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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago and Pivot Arts Pilot Incubator Program Culminates with Public Showing
CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) wraps up the first year of its unique incubator program with Pivot Arts, a multidisciplinary performance organization, with a public showing and reception on Monday, March 31.
While there have long been solid development programs for playwrights at established Chicago theaters, Pivot Arts and the DFPA have teamed up to provide space to ensembles who need time to develop original and collaborative work. In addition, Loyola students are directly involved as mentees on each project.
This year’s program began last November with nationally respected puppeteer and founder of Redmoon Theater Company, Blair Thomas, who created a puppetry work accompanied by the music of Chopin entitled Chopin Scherzo in B Minor. Other projects have included:
- Playwright and rock journalist Mark Guarino teamed up with rocker and founder of the British band The Mekons Jon Langford to create a new dramatic musical, Take Me, directed by Pivot Arts co-founder Julieanne Ehre.
- Performers Lacy Catherine Campbell and Jeff Trainor of Hearts and Brains developed Gashlycrumb Orphanage, an immersive clown show based on the gleefully macabre world of author/illustrator Edward Gorey.
- Erika Grammel, Rebecca Stevens, and Aaron Weissman of The Dilettantes developed Science Night, a life, interactive game composed of middle-school style science experiments. The group sought to create artistic experiences out of ordinary life by selecting things decidedly unassociated with art or theater and creating an interactive performance.
The Arts Incubator Showing of New Work is the culmination of the work of each sponsored artist. The showing takes place on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Studio 409 in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts located on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus at 1020 W. Sheridan Road. A reception will follow in Palm Court with a panel discussion of “Practice and Process: The Art of Collaboration.” For more information, click here.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.luc.edu/artsalive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.
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