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February 23, 2010

Charles Nolte dedication at Playwrights' Center

Barbara Field, playwright and co-founder of the Playwrights' Center (and U of M alum), has dedicated her reading in the Playwrights' Center public series on March 1st to Charles Nolte. He was the inspiration for her and a handful of other University of Minnesota students who were in his class to start the Center in 1971; she wanted to take this opportunity to honor him and the impact he had on the birth of the Center. It will be a simple event - Playwrights' Center Co-founder John Olive and longtime friend of Nolte, David Goldstein, will be saying a few words before the reading. Further info about the event is on the Playwrights' Center's Website.

Dance Faculty Member Toni Pierce-Sands's Company to Perform at Ritz Theater

TU Dance, a dance company founded by dance faculty member Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, will be performing at the Ritz Theatre.

For more information:

TU Dance - by Linda Shapiro

Lustrous TU Dance to perform 'Reflections on Central Park' at the Ritz
- By Camille LeFevre

TU Dance Website

Ritz Theatre Website

Review: TU Dance captures 'bustle and jar of the streets' - by Linda Shapiro

A romp in the park - by Caroline Palmer

U of M Design Talents Highlighted in Penumbra Theatre's Latest Production

Penumbra Theatre's current production, Black Pearl Sings!, is directed by Associate Professor Lou Bellamy and features the design talents of Professor Lance Brockman (sets), Assistant Professor Marcus Dilliard (lights), Associate Professor Martin Gwinup (sound), and MFA alum Kalere Payton (costumes).

For more information about the production:

Review: A duet in black and white
- by Rohan Preston

Black Pearl Sings at Penumbra Theatre on 2/21/10 - by John Olive

Penumbra Theatre Company

February 19, 2010

Cool Video Featuring Assistant Professor Diyah Larasati


"Dancing the Violent Body of Sound" by Diyah Larasati and Dag Yngvesson from Dance Film Project 2009 on Vimeo.

Affiliate Dance Faculty Member Morgan Thorson Featured in Minnesota Monthly Article

Morgan Thorson, an affiliate faculty member in the U of M Dance Program, is featured in the March 2010 Minnesota Monthly Magazine in preparation for the presentation of her full length piece, Heaven, that will be staged at the Walker Art Center.

The full article: Dancing in the Dark

Heaven will be presented March 4 to 6 at the Walker Art Center for more information, visit walkerart.org

February 12, 2010

Assistant Professor Marcus Dilliard Designs Set and Lights For Minnesota Opera's Upcoming Production

La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, the Minnesota Opera's upcoming production, will feature set and lighting design by Assistant Professor Marcus Dilliard. For more information visit mnopera.org.

February 1, 2010

Charles Nolte Memorial Celebration Announced

The Charles Nolte Memorial Celebration will take place on April 26, 2010. It will be held at 6 PM (followed by a reception) in:

Rarig Center/Proscenium Theatre
University of Minnesota
330 South 21st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455

We hope that many of you will be able to attend the event to celebrate Charles's life and his immense contribution to the artistic as well as intellectual fabric of so many diverse communities. Further details will be announced at the beginning of March.

We have received many inquiries about making donations to honor Charles's contribution to the artistry and the intellectual life of the Department. There are two ways to make gifts in Charles's name, both of which will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate Charles's legacy: Charles Nolte Graduate Fellowship, celebrating the fact that Charles was instrumental in sustaining the MA/PhD Program both as an inspiring teacher, whose students are now successful actors, directors, theatre educators all over the country, as well as a generous sponsor of our academic lecture series; and Tretter Collection housing Charles's personal papers, including his journals, sections of which many of us heard him read over the years. Below is the information about the two funds.

Charles Nolte Graduate Fellowship:
Charles Nolte Graduate Fellowship
Fund #7505

Checks should be sent to:
Rochelle Emmel
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Rarig 580
University of Minnesota
330 South 21st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tretter Collection:
Donations online can be made at: http://www.giving.umn.edu/index.html
In the category "I Would Like to Support..." the Libraries, University option should be selected with the following information included in the "Special Instructions" section:
"Tretter Collection #6653, In Honor of Charles Nolte"

Checks can be sent by mail to
Katherine McGill, Director of Library Development
499 Wilson Library
309 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Checks should have "Tretter Collection #6653, In Honor of Charles Nolte" written on it.