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Thank you for your interest in our Undergraduate Research in Progress Forum. Watch our students from the College of the Arts as they share their scholarship and research in these interesting presentations. 

Department of Dance

headshot of Katie_PatrickKatie Patrick presents "Double Helix"

Katie Patrick, a senior at Kennesaw State University (KSU), aspires to share her passion for dance among peers, students, and friends. She has been dancing for over seventeen years and trains in many forms of dance, but particularly enjoys ballet and contemporary. She performed twelve years in "The Nutcracker" She has also performed in three dance concerts for KSU, including "Roked" choreographed by Thang Dao, and "Proximity Distorts," choreographed by Andrea Knowlton. Katie has choreographed and directed two dance films, "Double Helix" and "Primary," and has been recognized as First Runner-Up for her research presented at the KSU Symposium of Student Scholars. “Double Helix” has also been published in the NCHC Journal for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. She hopes to teach dance after graduation and share her love of dance with dancers of all ages and skill levels. 

Bailey School of Music

headshot of Laz DivineLazareth (Laz) Divine presents "Singing for the Red, White and Blue: Nationalism in Country Music after 9/11"

Lazareth (Laz) Divine is a junior Music Education major at Kennesaw State University. He studies cello under Charae Kruger and is a Supplemental Instructor for Music in Society under the guidance of Dr. Kayleen Justus. Laz Divine is also the president of KSU’s chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) after being a member for two years prior. He is a cello private instructor for beginner cellists, and he teaches cello sectionals at local middle schools. Laz has a passion for orchestral education and musicology and wishes to pursue a Musicology Master’s degree upon completing his Bachelor’s. While he plans for a doctorate’s degree in the future, he plans on teaching middle school and high school orchestra and researching for a few years before pursuing higher education past his Master’s.

headshot of James PoteatJames Poteat presents "Atonal & Serial Passages in Leonard Bernstein's Mass"

James is a life-long resident of Cobb County and currently lives with his husband in Acworth. His primary instruments are trombone and piano, and he has 18 years of experience as a private music instructor. James is the author of the Fingerpower Pop series published by Hal Leonard. He has a passion for music history, theory, and pedagogy. After 13 years away from the University, James has returned to complete his undergraduate degree in music and is studying theory with Dr. Benjamin Wadsworth.

Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

Emma Lipscomb headshotEmma Lipscomb presents "Metro-Collision Project, Best Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy Practices"

Emma Lipscomb is a senior Theatre and Performance Studies major with a concentration in Acting. She has served as an assistant director for The Normal Heart and Polaroid Stories and as a director for The Coming Out Monologues at Kennesaw State University. She has performed in Kennesaw State’s production of Bring it On (ensemble) and the Springer Opera House’s productions of The Jungle Book (Chil/Human), The Wheels on the Bus (Black Spider), The Giver (Fiona), and The Cat in the Hat (Little Cat). Emma has previously presented her research project, “Ableism in Theatre: Sensory Disabilities in Performances for Young Audiences,” at NCUR 2019. She will be graduating this December and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Drama Therapy. 

Issa_SolisIssa Solís presents "Potential Impact of the Metro Collision Project Programming"

Issa Solís is a junior at Kennesaw State University. She is majoring in Theatre and Performance Studies with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Latin American Studies. Issa has a passion for theatre-making, particularly with theatre for change and social justice. She has experience with acting, directing, and designing for theatre.



headshot of Riley TagliatelaRiley Tagliatela presents "A Little Bit of Clarity: How an Eighteenth-Century Rhino Named Clara Became a European Celebrity"

Riley Tagliatela is a senior at Kennesaw State University with a major in Theatre and Performance studies with a concentration in Design/Tech and a minor in the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program. She dreams of becoming a production manager for a children’s theatre company and loves seeing kids grow to enjoy art as much as she does. Story telling is her passion and she is always on the lookout for an interesting and compelling story.

headshot of Zach TellezZachari Tellez presents "Reimagining The Restrictive Art of Theatre"

Zach Tellez is a Junior at Kennesaw University with a major in Theatre and Performance Studies. He served in a multitude of roles in the KSU community and is always seeking to create spaces that foster creativity and communication. His personal mantra is an Ethel Merman quote, "Always give them the old fire even when you feel like a squashed cake.”