Arizona Arts recognizes long-serving staff

Arizona Arts recognized staff for reaching a milestone in their years-of-service at the University – 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years – at the second annual Spring Convocation on Jan. 14 at Marroney Theatre. Congratulations to all receiving your Years-of-Service Awards for your fine work and dedication to this institution and, more particularly, our students within to our world of the arts.

>> Who’s been here the longest?

Learn little known facts about long-serving staff

Staff being recognized for the milestone years-of-service answered a three-question survey, which included naming an interesting fact about themselves that others might not know. Find out who likes wallyball, who is writing a novel, who coaches softball and who can teach you whitewater paddling.

>> Who likes wallyball?

Q&A: Drum major Jeremy Meeker-Hackett

Photo of Jeremy Meeker-Hackett

Photo by Rebecca Sasnett

Music senior Jeremy Meeker-Hackett has completed his duties as the drum major for the Pride of Arizona Marching Band. We asked Jeremy about his future plans, his thoughts on the power of music and the importance of music education.

>> Why music education matters

The Neuroscience of Creativity

How can we tap the power of the brain to enhance our creativity? Two new faculty members are making inroads in the field of neuroscience and creativity and bringing it to the realms of theatre and music. Andy Belser, Director of the School of Theatre, Film and Television, and Molly Gebrian, Assistant Professor of Viola at the Fred Fox School of Music.

>> Tap into the power

School of Dance opens new PT / Pilates studio

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins was on hand for the opening of the new Physical Therapy and Pilates studio at the School of Dance on Jan. 16. The 750-square-foot space is focused on conditioning, injury prevention and physical rehabilitation for dance majors, who benefit from the collaboration between athletic trainers, physical therapists and doctors from Dance, Campus Health Services, Arizona Athletics and Banner/UMC.

 >> Emphasis on dancer health

‘Spring Awakening’ sweeps Mac Awards for musicals

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Zach Zupke in “Spring Awakening.” Photo by Ed Flores

The Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening” swept the major categories for musicals in the 2019 Mac Awards from the Arizona Daily Star.

>> Who won Best Actor and Actress?

‘Wonder Makes Us’

The University’s ‘Wonder’ brand campaign has been kind to Arizona Arts. The last three Wonder profiles have featured arts students including:

  • Claudia Molina, Fine Arts major, emphasis in graphic design (pictured)
  • Melissa Requist, Biomedical Engineering and Music Performance major
  • Hayley Meier, pursuing a master’s in dance

>> Read their ‘Wonder’ profiles at

Field Notes: Two Americans in Paris (and London)

Hank Stratton, artistic director for Arizona Repertory Theatre, traveled to Paris and London in November with School of Theatre, Film and Television Director Andy Belser to explore study abroad opportunities for students. In this guest column, Stratton, a stage and screen veteran, shares his experience.

>> Sending students overseas to study

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Upcoming Events

Highlights of current and upcoming events from Arizona Arts


Thomas Hampson: Song of America
January 28. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
Darious Britt: Thriving in the Era of Social Media
January 28. School of Theatre, Film & Television
Venue: ENR2 Building, Room S107
African for the first time
January 30 – March 10. School of Art
Venue: Joseph Gross Gallery
Black Violin
January 30. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall


Community Day
February 8. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art
President’s Concert: Arizona Symphony Orchestra
February 8. Fred Fox School of Music
Venue: Crowder Hall
Grupo Corpo
February 8. UA Presents
Venue: Centennial Hall
The Book of Mormon
February 11 – 16. Broadway in Tucson
Venue: Centennial Hall
The Wolves
February 12 – 23. Arizona Repertory Theatre
Venue: Tornabene Theatre
On Stage with Liz Callaway
February 13 – 16. School of Dance
Venue: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

Ongoing Events

David Hume Kennerly: Witness to History
Through March 11, 2020. Center for Creative Photography
Venue: Old Main

Other TARGET/s
Through March 29, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art

Hobby Craft: Artwork from the Arizona State Prison Complex
Through March 29, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art

American Art Gallery: 1925-1945
Through May 16, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art

The Qualities of LIGHT
Through May 30, 2020. Center for Creative Photography
Venue: Center for Creative Photography

Modern Art Gallery
Through March 16, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art

Contemporary Art Gallery
Through March 16, 2020. UA Museum of Art
Venue: UA Museum of Art


MFA Thesis Gallery
School of Art
Quintetto Profano
Fred Fox School of Music
I Dream in Widescreen
School of Theatre, Film & Television
Virtual Showcase with Zach Filkins of OneRepublic
Arizona Arts in Schools
Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi’s America
Center for Creative Photography
Southern Arizona artists in concert at The Tucson Studio
UA Presents

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