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Welcome to the College of the Arts’ Summer Arts Virtual Intensives! Watch online anytime. 

  • The KSU Acting and Musical Theatre Virtual Intensive schedules are below and the lectures will be posted here. We are excited to give you the opportunity to experience technical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning. 

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    11 a.m. “The Ultimate Musical Theatre Warm-up” with Amanda Wansa Morgan and Timothy Ellis. Join KSU Musical Theatre professors Morgan and Ellis as they take you through a vocal warm up and a dance warm up for musical theatre performance styles!

    2 p.m. “The Ultimate Actors Warm-Up” with Emily Kitchens. Join KSU Acting professor Kitchens as she takes you through the ultimate warm up to enable an actor to prepare to perform with their voice, body, and mind!

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    11 a.m. “Learn a Musical Theatre Song with Dance Break – I Can Do That!” with Timothy Ellis. Learn an entire musical theatre performance song from top to bottom along with a fun dance break. You can use this material for auditions or a dynamic solo performance of your choice! Featured song in this video for Tenors, Baritones (and even Altos) is “I Can Do That” from A Chorus Line. Included: sheet music and instrumental track.

    2 p.m. “Learn a Musical Theatre Song with Dance Break – Here I Am!” with Timothy Ellis. Learn an entire musical theatre performance song from top to bottom along with a fun dance break. You can use this material for auditions or a dynamic solo performance of your choice! Featured song in this video for Altos, Mezzos, and Sopranos is “Here I Am” from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Included: sheet music and instrumental track.

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    11 a.m. “Make the Cut: Audition Tips for Musical Theatre Performers” with Amanda Wansa Morgan and Timothy Ellis. Learn the tips and tricks of the trade from working professional artists who also teach at KSU. You will be taken through all of the elements of auditioning, from the types of auditions out there to how to find material. Includes an honest take on what kinds of auditions are truly successful.

    2 p.m. “Make the Cut: Audition Tips for Actors” with Emily Kitchens. Learn the tips and tricks of the trade from working professional artist and professor Emily Kitchens. Prof. Kitchens will take you through all of the elements of auditioning for theatre and film through self-taping! Explore auditions for a variety of genres (classical, contemporary, etc.) as well as formats (college programs vs. professional gigs).

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    11 a.m. “Audition Resources for Musical Theatre and Acting Auditions” with Amanda Wansa Morgan and Emily Kitchens. Ever wondered where to start on the journey of looking for repertoire for auditions? Trying to find that perfect monologue or song? Fear not! Prof. Kitchens will help you find a monologue and Prof. Morgan will help you find a song. These KSU faculty will give you a walkthrough of valuable Internet resources as well as advice on how to find the material that’s uniquely right for you! Also included will be a Resource Guide with Links and a breakdown of the “Actors Rehearsal Kit” – essential items a working actor should have readily available to perform at their best!

    2 p.m. “Panel with the Pros” with Emily Kitchens. KSU acting Prof. Kitchens interviews professional theatre artists on life in the theatre, the state of the industry, being an artist, and walking through this world with a creative soul. The explosive guest list includes: Lenne Klingamen (Broadway & film actor); Alejandro Rodriguez (actor & producer); Vichet Chum (actor & playwright); Tobie Windham (actor & producer); Erin Washington (actor & producer); and Taylor Bailey (Producer).

    Friday, June 5, 2020
    11 a.m. “Panel with KSU Theatre Faculty, Students, and Alumni” moderated by Amanda Wansa Morgan and Timothy Ellis. Learn more about training in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at KSU from those who went through it! Featuring KSU TPS alumni who are working or have worked professionally, including L’oréal Roache (2020), Courtney McCullar (2020), Joseph Pendergrast (2017), Brandy Bell (2019), and current TPS Senior Alex Harding (2021). Moderated by KSU faculty Amanda Wansa Morgan and Timothy Ellis. Includes information about college programs in general as well as the unique qualities of the B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.

    2 p.m. “Panel on College Musical Theatre Programs” moderated by Amanda Wansa Morgan and Timothy Ellis. Join us for an interview panel with some of the best musical theatre educators from around the United States on college musical theatre programs: facts, audition tips, and thoughts on how to approach choosing the best college program for you! The panel features professors Stacy Alley (University of Alabama); Jonathan Flom (Slippery Rock University); and Scott Susong (Illinois Wesleyan University). All members of the panel also serve as members of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance. 

  • The KSU Art and Design Virtual Intensive schedule is below; the workshops will be here and will be posted online daily June 1-5, 2020 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We are excited to give you the opportunity to experience technical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning. We look forward to seeing you online!  

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    11 a.m. "Cuban Superheroes, a Virtual Tour" with Elizabeth Thomas. This self-guided virtual tour shares an experience of being in the Zuckerman Fine Arts Gallery in Spring 2020 to see the Cuban Superheroes exhibition. The collaborative project between printmaking students and art history students explored the deities of the Orishan pantheon from the Cuban perspective and included a focus on the characteristics that make them "Super."

    2 p.m. “Basic Digital Painting” with Craig Brasco. In this video, you'll learn the basics of digital painting in Adobe Photoshop doing a simple still life of an apple.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    11 a.m. “Basic Character Painting” with Craig Brasco. In this video, you'll learn the basics of digital character design in Adobe Photoshop using silhouettes and basic rendering techniques. 

    2 p.m. “Animation Adobe Animate/Flash” with Chris Malone. This video will go over how to get started in animation by learning a very popular animation method used by a lot of studios in Atlanta. It will cover how to build a character rig, import it into animation programs, and bring it to life.

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate Digital Painting” with Craig Brasco. In this video, you'll learn more about painting realistically in Adobe Photoshop with a more complex still life.

    2 p.m. “Animation/Comics” with Chris Malone. This video covers composition techniques that go into storyboarding, animatics, and comics, and how they may be used to tell better stories.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate Character Painting” with Craig Brasco. In this video, we'll take the work from the Basic Character Painting and expand on it with more detail and narrative 

    2 p.m. “Animation/Comics” with Chris Malone. This video will cover how character design can be used as a storytelling device in both comics and animation, as well as how to improve inking and linework in cartoons.

    Friday, June 5, 2020
    11 a.m. "Exploring Space, Making Form: Three Artists at the ZMA" with Elizabeth Thomas. The art of Ruth Zuckerman, Krista Clark, and Zipporah Camille Thompson, currently on display across three exhibitions at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, is examined by way of their relationship to form and the exploration of three-dimensions in space.

    2 p.m. “Animation/Comics” with Chris Malone. This video goes over how to clean up comic work in Photoshop, how to digitally letter comics, and how to export/share animations and comics. 

  • The KSU Dance Virtual Intensive schedule is below; the workshops will be here and are available to watch anytime online. We are excited to give you the opportunity to experience technical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning. 

    Monday, June 1, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Barre” with McCree O’Kelley. Designed for high school students with previous experience, this virtual workshop focuses on building strength and developing musicality. The workshop is designed to be performed in a small space.

    2 p.m. “Contemporary Modern Dance Class” with Lisa K. Lock. Designed to be executed in small spaces, this virtual class includes a warm-up focusing on strengthening and stretching, some exercises to increase technical skills, and a longer movement phrase to dance, be a movement artist, and to have fun.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate Ballet Barre” with McCree O’Kelley. Designed for high school students with previous experience, this virtual workshop focuses on placement and improving flexibility.

    2:00 p.m. “Yoga for Dancers” with Andrea Knowlton. This class targets specific areas to increase mobility and alignment in dance technique. We will gently open the hips and increase extension through proper stretch of the feet, lower and upper legs. Extended balances will be offered as we channel our breathing to gain stability. This practice also includes spine mobility, arm strengthening, and abdominal strengthening. 

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Barre” with McCree O’Kelley. Designed for high school students with previous experience, this virtual workshop focuses on building strength and developing musicality. The workshop is designed to be performed in a small space.

    2 p.m. “Contemporary Class” with Andrea Knowlton. This class focuses on healthy and efficient movement patterning as well as breath and full body connectivity. An extended warm-up will lead dancers into phrasework which is based on the concepts of release technique but formulated for the at-home-environment. Dancers will learn new floorwork patterns as we play between the horizontal and vertical planes. 

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate Ballet Barre” with McCree O’Kelley. Designed for high school students with previous experience, this virtual workshop focuses on placement and improving flexibility.

    2:00 p.m. “Yoga for Dancers” with Andrea Knowlton. This class targets specific areas to increase mobility and alignment in dance technique. We will gently open the hips and increase extension through proper stretch of the feet, lower and upper legs. Extended balances will be offered as we channel our breathing to gain stability. This practice also includes spine mobility, arm strengthening, and abdominal strengthening.

    Friday, June 5, 2020
    11 a.m. “Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Barre” with McCree O’Kelley. Designed for high school students with previous experience, this virtual workshop focuses on building strength and developing musicality. The workshop is designed to be performed in a small space.

    2 p.m. “Contemporary Modern Dance Class” with Lisa K. Lock. Designed to be executed in small spaces, this virtual class includes a warm-up focusing on strengthening and stretching, some exercises to increase technical skills, and a longer movement phrase to dance, be a movement artist, and to have fun.   

  • The KSU Music Virtual Intensive schedule is below; the workshops are here and may be watched anytime. We are excited to give you the opportunity to experience technical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning.

    Monday June 1, 2020
    11:00 “Violin Basics 101” with violinist Helen Kim. A brief overview of basic technical elements relating to intonation and sound production with brief musical performances by Helen Kim.

    2:00 “Building a solid foundation: Warm-up and trumpet pedagogy concepts” with Doug Lindsey.  In this session, you will get to work with Dr. Lindsey, professor of trumpet, on the fundamentals of making great sounds, using healthy air, and a number of other key fundamentals. If you stick to these basic fundamental strategies each day, you will see great improvement over the summer! 

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    11:00 “Engage Efficiently - How to Structure Your Daily Routine” with Paul Dickinson. Whether you’re preparing for All State auditions or a solo in band class, how you approach your practice sessions determines how you will perform. This video discusses how to practice your brass instrument in a way that gives you more security and ease in your playing. It will feature a sample play-along daily routine and discussion about principles of brass pedagogy with Dr. Paul Dickinson, Artist-in-Residence for Tuba and Euphonium at Kennesaw State University. 

    2:00 “Intro to Scales” with Ben Wadsworth: A concise introduction to different scales for musicians. Curious as to the scales used in a song? Now you will be able to figure them out! Familiarity with reading music is required, but no other theoretical training.

    Wednesday June 3, 2020
    11:00 “Piano-Playing Tips Every High Schooler Needs to Know” with Robert Henry. In this video, we will discuss the basic elements of a practice routine, starting with how to develop an effortless technique, how to warm-up at the instrument, and finally, how to practice a piece in the most efficient way. 

    2:00 "Getting Down to Basics" with Richard Williams. You will learn the best way to warm up your horn; includes fundamental exercises and technique.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    11:00 “Practical Piano Skills - what a working pianist needs for survival!" with Judy Cole. This virtual workshop will touch on aspects of accompanying, reading chord charts, sight reading and efficient practicing.

    2:00 “Cello Technique: Excellence in the Basics” with Charae Krueger. Includes the basics of how to practice orchestral excerpts and how to make a great college audition video.

    Friday, June 5, 2020
    11:00 “Warm up with Hollie” featuring Hollie Lawing-Pritchard. In this session, we’re going to start our day together with a daily routine that touches every essential element of playing to get you going! Fun, trombone-specific Lip slurs, long tone exercises (with glissandos), and real talk about scales and why they’re important(middle, high school, college and beyond).

    2:00 "Percussion Instruments from across the world" with John Lawless. This video examines Prof. Lawless' crazy collection of world percussion instruments. 

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