ARTS @ Oswego

student writing paper

April – December 2015

Vague de Cirque @ The Bright Yellow Tent by the Marano Campus Center
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm

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Vague de Cirque comes to SUNY Oswego for four spectacular and thrilling performances:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings, April 15-17, 2015 • 7:30 PM

Saturday matinee, April 18, 2015 • 2 PM

Vague de Cirque (“Circus Wave”) offers the nomadic spirit of the fairgrounds, the intimacy of a cabaret and deep traditions of the circus. These world-traveled Quebecois will bring and erect their own heated bigtop – just right for spring nights in Oswego.

This event is IST Approved.

“…lose yourself in this joyous, enchanting, amazing and astounding spectacle…”
Sharu Delilkin,, Aukland

Vague de Cirque on YouTube

Arcadia @ Hewitt Ballroom
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – May 3 @ 2:00 pm


See exact dates & times listed below.

Oswego State Theatre Department presents
Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Henry Shikongo
Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Preview: Thursday, April 23 • 7:30 PM

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25 • 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 2 • 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 3 • 2:00 PM

Arts on the Waterfront Series: “Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire” @ H. Lee White Maritime Museum
Aug 5 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 10:30 pm


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H. Lee White Maritime Museum presents the Caravan Stage Company performance of Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire, as part of the Arts on the Waterfront Series.
This live 90-minute performance takes place on a 90-foot tall ship, the Caravan Stage Tall Ship Theatre
and is the contemporary tale set in a futuristic and dystopic world of pirate hacker activists taking on the largest global bank on the planet – the Mammon Corporation, residing in a “house-of-horrors”-esque superstructure.
Lawn seating only; audience members should bring chairs and blankets.
(The show is rated PG-13; parental guidance is suggested)

“Experimental Opera-Cirque meets Occupy Wall Street” – NY Times

For more information and ticket orders, call 315-342-0480 or visit the H. Lee White Museum Website

Caravan Stage Company Website

Theatre Talk: Alum Julianna Hannett @ Room 107, Lanigan Hall
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Juliana Hannett

SUNY Oswego Alum Juliana Hannett received her BA in Theatre (with a minor in Business Administration) from SUNY Oswego in 1995 and her MA in Theatre from Hunter College in 2014. She has been press agent for many Broadway productions including Take Me Out, The History Boys, Beauty and the Beast, and Into the Woods. In 2008, she headed up the Broadway and National Tour campaigns for Billy Elliot and Memphis along with the 2010 and 2012 productions of the hit musical Elf. In December 2014, she was Senior Press Agent for the the hit Broadway revival of David Hare’s Skylight and Larry David’s Broadway debut as playwright and star of Fish In the Dark. Her upcoming projects include A View From the Bridge, Shuffle Along, and Groundhog Day.

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

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.

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Bacchae” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:30 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 • Preview 7:30PM
October 23, 24, 29, 30 • 7:30PM
October 31 • 2PM

Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance: A Tap Technique Master Class – CLOSED @ Miss Kelly's Dance Company (MKDC)
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

This class is closed. If you want to be added to a “wait list” for a possible second class, please contact Joyce Molinari at 312-4581 or

A Wonderful Tap Technique Class Suitable for All Levels
Master Teacher Michelle Dorrance builds a tap technique class and discusses the history of the art form from its inception to the present.
Open to all levels of dancers on campus and throughout the region.
Hosted by Miss Kelly’s Dance Company (MKDC), 437 East Avenue (Hall Road), Oswego, NY
SUNY Oswego students are free with ID; All others pay $15 in advance or at the door (check or cash only).
Register by emailing or calling 315-312-4581

“History of Tap” Lecture/Demonstration with Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

An exciting and engaging lecture/demonstration on the “History of Tap” from its truly
American origins through its revolutionary impact on Jazz music and its influence on popular

The demonstrations also include other percussive dance forms. At the heart of this
history are the incredible stories of the art form’s true legends and innovators, master hoofers
and stylists who still remain unknown to the masses.

Open to all (dancers and non-dancers) to learn and enjoy. Free!

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

Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Michelle Dorrance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Wednesday, October 15

Michelle Dorrance is one of the brightest stars in contemporary tap dance. A featured choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow for the past three 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


Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Stone Age” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm


Friday, December 4 • 7:30PM
Saturday, December 5 • 2:00PM

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.