Zoellner’s Guest Artists in Residence; Supporting our Creative Campus

Through extended time and multiple visits to campus, Zoellner is presenting a new program with their Guest Artist Series; one that more deeply integrates performing artists into the academy. Teaching, research and learning opportunities can be explored by developing direct relationships with the artists. In order to do that, the artists visit classes, have conversations with faculty and staff and spend time on campus to learn more about the culture by staying on its campus.

ArtsLehigh is very proud to partner with Zoellner to assist making connections for the academy and the community. This week launches the first of multiple visits by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He will visit three courses, meet with more than 20 faculty and staff, and stay on campus to absorb our culture while also fitting in his rehearsals and performance on Thursday night (Oct 14). These meetings are intended to help shape future visits and align objective and goals with other programs and departments.

On Friday, October 15th, he will also be a guest at the ArtsLehigh “Creative Conversation” – an event in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month. Creative Conversations are local gatherings of emerging leaders in communities across the country and are part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of arts in America. This conversation is open to the public, but needs reservation by calling 610-758-5775.

About the Artist – Marc Bamuthi Joseph

A performance fusing West African, tap and modern dance with theatre, spoken word and live music—*Marc Bamuthi Joseph* expects to inspire the audience present in *Zoellner Arts Center’s Black Box on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 8 pm*. Tickets are $20. $10 for students.

“I explicitly seek to present art that reflects and inspires transformation on personal and collective levels, and that constructs safe space for this transformation to take place,” explains Joseph when explaining the purpose and goals of his work.

In the fall of 2007, Joseph graced the cover of /Smithsonian Magazine/ after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. The internationally esteemed artist is a National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway dancer/choreographer and one of the *U.S.’s top 50 “greatest living artists” *(U.S. Artists Rockefeller Fellowship).

Joseph entered the world of literary performance after crossing the sands of “traditional” theatre, most notably on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning The Tap Dance Kid and Stand-Up Tragedy. His evening-length works have been presented throughout the United States and Europe, and include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, De Cipher, No Man’s Land and break/s.

As an educator, essayist, and curator, Joseph focuses his work on the aesthetic and pedagogic. He has tried to touch the minds of young thinkers by speaking in over 200 colleges, and universities, been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Mills College and the University of Wisconsin. Bamuthi’s proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors writers between the ages of 13-19 and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts.