This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Nov. 2, 2020

Edges to kick off reimagined 2020-21 Theatre Season

NKU SOTA presents the song cycle Edges by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as the first installment of the 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season.


Event Details:

  • What: Edges by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • When: Nov. 5 - 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Streaming/On-Demand at ShowTix4U
  • Admission: Pay What You Can; $3 for On-Demand 48 hour rental


The NKU cast features Megan Carlson, Chloe Hedrick, Makenna Henehan, Caroline Rakestraw, Randolph Geers, Kanai Nakata, Alex Simpson and Tre Taylor. Special thanks to Norse Media and Chris Strobel for providing filming and editing support during the production process. Edges is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Final Norse Artist Series Nov. 13

The final installment of the Norse Artist Series for Fall 2020 wraps up on Friday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. with Angie Schworer. She was seen on Broadway in The Producers (Ulla with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane), Something Rotten, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can (Astaire Award Nomination), Young Frankenstein, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You and The Will Rogers Follies. She also has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in The Merry Widow (Grisette). Regionally, she's been seen in the world premiere of The Prom (Angie), Mamma Mia (Tonya), Sweet Charity (Nikki), Damn Yankees (Lola), The Full Monty (Vicki), Minsky’s (Ginger), Chicago (Roxie), Crazy For You (Irene) and The Will Rogers Follies (Z’s Fav). Her TV and film credits include Law and Order: CSI, Queer Eye, As the World Turns, Kennedy Center Honors, Smash and The Producers. She graduated from NKU with a degree in Acting.

SOTA Summit Series finishes Nov. 18

The final session of the SOTA Summit Series will take place on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The final topic focuses on Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts. Along with a student panel, Ronnie Gladden breaks down his diversity leadership work and research. Gladden coined the term, transgracial theory, which embodies the intersection of the transgender and transracial phenomena.


Details are available on the NKU Theatre + Dance Facebook page.

Art Exhibitions on Understanding the Emotional Force of Race

NKU invites community members to virtually explore the themes and emotional force behind social unrest with its exhibition, “The Emotional Force of Race: An Exhibition and Call for Creative Response,” featuring the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories project.


Led by Sociology Professor Dr. Joan Ferrante and by poet India Hackle, a May 2020 graduate, the project uses arts' transformative power to challenge assumptions about who we are and seeks to contribute to the national conversation around social unrest and racial disparities.


Learn more >

Albritton featured on "Get Schooled On Campus" podcast

Matt Albritton, Director of SOTA, was recently featured on the inaugural episode of the "Get Schooled on Campus" podcast. You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud or Apple.

Dance Day of Service

On Saturday, Oct. 17, several of our dance majors and minors worked the whole day to clean, organize and prepare the dance storage room in the Health Innovation Center. Other spaces in the Fine Arts building have been the storage location for all dance supplies since March 2020. We greatly appreciate the hard work and effort put forth by our students to better support our program. Check out some before and after photos below.

NKU music student advocates sustainability on campus

Sustainability is a series of steps. Maria Osbourn said she takes them one at a time. Osbourn is a junior double majoring in music and environmental science. Read the full story from The Northerner.

Dance student stays busy despite pandemic

When senior dance major Brianna Mullins was around 3 years old, she was small for her age and very shy around other children and adults. Her mother wanted to help coax her out of her shell, so she enrolled her at Kiddie Kapers Dance Company in Lexington. Read the full story from The Northerner.

Music student on being a teacher, mentor through cello lessons

Gita Srinivasan is a senior majoring in music performance. She’s on the instrumental track of cello, which she has played ever since she begged her violin teacher to let her try one afternoon during lessons. Read the full story from The Northerner.

Theatre student welcomed pandemic as opportunity for self discovery

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, Je’Shaun Jackson believed it was the best thing to happen for him as a performing artist. Despite the circumstances being nerve-wracking, he said he welcomed the situation as an opportunity for self-discovery. Read the full story from The Northerner.

Calling All Alumni!

We have revamped our Alumni pages and would love to have you share your story with us! If you graduated from any SOTA program, fill out our Alumni Update form and you may be featured on our website and other publications!

Photos from around campus and virtually