ARTS @ Oswego

October 2015 – March 2016

Theatre Talk: Alum Dan Walker @ Room 107, Lanigan Hall
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dan Walker

SUNY Oswego Alum Dan Walker’s design credits include Gypsy, Barack on Broadway 2012, Leading Matters, Elton John & Friends, Spring Concerts for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Bucknell University, a Benefit performance of Master Class for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Irish…and how they got that way, by Frank McCourt, in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

As Associate Lighting Designer Dan has worked on many Broadway plays and musicals including Macbeth, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita, Billy Elliot, and Brief Encounter.

The SUNY Oswego Alumni Association will host a reception following the event.

Living Writers Series: Adam Falkner @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Adam Falkner

Artist, educator and scholar Adam Falkner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project. His work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, on HBO, in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and elsewhere. He teaches in the Sociology and Education programs at Vassar College and Columbia University.

Adam Falkner Website

Living Writers Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books, the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publishers Book Awards and featured in the New York Times and on the PBS News Hour Arts Beat; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003), all from Tupelo Press.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Website

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Bacchae” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 2:00 pm


The Bacchae, directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson and adapted from Euripides by Matthew Gasda, is considered to be Euripides’ greatest tragedy. Author Matthew Gasda updates this classic for the next generation in this world premiere. Gasda’s adaptation integrates the chorus into the plot, and the god is not a distant presence but rather, a character.

“A great script; intense, poetic, bloody, sexy, intellectually provocative and authentic,” states NYC based and Oswego State director Christopher Carter Sanderson, The Bacchae will awaken your appreciation for classic Greek theatre.

October 22 • 2PM
October 23, 24, 29, 30 • 7:30PM
October 31 • 2PM

Living Writers Series: Lew Schneider @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Lew Schneider

Lew Schneider’s TV writing credits include American Dad, The New Adventures of Old Christine and the Peabody Award winning Men of a Certain Age. For nine years he was a writer/producer of the Emmy award winning CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and is now a co-executive producer (and occasional director) of ABC’s The Goldbergs.

Lew Schneider Internet Movie Data Base Page

Dorrance Dance Performance: “SOUNDspace” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Michelle Dorrance is one of the brightest stars in contemporary tap dance. A featured choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow for the past two summers, she will re-stage one of her most original and exciting works— SOUNDspace— in SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union Ballroom. She’s paid her dues with popular touring shows like STOMP, and now leads her own gifted company. An exciting treat for the eyes and ears!

“Inventive, imaginative take on tap!” —Boston Globe

“Michelle Dorrance is not only a dynamo in tap shoes but a compelling, imaginative choreographer as well. She and her company… performed… works that stretch the boundaries of tap.”
-Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

“Ms. Dorrance makes full use of tone, timbre, volume, tempo and, of course, rhythm, constructing patterns that lock together thrillingly…The main emotion that “SOUNDspace” produced was excitement: excitement about sounds, and about the development of this talented choreographer, the most promising one in tap right now.”
-Brian Seibert, The New York Times

Michelle Dorrance named 2015 MacArthur Fellow “Genius Award” Winner. Watch Interview and Dance Video

Dorrance Dance “SOUNDSPACE” Excerpts
Dorrance Dance Website

Michelle Dorrance Website


Living Writers Series: Dani Klein Modisett @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Dani Klein Modisett

Dani Klein Modisett is the author of Take My Spouse, Please: How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving by Following the Rules of Comedy (2015) and the editor/author of Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine (2009). Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Parents Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Dani Klein Modisett Website

Living Writers Series: Keith Giglio @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Keith Giglio

Keith Giglio has worked as a screenwriter and producer with credits that include A Cinderella Story, Walt Disney’s Tarzan, Return to Halloweentown, Pizza My Heart, and Joshua and Noah. He also worked as a narrative designer for video games at a major toy company. In addition, Giglio is the author of Writing the Comedy Blockbuster (2012) and Slay The Dragon: Writing Great Video Games (2015).

Keith Giglio Internet Movie Data Base Page

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Stone Age” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm


The Stone Age is a devised theatre project with the University of Calcutta, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and International Education and Programs. Directed by Aditya Sengupta with Assistant Directors Kheya Chattopadhyay and Jonel Langenfeld, it is an intercultural production written, produced and cast by visiting scholars from the University of Calcutta, India.

The performance centers around five Asian youth who move to New York City and their struggle to cope with a new culture, social mores, and bullying. When displaced youth turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with their insecurities the group discovers the answers are in self-acceptance, kindness and that everyone faces challenges regardless of skin color or nationality.

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Mouse Trap” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm


The Mouse Trap, written by Agatha Christie and presented by Student Association, Blackfriars & Oswego State Theatre, is a student honors production directed by Anna Richardson. It tells the story of a group of strangers stranded in a lodge during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. Suspects include the newly married couple housekeepers, a spinster with a curious background, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, who no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed.

A classic “who done it” by one of the world’s most famous mystery writers. Produced under arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

March 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 • 7:30PM
March 13 • 2PM