Fine Arts

September 19, 2014
The story features Sutton Foster, who has received an honorary doctorate from Ball State where she also is on faculty as a teacher in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
September 10, 2014
Associated Press distributed this story, which originated with The Star-Press, to media outlets across the state and nation, including the Houston (Texas) Chronicle and San Francisco (Calif.) Chronicle.
August 13, 2014
Source: Examiner
Story features Dancer/singer/actor Alexa “Allie” Dietz, of Zionsville, Ind.
July 28, 2014
Story says that Circus in Winter was originally developed at Ball State University by students participating in the Spring 2010 Virginia C. Ball seminar led by Beth Turcotte.
July 26, 2014
Feature story about Ball State's musical festival.
July 15, 2014
Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Muncie Civic Theatre, will present the inaugural BSU Discovery New Musical Theater Festival this weekend.
July 7, 2014
Ball State University is luring artists to Muncie from as far away as Los Angeles and New York with the launch of a national musical theater festival and ambitions to produce the next great American musical.
June 25, 2014
Source: Star Press
Feature story on camp at Ball State.
June 11, 2014
Ball State faculty, students are featured.
May 7, 2014
Source: Star Press
Theater professor, Jen Blackmer, becomes director of Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry.
April 5, 2014
Ball State faculty member is featured.
November 12, 2013
Sutton Foster Donames Original Painting to Theatre Lab for Scholarship Funding
This year, the Theatre Lab of Dramatic Arts worked towards raising scholarship funding for their cabaret benefit, which was held on Nov 10. Sutton Foster and her agent Jen Lamy decided to get involved and help them raise more money than ever before. Since she performed on "Star Search" at age 15, she has appeared in numerous television shows, including, most recently, "Bunheads," and also "Johnny and the Sprites," "Flight of the Conchords," "Sesame Street," "Law & Order: SVU," and "Royal Pains." In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
November 12, 2013
Tiara Thomas To Join K. Michelle On The BET Music Matters Rebellious Soul Tour
Source: PR Newswire
Singer, songwriter Tiara Thomas will be joining K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter on the BET Music Matters Rebellious Soul Tour. Tiara's set will include songs off her recently released EP, Dear Sallie Mae. Indianapolis native, Tiara Thomas, has been singing since her childhood and writing since the day she was given her first guitar by her father at age twelve. Years of hard work afforded Tiara the opportunity to attend Ball State University where she was able to develop her musical talents. She recently found success as a featured vocalist on Wale's #1 Urban Billboard hit single "Bad" that she co-wrote. Tiara is signed to Rico Love's Division 1 label.
Note: PR Newswire and Associated Press distributed this story to news and information outlets across the country.
November 3, 2013
Emens entering 50th year creating history
Source: Star Press
Muncie's Reel History: Emens Auditorium was a project made possible 50 years ago by Ball State University and the City of Muncie. Since then, the community has enjoyed entertainment from around the globe.
October 9, 2013
Cynda Williams returns to Muncie Civic for dream role
Source: Star Press
Williams, a graduate of Ball State University’s theater department, said it was a call from a dear friend that drew her back to community theater.
October 1, 2013
Broadway star Sutton Foster set to debut at Palladium on behalf of ATI
Source: Examiner
Besides the ATI benefit at the Palladium in Carmel, Sutton just happens to have yet another connection to Indiana, proving that, indeed, the theater world is small. Foster is associated with Ball State University. In fact, she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from BSU where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Foster says that this year she is conducting a 15-week Skype course with 11 musical theater seniors. It’s a cabaret course based around the music of Irving Berlin. “Basically I call in and the students sing for me. At the end of the semester we’ll perform a cabaret show that is completely created by the students. I’ll be there for that. I try to get to campus at least once a year but most of the time it is once a semester.”
September 6, 2013
An Artist's Revenge
By the time the Civil War broke out, the Missouri artist and politician George Caleb Bingham had, in the words of the art historian Joan Stack, “achieved national fame as a quintessentially American genre painter.” The New Orleans Daily Picayune called Bingham “a delineator of national customs and manners.” But from 1863 until his death in 1879, this great American painter used his art and his political connections to destroy one man, Thomas Ewing Jr., a Union general and politician from Kansas and Ohio.
December 1, 2012
Photo Flash: Tony Yazbeck, Melissa van der Schyff and More in Drury Lane's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN!
The production is directed by Bill Jenkins (chair of Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance, winner of the MATC Fellowes Award for Outstanding Achievement and Director of Drury Lane Theatre’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Through his leadership, Jenkins has elevated Ball State’s theatre and dance program through impressive professional affiliations. This includes the original Ball State musical The Circus in Winter being selected to participate in the 2012 NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre) Conference in New York. He also co-directed the department’s recent production of The Drowsy Chaperone with multiple Tony Award winner Sutton Foster.
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