the Master’s Program in Theatre, director of Graduate Studies, and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. Her research focuses on antebellum theatre and culture and feminist theory.
April 8, 2014
Conductor and educator Andrew Megill has been chosen as the next director of choral activities at the School of Music. Megill has forged a reputation for imaginative programming and expertise in Baroque music through his work at Westminster Choir College, where he helms the Westminster Kantorei, and his leadership of the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In addition to collaborations with artists including the Mark Morris Dance Company, Ridley Scott, Judy Collins, and Basil Twist, he has prepared choirs for performances with renowned orchestras and recordings. Megill will join the School of Music this fall.
April 6, 2014
Livin’ Like Maya—a movement inspired by Maya Angelou that singles out trailblazers who strive to excel and initiate change—honored Dance at Illinois alumnus Aaron R. White for his service as a teacher, his inner strength, and his gifted dancing. Living in poverty in Chicago, White was introduced to dance at age 14, and with the skills and passion ignited in the After School Matters program, the Advanced Arts Education Program housed at Gallery 37, and the Exelon Strobel Step-Up Program, he was soon working with members of the Joffrey Ballet and performing widely. He earned his BFA and an Academic Competitiveness Grant from the University of Illinois, the Lisa Carducci Memorial Scholarship from Dance at Illinois, and an I4I Scholarship to study at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Today he is training to become a Reiki master teacher while dancing with the Sean Curran Company, RGDanceProjects, Project 44, and Megan Bascom and Dancers. He also teaches dance at the Atlantic Acting School of the Atlantic Theater Company and New York City’s P.S. 40.
April 6, 2014
More than 1,000 saxophonists descended on campus March 20-23 for the North American Saxophone Alliance conference. Co-host Debra Richtmeyer, a professor in the School of Music and a past president of the organization, was awarded a NASA Honorary Life Membership at the event’s conclusion. Her distinguished peers include Eugene Rousseau, Frederick Hemke, and Sonny Rollins. Richtmeyer organized the conference with co-host J. Michael Holmes, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Music. The event featured competitions, exhibits, discussion sessions, and performances by special guests Clifford Leaman, Eugene Rousseau, Frederick Hemke, Jeff Coffin, and Brad Leali.
March 25, 2014
Perhaps best known as Kevin Peyton on Nurse Jackie, Department of Theatre alumnus Dominic Fumusa is currently starring in Sarah Ruhl’s romantic comedy Stage Kiss off-Broadway. Playing He, an actor who’s reunited with a partner from a messy affair—Jessica Hecht of Sideways and The Forgotten—for a production in which they play a man and woman who’d had an affair, Fumusa “smoothly fits his role” as the couple slips back into old patterns, according to the New York Times. Fumusa previously appeared in Ruhl’s Passion Play in New York and has numerous stage and screen credits. Stage Kiss is scheduled to run at Playwrights Horizons through March 23.
March 11, 2014