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CONNERSMITH'S ACADEMY 2017

The Connersmith's ACADEMY 2017, its 17th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by MFA/BFA students in the Washington/Baltimore area, features Corcoran students Patrick Quinn (BFA) and Judas Recendez (MFA).

"God of Carnage" Gets Rave Reviews

DC Metro Theatre Arts gave GW Theatre & Dance Program's production of "God of Carnage" rave reviews, saying, "In the fun production at George Washington, a cast of student actors land the laughs in God of Carnage with polish and panache."

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Group of students posed with laura linney

Master Class With Laura Linney

The Academy of Classical Acting hosted a master class earlier this fall with actress Laura Linney, who spent several hours working on acting and text analysis with our students. Thanks for being an inspiration to our actors, Laura!


 

Faculty News

 

 

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Professor Sham Takes On Innovation

Assistant Professor of Innovation Arts James Sham is an interdisciplinary artist whose research includes themes of translation, performance, social practice and innovation. He is the inventor of a newly published innovation in the field of photovoltaics - the patent-pending "Solar Paper." Currently, Professor Sham is being featured in "Appealing to the Populous" - the international art and science exhibition for evolutionary biology in Berlin, which opened on November 1st.

 

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Megasnuggie

As winter approaches and the temperature cools down, what better way to get comfy than a snuggie designed for 30 people?! Our Innovation Arts professor James Sham, along with production design MFA student Rhea Roland, have created the Megasnuggie as a tool for breaking down inhibitions and staying warm at the same time, too

Bloombot

3D printing is pretty cool… but what if you could “print” your landscaping? Professor James Sham and Mark Jennings, a first year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering, decided to find out by building Bloombot, a device where you can create the landscaping of your dreams by planting bulbs, seeds and other vegetation into prescribed patterns. What’s possible in your own backyard?

Bloombot: robot with wheels and tubes of seeds


MUSIC FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

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New Choir Director, Blake Clark

The Music department is excited for changes in the program, including welcoming Blake Clark, the new director of University Singers, the music department's choir, as well as opportunities for expansion.

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How A Choreographer Sees Art In A New Way, Through Dance

Professor of Dance, Dana Tai Soon Burgess was recently featured in the Washington Post's article, "How a choreographer sees art in a new way, through dance." Burgess, the National Portrait Gallery's first choreographer in residence, is currently working on creating a dance based on the exhibition "One Life: Sylvia Plath," which his troupe will perform on December 7th and 10th. National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet describes Burgess as a "treasure" and says, "Our goal is to bring a sense of emotion about who we are as humans into the Portrait Gallery."

 

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Professor Sakai To Be Featured In FotoWeekDC 2017 Show

Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography, Jennifer Sakai, will be featured in this year's FotoWeekDC 2017 show as a Fine Art Honorable Mention selection. Professor Sakai's current research consists of the exploration and examination of the landscape in the photographic medium. She has two current series: the first "Hillover Road, east-west" is a study of the light, color and surface as shown through the venacular of Eastern Long Island. Her second series Poston Provenance addresses the topography and emotional connection to the concentration camp where her relatives were held during WWII, and the family's eastward migration after the war.
 

Professor Sakai's Portfolio


 

Alumni News

 

WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE DOING


 

An On-Stage Revival: Theatre Alumnus Returns as Professor

(Originally published January 8, 2018)
Intimate touch, live combat, a man dangling upside down by his ankles speaking in an Irish brogue. Welcome to the theatrical world of Matthew R. Wilson, CCAS MFA ’09.

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Male actors performing on stage

S. Asher Gelman
MFA in Dance, '12

Gelman is the playwright of the esteemed off-Broadway show Afterglow, which Huffington Post called, "A Steamy, Stripped Down Look At Gay Intimacy."

Karen Vidangos

Karen Vidángos
MA in Museum Studies, '17

Vidángos has made a splash in the art community with her Bust.com interview, "A Latina In Museums' Is Smashing Stereotypes In The Art World," where she talks about a collaborative movement of Latinas in museums all over the country.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
BA in Theatre & Dance, '98

Washington is producing a new drama series in partnership with Facebook, entitled "Five Points," which follows the lives of five high school students living on the south side of Chicago.

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Lindsy Parrot &
Kelly Conway
MA in History of Decorative Arts, '04 & '05

NPR featured Parrot and Conway for their detective work curating Tiffany's Glass Mosaics at the Corning Museum of Glass. They found artwork hidden in plain site all over the country. 

Dawn Stoppiello

Dawn Stoppiello
MFA in Dance, '14

Stoppiello was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Practice in Dance & New Media at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where she will be teaching courses on dance for the screen & other media.

 

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FEATURED GUESTS

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Airbnb Cofounder, Joe Gebbia

In October, Gebbia visited the Corcoran for a talk and Q&A session with about how he started Airbnb, giving back through design, the power of an idea and the future of design.

PIXAR Story Supervisor, Jason Katz

In November, Katz, a storyboard artist who has worked on "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "Ratatouille" came to speak with our students.

Students posed with Jason Katz in front of screen with movie Coco images