Patrick Sutton, Director of The Gaiety School of Acting, Visits KSU October 22-23


Patrick Sutton, the Director of The Gaiety School of Acting, will visit
Theatre and Performance Studies classes October 22-23 to give workshops and promote the summer study abroad program at The Gaiety in Dublin, Ireland. Click here for more information.

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Explore the Summer Study Abroad at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland!

Into the Woods Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Stillwell Theater


Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it in Sondheim’s witty and unconventional spin on fairy tales. Book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; directed by Justin Anderwon with music direction by Judy Cole. Buy tickets. Co-produced with KSU School of Music.

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In a 2013 radio interview, Krista Tippett, creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning program On Being, spoke with Maria Tatar about the continuing relevance and contemporary allure of fairy tales. In the interview, Tatar, who chairs the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard University, describes the imaginative promise held by the “great once upon a time,’’ a fantastical realm where “operatic beauty” meets “monstrous terror.” It is not merely a site of escape from the everyday; rather, it is a place where those who absorb the tales may come face-to-face with the things that terrify them.

Tatar claims that one explanation for the lasting popularity of fairy tales, from their origins around ancient firesides to contemporary interpretations in television shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, lies in the fact that they allow us to tap into the “transformative power in terror” from a safe remove. Transformative terror is a constant theme throughout Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods.

The eponymous woods themselves, an ominous, mystical presence essential to so many beloved fairy tales, are a site of both fear and change, a liminal space where characters face the unknown in their surroundings, in each other, and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, in themselves. Not only do the woods offer adventure, excitement, and the ever-alluring promise of danger; they also exist as a space

that defies and defines their inhabitants’ conceptions of self. All who enter are inevitably transformed. As the Baker’s Wife puts it in the second act, “What is it about the woods?”

Tatar draws an important distinction between fairy tales and sacred stories in her interview, explaining that there are no true originals in the realm of fairy tale. Rather, the stories change with every retelling and every adaptation, their methods and meanings regularly modified to fit the individual and collective needs of those who embrace them. Kennesaw State University’s production of Into the Woods likewise bears the imprint of its historical moment. Stirred by the contemporary turmoil between Russia and Ukraine, director Justin Anderson chose to set his interpretation of the musical against the backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution, a movement which ignited changes that are still palpable in Russia and the surrounding nations nearly a century later.

In February of 1917, the widely despised Tsar Nicholas II, Russia’s final emperor, was removed from power amidst violent riots on the streets of Petrograd. Seven months later, the Bolsheviks, self-professed leaders of the revolutionary working class, seized the Winter Palace in a coup that came to be known as Red October, effectively laying the groundwork for the establishment of the Soviet Union and inciting radical, far-reaching change on a national scale. With this context in mind, Anderson imagines the narrator of Into the Woods as a soldier who, as he prepares to storm the palace, takes momentary solace in an old storybook whose tales reinforce his ideas about heroism and reinvigorate

his revolutionary charge. Though a span of only a few months passes between the musical’s two acts, the second act simultaneously takes us much further forward, to a region plagued by a giant who represents the struggle and discord that has been visited upon the land for almost a century. Together, a small band of survivors must face both the consequences of their own actions and the uncontrollable forces at work in the woods.

Into the Woods is a story about wishing and wanting, about the terrors we willingly face in order to achieve those things that we imagine will complete our lives. Whether we dream of attending a ball, meeting a prince, or escaping a tower, however, the process of pursuit inevitably alters the pursuer, and those who enter the woods are never quite the same when they emerge.

—Miriam Hahn, Resident Dramaturg

Community Art Sale Thurs-Sat., Nov 6-8, KSU Center


Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design is pleased to announce the first annual Community Art Sale Nov. 6-8 to help fund student scholarships. In conjunction with KSU’s Visions Student Art Society and the KSU Foundation, the sale will include gift items such as pottery, jewelry, hand-pulled prints, small sculptures, and small drawings and paintings.

Director of the School of Art and Design Geo Sipp said, “We are excited to provide an opportunity for a collaboration art sale and exhibition with professional and local area artists. We are particularly pleased that 40% of the retail price will go to the School of Art and Design’s scholarship fund designated for flexible art scholarships for incoming and current students.”

Local area artists and fine artisans, including students, faculty and staff of Kennesaw State University, will offer drawings, prints, watercolors, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, small sculpture, fiber arts, and contemporary craft items. The event will be held in the lobby atrium by the foundation at KSU Center located at 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Artist Shane McDonald is coordinating artist participation and the exhibit. Artists wishing to participate must complete and submit the online application form and any supplemental documents by Oct. 24.  For a sneak peek of some of the pieces offered for sale, please click here.

KSU Opera Theater Presents "The Hotel Casablanca" Nov. 14-15


Dont’ miss the KSU Opera Theater production of “The Hotel Casablanca” Nov. 14-15 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center. Tickets are $11-15; click here to purchase.

Pyromania: Nov. 12-15, Stillwell Theater, 8 p.m.


An evening of classical and contemporary dance featuring the KSU Dance Company. Choreographic repertory presented and staged by Ivan Pulinkala, Daniel Gwirtzman, Mara Mandradjieff, Christine Walker, and Ido Tadmore. Tickets range from $14-$20; November 12-15, 2014, 8 p.m. at Stillwell Theater, Kennesaw State University. Click here to buy tickets.


Dance Festival at Kennesaw State University April 17-19, 2015

Festival celebrates concert dance for high schools and dance studios


Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance will host the 2015 KSU Dance Festival April 17-19, 2015. The Festival features over 30 classes, two nights of adjudicated performances, and teacher seminars. To learn more, click here. 

Art Studies, Dance Solos at Zuckerman Museum of Art Oct. 15


Students enrolled in DANC 4500 Choreography visited the Zuckerman Museum of Art in late August. Each choreographer selected a work of art that spoke to them the loudest, from either the permanent or temporary exhibits. Back in the studio, the students created solo studies in response to their chosen works. Thanks to the generosity of the Zuckerman, we have a chance to complete the process, full circle.

On Wednesday, October 15 from 2:15 to 3 p.m.,  the students will perform their solos and share their inspirations in an open critique led by Professor Daniel Gwirtzman. JOIN US!

Coming Out Monologues Oct. 9-10, 8 p.m., Onyx Theater


Humorous, poignant, and celebratory, this evening features performances of coming-out stories from across the campus community. Co-directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson. Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention services. Tickets $5.

Roktober Laff-Fest | October 3-4


Wilson Building Annex | Onyx Theater | 8 p.m. | Free

Violet Juno at the Stillwell Theater Sept. 25-27, 8 p.m.


Join us for (I am still here) Language has Left the Building at the Stillwell Theatre Sept. 25-27 at 8 p.m. Guest artist Violet Juno combines storytelling and performance to count the languages learned and lost in her family over the generations. Tickets are $5 to $20.

Musicians of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Offer Free Concerts

Two performances on Sept. 26th at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to celebrate music


Kennesaw, Ga. (Sept. 23, 2014)–– 

Musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform two free concerts on Friday, September 26th, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. The musicians will also hold an open rehearsal with School of Music students on Friday afternoon.

The concerts are free and open to the public; seating is first come, first serve and no tickets are required. However, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association will be accepting donations onsite.

On Monday, Sept. 22, the School of Music received notice from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management that the ASO concert scheduled for Sept. 26th had been cancelled due to labor negotiations. Ticket holders were contacted by Kennesaw State on Monday regarding exchanges and/or refunds.

Michael Alexander, Interim Director of the School of Music, said, “We are proud of the partnership we have formed with the ASO, and we are disappointed that the concert that we originally planned has been cancelled due to the ongoing negotiations. We continue to hope for a positive resolution. As a School of Music, our job is to support great music and provide an educational opportunity for our students. These free concerts will help us provide a positive outlet for all involved during this difficult time.”

The concerts will be held at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center, located at 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Download a detailed campus map.

Please use the following guidelines for parking:

Primary parking for this performance at the Bailey Performance Center is in the Central Parking Deck. Parking in this deck is not-restricted (with the exception of disabled parking) and is free after 6 p.m. Parking in any of the surface lots on the arts district campus will be extremely limited. There are limited disabled parking spaces in Lot E and in Lot J. A drop-off lane is available in Lot E and is directly in front of the Bailey Performance Center lobby doors.

For more information, please contact the Box Office at 470-578-6650 or email

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Private Eyes: Oynx Theatre, September 16-21, 2014 | 8 p.m. | $5-$12 Sunday | 2 p.m.


PRIVATE EYES | Onyx Theater
September 16-21, 2014 | 8 p.m. | $5-$12
Sunday | 2 p.m.
By Steven Dietz. | Directed by Ariel Fristoe
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Nothing is ever quite what it seems in this dark comedy of suspicion, theatrical illusion, and romantic truth. Steven Dietz’s darkly comic play Private Eyes offers a startling and incisive glimpse into a world in which appearances deceive at every turn. The private becomes public, the real fades into the imagined, and glimmers of truth may be glimpsed only fleetingly against a dark tide of lies.

The characters in Private Eyes long for truth, love, and genuine human connection, but, terrified of rendering themselves vulnerable through open self-revelation, they instead pursue avenues of deceit, disguise, and self-delusion. Falsehoods pile up at a fevered pace until the final moments of the play, when the characters lay down their lies and face each other in a moment of bare honesty, a blissful release that allows them to see and to be seen without guile or guise.

As his characters gasp for breath against the seductive current of their own lies, Dietz challenges our own expectations for narrative truth as well. The story exists on several different planes of reality simultaneously. It invites audiences to join in with the characters who watch from the wings as the most private moments of their lives unfold onstage, but the play offers no promises that the worlds observed are really what they seem—until we, like Matthew and Lisa, are granted respite in a final instant of stillness and truth.
                    —Miriam Hahn, Resident Dramaturg

Meet dancer Angel Bramlett


By Keaton Lamle

As is often the case with artists, Angel Bramlett was introduced to her craft through older siblings. When her three older sisters enrolled in ballet, Angel wasn’t far behind. “Being the youngest, sometimes you can’t really say what you want to say,” the senior dance major elaborates. However, if her initial entrance into dance wasn’t entirely intentional, the art form soon captured Bramlett’s affections. Continuing to dance throughout high school, she eventually auditioned for North Springs Charter’s (Atlanta, GA) modern-based dance company, and was accepted, leading Bramlett to hone her contemporary dance skills and mentor younger students throughout high school.

Prior to her senior year in high school, the young dancer visited Kennesaw State University to attend the summer dance intensive, had the opportunity to meet some of her future professors, and received a $500 scholarship for attending the clinic. Upon receiving the HOPE scholarship, Bramlett solidified her choice to attend KSU.

“Studying at Kennesaw has been an amazing experience,” Bramlett says. “Coming from a contemporary program, it feels like home here. All the professors are really inclined to pinpoint your personal abilities and weaknesses to help you grow as an artist. I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with pretty much of all the faculty closely; it’s been an exciting process.” The faculty confirms that the partnership has been a success; Professor Marcus Alford says, “Angel is truly one of the most dedicated students I’ve ever taught. Her attention to detail is amazing. I’ve watched Angel grow here at KSU.”

One of the most exciting successes occurred when Bramlett became one of two students chosen to dance abroad in Morocco, an event which the jazz dancer points to as a confidence booster. While Bramlett admits that there are so many amazing dancers in the world that comparison can be demoralizing, she points to the dance department and opportunities like Morocco as a source of encouragement. “Dance is an extremely hard art form. You have to be dedicated. You have to key into who you are as a performer and use that. Our field is competitive. Training at KSU with so many faculty members, you have to learn to adapt to different styles. That’s been the greatest thing, to learn how to adapt. I continue to be cast each fall and spring and am realizing that I can’t compare myself to other dancers. I have to be able to say, ‘I am good enough.’”

For the future, Bramlett hopes to seek commercial work in Los Angeles, pointing out that her dedication to concert dance hasn’t dampened her love for popular theatre, movies, or music videos at all. Likewise, the soon-to-be graduate could envision herself dancing for a contemporary company or teaching dance. For Bramlett, the future is bright because any dance-related option will bring her joy. “Dance is a way to express myself without words. I don’t go a day without dancing.” With her talent and a level of dedication that only true passion can bring, Angel Bramlett seems poised to do great things in the years to come.

Meet Simon Phillips: The Healing Power of Dance


By Kelsey Medlin

There is a healing power to movement and expression, and according to Kennesaw State junior, Simon Phillips, dance gives a person “confidence and strength.” The dance and psychology double major has personal experience with the power of dance making him the person he is today. Simon wants to someday combine his interest of the mind with his passion for dance and develop his own original technique based off of the psychological effect of dance and the process of mental healing.

Simon started dancing at the age of five just for recreation. He remembers attending a camp at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, where he grew up. There, the kids learned to dance, and Simon discovered a strong passion that would follow him the rest of his life. After transferring schools in middle school, he met Pilar Wilder, the owner and instructor of Hayiya Dance Theatre, who encouraged him to seek and study all forms of dance, from tap and jazz to ballet and swing.

At the time, “it was all just fun for me. It made me feel confident and helped me find out who I was,” says Simon. He was not planning on making his passion a career until he was a senior at Central Fine Arts High School. When he was looking into colleges, his guidance counselor advised him to look at dance as a career path since the Governor’s Honor Program recognized him as a great dancer.

Since his freshman year at KSU, Simon has grown in both of his majors, influenced by the life lessons he has learned and the professors he has met along the way. Simon says the most influential lesson he has learned so far is “hands down: relationship building. It’s not just about what you know, but who you know.”

After graduation, Simon wants to take time and pursue a performance career. Simon says that performing is a “way to give back to the community,” which contributes to his overall dream of being an influential part of his community. He aims to audition for two dance companies in particular, Gallim Dance and Batsheva Dance, but would “love the opportunity to just dance––period– in any contemporary company.”

While Simon sees himself as a dancer and a psych major, he says the best way to describe himself is as an “artist,” someone who looks at the world with an “artistic open-mind.” He believes he is able to analyze things creatively and pushes himself to think outside of the box. “Being yourself is a form of art,” he says, which has influenced his goal to one day open a practice and studio of his own where he can use the healing power of movement to help others find out who they are and build the same kind of confidence Simon finds in himself.

As a way to being giving back to his community, Simon wants the KSU community to look at a quote by Howard Thurman, which has always influenced him and his progression to obtain his dream, and discover what it means to them. Thurman says, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive.”

Faculty Exhibition I, Fine Arts Gallery

imageThe Faculty Exhibition I will open August 18th and run through September 13th. Meet the artists and enjoy a reception on August 18th from 5-8 p.m. Fine Arts Gallery, Wilson Building.

24 Hour Play Festival, Sept. 6th, Stillwell Theatre


Coordinated by Jamie Bullins, it’s the perfect blend of planning and spontaneity. In only 24 hours, student writers, directors, actors, and designers transform their ideas into inventive theatre.
Stillwell Theater | September 6, 2014 | 8 p.m. | $5

Sunset Boulevard, Stillwell Theatre, Aug. 22nd!


Adapted from the 1950 film by Billy Wilder; Directed by Jim Davis.
The TPS Faculty performs a staged reading of one of America’s classic films, a tale of love and loss in Hollywood. An annual benefit performance for education abroad scholarships.

Stillwell Theater, August 22, 2014 | 8 p.m. | $10

KSU School of Music Announces the 2014-15 Signature Series


In 2014-15, the Kennesaw State University School of Music will debut a brand new concert series that unites some of the regions top professional ensembles with exciting performances by KSU’s very own students and faculty. The 2014-15 Signature Series will include a trio of concerts by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the debut performance of the Atlanta Opera Chorus at KSU, and two very special scholarship concerts featuring KSU’s very own students and faculty. Signature Series subscriptions are available now by clicking here

Opening the 2014-15 Signature Series on September 16, the School of Music welcomes the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus. Their debut performance at KSU will commemorate the Chorus’ 25th season under the direction of chorus master Walter Huff and will include repertoire spanning 300 years of operatic choral works, including performances of well-known masterpieces by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, and Wagner.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Morgan Concert Hall three times this season, each time with special guest soloists and a different internationally acclaimed conductor. The orchestra’s first performance of the season (September 26) marks not only the return of the orchestra to KSU, but also the return of pianist Jeremy Denk for a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 conducted by ASO Music Director Robert Spano. On January 16, the orchestra will perform an exciting program conducted by Marin Alsop, the first female conductor of a major American orchestra, which will include a performance by the ever-vibrant violinist Julian Rachlin. Finally, on March 20, the ASO will perform a program devoted to art and Spanish music, including a concerto by classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, which will be conducted by Jacomo Bairos.

The KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble team up early in the new year on January 8 for a special performance with indie-alt-folk band, von Grey. The members of von Grey are four classically-trained sisters who have spent the last year accumulating glowing press reviews and featured appearances on national TV including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” and NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” The band will perform special arrangements of songs from their catalog that feature the powerful and moving sound of full orchestra accompaniment provided by the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Proceeds from this concert go towards supporting student scholarships.

A favorite of many longtime School of Music friends and supporters, the annual Collage Concert will take place on February 7, 2015. This extra special event will feature a series of fast-paced, vignette performances by many of the School of Music’s student ensembles and faculty members. Proceeds from this concert go towards supporting student scholarships.

For more information about the 2014-15 Kennesaw State University School of Music Signature Series and to purchase tickets, please contact the KSU College of the Arts Box Office at 470-578-6650 or by visiting

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Star-Spangled Spectacular at KSU!


Kennesaw State University will present two special concerts this summer: The 7th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28, featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and “Back to School with von Grey,” an end-of-summer concert featuring Atlanta based indie-alt-folk band von Grey on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Presented annually on the Saturday that precedes the Independence Day holiday, The Star-Spangled Spectacular has long been a summertime tradition at Kennesaw State to kick off the celebration of our nation’s independence. Since 2008, the free event has been held in the heart of campus on the Campus Green and is accompanied by an exciting fireworks finale.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will perform many favorite patriotic tunes as well as a selection of exciting American works for orchestra. New for this year’s events the addition of preconcert activities including games, face painting and balloon animals for children, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community, and a patriotic singing contest.

The contest winner will have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Championship game at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Aug. 23.

Preconcert activities begin at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot on the green and enjoy the preshow activities. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, and parking is free in designated areas.

Atlanta-based indie-alt-folk band von Grey will headline “Back to School with von Grey” on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center. The members of von Grey are four classically-trained sisters who have accomplished more tasks on the proverbial band wish list in the past year than many bands do in a decade — all without the help of a record label and before their 20th birthdays.

With glowing press reviews and appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Conan,” NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and CNN’s “Road Warriors,” the Atlanta Journal/ Constitution described the quartet as “nothing short of stunning.”

The band’s debut at Kennesaw State will also feature a performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra. In a special collaboration with the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art and Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to attend an outdoor party starting at 5 p.m., featuring food trucks, live music and tours of the Zuckerman and the Bailey Center. Seating for the concert is general admission, and tickets go on sale July 1 at 

Information to Know for the Star-Spangled Spectacular

 Where is the Star-Spangled Spectacular located?

The Star-Spangled Spectacular is located on campus at Kennesaw State University on the Campus Green. Click here for driving directions and parking information.

Where can I park and how much is parking?

Parking for this event is FREE! Recommended parking lots are the Central Parking Deck and Lots A, B, C, and D, but feel free to park in any open parking lots. Please note: the East Deck and East Parking lot will be closed to the public during this event. Click here for driving directions and parking information.

Do I need to purchase tickets or pay an admission fee to attend?

Seating on the lawn is FREE of charge and open to the public. We are sorry, but the tables are SOLD OUT.

What time does the event begin?

The concert begins at 8 p.m., but be sure to arrive early for pre-concert games, facepainting, and balloon artists for kids, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community and beyond, and a patriotic singing contest starting at 5 pm.

Are handicap-accessible seating areas available?

Yes, wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the Campus Green. If you have specific questions about accessibility, please contact 770-423-6650 for more information.

May I bring food and beverages?

Yes! Please feel free to pack a picnic basket and bring coolers, blankets, chairs, and other picnic items. Please, do not bring grills or large tables. A limited number of concession vendors will also be available on site for purchasing snacks and beverages.

May I smoke on the Campus Green?

Kennesaw State University is a smoking-restricted campus. Smoking is not allowed on the Campus Green at any time, but is allowed in designated smoking adjacent to the KSU Bookstore, Convocation Center, and Burruss Building. 

What time will the event conclude?

The concert and fireworks display will likely conclude between 9:45 – 10:00pm.

What happens if it rains?

If the event cannot be held on Saturday, June 28 due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to the following day: Sunday, June 29. In the event of a postponement, updates will be posted on this website, the main KSU website, and all social media platforms for KSU and the School of Music. Unfortunately, if the event cannot be held on Sunday due to continued inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and we will hope to see you next year!

Still have questions?

Call 770-423-6650.

Note: By attending the 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular, you acknowledge and agree to grant Kennesaw State University the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media now available or hereafter developed and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate such media without any further approval from you or any payment to you. This grant includes, but is not limited to, the right to edit such media, and the right to use the media alone or together with other information.

Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina to teach at Kennesaw State University


Christine Winkler retiring from Atlanta Ballet after 19 seasons

For media inquiries: Kathie Beckett, Director of Marketing and Communications, 770-499-3417 or email

Kennesaw, GA (May 22, 2014)–– Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance is pleased to announce that Atlanta Ballet’s prima ballerina Christine Winkler has joined the faculty as a part-time instructor for ballet technique. In the fall, Winkler will teach setting classical repetory and a pointe class, following her retirement from Atlanta Ballet after nineteen seasons.

Sharon Story, Atlanta Ballet’s Dean of Centre for Dance Education and Ballet Mistress, said, “Christine has shared so many of her talents with the Atlanta Ballet audiences that her evolution has been nothing less than stellar. Whatever role Christine performs it is always of the highest artistic and physical integrity. She is a rare gift in the world of dance and an amazing teacher.”

Ivan Pulinkala, Chairman of the Department of Dance, said, “Christine’s pedagogical and performance skills will be a valuable addition to dance majors at KSU. We are thrilled that our association with Atlanta Ballet has continued to leverage reciprocal advantages, and we are honored to welcome Christine Welker to the faculty in the Department of Dance at KSU.”

Winkler has had many professional highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995, including Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. She’s also had the pleasure of working with world-renowned choreographers.

She will utilize her diverse experience to inspire the students. She said, “I am excited about strengthening classical ballet technique at Kennesaw State and expanding students’ musicality within classical technique and artistry.”

“Kennesaw State University Department of Dance is so very lucky to have Christine join the staff.  Her generosity of spirit, supreme knowledge of the art form and magnetic personality will shine throughout the department. She is a rare gift in the world of dance and an amazing teacher. I may even come take class!” added Story.


About Christine Winkler: A California native, Christine trained with Barbara Crockett and furthered her studies with the San Francisco Ballet School. She then joined Ballet West, where she met husband John Welker. Memorable highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995 include Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, and Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Christine has worked with choreographers Christopher Hampson, Lila York, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, Darrell Moultrie, Gina Patterson, Jorden Morris, Helen Pickett and Juel Lane. Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble, Chamber Dance Project and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. To learn more, visit

About Kennesaw State Department of Dance: The largest dance program in the state of Georgia, the Department of Dance is a leader in undergraduate dance education in the Southeastern United States. Students choose from ballet, modern/contemporary or jazz concentrations, and are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists in state-of the-art dance facilities.  Students also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, gloATL, Dance Canvas, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. To learn more, visit or call 770-423-6614.

About Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.