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Performing Arts faculty on sabbatical studying outside United States

Three faculty members from the Division of Performing Arts are on sabbatical leave for the spring 2010 semester to study in their fields outside of the United States.

D. Chase Angier, assistant professor of dance, is in Kyoto, Japan to create three new works and develop two new courses. She will also be collaborating with music composer John Laprade to create a new walking artwork that will be performed by Kyoto citizens and visitors. Alfred’s GIS technologies specialist, Justin Grigg, will lead his students to connect the walking performance to a global audience using the technologies learned in the classroom.

Angier’s new Site Specific Performance course will be taught next fall and her study abroad course will be taught in spring 2012. Angier’s project is supported by the Levine Presidential Endowment Fund; Mary McGee, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Joseph Lewis, dean of the School of Art & Design; and a liberal arts and sciences faculty development grant.

Angier has been directing the dance program at AU since 2002. Some of her many accomplishments include her signature work, “Lemons for Loveliness,” which was included in Dance Insider’s top 50 dance works. While based in New York City, Angier toured nationally as a performer with Senta Driver’s dance company and has performed and choreographed for MTV and Nickelodeon.

Angier received a master of fine arts degree in choreography from Ohio State University and a bachelor of arts degree in dance from UCLA.

Theater Professor Stephen Crosby is a visiting faculty member with the Latin American Studies Program in San Jose, Costa Rica. Students attend this program to focus on Latin American topics such as “People and Environment,” “Democratization and Politics,” “USA-Latin America Relations,” and “The Marginalized.” Crosby will be joining the students on trips within Costa Rica as well as Nicaragua and possibly Cuba.

One of his main goals is to expand his research of and familiarity with Latin American theater while establishing connections with Latin American theater artists in hopes of future exchanges, collaborations, and guest artists visiting Alfred.

Crosby is an equity actor, director, and writer. He has worked professionally in New York, Los Angeles, and in regional theaters such as the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. He has appeared in film and on PBS television, including in “The School for Scandal,” part of the “Theatre in American” series.

Prior to coming to Alfred, he taught at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN; and the University of Alaska, where he organized a Native Alaskan Theatre program which toured nationally and internationally presenting original works based on cultural and social issues. He has also been a faculty member for the Semester at Sea program.

At AU, Crosby has directed performances such as “Metamorphose,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Into the Woods,” and “Buried Child.”

Professor of voice and chorus, Dr. Luanne Crosby, is in Costa Rica with her husband (Stephen) and children to prepare a recital program scheduled to be performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, in August 2010. The recital, titled “The Three Sopranos,” will include Christine McMasters and Sarah Holman and pianist Reddekopp Edwards. L. Crosby is also advising students in the American Studies Program on research papers in Latin American music and protest songs.

L. Crosby earned a doctor of musical arts degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in music, from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She helped write the NYS high school general music curriculum and served as a master trainer, teaching other teachers the curriculum. During the summer of 2007, L. Crosby sang the soprano solos for the oratorio “Elijah,” by Mendelssohn at the International Conducting Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria.