Theatre Arts Faculty Receives Fulbright Award
Posted on March 2nd, 2017
Dr. Shanti Pillai, an artist, scholar, writer, and Theatre Arts faculty member has been awarded a Fulbright Research Award. The Fulbright Research Award is a highly competitive scholarship that funds research for international education. The Fulbright Program seeks to increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between people of the United States and of other countries. “This award is a testament to Dr. Pillai’s incredible work as an artist and a scholar,” said Department Chair Jeff Janisheski.
Dr. Pillai’s research with women artists’ contributions to the evolving world of contemporary performance in India focuses on how these women have paved the road to new forms of performance practice that offer alternative perspectives on the relationship between the body, space, and identity. The Fulbright Research Award will fund her work in India in support of her book project, Feminist Kinesthesia: Women as Innovators of Contemporary Performance in India.
CSULB Theatre Arts Grapples With Race in Dynamic Coming of Age Musical
Posted on February 27th, 2017
THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN CHALLENGES CONVENTIONS
California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Theatre Arts presents The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, with book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs and directed by Dr. Jaye Austin Williams. This imaginative and multifaceted musical follows Viveca, a black woman who hides behind a mask of cheerfulness while searching for success on the Broadway stage and for love in her life. Viveca pursues her dreams from 1960s LA to present day New York City, navigating through some of America’s most turbulent times. Playing March 10 to March 25 in the University Theatre, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin continues CSULB Theatre Arts’ “season of self-discovery.”
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She Kills Monsters Takes Audiences on an Action-Packed Adventure of Self-Discovery
Posted on February 22nd, 2017
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Click here to read Broadway World's review of She Kills Monsters by George Brietigam.
“Highly recommend[ed]...Unbelievably moving and imaginative!...Colorful, entertaining, and brutal. There was never a dull moment on stage...All the elements f[ell] together to create the perfect show.”
Click here to read the DIG Magazine's review by Parker Shannon
"An evening you won't soon forget...brilliant staging."
Click here to read the Daily 49er's review by Jason Enns
Click here to read the Long Beach Gazette's review by Chris Carpenter