2019-2020 School of the Arts preview

Live performance thrills the soul and connects our community, but did you know it could help you live longer? Recent research from the California Institute of Technology finds that social isolation and small screen use can cause a build-up of deadly toxins in the brain. But, have no fear, the School of the Arts at…
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Summer and Smoke promotional photo

Converse Opera Theatre, in collaboration with Theatre Converse, is presenting the opera Summer & Smoke by Lee Hoiby in Twichell Auditorium on January 26th to the 28th. Converse provides one of the Upstate area’s only opportunities to see a fully-staged opera production each year. Summer & Smoke tells a heartbreaking love story: It’s Mississippi at…
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Converse Opera Theatre director Jenna Tamisiea Elser

Jenna Tamisiea Elser, Director of Converse Opera Theatre, had her article published in the national LGBTQ Magazine, Spectrum South. In the article, Jenna describes the process of producing a piece of Queer Opera entitled Love is Love is Love, with her company Glow Lyric Theatre. Love is Love is Love featured the first transgender actors…
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Cendrillon dress rehearsal

When the lights went up on Converse Opera Theater’s production of Cendrillon (Cinderella) during January Term, the cast was greeted by a sea of young Cinderellas and Prince Charmings as well as the more traditional opera-goers. The opera was selected for its appeal to all ages. It was sung in English and free admission was…
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