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2019 Festival Calendar


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Spectrum Dance Theater

Monday, July 02, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Spectrum will present their newest work, H.R.3244 (a reference to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000), which explores the emotional response to human trafficking and draws parallels to historical black slavery in the United States.


Christopher Notbusch and Daniel Cahill

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Christopher Notbusch and Daniel Cahill create 3D sculptures by hand or by using scanning and printing technologies to create unique and totally rad models. They’ve created objects, art, creatures, and people. Whatever you can think of, they can build.


Kiese Laymon

Thursday, July 05, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of the novel Long Division, and a collection of essays titled How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. His forthcoming books are a memoir titled Heavy, and a novel titled And So On.


An Evening of Flute

Friday, July 06, 2018
Concert Hall

A vibrant evening of flute with primo musicians Carol Wincenc, Wendy Caldwell, Ian Clarke, John Barcellona, Bryan Pezzone, and Rena Urso. The wide-ranging styles of these flutists and pianists include classical, opera, rock, jazz, contemporary, and experimental.


An Evening of Comedy

Saturday, July 07, 2018
John Wright Theatre

With improv comedy, you never know what you’re going to get. However, with these artists, you know that you will have an evening of belly-aching laughter, satire, curiosity, and a wee bit of snarkiness. Come see Dave Razowsky, Amy Seeley, Mike Ross, and Rachel Hamilton at their best and at the top of their games.

Tickets Available for Pre-Show Artist Reception: For one night only, meet our artists-in-residence and enjoy Fresno State wine and light appetizers before An Evening of Comedy. Hosted in Fresno State's Vintage Room, the reception is a short walk through campus to the theatre. Click "Purchase Tickets" above for tickets to the Pre-Show Reception, or just for the A Night of Comedy show.

Accent Olympics: Building Skills for Accent Flexibility

Monday, July 09, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Phil Thompson is founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork (KTS), a skills-based approach to training actors for detailed and nuanced accent work. Listen to Phil describe the process of learning and perfecting different accents, as well as talk about the work that KTS has done via stage and screen.


Denise Bookwalter

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, installations, and dimensional prints. She uses old and new print technologies to create collaborative artist books.


The World We Create

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Ant Black and Kimberly Dark use spoken word performance, dialogue and audience interaction to explore how people of different races, genders, religions, sexualities, and experiences create the world in which we live - and how we might increase fairness and equity for all.


Student Showcases

Friday, July 13, 2018

4:15pm - Spectrum Dance Theater Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
7:30pm - The Complete 21st Century Flutist Student Showcase - Concert Hall

Student Showcase are non-ticketed, free events. Admission is first-come, first-seated.


Student Showcases

Saturday, July 14, 2018

11am - Acting in Accent Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
2:15pm - Social Action Writing Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
4pm - Papermaking and Artist Books & Creature Workshop for Animation Student Showcases - Conley Gallery
7:30pm - Chicago-Style Comedy Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre

Student Showcase are non-ticketed, free events. Admission is first-come, first-seated.


Stage Combat

Monday, July 16, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Oh, how we love Stage Combat. Our returning champions are Tony Carreiro, Collin Bressie, and Nate Mitchell, all Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teachers. Tonight, they will present a lecture detailing the ins and outs of stage combat choreography, and demonstration how they make everything look so real on stage and screen.


Elena Passarello and Dinty W. Moore

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Elena Passarello is an assistant professor of English at Oregon State University who has also worked as an actor and voice-over performance. Her first book, Let Me Clear My Throat, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Dinty Moore has won many awards from his writing including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and has published essays and stories in Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and more.


Jasmine Mans and Yazmin Monet Watkins

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Yazmin Monet Watkins is an internationally touring bisexual spoken word poet and actress from Los Angeles whose work in higher education combines art and activism, providing critical artistic outlets for students to self-advocate, heal, negotiate, and navigate the space that is higher education. Jasmine Mans is an author, performer, poet, teacher, and artist who enjoys having various forums to express her thoughts, moods, opinions, and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around her.


Bob Dotson

Thursday, July 19, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Bob Dotson is a former NBC National News Correspondent and one of the most honored storytellers of our time. His long-running series, “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” was a regular feature on “The Today Show” until his retirement on the 40th anniversary of the day he joined NBC.


Kristen Radtke

Friday, July 20, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Kristen Radtke is a writer, artist, and the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer. She is an LA Times "Face to Watch," and has been called "a superhuman of illustration" by the New York Times. Her graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, was called by Newsweek "the most beautiful graphic novel you'll read all year… an absolutely stunning look at what it is to recover from grief."


Todd Hido and Clint Woodside

Monday, July 23, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Join us for a discussion with photographers Todd Hido and Clint Woodside, moderated by Contemporary Photographic Studio course coordinator Niku Kashef. Their curious and evocative works are widely distributed across the United States, and beyond.


Les Rose

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
John Wright Theatre

Les Rose spent 38 years as a TV news photojournalist at some of the top networks in the country, covering stories from the OJ Simpson Trial to U.S. hostage releases in West Germany to war zones in Nicaragua, San Salvador, and Honduras, and much more. He was the cameraman who worked with correspondent Steve Hartman on "Everybody Has a Story" for CBS Evening News and also worked on Assignment America, 60 Minutes 2, and On the Road for CBS News. Les is now Professor of Practice at the Newhouse School in Syracuse.


Student Showcases

Friday, July 27, 2018

4:15pm - Performing Spoken Word Poetry: Black Girl Magic Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
7:30pm - Visual Storytelling: The News Feature Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre

Student Showcase are non-ticketed, free events. Admission is first-come, first-seated.


Student Showcases

Saturday, July 28, 2018

11:30am - The "It" Factor: What Makes a Dancer a Star Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
2:15pm - The Normal School"s Summer Workshop Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre
4pm - Contemporary Photographic Studio: Beauty is Everywhere Student Showcase - Conley Gallery
7:30pm - Lights, Camera, Fight! Stage Combat Student Showcase - John Wright Theatre

Student Showcase are non-ticketed, free events. Admission is first-come, first-seated.

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