Tusculum University Community Band to hold pops concert in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre on campus

GREENEVILLE – Enjoy a fun night filled with many well-known songs as the Tusculum University Community Band performs a pops concert on campus.

The band will take the stage in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Audience members will be tempted to sing along as the band plays six songs, half of which will be extended medleys.

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Tusculum Youth Actors Studio SHOWCASE, featuring more than 30 actors, to be held this weekend in the Behan Arena Theatre

GREENEVILLE — Enjoy the talent of local youth actors who will perform short plays this weekend at the Tusculum Youth Actors Studio SHOWCASE 2023 at Tusculum University.

Theatre-at-Tusculum is presenting the fun event Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. as well as Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre.

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Tusculum holding auditions for the “5 X 10 Plays”; actors 15 and older needed to fill a variety of roles

GREENEVILLE –Auditions for a wide array of roles in the “5 X 10 Plays,” a biennial tradition at Tusculum University for 10 years, are scheduled for the end of February.

Directors will hold auditions Sunday, Feb. 26, and Monday, Feb. 27, for those who are interested in performing in of the five, 10-minute plays. The auditions will take place at 7 p.m. each night in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Aspirants are welcome, but not required, to attend both nights.

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Tusculum professor, an accomplished local artist for 45 years, to show his work at open house for art gallery’s new location

GREENEVILLE – Attendees at the open house for the new location of the Clem Allison Art Gallery at Tusculum University will not only be able to enjoy the new space but also experience the talent of a faculty member, who is an acclaimed regional artist.

The Center for the Arts will hold the open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the gallery, which has been moved to Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center in space close to the front entrance and the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre. During the event, Bill Bledsoe, assistant professor of art and design, who also has a robust private art portfolio, will have 16 pieces of his work on the walls for guests to examine and discuss with him.

All community members and the Tusculum family are invited to attend the open house, which is free. The Center for the Arts will hold a special ceremony at 6 p.m.

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Tusculum reopening art gallery in new location, holding Couples Painting Night as Valentine’s Day fundraiser

GREENEVILLE – For decades, Tusculum University’s embrace of art has enthralled visitors and provided students with an excellent forum for active and experiential learning that equips them for their careers.

This proud tradition continues for Tusculum’s Center for the Arts and the university’s academic program with a new location for the Clem Allison Art Gallery. The gallery has moved to the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center, where it will add a different dimension to the cultural experience that resonates throughout the building.

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Arts professional with extensive leadership experience selected as director of Tusculum’s Center for the Arts

GREENEVILLE – Rouja Green, a professional with 13 years of experience running a music and art school, has been selected as director of Tusculum University’s Center for the Arts.

In this leadership role, Green will ensure all fine arts programming presented by Tusculum is logistically sound. She will share and build on the strengths of these initiatives through fundraising, marketing, communication, presentation, design, teaching and advocacy in collaboration with others at the university.

“Rouja brings a wealth of experience in this field, which will enhance the quality of life in our region,” said Wayne Thomas, dean of the College of Civic and Liberal Arts and executive director of Tusculum Arts Outreach. “She brings boundless energy and positivity and is a staunch advocate for the arts. With her background and credentials, we’re truly blessed to have her.”

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Tusculum University Community Choir to enhance the season with annual Christmas concert on campus

GREENEVILLE – Christmas favorites and other songs tied to the season will bring joy to the audience when the Tusculum University Community Choir performs them during its annual concert to mark this special time of year.

The choir will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Karen Miller will accompany the choir on piano throughout the concert, and special guest Jackie Love will accompany the group on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as well as play two short medleys, all on the viola.

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Multiple Tony Award-winning “Company” coming to Tusculum University for a six-performance run

GREENEVILLE – The smash hit musical “Company,” which explores relationships and the struggles of sustaining them in urban America, is coming to Tusculum University for a six-performance run in November.

Opening night is Friday, Nov. 11, in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center, and the production runs for two weekends. The Tony Award-winning “Company” extends Theatre-at-Tusculum’s record of hosting stellar entertainment on campus for the region’s benefit.

“We are ecstatic to bring such a renowned production to Tusculum so the community can enjoy another first-class musical on our stage,” said Beth Schnura, the director of “Company” and director of Tusculum Arts Outreach. “The cast will showcase its exceptional talent and thoroughly entertain audiences while presenting them a storyline that has a great deal of depth. Seeing this musical in person will bring the messages to life in a vibrant way for our audiences.”

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Classic literature and a new work to be spotlighted at Tusculum in “Edgar Allan Poe and Other Haunted Stories in the Woods”

GREENEVILLE – East Tennesseans can enrich their Halloween experience by watching adaptations of classic literature and new writing from a Tusculum University alumnus in a series of upcoming short performances at the Doak House Museum.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will host “Edgar Allan Poe and Other Haunted Stories in the Woods” Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. Each day, the gates will open at the Doak House, 690 Erwin Highway, at 5:45 p.m., with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 30.

The event is a fundraiser for Tusculum’s arts programming.

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Theatre-at-Tusculum presenting a play that explores a world in which people are limited to 140 words a day

GREENEVILLE – Another stellar production is coming to Tusculum University this month, a dark romantic comedy featuring two regional theater veterans that examines relationships and communication through a restrictive lens.

“Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons” will begin a six-performance run Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre, located on the lower level of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. The play stars Steve Schultz and Erin Hensley Schultz, who are married in real life and serve on the Tusculum staff, as the only two actors in this contemplative play.

“As we continue Theatre-at-Tusculum’s tradition of excellence, we are pleased to present a thought-provoking play that utilizes the remarkable talents of Steve and Erin,” said Wayne Thomas, executive director of Tusculum Arts Outreach and the production’s director. “This play will have an enjoyable, fast-paced feel and plenty of humor while still offering a serious theme well worth consideration.”

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Memories abundant for Jennifer Hollowell as she retires after three decades serving Tusculum University

GREENEVILLE – When you ask Jennifer Hollowell to name her favorite productions at Tusculum University, it is a challenging task for her because she has assisted with so many.

Hollowell has been in the thick of Tusculum productions for about 20 years, handling behind-the-scenes tasks and running the box office for shows in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center as coordinator of Tusculum Arts Outreach. In the last year, she took more of a front-seat role as director of Tusculum’s Center for the Arts.

Now, Hollowell’s connection to Tusculum has shifted to future spectator at performances and volunteer with Arts Outreach and the College of Civic and Liberal Arts. She retired from Tusculum May 31 and is now spending what remains of her working days focusing on her food catering interests.

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Multiple summer camps at Tusculum to provide active and experiential learning opportunities for children of all ages

GREENEVILLETusculum University is hosting multiple summer camps, some of which will be available twice, that will provide children of all ages an opportunity to grow their skills and absorb the collegiate atmosphere.

The fun and informative activities start in early June and last until late July on the Greeneville campus. They include learning about life in the early 19th century, exploring food history through the natural environment, further exploring an interest in health professions and discovering the on-stage and behind-the-scenes elements of theater.

“If children want to have a great time and learn a lot in the process, Tusculum University is the place to be this summer,” said Greg Fay, director of continuing education and camps. “We are thrilled to offer children an excellent way to participate in active and experiential learning with our faculty, staff and students. Our beautiful and historic campus will provide an outstanding backdrop for participants as they join us for a bevy of fun activities.”

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