Highlights from 2021-22

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Mash Up 

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre launched the inaugural Mash Up collaboration this spring, bringing together students and faculty members for interactive performances and installations across the schools three disciplines. 

Safer spaces for actors  

As a leader in the emerging field of intimacy coordination, theater alumna Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors. She was the intimacy coordinator for the Tony Award-winning musical “A Strange Loop” and for the popular recent show “A League of Their Own” on Amazon. Read more about her work.

Helping Ukrainian refugees 

Erica Glenn, who earned a doctorate in choral conducting from the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, helped anti-war efforts and assisted with Ukrainian refugees. She traveled to Poland on a Fulbright grant to conduct research and assist refugees who have been displaced. Learn more about her efforts.


Hip-hop festival 

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre celebrated hip-hop culture with the annual Sol Power festival. The free, five-day community event included DJs, emcees, live music, graffiti artists and dancers, and culminated with the main event—a daylong celebration of the Phoenix area’s hip-hop community with a focus on 3-on-3 battles and a choreography battle. This year, the main event also included a collaboration with the ASU Symphony Orchestra for a concert performed with graffiti art created in real time.

Keeping jazz dance alive 

TODAY with Hoda & Jenna featured award-winning dancer and choreographer LaTasha Barnes, assistant professor of dance in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, in its Together We Rise series. Watch the video.

La Comedia of Errors

The school presented “La Comedia of Errors”—a bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” written by Lydia Garcia and Bill Rauch—as part of its 2021-22 season. Read more about the ASU production.

Above Latin Sol dance festival
April 1–3, 2022

Mash Up and Latin Sol photos by Camille Bruya. 
Safer spaces photo by Kiirstn Pagan. 
Ukrainian refugees photo courtesy of Erica Glenn. 
Hip-hop festival and La Comedia of Errors photos by Tim Trumble.