Spring Semester 2020 Stone Visiting Artist: Daniel Banks, directing a Staged Reading of Dreaming Emmett, a play by Toni Morrison

promotional image in blue for A Staged Reading of Dreaming EmmettDaniel Banks will be back with us again, directing a staged reading of Dreaming Emmett, a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Produced only once during Morrison's lifetime, the play is an historical retelling of the life of Emmett Till and the trial that followed his murder. 

Daniel Banks is an acclaimed theatre director, choreographer, and dialogue facilitator, who has worked across the globe leading arts-based social justice programs with artists, educators, and activists of all ages. He is the Co-Director of DNAWORKS and the director and founder of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, a program that engages Hip Hop Theatre to promote youth self-expression and leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU and his writings on casting, Hip Hop Theatre, and Applied Theatre are featured in several books and publications. He is the editor of the first critical anthology of Hip Hop Theatre plays Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theatre as well as The Welcome Table: Casting a Movement.

To learn more about Banks, Morrison, and the limited release of the play, check out the article on broadwayworld.com.


Spring Semester 2020 Events:

A Staged Reading of Dreaming Emmett, written by Toni Morrison, directed by Daniel Banks, and featuring UWG Theatre Students: Saturday, February 1, 2020 // 7:00 pm // Townsend Center Richard L. Dangle Black Box Theatre

The staged reading will be followed by a community storycircle.

About the Michael and Andrea Stone series:

Through the generous support of local patrons Michael and Andrea Stone, the School of the Arts at the University of West Georgia hosts The Michael and Andrea Stone Visiting Artist Series. As part of our ongoing efforts to build and sustain a more creative community, the series typically features one nationally recognized artist each fall and spring semester, rotating among the programs in art, music, theatre, creative writing, and film. 

Artists who come to campus through the series

  • lead studio courses and master classes
  • work closely with students, providing individual critiques;
  • offer exhibitions or readings to the university and community;
  • participate in social functions with local arts patrons and community members;
  • and much more!

As such, The Michael and Andrea Stone Visiting Artist Series not only engages local artists and patrons in a creative, participatory community, but also encourages dialogue among arts disciplines, and between colleges and departments across campus. Most importantly, however, the series provides the local community and UWG students with direct access to acclaimed artists, elevating the level of discourse surrounding contemporary art and culture in Carrollton. Thanks to Michael and Andrea Stone, Carrollton is much more art forward.

Recent Stone Visiting Artists: