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Annual Report visual and performing arts


Executive Summary MISSION The Office of Visual and Performing Arts fosters creativity, learning, and understanding through diverse events, experiences, and collaborations.

VISION A transformative culture where everyone is engaged in the community and the world.

CORE VALUES Exceptional customer service and artist support. State of the art facilities available to our community. Exploration and experimentation with new ideas. Safe and inclusive community. Meaningful artistic and cultural learning experiences. Effective stewardship of resources.

Sometimes change can be unsettling. Transition on a well-worn road can often disrupt a comfortable and familiar journey. While this was a year of much transition - saying goodbye to Director Laura Kendall, Vice President of F & A Roger Bruszewski, and Millersville University President John Anderson - the Office of Visual & Performing Arts continued a focused path on fulfilling our mission and expanding our reach to the greater Lancaster County region. As you will see on the following pages, this year has been one of dedicated growth to both new and previously successful arts programming as well as increased presence within our community. With over 933 presented performances, hosted events, internal and external rentals and 272 days of VPA activity during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, VPA’s goals were apparent - to ensure that all Lancaster County residents and MU students, from any neighborhood and from all walks of life, be given the opportunity to experience the cultural arts. We wholeheartedly know that commitment to and passion for the arts makes a difference – in people’s lives, in the heart and soul of a community, and in a region’s economy. This report clearly reflects that Millersville University’s VPA has proudly been an integral and impactful part of each of those components. In the 2017-2018 season, our commitment is reflected in presentations including the eclectic We The People First Friday series (Yesid Gomez, Gail Gray’s Portals, adventurer Soren West), the beautifully touching performance “Butterfly” by international deaf story teller Ramesh Meyyappan, our Club 42 and Jazz in the Sky series (Bria Skonberg, Velvet Caravan, Champian Fulton), as well as our Family Fun Fest, Arts Smarts camps and school shows for young audiences (Mexico Beyond Mariachi, PA Ballet’s Snow White). Whether our artists are locallygrown favorites (Christopher Shih, King Street Big Band, Julie Keough) or artists that took us to worldly destinations (Alash Throat Singers, Nobuntu, Orkesta Mendoza), we solidly established ourselves as Lancaster County’s premier home for extraordinary cultural arts and the “go to” destination for unique arts programming. Located conveniently at the center of downtown, within walking distance for many residents and businesses, the Ware Center continued to be a favorite community gathering space in 2017-2018. We hosted over 95 local events including ASSETS Social Enterprise Pitch, Hourglass, Benchmark’s Extraordinary Giving Party and the Lancaster Police Awards. Our partners-inresidence, Music for Everyone, Allegro and South Central PaARTners, contributed to our mission by providing accessible arts experiences for all ages. This season’s robust programming and events would not have been possible without the support of numerous organizations and individuals in our community, and we thank you! Rodgers & Associates continued to be our Platinum Season Partner whose sponsorship allowed us to present national and regional touring artists, with a commitment of inclusion and accessibility to the arts for marginalized groups. We were grateful to the leadership at Millersville University whose support for the programming at the Ware and Winter Centers evidenced what a valuable asset the visual and performing arts are in a student’s university experience and in establishing positive connections with the community and world around us. A heartfelt thanks to the VPA leadership team, our technical and production staff, faculty, students, donors, patrons and partners for making this time of transition an opportunity for growth, learning, reinventing and becoming. Our strengths and achievements in 2017–2018 have paved the road ahead for even more boundless possibilities.

Robin Zaremski, Director Visual & Performing Arts Centers

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Thank you








FOUNDATION AND GRANT SUPPORT Mr. & Mrs. William F. Brossman Charitable Foundation The Anne L. & Robert K. Bowman Family Foundation




Ferree Foundation Rodgers Charitable Foundation The Tecumseh Foundation



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President John Anderson with Alan Wyand and Bob Shoener

LUMINARY DONORS $5,000+ Mrs. Susan Davis Rufus & Judy Fulton Dr. & Mrs. John H. Garofola Linda Holman-Marcks Benjamin & Carol Holmes Mr. Peter L. Hunsberger and Mrs. Barbara B. Hunsberger Dr. Mary Kearns & Dr. Jon G. Walker William McIlwaine Margaret J. Neff Bob Shoener & Alan Wyand Paul & Judy Ware




Norman & Joanne N. Axelrod Mr. & Mrs. Frederick D. Bloom Roger Bruszewski Dr. John F. & Mrs. Candace H. O’Donnell Mr. Paul E. Oppenheimer & Ms. Joanne Judge Christopher & Maya Shih

John & Vivien Anderson Kathy Ashby Timothy P. & Louise H. Brown Robert Buchanan Glenna Eshleman Carol & Barry Kornhauser Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Patrick Robert Patterson Walter J. Petroski Nancy Pruskowski David F. Richards Exelon Corporation

Thomas W. & Barbara M. Andersen Richard & Tamara Baker Joe Banks David & Paulie Bird Jane Pippart-Brown & Peter A. Brown Srirupa Dasgupta & Pablo Jenik Steven Diguiseppe Wendell L. Funk Mr. & Mrs. George Giffen John Gerdy Lawrence Keating & Jan Masland Pamela & Hugh McGettigan Herb Miller

Nancy & Sam Neff Elaine Pease Walter L. Petroski Dennis Reinaker Richard & Elaine Ressel Gary Reynolds Linda & Samuel Rice Jennifer Silbert Charles & Ruth Stewart Arlene & John Volk Laura & Chris Wakeley Crystal & David Walker Tracey Weis

Laura & Mike Micciche Peggy Neff Dean Oberholtzer Rick Oppenheimer & Joanne Judge Harvey Owen Karyn & Bill Regitz Hon. Dennis E. Reinaker Rick & Jessy Rodgers Fran Rodriguez Tom & Gina Russo Stacy Rutherford & Toby Myers Robin Serrat

Chris & Maya Shih Kit & Pete Slaugh Jack & Joni Soost Elaine Stanko Linda & Joe Sweeney Patrick Tell Diane & Ron Umble Jon Walker Judy & Paul Ware Marisa Weaver Doug & Linda Weidman Louise Williams Ted & Mary Sue Wolf Lydia Yeager

$500-$999 Millersville University Alumni Association Steve Hofmann Francine McNairy-Nelson & Herbert Nelson William & Karyn Regitz Diane Umble

Arts Advisory Council John & Vivien Anderson Stephen Armbruster Nancy Arnold Kathy Ashby Norman & Joanne Axelrod Tom Baldrige Deepa Balepur Ann Barshinger Bob & Anne Bowman Aminta Breaux Norman Bristol-Colon Roger Bruszewski Becky Bumsted

Mary Burton & Laurent Horne Bobbie & Steve Campbell Patrick & Linda Castagna Tom Cook Jerry Eckert Bob Fenninger Frank Fox Kathleen Frankford Wendell Funk Susan & John Garofola John Gerdy Ely & Abbie Gonick Gail & Rick Gray

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Lisa Groff Jim Hagelgans Bill Haynes & Patti Smedley Larry Keating & Jan Masland Laura Kendall Jeff & Sandra Kenderdine Barry Kornhauser David Lyall Linda Holman-Marcks Liz Martin Clark McSparren Greg & Kim Melhorn


Ware Center Staff Amy Banks, Arts Communication Manager

Michele Littrell, Front Desk Support

Alex Bender, Production Coordinator

Jay Miller, Business Manager

Julie Pyle Childs, Office Coordinator

James Smith, Ware Center Facility Manager

Nathan Cottrell, Assistant Director of Production & Facilities

Stephanie Witman, Technical Coordinator

Barry Kornhauser, Assistant Director of Campus & Community Engagement

Lydia Yeager, Ticket Sales Manager

Logan Wood, Technical Coordinator Robin Zaremski, Director

Staff Highlights GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS The highlight of our team’s accomplishments was the acknowledgment of Barry Kornhauser at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts. The distinction is a Pennsylvania tradition introduced in 1980 by Governor Dick Thornburgh. Presented annually, these awards honor artists whose works fall in a variety of mediums. In 2017, Barry was honored as Artist of the Year. A nationally-recognized playwright, director and educator, Barry has been a revitalizing and encouraging force in Lancaster’s increasingly creative community for over 30 years. Here at the Ware Center he’s a shining beacon on Lancaster’s youth as he shares his love for the arts with hundreds of children and youth during our Summer Arts Smarts camps, MU-Theatre camps and Family Fun Fest events. Barry’s

eye for merging revelatory subjects with art doesn’t stop there. He’s also responsible for the culturally rich We the People First Friday events, each accompanied by a relevant art exhibit, that take place nearly every month. He’s worked with the finest theaters for young audiences in the country and won numerous national awards, not only for his plays but for his work with underserved and marginalized communities in Lancaster and across the country. In 2014, Barry received the highest honor bestowed in children’s theater, the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Orlin Corey Medallion Award. He also won the Chorpenning Cup in 2009, which recognizes a “body of distinguished work by a nationally known writer of outstanding plays for children.” 2 0 1 7 - 2 0 1 8 A N N UA L RE PO R T • A R T S M U. C O M

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2017 - 2018


Lois Chimimba as Tiger Lily in the National Theatre Live’s Peter Pan.

Escaping the Ordinary

was easy this season. Artists from all over the world offered our community a well-rounded cultural arts experience and we had plenty of opportunities to enjoy our local superstars, too. Our commitment to both is what makes our performing arts centers a special contribution to the Millersville campus as well as the community at large.

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Shayna Steele


Las Cafeteras


Alash – Tuva Siberia

Lightwire Theater

Amy Banks

Julie Keough

Alice Aycock

Ramesh Meyyapan – Scotland

Augustin & Friends

King Street Big Band

Nenad Bach

Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Barrio Allegria

Pennsylvania Ballet II

Rachel Barton Pine

David Myles

Evita Colon

Red Rose City Chorus

Roy Book Binder

Nobuntu – Zimbabwe

Milan Credle

Christopher Shih

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Orkesta Mendoza

Yesid Gomez

Robin Spielberg

Kenny Broberg

Robert Rooy

Richard Humphreys

Da Wolf

Cahoots N.I. – Ireland

Alan Safier

Julia Jordan Kamanda

Eugene Corr

Bria Skonberg

Sophia Cruz

Mary Stallings

Darrell Green Trio

Shayna Steele

Jeremy Davenport

Milton Suggs

Derek Evans

Seamus Egan Project

Champian Fulton

Francine Strickwerda

Richard Goldsmith

Camille Thurman

Peter Gros

Velvet Caravan

Chamique Holdsclaw

Leah Warshawski

Irish Christmas in America

Brenda Wong

Jaerv – Sweden

Thomas Yu

Las Cafeteras

Red Rose City Chorus

COMMUNIT Y PARTNERS These local organizations play an important role in bringing arts experiences to our city. Our venues provide their home base for rehearsals, performances and office space, if needed. Those denoted with an asterisk (*) provide scholarships of at least $5000 to Millersville University. Allegro Chamber Orchestra*

NetCo Dance

Music For Everyone*

Central PA Friends of Jazz

Lancaster Dance Initiative

Susquehanna Folk Music Society

Gretna Music

Lancaster International Piano Festival*

Lancaster British Brass Band

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Campus Reach Highlights WICKERSHAM-BURROWES GRANT AWARD WINNERS This year, the Wickersham-Burrowes Fund for Excellence in the Arts was awarded to two different music-related proposals, the Millersville University Jazz Ensemble’s trip to compete in the New Orleans Crescent City Jazz Festival and Paul Mento’s personal project to create a modification on his bass clarinet for people with disabilities. Award benefactor and Lancaster resident Susan Davis has committed to funding fine arts education and enrichment over a period of ten years. She believes some of the answers to our society’s greatest challenges (mental illness and addiction, for example) can be offset by the emotional development that can be fostered in arts and creativity and that institutions have a responsibility to provide balance to students through emphasis in artistic expression as well as academics. “Fine arts are just as important to young people/students as academia is to helping them mature and grow as individuals,” said Davis. Recipients of the grant present their findings and experiences at Made in Millersville each year.



The Jazz Ensemble was invited to compete in the Crescent City Jazz Festival over spring break and requested the grant in order to cover travel costs to New Orleans and to allow the entire ensemble to attend the festival. Thanks to the funds, the group was able to send all twenty members to the competition. The Ensemble had great success at the festival, with six of the twelve members winning Outstanding Solo awards! The winners of those awards were: Brenna Diehl, Nathan Morgan, Timothy Zettlemoyer, Alexi Peters, Luke Leonard and Matthew Subers. When asked how the trip to New Orleans had expanded his view as a performing musician, former Millersville University Jazz Ensemble President Michael Duncan said “The trip to New Orleans opened my eyes to the birthplace of jazz and also to the way that musicians perform down there. Everyone is laid back and they truly enjoy what they are doing, and I think that is the number one thing that I got from being down there; if I’m not enjoying performing, why do it?” At Made in Millersville, the ensemble presented clips of their performances, shared opportunities they had to experience the rich history of New Orleans and gave their unique observations of America’s birthplace of jazz.

Paul Mento, a freshman Music Business Technology major, wanted to find a way to create more cost efficient methods to modify instruments for musicians that have suffered injuries or experience disabilities. He himself had suffered an injury in his left arm, which prevented him from playing the bass clarinet as he once had been able to do. Through the funding of the Wickersham-Burrowes grant, Mento has developed research and prototypes that will help musicians who lack certain mobilities to again be able to play and perform. When asked about the goal of his project, Mento said “The end result is to fully design and construct a professional grade instrument. The project is also being used to bring insight into the different ways instruments can be configured for people with disabilities. Since buying customized instruments can cost tens of thousands of dollars, I can use this project to find a more cost-efficient way to modify instruments.” After finishing this stage of his modification process, he will be able to continue practicing and performing on his bass clarinet as well as become more comfortable with different anatomies of instruments. Mento, who currently holds a master repair license, plans to study more forms of instrument reconstruction, establish the foundations for a business of designing and modifying specialty instruments, and make an impact in the world of injured or disabled musicians. The Wickersham-Burrowes grant assisted him in doing just that.

Jazz Ensemble winners in New Orleans, from left to right in photo below: Brenna Diehl, Nathan Morgan, Timothy Zettlemoyer, Alexi Peters, Luke Leonard and Matthew Subers.

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MCILWAINE CONCERT AND MASTER CL ASS ENDOWMENT Since 2009, The Melva S. McIlwaine Master Class and Concert Endowment has provided an opportunity for the MU campus and greater community to enjoy “nationally and internationally recognized artists in vocal and instrumental music – ranging from sacred to jazz, including classical and popular.” This year we presented the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist Kenny Broberg for this unique experience that allows MU music students to work with and appear on stage with the master musician. The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “the most prestigious classical music contest in the world” (The Chicago Tribune) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young artists, ages 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced webcasts and by providing commission-free, comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. 23-year old Broberg, a Minneapolis native and first musician in his family, has collected several accolades including prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions. He has performed as a soloist in symphonies around the world. During his residency at Millersville University, Broberg worked with several students and on the evening of the concert was joined on the Biemesderfer stage by piano student Anyi Cai to perform Debussy’s Petite Suite on piano.

Community Reach Highlights CENTRAL PaARTNERS YEAR IN REVIEW Last year, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts asked the MU Office of Visual & Performing Arts to take on the leadership of South Central PaARTners, the regional PCA partnership serving Lancaster County (as well as Lebanon, Berks and parts of Chester County) to bring artist residencies and other programs to schools and community groups in those regions. The program has proven to be a great asset to Millersville University and its mission of community engagement. In 2017 we received a $5,000 grant from the Walters Foundation to implement an intergenerational storytelling project, Butterfly Tales: Transforming Through Story, to serve refugee children and their grandparents.

ASSETS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PITCH In partnership with ASSETS and the Lancaster Community Foundation, the Ware Center hosted the fourth annual Great Social Enterprise Pitch, an idea incubator and business planning competition that challenges entrepreneurs to develop business models and revenues with a positive social or environmental impact. The annual Social Enterprise Pitch begins in March with an information meeting for budding entrepreneurs and continues with optional “Spark Sessions” in April for entrepreneurs to brainstorm and develop their ideas among other like-minded individuals. From here, the up-and-coming enterprises submit their applications for the competition. From the pool of applicants, ten social enterprises are selected to continue onto three months of rigorous workshops to assist in the refining of their business plan. Crowdfunding campaigns are then established to raise community awareness and funds for the launch of the campaigns. After the crowdfunding campaigns, five finalists are selected to move on to the Live Pitch.

The Live Pitch was held at the Ware Center in front of five judges and nearly 350 audience members and included an appearance from guest speaker Tyler Gage. Gage is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and founder of RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages from guayusa leaves found in the Amazon rainforest while improving the lives of 3,000 indigenous Ecuadorian families. Audience members and judges weighed in and were won over by Bridge—a social enterprise harnessing the economic value in Lancaster’s refugee community by providing refugees with an online booking platform where they can book cross-cultural experiences such as cooking instructions or music lessons. Bridge was awarded a $7,500 cash prize along with $27,138 in pro-bono services. To date, the Social Enterprise Pitch has impacted nearly 8,600 lives with a 78 percent launch rate for participating social enterprises and has created 120 jobs. 2 0 1 7 - 2 0 1 8 A N N UA L RE PO R T • A R T S M U. C O M

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Workshop with Landisville Students

“T hank you for an outstanding experience for our students today. I value your expertise and passion, and your willingness to share that expertise with IU13 gifted students is most appreciated! You are a real treasure.” - Janice Estabrook, Gifted Education and Enrichment Coordinator, IU 13

Overwhelmingly positive feedback received from Millersville University students: “R eally opened my eyes to a different type of culture…I enjoy different forms of learning other than the ‘normal’ classroom.” “This was an incredible visit and it connected with multiple classes I am taking.” 10 | M I L L E R S V I L L E U N I V E R S I T Y V I S UA L & P E R F O R M I N G A R T S


Orkestra Mendoza workshop at San Juan Bautista Cultural Center

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES In 2017-2018, Assistant Director of Campus and Community Engagement Barry Kornhauser conducted 27 free workshops, each serving between 30 and 200 schoolchildren, as well as workshops and lectures in MU classes across multiple disciplines. Groups visited include Burrowes, King, Lincoln and McCaskey schools in the SDOL, the Stone School, Landisville Primary Center, East Petersburg Elementary, St. John Episcopal Church for Martin Luther King Peace Day, Shaarai Shomayim, IU 13 SEE Seminars at the Ware and at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, a Youth Leadership Summit held at York College and the Teen Girl Empowerment Summit at MU.

Residency at Downingtown Senior Center

Our guest artists also conducted free workshops both on campus and in the community. At MU we were able to offer residency activities by 26 artists who worked with 953 students this academic year. Students were even invited to perform with several guest artists. MU faculty are apprised of residency opportunities through our bi-annual publication of Faculty Curricular Connections in the Arts. Faculty that took advantage of the opportunity to enrich their classes with the talent, knowledge and experience of our guest artists reached classrooms in African-American studies, art, biology, communications, English, entrepreneurship, education, humanities,

Residency at Migrant Education Program

music, theater, social work and wellness & sport sciences. 904 Millersville students were given free tickets to Ware and Winter Center events which had ties to their course work from additional departments including disability studies, economics, geography, history, integrated studies, Latino studies and psychology. Organizations whose students benefited include the Student Success Program, College Assistance Migrant Program, ECHO and even Women’s Basketball, Lacrosse and Softball, as well as one Common Hour experience. This wide range of disciplines speaks well of the University’s recognition of the value of curricular arts integration.

Las Cafeteras workshop at La Academia

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Dr. Bookmiller conducting her talk Dr. Bookmiller conducting her talk

AUDIENCE PERSPECTIVES The AUDIENCE PERSPECTIVES program of free, informal pre-show scholar lectures for select performances continued to grow this season with 10 offerings by MU, F&M and E-Town professors. For the first time since it’s inception, we included one of these lectures for a We the People First Friday event. Acts of Welcome featured MU’s Dr. Kristen Bookmiller, who spoke on “Where Is Everyone Going? The 21st Century Global Migration Crisis.” Audiences have noted that these pre-show talks truly enrich the performance experience to follow. SOME OF THE OTHER SCHOLARS AND THE TITLES OF THEIR TALKS INCLUDE: For Say Good Night Gracie – Dr. David Stameshkin of Franklin & Marshall College on “George Burns and the Golden Age of Jewish Comedians.” Dr. Takahashi’s lecture in the Salon

For Purple Cries For Blue Skies – Dr. Caleb Corkery of Millersville University on “Hip Hop and Advocacy.” For Nobuntu – Dr. Eric Usner of Franklin & Marshall College on “Traditional and Popular Music in Zimbabwe & Southern Africa.” For Aunt Lily’s Flower Book – Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi of Elizabethtown College on “Social Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Prejudices in Japan.” For The Man In The Arena – Dr. John McLarnon of Millersville University on “From Patronage and Party Politics to Public Policy.” Dr. McLarnon also joined actor Derek Evans for a post-show Q&A about Teddy Roosevelt and his presidency.

Dr. McLarnon speaking to a Perspectives packed house

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ON SCREEN-IN PERSON Our invitation to host a second year of the Mid-Atlantic Art Foundation’s On Screen/In Person (OSIP) program once again proved an incredibly popular success. The series brings awardwinning independent films AND their directors to American communities. The Ware Center consistently attracts the largest audiences of any of the 10 select host sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Each of the six featured documentaries offered a pre-screening panel comprised of both local scholars and community members with some mantle of expertise in the subject matter of the films, a post-screening talk-back with each film’s

director and occasional guest, and MU classroom and community center visits by the filmmakers during their brief stay in Lancaster. Highlights from the season included the film Mind/Game where not only was three-time Academy Award nominated director Rick Goldsmith in residence, but through generous gifts from five different organizations on campus including the President’s Office, we were also able to bring to Lancaster Chamique Holdsclaw whose life is chronicled in the film. Considered the “female Michael Jordan,” her illustrious WNBA career was cut short by mental illness and she has since become a leading mental health advocate. The MU women’s basketball team even donated the proceeds of a game to Mental Health America of Lancaster after seeing the film and meeting Chamique.

“The group of WSM residents really appreciated being able to attend Mind/ Game, especially being able to have Chamique there. One woman in particular was touched by Chamique’s story. This woman is still at a bottom point with her depression and life circumstances, but it gave her hope as her story has some parallels to Chamique’s. Thanks so much for the tickets and making this event open to ALL in our community.” - Janae Allgire, Director of Behavioral Health at Water Street Health Services Another highlight from the OSIP series was Little Stones, a documentary about four women artists from around the world who use their art to battle sex trafficking, domestic abuse, poverty and even female genital mutilation. The film and its director Sophia Cruz came to us just before heading to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.

A packed house for an OSIP film

Holdsclaw with Susquehanna Township High School Girls’ Basketball

Little Stones Pre-Show

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“Deej” director Rob Rooy in Dr. Ping Yang’s Communication class


Butterfly’s Ramesh working with deaf workshop participants

Patron meets with dancers from the PA Ballet’s Snow White

We began this year by presenting Butterfly, a remarkable residency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts which partially funded a visit from Ramesh Meyyappan, a Deaf theatre artist born in India and raised in Singapore. The residency was built around Ramesh and company’s performance of this non-verbal play based on the story Madame Butterfly. The residency also reflected our continuing efforts to present professional artists who themselves have disabilities in order to demonstrate to disabled and non-disabled audiences alike the notion that disability is not an obstacle to art, but rather a catalyst for creativity. Ramesh uses neither spoken language nor sign language in his theatrical performances. Instead, he employs an original gestural language that can be understood by Deaf and hearing audiences equally. For the Deaf, this means that they do not have to come to a specific performance featuring ASL interpretation, nor sit in a special area in order to see the ASL interpreter. For hearing audiences, it is a new and exciting way to experience theatre. Ramesh and company offered post-performance talk-backs with the aid of an ASL interpreter and Ramesh

conducted two free workshops in which his gestural language was emphasized. We also offered a fascinating preshow Perspectives lecture (with ASL interpretation) by Franklin & Marshall English professor, Dr. Meg Day, a Deaf poet, entitled “Implant Poetics & Embodied Between-ity,” a talk as fascinating as its title. Butterfly was followed shortly after by the first OSIP documentary of the season. Titled Deej, the film chronicles the inspiring story of a non-verbal teen on the autism spectrum. This film (along with the OSIP film Big Sonia) was also incorporated into the University’s Disability Film Festival. To meet the needs of this audience, the evening featured ASL interpretation, open-captioning and audio-description for the blind, along with wheelchair seating. A pre-screening panel was comprised of university scholars and leaders of various local autism agencies, along with M-Uth Theater member Brad Minnig, a young pianist/composer who spoke of his own experience of autism and performed a mini-concert. The film’s director, Rob Rooy, conducted a post-screening talk-back and also visited MU classes during his time here.

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“There is nothing more gratifying for a filmmaker than to have one’s film shown to a large audience. Thanks to the energetic organizational and promotional efforts of Barry Kornhauser, the Millersville University’s Ware Center in Lancaster, PA, was filled with over 250 people who came to watch Deej on Wednesday night, September 13th. And more than half the audience stuck around for a substantive Q & A session afterward.” - Deej filmmaker Rob Rooy Along with Deej and Butterfly, access services were made available for other select performances throughout the 2017-2018 year. Audio-description was featured during the globalFEST: The New Golden Age of Latin Music performance and open-captioning accompanied the All Campus Musical Organization’s production of Anything Goes and the OSIP film Oil & Water. We also provided three sensory friendly Family Fun Fest performances for children living on the autism spectrum – Mexico Beyond Mariachi (which was also a bi-lingual production to better serve Lancaster’s large Latino/Hispanic population), N.I. Cahoot’s Shh! We Have a Plan (which, along with Lightwire’s A Very Electric Christmas, was completely nonverbal, making it accessible to Deaf young audiences and refugees/ immigrants with limited English) and Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Sensory-friendly performances provide accommodations

Disability Pride Day

in production to make audiences feel comfortable and safe, a Social Story to familiarize the children with both our venue and the artist ahead of the performance, pre-show tactile activities implemented in partnership with the Tommy Foundation, and a “chill-out” room if any of the children need to leave the auditorium. The shows are also simulcast on a lobby TV monitor so these audience members can continue to enjoy the performance should the crowded auditorium become distressing. Autistic pianist/composer Brad Minnig participated in our We the People First Friday presentation of Portals by composing and performing an original piano piece to accompany a ballet performance by dancer Leigh Grant. We also worked with a Malcolm Corley, a young individual living

with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS). As a gifted visual artist, he became the first person invited to present a solo exhibit in our Studio for Students program. His original art work was featured throughout the month of October and we arranged a follow-up exhibition at the Emerald Foundation. Much of this programming is planned with the support of our Disability Arts Advisory Council, comprised of representatives from the leading local disability support agencies and individuals from our community living with sensory, cognitive, or physical disabilities themselves. Much of this programming is also offered free so that financial limitations don’t become a further barrier to participation.

SCHOOL DAY MATINEES School day matinees this season included Mexico Beyond Mariachi, Nobuntu, and the Pa Ballet’s Snow White, each of which played to full houses, serving a total of 931 School District of Lancaster (SDOL) students from Fulton, Martin and Price Elementary schools, and Reynolds Middle School. Because 90% of these students are from low-income households, we provide this opportunity free of charge. All of their teachers received study guides connecting the performances to curriculum and academic Standards. We gave another 77 free tickets to the School District of Lancaster’s Families in Transition program (formerly known as the Homeless Student Project) to bring the families it serves to campus for the public performance of The Golden Age of Latin Music. The SDOL provided a bus for their round-trip transportation.

Comments from teachers about these experiences: “I thought the Study Guide was great and really helped my students prepare. …Thanks so much for inviting us. We really enjoyed the experience – which I’m sure most of my students have never had before. I love when we are able to expose our students to all the great parts of our culture.” “E xperience was very beneficial. It fit the content that we teach at our grade level and students were able to identify characters, setting, problem solutions and events.” “Absolutely beneficial and extremely enjoyable. It was age appropriate and of high, very high, interest. It provided a cultural opportunity that MOST of our students would probably never get to experience. Lights, sound, scenery were Awesome! Talent of all performers was superb. Thank you for inviting us!”

School day matinee audience for Snow White

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MU mascot Skully joins Power Pack partners

FAMILY FUN FEST The Family Fun Fest presentations (most of which were previously mentioned in Inclusive Arts) were a remarkably diverse assemblage in terms of genre and geography, including the multi-disciplinary Mexico Beyond Mariachi featuring song, dance, and story from our Southern neighbor’s Spanish and indigenous peoples; A Very Electric Christmas – a blacklight puppet spectacle by Light Wire Theater; Shh! We Have A Plan a delightful play without words from Cahoots of Northern Ireland. Both ASL interpretation and audio-description were provided for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Snow White and Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom which introduced the audience to live exotic animals. All proved very popular with our ever-growing family audiences.

Kids busy at pre-show activity station

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As always, for all of these presentations we had pre-show partners from the campus and community devising creative activities for the kids with ties to the performance. The Lancaster Public Library, Power Packs, Fig Magazine, the North Museum, Lancaster Country Day School, the Tommy Foundation, Millersville’s Creative Experiences for the Young Child class and ECHO, an Early Childhood student organization, were joined by new partners this year – Handz On Hope, the Latino Empowerment Project, Lancaster Creative Reuse, the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation and the School District of Lancaster’s Families in Transition program.

Pre-show activity with Community Partner

Blind patrons experiencing a pre-show touch tour - with a tortoise




Art Smarts 2018 Finale

Comments from caregivers: “Your kindness and fostering of the arts will help so many children expand their horizons, and as you know, the arts are a key part of their overall education and life experience. It teaches them the importance of expressing oneself, and actually learning more about what makes one “tick.” “I feel very fortunate that in addition to the arts education he receives through public education and from family, he also lives in a city where the arts are prevalent, and a place like the Ware Center exists, so that he and other children can be exposed to a tremendous range of offerings…”

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ARTS SMARTS CAMPS In 2017, the Ware Center hosted a near full-capacity summer Arts Smarts camp with nearly 380 camp spots filled. The just completed 2018 summer Arts Smarts camps did just the same with 373 enrollments, bringing much joy and excitement to the Ware Center once again. 167 scholarships were provided this summer, offered to families with financial need including those residing in shelter situations, who have children living with sensory or cognitive disabilities and new refugees. These latter included a family from Syria and another family displaced from Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Another caregiver writes: “I am forever grateful for such a wonderful time you offered Grace and Anna at the Arts Smarts Camp. …The magic of art that kids explored over the last two weeks and your joyful disposition and your kindness, made this experience a great Summer 2018 milestone for our family.”

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M-Uth Theatre 2018

M-UTH THEATRE As always, the month of July features the M-Uth Theater. Summer 2017 saw a production of the ensemble’s original historical drama The Song of Freedom which examined the first mass Civil Rights movement in modern U.S. History, the Albany Movement (1961-62). Admission to the performance was free, but goodwill donations of more than $500.00 were collected to benefit Attollo, the college prep/leadership program of Children Deserve a Chance Foundation.

From the mother of one our ensemble members: “In October of last year, we did a very long and intensive evaluation lasting 5 weeks and they diagnosed [my daughter] with autism, selective mutism, ADHD, and severe social anxiety. …It is not a choice of not talking, she physically cannot even if she wanted to. As familiar as I was with her mutism, I did not know that her vocal cords freeze and she has no control over them. [ She] has been waiting all year for M-Uth to start back up, she really loves it and tries to stay in contact with ensemble members throughout the year. It is really awesome. You guys inspired her to join the stage crew and production group at her school and now she even does the lights and music for assemblies and art concerts there. She is now considering going to college for it. Thanks so much for all you do for these kids!”

In 2018 a new project began entitled ADDICTIONARY: The Opioid Epidemic Defined, with a new production format that is both immersive and interactive for our audiences. A donation by Rufus and Judy Fulton allowed us to pay a stipend of $100 to each ensemble member.

M-Uth Theatre 2017

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Student Involvement




MAJOR: I nternational Studies, Communications - Public Relations, Class of 2020

MAJOR: M  usic Management/Music Production, Class of 2020

MAJOR: I nteractive and Graphic Design, Class of 2020

POSITION: I ntern for the Director, Visual and Performing Arts Centers and Lead Tech Assistant

POSITION: Graphic Designer

POSITION: A  sst. to the Assistant Director of Community and Campus Engagement “Working at the Ware has impacted my career readiness monumentally. I am able to take the skills I learned in the classroom and apply them to real world events. I can build up my resume and firsthand experience in communications. The experience has provided me chances to make connections with individuals around the Lancaster area and community; connections that I am sure to keep for years to come.”

“While at the Ware I have not only discovered many different possible career paths essential to the daily operations at a venue but also how to excel in these jobs. From learning about event logistics to helping the production staff with sound and lights during a show, I really feel like my experience here has helped me figure out what to do with my passion. On top of that I also learned a lot about responsibility and understanding that for one operation to function, all of its parts must be working efficiently.”

“T he Ware Center is different from any other place I’ve worked. My favorite thing is that it’s a place where I feel comfortable; everyone is willing to help each other when needed and it’s a place where students grow and expand their knowledge regardless of what job title they hold. I’m very fortunate to be working in a place like this.”


Juanita Childs

Colin Gale

Stephanie Landino

Brady Spangler

Sam Aquino

Taylor Conroy

Zachory Hess

Jasmine Leath

Rebecca Starr

Rachel Baker

Aaron Criswell

Jacqueline Hynes

Eilish McCaul

Margaret Stevenson

David Barkley

Devon Dreibelbis

Tiana Illiano

Josiah McKay

Kirston Stover

Travis Berkoski

Michael Duncan

Jacob Joyce

Connor Powers

Matthew Subers

Andrew Black

Joseph Dunton

Steven Katona

John Schoenwald

David Thompson

Kristen Bryant

Colin Durborow

Anna Kubicki

Eric Shewchuk

Triniti Lynn Thornhill

Nathan Ceol

Benjamin Ewing

Jugens Laguerre

Ileen Smith

Adam Weiner

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By the Numbers REVENUE – F Y2018 Ticket Sales 23% D  onations and Sponsorships 17% Grant Support 30% V  enue Rental Income 23% Arts Smarts Camps 5% Art Sales, Bar, Misc. 2% Total $429,000

COMMUNIT Y SUPPORT The Arts at Millersville offered twenty-seven ticket vouchers to assist their not-for-profit partners in their fundraising efforts. Each voucher carried a non-cash value up to $100, resulting in $2,150 in overall support. Additionally, the Office of Visual & Performing Arts contributed $141,539 in waived or discounted rental fees for events by not-for-profit organizations, educational entities, and state/county/Lancaster City municipal agencies.



The Staff supported 933 meetings, performances and events between the Ware and Winter Centers, a multitude of which were open to the public.

Total Ticketed: 23,793

Office of Visual and Performing Arts: 151 Other Visual and Performing Arts: 133 Tell School of Music: 200 Non-Arts Academic: 136

Theatre Performances: 4 Art and Design: 21 Conference Days: 11 Rentals: 236 Days of Camp Activities: 41

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Students: 2,079 MU Students: 1,437 MU ID: 82 Seniors: 2,876 Public: 13,155 Complimentary: 9,089


PROGRAM EXPENSES A  rtist Fees 80% H  ospitality, Backline & Travel 8% B  ox Office 7% A  rts Smarts/Camps Instructor Fees 5% Total $247,021

MARKETING EXPENSES P  rint Media (banners, postcards, posters, sponsor wall decals, programs) 34% P  rint Advertising (LNP - LaVoz, Fig Magazine, Susquehanna Style) 6% D  igital Advertising (ydop marketing services, digital-social media ads, email service) 25% R  adio (WXPN) 5% G  raphic Design 23% P  hotography 5% P  ostage 2% Total


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2017-2018 VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS ANNUAL REPORT Ware Center | Lancaster 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Winter Center | Millersville 60 West Cottage Avenue, Millersville, Pennsylvania | 717-871-7600

V I S UA L & P E R F O R M I N G A R T S WA R E C E N T E R • W I N T E R C E N T E R Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

2017-2018 Annual Report  

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2017-2018 Annual Report  

The Arts at Millersville University yearly publication.