State of the Arts

NKU School of the Arts - Sept. 7, 2021

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A message from Director Albritton

Welcome Back!

Theatre & Dance now on sale!

Tickets for the 2021-2022 Theatre & Dance season are now on sale! Visit nku.edu/sotatickets for more information or contact the Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or boxoffice@nku.edu.


Season Lineup


  • Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein
  • Noises Off by Michael Frayn
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes
  • The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Joe Tracz
  • YES Festival of New Plays - 20th Anniversary
  • Dance '22
SOTA Summit Series: Democracy, Education, and Advocacy in the Arts

Democracy, Education, and Advocacy in the Arts

The SOTA Summit Series returns tomorrow Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Greaves Concert Hall and will also be livestreamed on the SOTA YouTube channel. This session will be discussing how democracy, education, and advocacy are critical for saving the future of the Arts in the United States. From legislation, sources of funding, equity and equality in representation to urban planning and development, the future of the Arts is determined by those who vote, show up, and are ready to learn.


Guest Speakers:


  • Lauren Carr, Director of Education, Engagement, and Inclusion at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
  • Alessandra Marconi, Dance, Choreographer, and Activist Artist, on tour as Dance Supervisor with Hamilton the Musical
  • Sso-Rha Kang, Director of Galleries and Outreach at NKU School of the Arts


About the SOTA Summit Series:

The Summit is an interactive, round-table discussion lead by artists whose work explores the ideas of democracy, education, and advocacy in the arts. Join Dr. Daryl Harris as he hosts an engaging conversation with some of Cincinnati's leading artists, students from the NKU School of the Arts, and you! The SOTA Summit Series was created to promote the meaningful discussion of ideas and topics affecting arts disciplines by bringing together students, community members, and working professionals in the arts. Growing together as artists, #sotastrong

SOTA Saturdays return

SOTA Saturdays is a virtual open house for NKU’s School of the Arts. This is an opportunity for potential students to learn a little more about SOTA to help make your decision for where to best develop your creative potential to the fullest! Parents, you are invited too! Area K-12 art, music, and theatre teachers, we hope this will be an opportunity for you to learn about some of the great opportunities we have to offer you and your students here in SOTA as well! All are welcome and we hope all will be entertained and enlightened!


Below are our Fall 2021 dates, happening at 11 a.m. on Zoom:


  • Sept. 18 - This is SOTA!
  • Oct. 2 - Let's Get Technical! Audio Production, Theatre Tech, and Animation
  • Nov. 6 - How to Apply/Admissions
  • Dec. 4 - Why SOTA? Graduating Seniors

Congratulations Krista Weiss

NKU SOTA is pleased to share that Professor Krista Weiss will be assuming the role of Lecturer of Clarinet and Woodwind Area Coordinator. She has been working as part-time clarinet instructor at SOTA since 2018. Krista has had an active career as a freelance musician and has recently performed with ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the New World Symphony. Krista has served as an Artist Clinician for D'Addario and Co. since 2013, presenting masterclasses on woodwind equipment, pedagogy, and fundamentals at hundreds of public schools, colleges, and music conferences across the Midwest.

Congratulations Scott Slucher

NKU SOTA is pleased to share that Scott Slucher will be assuming the role of Greaves Concert Hall and Productions Coordinator. He has been working as Programs Assistant at SOTA since 2018. Scott holds a B.A. in Politics from Earlham College (2014), and an M.F.A in Theatre Design & Production with a focus in Stage Management from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2018). Since moving to the Cincinnati Area in 2015, Scott has stage managed for several local performing arts groups such as Know Theatre of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Commonwealth Theatre Company, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Regionally, Scott has worked with the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY, and the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Richmond, IN.

Welcome Dayna DeFilippis

NKU SOTA is pleased to welcome Dayna DeFilippis as Lecturer and Retention Specialist for the Theatre & Dance Program! Known as a passionate, educator and innovative, creative choreographer, Dayna most recently held the position of Dance Instructor and Performing Arts Program Coordinator at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV. Notable professional endeavors include teaching with the Musical Theatre Faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI, North Carolina Arts in Action and performing with Tobacco Road Dance Productions in Durham, NC. Dayna was also the Dance Director at the University of Nebraska, Kearney where she directed the experimental and conceptual concerts, It’s Essential, Art IN Motion, When Planets Align, (Dis) Connected and Synergy with two touring performances to Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. While in Kearney, Dayna also served as resident choreographer for Crane River Theater Company and created original movements for productions of Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, Shrek The Musical and Footloose The Musical.

Welcome Tao Wang

NKU SOTA is pleased to welcome Tao Wang as Professor of Practice of Scenic and Projections Design! With over 15 years of successful experience in designs and productions, his design work encompasses Japan, South Africa, France, China and The United States. His projection design credits include The Parchman Hour, Hamlet, Inherit the Wind, Shaming Jane Doe, and Intimate Apparel. Tao’s Memphis design credits include Emma, Jellys Last Jam, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Memphis Silhouettes, New Voices Dance, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Peter and the Starcatcher. He has served as lighting and set designer for TV shows and event lighting design for the Chinese New Year celebration at Bird’s Nest, Beijing, and the Twelve Women Music Show in China. Scenic design credits include the USITT 2019 National Conference main stage, and the Kite Girl segment in the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Tao served as design assistant for the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony in ShangHai, and Turandot in Paris, France.

Welcome Sso-Rha Kang

NKU SOTA is pleased to welcome Sso-Rha Kang, the new Director of Galleries and Outreach! Sso-Rha is an educator and curator based in Cincinnati, OH. Her research interests delve into areas of institutional critique, blankness, and aesthetic experience which are rooted in her penchant for banal, slow, and reductive art. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Art History at the University of Cincinnati (Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) and has curated exhibitions for the Meyers Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), The Carnegie (Covington, KY), Wave Pool (Cincinnati, OH), Pearlman Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), and is currently working with The National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington, DC).

Welcome Joshua Maier

NKU SOTA is pleased to welcome Joshua Maier, Lecturer of Sculpture in the Visual Arts Program. Josh loves to find the exploratory spark of inspiration in students, through the evolution of ideas taking shape in their hands, helping them on their way to creative discovery. Before being named full-time lecturer, Josh served as for three years as a part-time instructor at Northern Kentucky University. He has taught Beginning Ceramics, Wheel, and Ceramic Sculpture, as well as Foundations classes. Being available to and working closely with students has become an essential part of my artistic practice over the years. The heart and soul of my extensive sculptural work has been built, wildly imaginative, on the puzzle of material and integration. Josh has a BFA in Creative Writing and 3D Art from BGSU and an MFA from University of Missouri – Columbia.

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