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Donald Guy, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts, recently served as the lighting designer for Saint Louis Ballet’s newest production of Romeo and Juliet at the 1,625-seat Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, Mo. The production was choreographed by artistic director and former New York City Ballet soloist Gen Horiuchi. In May of 2013, Guy will serve as lighting designer for Saint Louis Ballet’s Contemporary Choreographer’s Series, which features world premieres by renowned artist Christopher d’Amboise and Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi. The program will also feature a comedic duet to Rossini’s William Tell Overture choreographed by Dance St. Louis’ Artistic/Executive Director Michael Uthoff and Reflections by the Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino.
In addition, Guy recently served as the lighting designer/lighting director for Masters of Illusion – Live! He designed/directed the lighting for sold-out performances at the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada and the 2,096-seat Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, Ind. The production featured a cast of award-winning magicians including Rick Thomas, Michael Giles, Farrell Dillon, Tom Burgoon and Angela Acosta. Masters of Illusion – Live! is currently the world’s largest touring magic and illusion show, with a cast and crew of over 25. The month of April will feature productions in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Wyoming.
Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., professor, Department of Communications, Wilkinson College, has been elected as a Governor of the Executive Board, International Academy for Intercultural Research. He has also been appointed to the Task Force on Internationalization, National Communication Association (NCA), USA by NCA President Steven Beebe.
In addition, Jia was interviewed in Chinese for a news story titled The Chinese Americans’ Rally for the US Government to establish Chinese Spring Festival as an Official Public Holiday in the US and published in China Social Science Academy Social Science Weekly.
Gary Metzker, adjunct faculty, Department of English, Wilkinson College, presented two workshops at the College Media Association’s spring national convention at the Sheraton Times Square in New York. Metzker presented a workshop on campus controversies with Sports Illustrated senior writer John Wertheim and a workshop on incorporating more white space into sports pages with Wayne Kamidoi, the art director for the New York Times sports pages.
More than 1,700 college newspaper, yearbook and magazine advisers and students attended the convention.