The Arts at Rowan Relaunches In-Person Programs and Invites New Artists, Audiences and Perspectives | Rowan today


The arts tell the stories of our time and reflect the experiences of our daily life with new lenses. After a year and a half of pivoting, learning and evolving, Rowan’s Performing Arts and Art Gallery is moving forward with intention in taking steps to include more voices, identities and community members with the most extensive season. and the most diverse to date.

For the College of Performing Arts, that means a new Fall Family Pass, a redefinition of dance and disability, a fresh voice and triple threat guest of the New York jazz scene, and more, all as part of the world-class Marie Rader presentation series. .

“The arts remain central to our healing, our well-being, our ability to connect and build a better future for all of us, and we are excited to resume our activities in person,” said Rick Dammers, Dean of the College of Performing Arts. “But we don’t take what we currently know about COVID-19 lightly and we are prepared for continued flexibility to adapt to a changing situation. “

As of August 23, 2021, Rowan University requires masks, regardless of immunization status, for all indoor public spaces on campus until at least September 14, after which management will determine whether this mandate should remain or be. amended. For Season 21 | 22, the Performing Arts Box Office requires that all tickets be purchased in advance and that a brief health examination be submitted by all members of the public on the day they plan to attend. a show. Capacity will be limited at all sites.

The launch of the Fall Family Pass, a one-time $ 30 ticket that includes four captivating shows offered over four months, is designed to introduce new audiences, young and old, to artistic programming for the first time.

“We look forward to increasing our impact within our campus communities, as well as beyond them,” said Debbie Shapiro, Director of Community Engagement and Presentation for the College. “We know that children and families yearn for new ways to find times of joy, liberation and connection during the pandemic. “

World-renowned Cashore Puppets launch family series, during Rowan Family Weekend, with Simple gifts, a series of poignant scenes from everyday life on classical music on September 25. The South Jersey C Symphony offers Musical adventures on October 2, an interactive and educational concert that gives a glimpse of what it is to play in an orchestra. Mountain Goat Mountain, an audio theater experience for families to do together at home, developed by Australia-based interactive project creators Threshold, is available November 13-28. The culminating event of the family series, A Winter family holiday festival On December 12, Rowan students and faculty, as well as guest artists, will participate in a Sunday afternoon program dedicated to togetherness, seasonal traditions, a variety of cultures and more.

Beyond family programs, the Marie Rader presentation series offers a multi-faceted mix of performance and awareness events, designed to inspire community conversations. Oakland-based virtuoso Axis Dance Company, an acclaimed ensemble of artists with and without disabilities, appear both online and in person this year, starting October 29 with a virtual talk / demo on Redefining Dance and disability as part of Rowan’s Access and Inclusion Week, followed by an in-person workshop (February 18) and a live performance of a new original contemporary choreography (February 19). Symphony in C, one of the country’s leading professional training orchestras, continues its fall educational program with an official concert by Haydn, Mozart and Jesse Montgomery (February 27). Chicago-based chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, whose work is at the cutting edge of modern classical music, concludes the season by connecting with Rowan’s Wind Ensemble for a residency and public performance on April 29.

The Music Department once again fills Wilson Hall with dozens of dynamic performances featuring faculty and students playing jazz, classical, choral, orchestral, lyrical, brass, contemporary and baroque ensembles from September through April. The beloved and free Faculty Spotlight series currently features cellist Joanne Erwin (September 22), improvisational music by Denis DiBlasio and Kevin Stahl (October 6), saxophone duo Ogni Suono with faculty member Noa Even (October 20), Rowan Jazz Faculty (October 27), violinist Timothy Schwarz and distinguished guests exploring the musical traditions of Arab and Israeli cultures (January 26) and Rowan Brass Faculty (February 2).

The Department of Theater and Dance has invited acclaimed Philadelphia-based theater artist Walter DeShields as Guest Director-in-Residence for the year, demonstrating his commitment to a wider range of representations of identities in the field. . DeShields Collaborates With Faculty Member Lane Savadove On Adaptation Plum bread, Jessie Redmon Faucet’s 1928 Harlem Renaissance novel about a young African-American woman’s exploration of self-acceptance in the racial landscape of her day, for the Tohill Theater stage with an October 21-24 broadcast . DeShields will also direct Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis Notre-Dame of 121 street for a race from February 24 to 27. Make good trouble, inspired by the late US Representative John Lewis’s call to ‘Get in good trouble’, features the work of two choreographers (faculty member Dawn Marie Bazemore and guest artist Joe González), each revealing original pieces developed from an identical set of prompts, December 2-5. In April, the public can expect Celebration with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street. This evening of singers, dancers and a live DJ precedes the one-act musical, an uplifting tale from a college student who will do anything to impress the new girl at school.


Rowan University Art Gallery’s fall programs take into account the past 18 months, which have contributed to troubling and unprecedented times.

“As we continue to address these challenges, it is increasingly important that we practice self-care and personal well-being,” said Mary Salvante, program director for the gallery and exhibitions. “This upcoming gallery season responds to that ideation and will feature a series of exhibitions that explore themes of empathy, comfort, recovery and regeneration. “

In Field Companion: an immersive video installation, until October 30, Philadelphia artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib have created a microcosmic forest loosely inspired by the Pine Barrens of southern Jersey. Like many, the duo have found refuge and liberation throughout the pandemic by hiking and foraging in these remote natural landscapes. As America’s social fabric has unraveled in recent years, they viewed forest ecosystems in terms of the symbiotic and collaborative relationships that support coexistence and community.

The molded rubber sculptures of Philadelphia-native Jeanne Silverthorne, on display from November through January in the second semester exhibition, mimic mundane objects in a state of neglect as nature begins to encroach. The artist embraces the absurdity surrounding misperceptions of stability, consistency and fairness while presenting a metaphor for this state of instability.

For the most recent information on College of Performing Arts ticketing operations, guest safety protocols, directions and parking, accessibility, and the full season schedule, visit boxoffice. To skip ahead to browsing events and purchasing 21 | 22 Season tickets, go to

Full information on the Rowan University Art Gallery’s schedule, times and requirements can be found at The gallery is located at 301 High Street West in downtown Glassboro, NJ.


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