Passion for theater at KCACTF Region 5. Nick Dalton reports.

Below, an excerpt (click here for Nick’s full update):

“One of the most inspiring people I met was “Lolly” Laura Foy, who attended both ASTEP workshops and introduced me to a dozen of her students and co-workers. She was the Region’s 2010 Irene Ryan Finalist, and is now a professor at Winona State University. She went to Grad School at the age of 48, after having fallen in love with a Street Artist in the Renaissance Circuit in her 20?s and literally “Ran away with the Circus.” Now with 2 kids, and the un-censored artistic passion of a child, she inspires her students to think out of the box and that there is no one way to live your life or hone your craft and give back. Needless to say, the student she coached was one of this year’s Irene Ryan Finalists going to DC!

And these were just a few of the many powwows that happened during the 3 days, because our goal seems to be something alot of Collegiate communities need desperately. But, that necessarily can’t be developed in house because even Professors have to focus on writing papers and research as a means of keeping their jobs by attaining tenure– so even their passion and story gets lost in the fight for survival getting limited to safe commercial art in programs also supported primarily by ticket sales instead of University Funds. So, the poverty of free thought is occurring in all aspects of the collegiate community not just the students. If all this can be discovered in 3 days in Iowa, I a cannot wait to see what Region 4 brings!”

— Nick Dalton, ASTEP Volunteer

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Video contribution from KCACTF 5 student

Vicky Stafford, Iowa State University

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Nick with JESSE SHERMAN and DEON HAIDER

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Nick with Rich Sommer (actor, MAD MEN), Amanda Duffy (actress, wig mistress to Broadway shows) and John Plumpis (actor, BARRYMORE)

Celebrating Broadway and ASTEP on one night!


It’s never too late to share some holiday cheer, right?

If you weren’t able to attend our 4th Annual NYC Christmas Concert on December 12, 2011, then we invite you to take a look at the highlights! It was an evening full of festive songs, memorable performances, and some of Broadway’s biggest stars who came out to support ASTEP.

Thank you to everyone who made this night a success!

Now, who’s looking forward to the 5th Annual NYC Christmas Concert in December 2012?!

Happy Holidays!








Mauricio Salgado interviewed at Region II festival.

Just last week, Mauricio led two workshops at the KCACTF Region II Festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and engaged with students from around the mid-Atlantic region. A reporter from The Indiana Gazette, Bill Zimmerman, attended these workshops and highlighted ASTEP’s focus on the transforming power of the arts:

On Thursday, attention turned from the stage to the community, when Mauricio Salgado of Artists Striving To End Poverty offered two workshops centered on making the world a better place. In the first session, “The Artist as Citizen,” 15 students and educators took part in a lively discussion in Cogswell Hall about the role of the artist in the community.

“This is a dialogue that we need to be having,” he said. “I have a perspective, and I’d like to hear the rest of yours.”

The Juilliard-trained actor opened by reciting an inspirational piece created by an ASTEP volunteer working with disadvantaged youths in Florida, where the organization does much of its work. It included rap lyrics, humor, a little profanity and the line: “No one on this planet can tell you what you’re worth.” The group was impressed. (Read the complete article here!)

 

 

Student voices from Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 2

Check out more videos by following Abby and Mauricio’s updates from the road…

Brenna Kempf, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Sean Hartman, Alvernia University

Elizabeth Gannaway, Eastern Mennonite University

Rob Lunak, Concordia University-Chicago

Ashley Frankhouser, Alvernia University

Bridget McCarthy, Hope College

Annie Walaszeck, University of Wisconsin Parkside

 

Greetings, Illinois! Abby Gerdts shares her story.

Abby Gerdts, ASTEP’s Director of International Programs, sat down with an arts reporter for the News-Gazette, a local paper for the Champaign, Illinois community. The full article, which can be found in the Arts Beat section, captures Abby’s path and her work with ASTEP, specifically our involvement with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region III at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Student voices from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 3

Check out more videos by following Abby and Mauricio’s updates from the road…

Brenna Kempf, University of Wisconsin Parkside

Sean Hartman, Alvernia University

Elizabeth Gannaway, Eastern Mennonite University

Mallory Mautz, Alvernia University

Rob Lunak, Concordia University-Chicago

Ashley Frankhouser, Alvernia University

Bridget McCarthy, Hope College