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2019 Festival Calendar


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The Bossy Flyer Presents: I Hate My Roommate

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.


Richie Carter and Daniel Keys

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.


Brian Crane​

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.​


Souls in Process: An Evening of Solo Plays

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.


Ryka Aoki and Daniel Olivas

Saturday, July 6, 2019
4pm – John Wright Theatre

Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, 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.


An Evening of French Piano Music

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.


Swords and Shakespeare

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.


The Voice Bank

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.


Indira Pensado

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.


Vinton Heuck

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7pm – John Wright Theatre
Media/Animation Lecture

Vinton Heuck has done professional work for gaming companies, comic books, and cartoons for more than 20 years. He directed on the animated series The Batman, Transformers, and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.


Kiel Johnson

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.


Diavolo: Architecture in Motion

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!


Marsha Steinberg

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.


Michelle Cartier

Saturday, July 20, 2019
4pm – John Wright Theatre
Cinematography/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.


Terese Marie Mailhot and Lidia Yuknavitch

Saturday, July 20, 2019
7pm – John Wright Theatre

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.


Natsuko Ohama

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.


Chris Adamson

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.


Afro-Caribbean Jazz

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.



2pm – 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.



4pm 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.

7:30pmSwords 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.



2pmMemoir Writing – John Wright Theatre
Join our students as they examine memory, identity, and meaning through traditional memoir, stories, essays, and poems.

4pmDiavolo Dance – John Wright Theatre
Diavolo Dance students will interpret an ultra-athletic dance style while partnering with other dancers and moving set pieces.

7pmContemporary 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.



2pmTheatre 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.

4pmActing for the Camera – John Wright Theatre
Students will demonstrate the acting techniques that make characters come alive in our movies and television shows.

7:30pmAfro-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.

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