Monday, July 1, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Acrobatic Comedy
I Hate My Roommate is Bossy Flyer’s acrobatic take on
The Odd Couple. This piece was the Winner of the 2018 San Diego Fringe Outstanding Physical Arts Award.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Painting Lecture
Daniel Keys is an American realist painter who works primarily with oil paints to create portraits, still lifes, and landscapes infused with brilliant color and light.
Richie Carter is an artist who creates impactful, striking, yet simplistic images in his large-scale still life and landscape paintings.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Comic Art Lecture
Brian Crane is the Reuben Award-winning author of the comic strip
Pickles. In 2001, Brian also received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award.
Friday, July 5, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Solo Performance
Kayla Kearney and Robert Lee Hart will present new short solo performance pieces. Both are currently in development, however Robert’s piece is an adaptation of the memoir
Heavy from 2018 guest artist presenter Kiese Laymon.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 4pm – John Wright Theatre
Ryka Aoki is the author of
He Mele a Hilo, and
Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Daniel Olivas is the editor of two anthologies and the author of nine books including
The Book of Want,
Latinos in Lotusland, and
The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 7pm – Concert Hall Piano Concert
Virtuosos Jeffrey LaDeur, Gwendolyn Mok, Omri Shimron, Richard Shuster, and William Wellborn will present an evening of piano music by French composers, including Ravel, Debussy, Alkan, and Chopin.
Monday, July 8, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Combat Presentation
When we think of the work of William Shakespeare, we think of history, romance, and combat. Tonight, the artists will present Shakespeare’s work and include medieval broadswords and other exciting weapons.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Solo Performance Presentation
The Voice Bank, written and performed by Andrea Caban, tells the story of one woman who defies her ALS diagnosis to fight for the privilege to keep speaking. Tonight, we will screen a recent performance of the play, followed by a post-screening discussion.
Monday, July 15, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Solo Performance
As an actor and director, Indira Pensado is known for her powerful use of the voice and body onstage. She founded Médula Teatro and Los 4 Gatos, two theatre groups dedicated to the scene and research for stage.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre
Vinton Heuck has done professional work for gaming companies, comic books, and cartoons for more than 20 years. He directed on the animated series
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre
Contemporary Drawing Lecture
Kiel Johnson is a Los Angeles-based artist whose drawing and sculpture work uses layered narratives and storytelling to bring the inanimate to life, giving us a world not unlike ours, but also entirely his own. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums around the United States, and he speaks about his work at TED events around the world.
Friday, July 19, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Dance Performance
Diavolo is Architecture in Motion! Their work combines the grace of dance, the strength of gymnastics, the technology of architectural pieces, and so much more. You must see it person. You will be floored!
Saturday, July 20, 2019 2pm – John Wright Theatre Visual Art Lecture
Marsha Steinberg is an award-winning American-Italian artist whose works in painting and etching are exhibited in galleries, exhibitions, permanent collections, and private collections in Italy, the United States, and Greece.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 4pm – John Wright TheatreCinematography/Media Lecture
Michelle Cartier is a filmmaker and media poet whose work pushes the boundaries of the frame, often through interactive media performances, including short films, socio-political remixes of pop culture, and live DJing.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Readings
Lidia Yuknavitch is the national bestselling author of novels
The Book of Joan,
The Small Backs of Children,
Dora: A Headcase, and the widely acclaimed memoir
The Chronology of Water.
Terese Marie Mailhot is the author of the
New York Times bestselling
Heart Berries: A Memoir, and has been nominated for the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Award for Nonfiction.
Monday, July 22, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Solo Performance
A Drama Desk-nominated actress, Natsuko Ohama has performed on-stage in roles ranging from Juliet to Lady Macbeth, and on-screen in the action film
Speed, the cult series
Forever Knight, and in
Pirates of the Caribbean 2.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7pm – John Wright Theatre Media/Animation Lecture
Chris Adamson is the Senior 3D Character Animation Specialist for Xsens, the world leader in motion capture technologies and hardware. As a product specialist, Chris works directly with VFX houses, game companies, schools, and motion capture studios.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7pm – Concert Hall Jazz Concert
An evening of foot-tapping and hip-shaking music awaits you tonight. The program features top Afro-Caribbean and Latin Jazz artists coming together for this very special performance.
Student showcases are the most powerful events of our festival season. Students will dance, perform, play, read, and exhibit the skills they have honed in two weeks of intensive master classes. The warmth, humor, and pure creativity of these unique events will touch and inspire you. Join us in celebrating CSU Summer Arts students’ dedication, drive, and artistic prowess.
All student showcases are free.
Transcribing the Soul – John Wright Theatre Watch students unlock their creativity and own their voices as they tell their stories in solo performances.
4pm –Dynamic Partnering – John Wright Theatre Experience acrobatic, improvisational, and boundary-crossing original choreography by students who have studied genre-bending dance performance.
7pm –The Weekly Comic and
Alla Prima Oil Painting – Conley Art Gallery Check out the gallery exhibition of artwork from our
Weekly Comic and
Alla Prima classes. Students will present short- and long-form comic narratives alongside original oil paintings.
Writing Magical Realism and Slipstream – John Wright Theatre Slip away to a strange, surreal world as students read original works that bring fantastical elements into everyday situations.
Swords and Shakespeare– John Wright Theatre See new takes on some of Shakespeare’s most famous fight scenes as students act and demonstrate their stage fighting acumen.
Memoir Writing – John Wright Theatre Join our students as they examine memory, identity, and meaning through traditional memoir, stories, essays, and poems.
Diavolo Dance – John Wright Theatre Diavolo Dance students will interpret an ultra-athletic dance style while partnering with other dancers and moving set pieces.
Contemporary Drawing and
Creature Animation – Conley Art Gallery Escape the heat in our gallery exhibition showcasing hand-sculpted clay creatures, brilliant animations, and artworks that defy our understanding of contemporary drawing.
Theatre for Social Change – John Wright Theatre Investigate the capacity for theatre to change our world as students present devised performances that act as a strong force for change and social justice.
Acting for the Camera – John Wright Theatre Students will demonstrate the acting techniques that make characters come alive in our movies and television shows.
Afro-Caribbean Jazz – Concert Hall Our Afro-Caribbean Jazz students will take you on a concert tour through Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Son Montuno, and many other jazz rhythms and styles.