Spring 2024 Events

Professional Directions: So You Think You Wanna Produce?

Tyler Young, Maura Chanz, Bryant Lydell, and Duran Jones will join virtually to discuss their work as producers. Come get the inside scoop on different kinds of producing and which paths might suit you! We'll cover everything from scripted to unscripted, game shows, docu-series, feature films, award shows, and more. Hosted by PMA Visiting Assistant Professor, Juanie Fowlkes.

Event schedule and location To Be Announced.

 

PMA Presents: Workshop and Talk Back with Film Composer Dyani Douze

Film composition workshop, 3 pm - 4 pm. Limited slots, RSVP to Steven Streetman, ss3549@cornell.edu

Artist Talk Back and Screening of Works, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm, open to all

Friday, March 1st, Film Forum

 

CLOSER with Ishmael Houston-Jones & Keith Hennessy

Artist Talk | Live Performance | Q&A

Followed by an Open-Level Community-Centered Improvisation Jam 

Saturday, March 2 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm 

Black Box Theatre at The Schwartz Center 

SB Level | 430 College Avenue, Ithaca NY 

 

Stupid F##king Bird

A play by Aaron Posner, directed by Fannie Massarsky '24.

Stupid F##king Bird, a modern-day, dark comedy adaptation of Chekhov’s classic 19th century play The Seagull, explores unrequited love, passion versus fame, and the toll of mediocrity. The story follows Con, a young writer who seeks validation from his successful starlet mother, Emma and his girlfriend, Nina, an aspiring actress. Posner’s work is equipped with songs, fourth wall breaks, dance sequences and explicit language. 

Thursday, March 7th, 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets
Friday, March 8th, 5 p.m. Get Tickets
Saturday, March 9th, 2 p.m. Get Tickets
Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets
Flexible Theatre

 

Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) Colloquium

Sound, Structures, and Site by Mendi + Keith Obadike 

In this presentation, Mendi + Keith Obadike will discuss recent site-specific sound installations and public art projects as well as new works in development.

The event is co-sponsored  by the Department of Music.

Friday, March 8th, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum

 

I Came Back for Molly

A solo performance written and performed by Molly Carden.

On Friday, March 15, at 7:30pm, join the Department of Performing and Media Arts for I Came Back for Molly, a solo performance written and performed by Molly Carden, directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, and choreographed by David Maurice Sharp. The event will take place in the Flex Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Writing workshops to follow, March 16-17, 11am – 3pm. Limited slots, apply to PMA@cornell.edu by February 22. 

Download application form here: https://cornell.app.box.com/s/njywgn09o5sn4hbxvt0vg13b4ug0lrne 

The Heermans-McCalmon guest artist fund was established at the bequest of Forbes Heermans (Class of 1878) and in memory of the late George McCalmon, Professor of Speech and Drama.

Friday, March 15th, 7:30 p.m.  Flexible TheatreGet tickets

 

The Alien Commons: Dance and Performance Beyond Citizenship Artist Talk and Showcase

The Alien Commons is a two-day event bringing together seminal artists making performances related to themes of borders, citizenship, and (im)migration—both legal and “illegal.” Featured artists include Tanya Aguiñiga, Zoë Klein, Gabriel Mata, and Liliana Gomez. Activities include an artist symposium and performance showcase.

Co-Sponsored by the Migrations Initiative, Latina/o Studies Program, Mellon Foundation's Just Futures, Society for the Humanities, Central New York Humanities Corridor, the Johnson Museum of Art, Department of Performing and Media Arts, and the Cheryl Whaley and Eric Aboaf Fund.

Symposium: Thursday, March 21st, 5:30 p.m., Film Forum

Performance Showcase: Friday, March 22nd, 7:30 p.m.,  Flexible TheatreGet tickets

 

Art Workshop by Isaac I. Scott and a screening of BEFORE TIME / AFTER TIME

Art Workshop: Explore the transformative potential of strategic arts engagement in addressing justice involvement and economic disparities. Through interactive sections and discussions, discover evidence-based interventions and innovative approaches for fostering justice and economic empowerment. Presented by Isaac's Quarterly

BEFORE TIME/AFTER TIME is a film produced as the culmination of the Claiming the Justice Narrative media and advocacy project, which seeks to support recent incursions in the felony court space by furthering alternatives to incarceration policy shifts. 

The film is intended to center the lived experiences of people who have survived incarceration and some content may be triggering to some audience members.

The workshop and screening are funded in part through a grant from the Community Partnership Funding Board, a program of the Einhorn Center for Community engagement and is co-sponsored by The Partnership Funding Board, Art Beyond Cornell, The Phoenix Players Theatre Group, Arts Justice Safety Coalition, Engaged Cornell, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, and Paul Lincoln Sawyer.

Art workshop: Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Register here

Film screening: Saturday, March 23rd, 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m., Cornell Cinema

 

Chats with the Chair

"Chats with the Chair" invites PMA majors, minors, and those interested in the department to join the chair for food and fellowship. Come learn more about the department, give feedback, and talk about everything performing and media arts at Cornell and beyond! Food provided! RSVP by March 25th to Steven Streetman, ss3549@cornell.edu.

Thursday, March 28th, 9am-10am, Room 220

 

Professional Directions by Stand-up Comedian Sam Morrison '15

Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00 p.m., Film Forum

 

Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) Colloquium: Victoria Sorensen

Friday, April 12th, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum

 

Front Office Fantasies: The Rise of Managerial Sports Media

A Book Talk by Branden Buehler '08, Assistant Professor of Visual and Sound Media at Seton Hall University

Front office executives have become high-profile commentators, movie and video game protagonists, and role models for a generation raised in the data-driven, financialized world of contemporary sports. Branden Buehler examines the media transformation of these once obscure management figures into esteemed experts and sporting idols. Insightful and timely, Front Office Fantasies reveals how sports media moved the action from the field to the executive suite.

Friday, April 12th, 5:00 p.m., Film Forum

 

Dance on Camera Festival

Showcase of award-winning short dance films from Lincoln Center-based annual festival

Curated and facilitated by Shawn Bible, President of the Dance Films Association

Thursday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Film Forum, Get Tickets

 

Student Dance Film Lab

Screening of student-directed short dance films – with prizes!

Facilitated by Shawn Bible, President of the Dance Films Association

Friday, April 19th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Film Forum

 

Performing and Media Arts Presentation Series (PMAPS) Colloquium: Paige Chung

Friday, April 19th, 3:00 p.m., Film Forum

 

Choreographing Justice: Dance Presenting Series

Join us for an electrifying journey through the language of dance at the Choreographing Justice: Dance Presenting Series. Experience the passion and dedication of our talented student performers as they take the stage, weaving together a tapestry of diverse styles and captivating choreography.

Thursday, April 25th, 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets
Friday, April 26th, 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets
Saturday, April 27th, 7:30 p.m. Get Tickets
Kiplinger Theatre

 

Thesis Film Screening

Featuring Remembering Colin Stall by Peter Levine and Doomscroll by Kenny Aune

Come and enjoy our incredibly talented PMA Senior Class, as they present the PMA Thesis Film Screening. These incredible films represent the very best of the program and speak to complex issues and the current moments in our lives. Support great storytelling and hear from the directors themselves in a Q&A session following the screenings.

For mature audiences only. Films contain material that may be triggering to some audience members.

Friday, May 3rd, 5:00 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre

 

Spring 2024 Student Film Screening

Join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience as we celebrate the creativity and vision of budding filmmakers! Our student film screening promises an evening filled with captivating stories, diverse perspectives, and raw talent.

Free and open to the public. First-come, first-served.

For mature audiences only. Films contain material that may be triggering to some audience members.

Friday, May 10th, 5:00 p.m. Kiplinger Theatre

 

Past Events

Projects & Participation Kick-off

Join us for a general information session where you can explore various ways to participate in PMA's live and mediated productions. Meet directors and filmmakers who will share insights about their projects and casting requirements.

Watch the recording from our Projects and Participation Kick-off event on PMA's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, January 24th, 7:30 p.m., Kiplinger Theatre

 

Festival 24

Festival 24 features an array of plays written, directed, rehearsed, and performed by students in just 24 hours!

Saturday, January 27th, 7:30 p.m., Flexible Theatre

 

Chats with the Chair

"Chats with the Chair" invites PMA majors, minors, and those interested in the department to join the chair for food and fellowship. Come learn more about the department, give feedback, and talk about everything performing and media arts at Cornell and beyond! Food provided! RSVP by Feb. 6th to Steven Streetman, ss3549@cornell.edu.

Friday, February 9th, Noon-1pm, Room 220

 

Professional Directions: Women in Charge

Erin Jones-Wesley, Simone Harris, Chigo Menakaya, and Alexandria Whitner, four execs from Lionsgate, Proximity Media, Blackmaled Productions, and SpringHill Studios will join virtually to talk all things TV and Film development. They'll answer questions about developing taste, how to choose a good story, the process of taking a story from script to screen, and how they got started in the business. Hosted by PMA Visiting Assistant Professor, Juanie Fowlkes.

Friday, February 16th, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Room 220

 

A Body in Places

A solo performance by internationally acclaimed Japanese-American movement-based interdisciplinary artist Eiko Otake.

Free and open to all.

Saturday, February 17th, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Mui Ho Fine Arts Library (2nd Floor, Rand Hall, 947 University Ave, Ithaca NY)

 

A Screening of No Rule is Our Rule

A 76-minute documentary film about the friendship of two fiercely independent, interdisciplinary Asian female dance artists, Eiko Otake and Wen Hui, and the embodied memories each willingly carries.

The film screening will be immediately followed by an Artist Q&A Session. Free and open to all.

Saturday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Film Forum

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