Event Calendar

Artist in Residence

An artist-in-residence is a professional performer with a dual role as a “teaching artist.” During a multi-day stay on campus and in the community, an artist-in-residence shares his or her expertise and insights on creativity during close interaction with youth and adult learners.

Wharton Center’s Artists-in-Residence programs provide a nurturing environment for students to engage in the creative process and to discover the fundamental value of performing arts. The 2014-2015 residencies will include storyteller David Gonzalez; actor Paige Hernandez; teaching artists from Stratford Festival America; Take It From The Top Broadway teaching artists; actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith; choreographers Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello; Soul Street Dance; Happendance; renowned actor Julian Sands; and members of the Walnut Street Theatre Company’s production of A Life in the Theatre.

Stuart Pimsler

Transforming the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Telling the Story: Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello, artistic co-directors of the nationally acclaimed Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, will be at Wharton Center for a three day residency which will reconsider issues relating to the doctor-patient relationship. The focus of their work integrates the arts through story-telling and non-verbal exercises that invite participants to explore their individual, creative expression. Since 1992, Pimsler and Costello have traveled worldwide offering their Caring for the Caregiver Programs for thousands of healthcare providers. This is done as collaboration among the Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater Company, the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center, and the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.


This unique collaboration between the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity and Happendance modern dance company and school (established in 1976) will bring professional teaching artists to Lewton Elementary of the Lansing School District.

Alarmed by cuts to dance education programs in the region, the Institute and Happendance felt it was critical to create a residency that would restore some of what has been lost and keep young people learning through the arts. The residency will be overseen by Institute director Bert Goldstein and Happendance artistic director Diane Newman and will involve several of the dance company’s dancer/teaching artists.

A four-month series of Master Classes will focus on dance integration and connecting dance to other academic areas with Lansing School District students from Lewton Elementary.

Eisenhower Dance

Wharton Center is excited to bring the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, in collaboration with Beaumont Hospitals to the Lansing area. This collaborative team has created an outstanding educational program addressing childhood overweight issues. Through lecture demonstrations, movement activities, family fun nights and performances, the program inspires children to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond is an award winning poet, author of Backbone and Under The Sun and a Kennedy Center teaching artist. Ms. Redmond is also a dynamic performer of her work and has presented all around the country for both student and adult audiences. This will be Ms. Redmond’s second year in residence and she will conduct a workshop for teachers on teaching poetry through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program. She will also spend her time here working with elementary, middle and high school students on creating and reading their own poetry. In her work with students Ms. Redmond uses writing techniques that help students create textured and layered poems with easy to follow poetry activities using common everyday imagery to create emotional resonance.

Ms. Redmond holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and has received is a Cave Canem Fellow and North Carolina Literacy Fellowship Recipient from the North Carolina Arts Council where she resides.

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Cathie Ryan

Ms. Ryan is a nationally and internationally recognized Celtic musician, vocalist and songwriter. Originally from Detroit she has lived in the both the US and Ireland. Along with her band Ms. Ryan has tour extensively performing for a wide range of audiences. During her residency Ms. Ryan will conduct a teacher workshop for our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program helping teachers use folk music to integrate music, language arts, story, history, geography and poetry into their curriculum. Her workshops will also include some Celtic dance and movement and the construction of a simple percussion instrument. Ms. Ryan will also conduct a similar workshops with students in area schools. She will also be the featured presenter/speaker at our annual Arts Education Advocacy Breakfast on December 7, 2011 here at the Wharton Center.

Stratford Shakespeare

The MSU Federal Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival continue to collaborate to bring their unique approach and to Shakespeare to learners throughout the state of Michigan.

North America’s largest classical repertory theatre, the internationally renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, partners with Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity for a series of annual teaching residencies. The residency provides students and teachers with opportunities to meet professional theatre artists, gain insights into the creative process, and explore the works of classical playwrights through master classes and lecture-demonstrations. During the residency, participants have extensive opportunities to learn about and experience stage combat and movement, costume and set design, acting, voice coaching and more.

Stratford Immersion

In November, 20 carefully selected high school students from Lansing area schools will be invited to spend an entire week immersed in Shakespeare with the extraordinary actor/teaching artists from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. This is a rare and unique opportunity for selected students to gain tremendous insight into Shakespeare by working on the plays themselves with Stratford artists. 

  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts
  • Michigan State University
  • 750 E. Shaw LN
  • East Lansing, MI
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