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Jayvon Shack plays Arnold in NKU SOTAs mainstage play Torch Song.

‘I’ve never seen ‘Torch Song’ be done with a Black man as the lead,’ SOTA student describes his experience in mainstage play

Braden White, Arts & Life Editor October 3, 2021

Jayvon Shack, senior Bachelor of Fine Arts acting major, is excited to be on stage for his first-ever mainstage SOTA theatre show “Torch Song.”  “Torch Song,” a Tony Award-winning play, is...

Student Art Spotlight

Student Art Spotlight

September 20, 2020

Destiny Ca'Mel, junior “Bound” (2018) - Acrylic paint, Paint pens, Prismacolor pencils - 18x24 "In this piece, I show the familial traumas and harms that people deal with, but never want to talk...

Students painting The Red Horses with chalk.

SOTA Showcase brings the arts outdoors

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor October 21, 2019
The air is warm and the sun is shining—perfect weather for an outdoor concert at Loch Norse that draws students and community members alike to campus on a Saturday afternoon. Black, yellow and white balloons line the sidewalk, along with chalk art, leading visitors from a do-it-yourself screen printing station to the live performances of Broadway songs, musical theatre previews, jazz ensembles and rhythm and blues groups.
Despite a few challenges, NKUs production team doesnt slow down.

New director overcomes cult-classic ‘Rocky Horror’

Cole Grecco, Asst. Arts & Life Editor October 25, 2016

Alex Steele has a lot of expectations to fulfill. Not just because he’s taking over NKU’s performance of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult-classic which has been done countless times across...

Abby Schlachters cast covered in writing on display at the festival.

The great white whale settles in Covington

Christian Glass, Reporter April 9, 2015

Dr. Robert Wallace takes a step back in the lobby of the Covington Public Library, and his eyes light up as they pass over the seven quilts hanging up, tightening the grip on the peg leg in his hands....

Students browse the gallery.

Student exhibition gives taste of the real world

Kelsey Bungenstock, Reporter April 2, 2015

Students at NKU got a chance once again to display their talents in the annual Juried Student Exhibition in the Third Floor Gallery and Main Gallery of the Fine Arts Building. To make it into the gallery...

A scene from Les Mis which had its final performance of the season on March 1. The 2015-2016 season was announced last week.

New theater season announced

Erin Mullins, Reporter March 18, 2015

From Shakespeare to a Seussical; from Shaw to Sondheim, the 2015-2016 theater season was recently announced and the lineup is impressive. The variety of shows that will be offered next season truly shows...

Quintin Bonds sang a classical piece and a spiritual piece in the Kentucky Association of Negro Musicians annual competition.

Student learns to heal through music

Matt Spaulding, Arts and Life Editor March 5, 2015

Freshman Quintin Bonds grew up in Louisville singing in church, but it would soon become his next passion after being forced to cut football career short. This passion helped him win 3rd place in the Kentucky...

Funds from Rocky Horror Show to Benefit the Center Stage Players’ 307 Series Projects

Lizzie Kibler, Assistant Arts and Life Editor February 13, 2015

“I nearly passed out,” Center Stage Players treasurer, Jennifer Rhodenhiser said after she found out the amount of money raised after the Rocky Horror Picture Show fundraising event. Rhodenhiser was...

Ken Jones accepting the School of the Arts director position. Jones has worked for Disney and has directed multiple musicals on the NKU mainstage. - See more at:

Ken Jones named director of new School of the Arts

Mac Payton, Reporter February 12, 2015

Ken Jones, who has been the chair of the theater and dance department at NKU for 11 years, has recently been named the director of the new School of the Arts, approved by the Board of Regents on last month. The...

Faculty art exhibit attempts to bring students together

Matt Jent, Reporter January 15, 2015

Visual art can take many forms. It can be as conventional as a painting or as abstract as a sculpture made out of found objects. This holds true in the upcoming staff visual art gallery, where artwork...

Theatre departments spring lineup sure to dazzle

Theatre department’s spring lineup sure to dazzle

Erin Mullins, Reporter January 14, 2015

NKU’s theatre department is doing things a little different with this spring’s line bringing to life three very different productions: “Les Miserables,” “Mud Nostalgia” and The Y.E.S. Festival. Michael...

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