11 episodes

A sit-down talk with artists. The staff at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University sits with different artists and industry professionals to discuss their work, art, and why the arts are important.

Centered on the Arts Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts & R.J. Morgan

    • Performing Arts

A sit-down talk with artists. The staff at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University sits with different artists and industry professionals to discuss their work, art, and why the arts are important.

    Stewart O'Rourke & Rick Aglietti (Scenic Designer, Technical Director, and Shop Foreman)

    Stewart O'Rourke & Rick Aglietti (Scenic Designer, Technical Director, and Shop Foreman)

    Dani Lobello sits down with Rick Aglietti, the Resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director of Smothers Theater whose past work includes working as a technical director/lighting designer in Washington D.C and as a technical director/lighting designer in Ohio. They are joined by Stewart O’Rourke, the Assistant Technical Director and the Shop Foreman of Smothers, who previously worked as the master carpenter for the Center for the Arts and the Weisman Museum art installer. 
    They discuss the technical aspects of previous Pepperdine productions, such as Les Miserables and Into the Woods, touching on which presentations were their favorites and which proved to be a bit more challenging. On a more personal side, both Stewart and Rick tell amusing anecdotes about their time with the Center for the Arts, and they talk about why the arts are important to them. 
    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm
    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe
    To participate in the Holiday Boutique at Home for free visit and register at https://arts.pepperdine.edu/events/2020-2021-season/holiday-boutique-2020.htm

    • 26 min
    The Omer Quartet

    The Omer Quartet

    Rebecca Carson sits down with the Omer Quartet to discuss their history, as well as why the arts are important to them.
    With their brilliant and fearless renderings of classical pieces, the Omer Quartet have risen to international acclaim, their skill commended by a multitude of awards. They completed residencies at the New England Conservatory, and currently, they are finishing up doctorate degrees at the University of Maryland while also serving as Visiting Fellows at the Yale School of Music. On Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm PST, they will be appearing before Smother’s audiences, hoping to thrill and delight with their interpretations of classical work. 
    The Omer Quartet will perform a virtual recital for the Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. You can reserve your tickets today at arts.pepperdine.edu. 
    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm
    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

    • 44 min
    Melanie Emelio (Soprano & Music Professor)

    Melanie Emelio (Soprano & Music Professor)

    Tyler Gabbard chats with Melanie Emelio.
    Known to many as Dr. E, Melanie is a Professor of Music at Pepperdine and has worked on numerous Fine Arts Department productions including operas like The Merry Widow and The Old Maid and the Thief and musicals like Ragtime and Les Miserables. Dr. Emelio is a talented soprano, having appeared in opera, oratorio, and recitals throughout the United States and Germany. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music degree from Rice University. Tyler and Melanie discuss her history in the arts, the work of her students, and why artistic expression is important to her.
    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm
    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

    • 22 min
    Chris Lashua (Cirque Mechanics)

    Chris Lashua (Cirque Mechanics)

    R.J Morgan sits down with Chris Lashua, the director and founder of Cirque Mechanics. They discuss Chris’ history of performing in the Circus Arts, and how his background in riding a BMX bike has influenced his ability to begin his own circus company. R.J. and Chris even go into the intricate engineering needs of the sets and props used within the Cirque Mechanics’  incredible shows.
    Cirque Mechanics: https://www.cirquemechanics.com/
    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm
    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

    • 37 min
    Nic Few (Actor and Director)

    Nic Few (Actor and Director)

    Tyler Flynn chats with Nic Few and two students, Jada Henry and KJ Powell, to discuss the play they are currently involved in, Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids, as well as their personal histories in the arts.
    Nic Few - @NicFew
    Jada Henry - @jadaeliseh
    KJ Powell - @kjpowell_99
    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm
    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

    • 56 min
    Alicia Patterson (Stage Manager & Parkening Competition Production Manager)

    Alicia Patterson (Stage Manager & Parkening Competition Production Manager)

    Tyler Flynn chats with Alicia Patterson, the Competition Production Manager for the 2019 Parkening International Competition, about her role in the Parkening competition and her own experience in the arts. 

    For more info on Alicia and the Porter’s: http://www.portersofhellsgate.com

    More info about the Center for the Arts can be found: https://arts.pepperdine.edu/visit/digital-resources.htm

    Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

    • 33 min

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