"STATE OF THE ARTS" FORT WORTH EXAMINES HOW FORT WORTH PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS ARE "FIRING UP THE SPOTLIGHT"

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September 7, 2016
 
"STATE OF THE ARTS" FORT WORTH EXAMINES HOW FORT WORTH
PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS ARE "FIRING UP THE SPOTLIGHT"
 
FORT WORTH, TX—On Friday, September 22, Art&Seek's "State of the Arts" explores how three Fort Worth-based performing arts groups are challenging industry traditions with dynamic stagings, innovative programming and audience engagement. Their endeavors are receiving critical acclaim and standing ovations. Moderator Jerome Weeks, senior arts reporter and producer for Art&Seek, will be joined by Kathleen Anderson Culebro, Dana Schultes and Ben Stevenson O.B.E. This one-hour conversation begins at 6 p.m in the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion Auditorium. Admission is free. No reservations. Following the discussion, live music will be presented in the Piano Pavilion Lobby by Sofar Sounds.
 
Kathleen Anderson Culebro is the founding artistic director of Amphibian Stage Productions. Since 2000 she has produced plays in Fort Worth and New Yorkmost of them world, U.S. or regional premieres. She is the author of La Llorona, which premiered off-Broadway in 2007, and A Leopard Complains of Its Spots, which premiered in New York in 2001. Her newest play, Smart Pretty Funny, had its world premiere in 2016. Other work includes the cabaret Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get You and Vincent. She has taught screenwriting at Texas Christian University. Originally from Mexico City, Kathleen lives and works in Fort Worth. 
 
Dana Schultes is the executive producer at Stage West Theatre and has worked with the group for over 15 years. Dana is also a director, stage manager and sound designer but is best known to North Texas audiences for her work on the stage, with memorable roles in Wait Until Dark, A Midsummer Night's DreamOur Town, and A Streetcar Named Desire, among others. Directing credits include The Aliens, Heroes, Copenhagen, and Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music. Dana has a BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas Wesleyan and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas. She is often featured in regional and national commercials as well as in voice-overs for many anime productions by Funimation.
 
Ben Stevenson O.B.E. has been the artistic director of Texas Ballet Theater for 15 years. He served as the artistic director for the Houston Ballet from 1976–2003, where he elevated the company from a regional troupe of 28 dancers to an internationally acclaimed ensemble of more than 50. Stevenson, a native of Portsmouth, England, began his career as the principal dancer and then director at the English National Ballet and the National Ballet in Washington, D.C. Stephenson has received numberous awards and distinctions. For his contributions to international dance, Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II. He was appointed artistic director emeritus of Houston Ballet, and the company's affiliated school was renamed Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy.
 
Sofar Sounds is a global community of artists, hosts and listeners all with the goal of bringing the magic back to live music. They create secret, intimate shows in unique spaces, from living rooms and churches to book shops and fancy furniture showrooms, where the focus is on the performance and the audience is encouraged to fully immerse in a different kind of gig-going experience. They regularly host shows in Dallas and Fort Worth in addition to 370 other cities worldwide. 
 
State of the Arts Fort Worth, produced by KERA's Art&Seek in partnership with the Kimbell Art Museum and Texas Christian University College of Fine Arts, identifies important trends and issues affecting North Texas artistic organizations and brings artists, experts and scholars together for thought-provoking discussions.
 
KERA's Art&Seek
Art&Seek connects North Texans with the people and places that define the arts community. Through in-depth reports, artist profiles and immersive online content, Art&Seek's award-winning journalism covers all aspects of the visual and performing arts on KERA 90.1 and artandseek.org. Art&Seek also features more than 3,000 arts organizations on its comprehensive online events calendar. The Art&Seek Calendar allows users to search for activities in their neighborhood and across North Texas, with links to buy tickets, find directions and more.
 
Texas Christian University College of Fine Arts
TCU's College of Fine Arts comprises the Schools of Art, Classical & Contemporary Dance and Music, as well as the Departments of Graphic Design, Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising and Theatre. Each offers distinctive programs that enable students to work closely with stellar faculty. Graduates are well prepared to pursue their professional aspirations through innovative curricula, pre-professional training opportunities and mentorship.
 
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture. The Kimbell's collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Monet, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the ancient Americas.
 
The Museum's 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music.
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More information available at kimbellart.org.
 
Contact: 817-332-8451
Jessica Brandrup, ext. 241, or jbrandrup@kimbellmuseum.org
Claire Lukeman, ext. 248, or clukeman@kimbellmuseum.org 
 
Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, noon–8 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Website: www.kimbellart.org. Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107. *Admission to view the Museum's permanent collection is always FREE.