Visual and Performing Arts Articles & Blogs

Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
December 1, 2016
As a Theatre Arts major, I can’t make many promises. I can’t promise that, come graduation, I won’t be wandering the streets begging for a slice of bread, “Les Miserables”-style. But here’s what I can guarantee: As an involved member of Clark’s theatrical community, I’m meeting the people I should and getting connections I...
Eric Hofbauer Quintet will perform at Clark University Nov. 18
November 15, 2016
If you look up “jazz” in any reputable dictionary, you’ll quickly discover that its definition is as wide-ranging as its forms. It can be almost anything from smooth to funky, cool to free. But nowhere does even the most comprehensive reference book define jazz as “prehistoric.” Eric Hofbauer is director of Clark's Jazz...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
Alexander Vesenka wants to create a makerspace on Clark University's Worcester campus.
October 25, 2016
When Alexander Vesenka ’18 isn’t busy making people laugh, he’s busy “making” in a whole different sense.
October 21, 2016
Clark University will host “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” a conversation with internationally acclaimed film director Gurinder Chadha and Clark Sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu, on Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Dana Commons, 950 Main St. The event is free and open to the public...
Thana Faroq '13 is a photographer in Yemen
September 15, 2016
Thana Faroq '13 took her first photograph — a picture of her family — using her father’s camera when she was just 10 years old. Back then, she and her family lived in a peaceful Yemen, one without war or bloodshed.
Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado
September 7, 2016
During a Friday ceremony, Clark University Visual and Performing Arts Professor of Practice Stephen DiRado will receive the 35th ArtsWorcester Award to honor his years of artistic and cultural contributions to the city — an award his current and former students believe has been years in the making. "I have no idea if I...
August 26, 2016
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts (V&PA) at Clark University will offer a major in media, culture and the arts (MCA), directed by Hugh Manon, associate professor of screen studies. MCA’s focus on media history, theory and production in equal measure encourages students to engage in research and creative work...
Isabel Miranda '17 - Hawaii
August 26, 2016
Isabel Miranda '17 (foreground) during her NOAA fellowship. Not every college student gets to enjoy a summer in Hawaii, but that's where Isabel Miranda '17 was over the past few months — although she didn't spend her days relaxing on the beach or riding the waves.
August 24, 2016
Raechel Segal ’17 has a pretty good response to the age-old question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Rachael Segal '17 Her short play, “Moon Juice,” is a finalist in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Contest, which gives accepted works a technical rehearsal, full dress rehearsal, and a minimum of two...
August 1, 2016
For many, the Worcester Art Museum exists solely in the abstract as the impressive-looking building touted in chamber of commerce literature for its world-class treasures. Indeed, it is that. But for Clark University the museum, affectionately known as WAM, is something even more tangible — an active partner that gives...
Rachel Polinsky, right, listens to Richard Freund talk abou the Holocaust escape tunnel
July 28, 2016
A recent Clark University graduate is part of a research story that has made international headlines: archaeologists’ discovery of a tunnel dug by Jews in Lithuania trying to escape extermination during the Holocaust.
Olivia Schwartz, who performs as Olivia Frances, plays an acoustic guitar
July 21, 2016
It was just like any other open-mic night at an Italian restaurant in Loveland, Ohio, until then-12-year-old Olivia Schwartz performed her first original song “The Spark” a cappella. When she left the stage after completing the song, she was met by three guys in cowboy boots and country hats who introduced her to the...
July 11, 2016
When asked about her longevity in 2012, Goldie Michelson, M.A. ’36, then 110, told CLARK alumni magazine, “It never occurred to me that I would live this long. I just went on, and I’ve loved it.” Michelson, the oldest person in the United States, passed away last Friday, just one month shy of her 114th birthday. She...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
Skye Wingo - Clark University
March 8, 2016
Skye Wingo learned many things while studying abroad in Japan during his junior year, perhaps none more important than this: impossible dreams can come true. “Being a student in Japan was … a dream I called impossible. Once it hit me that I was actually attending classes, the classes I had only seen on TV or read in books...
February 26, 2016
John ADEkoje Clark Arts is proud to present “The American of Wisconsin and the Story of Two Lovers by a Bridge,” a new play from Boston playwright — and Company One Theatre (founded by Clarkies) board member — John ADEkoje. The play centers around Gebnga, a Nigerian stand up comedian trying to find his way in Lacrosse,...
Théodore Chassériau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
February 18, 2016
Witches cursed, ghosts haunted, guilty hands were stained with stubborn blood, and once again, as he has on countless stages for almost 400 years, the murderous Macbeth met the fate he deserved. It all took place in Shakespeare & Company’s 2016 touring production of “Macbeth” in Atwood Hall, Feb. 3-5. The performance...
January 15, 2016
The Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition, "Cyanotypes: Photography's Blue Period," is a bit of unfolding history. It's the first major museum exhibition in the United States exclusively devoted to the 150-year legacy of this long-overlooked technique that gives photographs a distinct blue tint, turning even mundane...
June 19, 2015
Clark University undergraduate Hannah Kogut will spend a month in the U.K. this summer studying history as a Fulbright Summer Institute program participant.
April 15, 2015
Ten years after graduating from Clark, Doug Martung ’05, who goes by the stage name Voli, is blazing his own path through the music industry. I spoke with him about where he’s been, where he’s going and how his time at Clark has impacted his music. Your music is a hybrid of rap, rock, hip-hop and pop. Have you always had...
Company One Theater Company
November 3, 2014
Let's call this act one, scene one. Clark University, 1998. Students in Charge of the Clark University Players Society want to put on the play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." The plot twist: rights to produce the play are not available. The Clarkies ask the powers-that-be in the Visual and Performing Arts Department for...
Off the menu - Clark University
April 5, 2012
There was a time when food was something you ate but rarely pondered. You did not know, or care, where your dinner came from, or how it would interact with your body once it was consumed. That was then. Sure, many folks still eat with abandon, but many others, like the Clarkies profiled on these pages, are trying to foster...
Photo of Diana Levine with text of the title "Shooting Stars"
March 1, 2011
Imagine you're a recent college graduate living in one of the greatest cities in the world. Your job is to take fabulous photos of big-time celebrities while you travel to exciting places, honing skills that are lighting the career path you chose when you were still in school. It might seem like a sweet fantasy, but that's...
April 12, 2012
Joe Abdow '14 and Matt Schulman '15 perform a scene from the 2012 New Play Festival. The 2012 New Play Festival features nine student playwrights, three readings and six full productions staged at the Little Center through April 28. The biannual festival heralds the arrival of exciting, fresh talent on the college...

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