Arts Society & Culture

UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival announces ‘Student Spotlight’ events

Kristyl Dawn Tift

Athens, Ga. – In addition to more than 60 previously scheduled events from Nov. 7-15, the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival at the University of Georgia will include a series of “Student Spotlight” events organized by students involved in the arts and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Student Spotlight events, which are free and open to the public, will take place across campus and include theatrical, dance, choral and folk performances, as well as poetry readings, flash mobs and a campus-wide, interactive game of Clue.

Kristyl Dawn Tift, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in theater and film performance in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, coordinated the schedule of more than 20 Student Spotlight events. Eva Berlin, who is pursuing undergraduate degrees in art history and Romance languages, is coordinating additional performances at Snelling Dining Commons by DJs from student radio station WUOG.

“The arts play a vital role in the personal and professional development of our students, and Kristyl and Eva have once again curated a remarkable series of student events that showcase the talent and creativity that exist on our campus,” said interim Provost Libby V. Morris.

Tift noted more than 1,700 people attended the student-organized events at last year’s festival, many of whom just happened upon them as they walked to or from class.

“I think that Student Spotlight is an excellent way to learn about what our students are doing,” Tift said. “Hopefully, the events will encourage people to patronize student productions and projects that occur at other times of the year, too.”

The Student Spotlight events complement the more than 60 events of the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival. Highlights include performances of “Pride and Prejudice,” a concert version of the opera “Carmen,” veteran actor Hal Holbrook presenting his one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight,” the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a reading by author Andrew Hudgins, a Lamar Dodd School of Art open house, special events at the Georgia Museum of Art, a film festival focused on the work of director Jim McKay, a book sale, and a Young Choreographers Series dance concert. Many events of the festival are free or discounted for students.

More information is available at, and For a complete list of Student Spotlight events, see Confirmed events are listed below:

Interactive Clue Game

The game was developed by Caity Johnson, a graduate student studying dramatic media. Find the clues and solve the crime. This interactive version inspired by the popular board game Clue will have players traipsing across campus in search of the truth. This game requires an iPhone and an ARIS application. For more information, email Johnson at

Fashion Design Senior Exit Show: Progression
Barrow Hall gallery (2nd floor)
Three senior fashion merchandising students in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will present their collections at “Progression: A Fashion Design Senior Exit Show.” Seniors Ashley Long, Holly Snider and Colleen Quinn are members of the Fashion Design Student Association at UGA. The display will be open through the end of November. For details, contact Jose Blanco at

Thursday, November 7
Lady Parts

4 p.m., Tate Plaza
Lady Parts is UGA’s first all-female improv troupe. It is a non-audition, open rehearsal based troupe that focuses on growing through and learning about improv. The group focuses on positivity, supporting one another and working as a team to create a safe space in which to sharpen comedic skills. Students of all levels of experience are welcome to join rehearsals. Leaders include Clara Nibbelink, Spencer Tootle, Elizabeth Capers, Caroline Schmitt, Bridgette Duffield, Molly Pease, Cherith Fuller and Abby Holland. For information, contact Holland at

WUOG DJ Set: Daryl Singleton
5-8 p.m., Snelling Dining Commons
Daryl Singleton, a DJ from student radio station WUOG, 90.5 FM, will be playing a live set for students at Snelling Dining Commons.

Friday, November 8
Black Theatrical Ensemble: “Evolution of African American Theatre”

11:30 a.m., Georgia Quad (between Miller Learning Center and Tate Student Center)
A performance headed by Jayln Fleming, an undergraduate student majoring in theater, in which performers will engage in scenes derived from African-American playwrights throughout history. The Black Theatrical Ensemble is headed by Melanie Wiggins, a middle grades education major. For more information on BTE, including their other performances, contact

Opening for Fashion Design Senior Exit Show: Progression
7-9 p.m., Barrow Hall gallery (2nd floor)
See entry in “ongoing” section for details.

Sunday, November 10
Crescendo Performance Ensemble

6:30 p.m., Room 171, Miller Learning Center
Crescendo is a new theatrical-choral group on campus whose purpose is to create a sense of self-expression, belonging and character, specifically through the performing arts. The ensemble’s goal is to provide a fun and challenging choir setting that goes beyond the vocal performance level by combining it with elements of dance and theater. For more information, contact Jennifer Latimore and Cantrell Williams at

Monday, November 11
Poetry Reading: Raven Gibson

1:30-2 p.m., North Lawn (between Tate and Miller Learning Center)
Gibson is a third-year cognitive science major and theater minor from Scottdale, Ga. She has been in performing arts schools throughout her entire educational career and has been a spoken word artist for a number of years-performing throughout the Atlanta area as well as at a national competition and convention. For more information, contact Gibson at

3 p.m., North Lawn (between Tate and Miller Learning Center)
Twin sisters Emily and Catherine Backus hail from Oak Ridge, Tenn., and developed a robust musical career in their hometown before traveling south to Athens. Drawing influences from a variety of folk acts, the sisters have begun integrating themselves into the local music scene. Classical musicians by day, Emily (music education/percussion) and Catherine (music therapy/trumpet) bring energetic chemistry and a sense of humor to their live performance. For more information, see or email

Commedianti Georgiani
4 p.m., Fine Arts Building porch area
Commedianti Georgiani is a Commedia dell’Arte troupe that explores the art of physical humor in performance through Italian improvisational comedy traditions. For more information, email theatre major Caleb Huett at

Crescendo Performance Ensemble
6:30 p.m., Room 171, Miller Learning Center
See Nov. 10 entry for details.

Athens Playwrights’ Workshop Short Play Readings
7 p.m., Room 201, Fine Arts Building
APW will present 10-minute play readings for the festival. APW meets twice a month in room 201 of the fine arts building and is based on the writer-centered model in which playwrights bring in a section of a current project, which is then read and discussed with other members. For more information, contact John Bray at

Reading: “Gruesome Playground Injuries
8 p.m., Cellar Theatre, Fine Arts Building
A staged reading of Rajiv Joseph’s play by the UGA Graduate Acting Ensemble. The reading is directed by Geoffrey A. Douglas, who is pursing a doctoral degree in theatre and performance studies.

Tuesday, November 12
Student Impromptu Dance Performance

11a.m.-12 p.m. beginning in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden at the Georgia Museum of Art and moving north through campus before concluding at Tate Plaza.

Dance Flash Performance
3 p.m., Tate Center
A performance by department of dance students.

WUOG DJ Set: Akeeme Martin
7:30-10:30 p.m., Snelling Dining Commons
Akeeme Martin, a DJ from student radio station WUOG, 90.5 FM, will be playing a live set for students at Snelling Dining Commons.

Reading: “Gruesome Playground Injuries”
8 p.m., Cellar Theatre, Fine Arts Building
See Nov. 11 entry for details.

Wednesday, November 13

Andrew Mines and Perry Wright
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art lobby
Mines, a classical guitarist studying in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, will peform duets with soprano and fellow Hodgson student Perry Wright.

Poetry Reading: Raven Gibson
1:30-2 p.m., Tate Breezeway
See Nov. 11 entry for details.

Site-specific Dance
3 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art
Dance students from professor Rebecca Gose Enghauser’s contemporary dance II class will create a work using the unique spaces at the Georgia Museum of Art.

3:30 p.m., Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, Georgia Museum of Art
See Nov. 11 entry for details.

Thursday, November 14
Laugh Out Loud

7 p.m., Tate Plaza.
Joyful Jesters of the Laugh Out Loud crew will perform improvised comedy in the style of the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” For more
information about the group, contact the group’s leader, Tyler Brett Pinson at

Friday, November 15
Next Act

Noon, area between the UGA Card Office and the UGA Radio Station at the Tate Student Center
Next Act is UGA’s very own student-run musical theater group. Next Act is dedicated to giving UGA students of all ages and majors an opportunity to grow and perform. The group puts on cabarets, musicals and original student works with the goal of creating quality productions while maintaining a fun, supportive environment. Leaders include Abby Holland, a theater major and women’s studies minor, and Taylor Brooks, a theater and journalism major. For more information, contact Holland at and Brooks at

Saxophone Studio Flash Mob
1:25-2:15 p.m., East Campus, Ramsey Student Center front lawn
There will be live music in unexpected places and performers emerging from behind walls and staircases. For more information on the UGA Saxophone Studio from the Hodgson School of Music, contact professor Connie Frigo at

Creole Storytelling Event
1:30-2 p.m., Miller Learning Center Rotunda
This event includes performances by students from assistant professor Emily Sahakian’s Latin American and Caribbean theater class. Storytelling, usually held in the evening, is how enslaved people could imagine freedom and resistance after long days of backbreaking work. These stories range from light and fun tales to dark morality stories. The audience is invited to participate as listeners to stories told by graduate theater students Stephanie Murphy, Aaron Klein and Kristyl Tift. For more information about storytelling, its history or the course, contact Sahakian at

Pamoja Dance Company presents “PANDORA: My Playlist
Ticketed event. 7 p.m., Oconee County Civic Center (additional performance on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.)
Pamoja Dance Company is an campus dance organization open to students of all dance styles at various levels of expertise. Students are able to explore various styles of dance through performance and choreography while promoting artistic expression. This semester’s performance is entitled “PANDORA: My Playlist.”

Tickets can be purchased at Tate Box Office or at the door ($5 for students and $7 for non-students). Transportation will be provided to and from the venue. A bus will be at Russell Hall at 6 p.m. and leave at 6:15 p.m. The same bus will stop at East Campus Village at 6:25 p.m. and leave by 6:40 p.m. to go the venue. Transportation is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact CJ at, or see