School of Theatre & Dance
Theatre at USF

John W. Holloway Endowment

The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides these programs with funds on an annual basis. John W. Holloway, a TheatreUSF graduate, has systematically donated enhancement funds to build the Theatre and Dance programs to exceptional artistic status. The Holloway Endowed Chair has allowed both theatre and dance majors to work with renowned international artists in the creation of new work and in the preparation of interdisciplinary stage productions on important contemporary subjects.

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2017-18 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artists
Xiao Xiangrong, Beijing Normal University
Created an original choreographic work, Threads of Time, with DanceUSF
Alex Ketley, The Foundry
Created an original choreographic work, Ballast (Particulate Rage, Love & Recovery), with DanceUSF

2017-18 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artist
Robert Moses, Robert Moses Kin company
Created an original choreographic work, CAMPS, with DanceUSF

2016-17 Musical funded by the John W. Holloway Endowment in Dance and Theatre

2015-16 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artists
Henry Mutto (Director, Cayman National Cultural Foundation)
David Bereaux (guest actor from Trinidad)

2014-15 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artists
Alonzo King (LINES Ballet), Robert Moses KIN Dance Company

2014-15 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artist
Maurice Causey (Choreographer)

2013-14 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artists

Yaniv Abraham (Batsheva Dance Company)
Robert Moses (Robert Moses KIN Dance Company)

2012-13 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artists
Andy Frye (director and choreographer)
Brett Karlin (music director)


2011-12 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artist
Jack Holloway (actor)


2011-12 John W. Holloway Endowed Chair guest artist
- Lisa Powers Tricomi (director)

2010-11 - Spring Dance Concert
Choreography: Talley Beatty and Doug Varone
Lighting Design: Beau Edwardson and David Covey
Costume Design/Reconstruction: Melinda Lloyd

2009-10 - Serenade/The Proposition
Conceived and Directed by Bill T. Jones
Choreographed by Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong and the USF cast
Reconstructed for USF School of Theatre & Dance by Leah Cox
Decor by Bjorn Amelan
Lighting Design by Robert Wierzel
Video Design by Janet Wong
Sound Design by Sam Crawford
Costume Design by Anjia Jalac and the Company with special thanks to Liz Prince
Costume Design Reconstructed by Marilyn Gaspardo Bertch

2008-09 - Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado; music by Galt McDermot

Directed and choreographed by Holloway guest artist Andy Frye

2007-08 - The Rocky Horror Show - Written by Richard O'Brien
Directed by USF Theatre Professor Bill Brewer

Guest Choreographer Andy Frye, Guest Actor Michael Titone, and Guest Set Designer Cliff Simo

2006-07 - Spring Dance Concert
featuring Trisha Brown's Set and Reset/Reset
Choreographers: Michael Foley, Lindsey Kelly, Dionne Sparkman Noble
Trisha Brown, Sandra Robinson, Marissa-Alma Nick, John Parks
Lighting Designers: Beau Edwardson, Jeff Boe
Costume Designers: Bill Brewer, Dina Perez, Tammy Massola

2005-06 - DanceUSF Presents Exhale
An Evening of Dance and Voice
Choreographers: Julio Montano, Lynne Wimmer, Jeanne Travers,
Jannis Brenner, Michael Foley
Lighting and Sound Design: Jeff Boe
Costume Designers: Bill Brewer, Jennifer Wingard, Jannis Brenner

2005-06 - Spring Dance Concert
Drawing The Line
Choreographers: Donna Silva, Jeanne Travers, Jennifer Jones,
Lynne Wimmer, Ricky Ruiz, Giselle Durand, Paula Nunez, Andy Noble
Lighting Design: Beau Edwardson
Sound Design: Bryan Shuler
Costume Designers: Gretchen Ward Warren, Erin Cardinal

2005 – Cuban Bread
Written and directed by USF Theatre professor Denis Calandra.
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2004-05 - Spring Dance Concert
Missa Brevis and Other Dances

featuring Jose Limon's Missa Brevis in Tempore Belli
Choreographers: Lorelei Bayne, Carolina Garcia, Kelli Gilson, Jose Limon
Lighting Designers: Beau Edwardson, Hilary A. Johnson
Sound Design: Tim Burnaman
Costume Designers: Bill Brewer, Carolina Garcia, Marilyn Gaspardo-Berth, Ming Cho-Lee

2003-04 - Fall Dancescapes
Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Gretchen Ward Warren, Michael Foley,
Frankie Hart, Ronald K. Brown
Lighting Design: John Lott
Sound Design: Tim Burnaman
Costume Designers: Bill Brewer, Gretchen Ward Warren, Nadia Tarr,
Frank Chavez, Michael Foley

2002-03 Bat Boy: The Musical
Guest artists Wayne Gallops, Musical Director and Daryl Gray, Choreographer

Wayne Gallops serves on the music faculty at the University of Tampa (Tampa, FL) and is a candidate for the PH.D. in Music Education at the University of South Florida. He has played piano with both local and national performers including Eddie Arnold, Chuck Mangione, and Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project.

Daryl Gray was trained in a full theatre and dance curriculum in New York City and appeared in Broadway shows and as a soloist and guest artist with dance companies in the United States and abroad, touring worldwide. His musical stagings and directing credits include: California Musical Theater, Playhouse 91 in Manhattan, Chicago Civic Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Santa Fe Festival Theater, NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Lincoln Center and others. For the concert stage, he has choreographed over fifty works on five continents for such companies as: Joffrey, ABT, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, Royal Ballet of Belgium and others.

2003 – The Tale of Tsuru
an original Japanese story by Michiko Kondo was adapted to a play by guest artist Allison Williams. Allison Williams, along with guest artist Todd Espeland, directed this colorful play that features cultural lessons about truth and love. Williams and Espeland, of Commedia Zuppa Theatre Company, create original works using physical theatre, mask, circus and commedia dell’ arte techniques.

2000 – The Making of GONE WITH THE WIND, A Buffoon’s Tale
written and directed by guest artists Martha Enson and Esther Edelman of the Seattle based theatre company, UMO. The Making of GONE WITH THE WIND, A Buffoon’s Tale was an original theatre piece done in the style of European “Buffoon” Theatre.

UMO is a theatre troupe who has devoted themselves to a brand of theatre that is a heady mix of clowning and classical Greek tragedy, mime and puppetry and mask work, ritual and horseplay.

1999 – Cabaret
guest artists Thommie Walsh (Original Chorus Line member) and Priscilla Lopez presented Lectures and master classes.

“Acting a Song” with Priscilla Lopez, Tony-award winning “A Chorus Line” original cast member, presented this two hour master class on the techniques of performing a musical theatre song.

“Broadway Babies Grown Up”- a round-table discussion with Priscilla Lopez and Thommie Walsh of “A Chorus Line” on their experiences in musical theatre.

“Dancing with Thommie Walsh”- a two hour master class with two-time Tony-award winning choreographer Thommie Walsh, also an original cast member of “A Chorus Line”. Mr. Walsh taught theatre and dance students a musical theatre dance routine from his various Broadway and West End productions.

1997 – Men Dancing
guest director, Jack Parrish and playwright, David Crespy’s residency to lecture and collaborate on the show. Men Dancing, by playwright David Crespy, focuses on a young Jewish-American artist and his family as they cope with an aging father’s contradictory past life. At the same time the son’s personal search for his own artistic voice takes him to this father’s long denied talent and passion. The more he discovers about his father, the more he learns about himself. The play deals with the timeless problems of aging and death but interweaves a 90’s emphasis on AIDS and sexual awareness.

Other guest artists include LeRoy Mitchell, Ron Sommer and guest faculty Mary Ann Bentley. Lecture/symposium with noted scholar Tess Jones, AIDS and the Arts, playwright David Crespy, and Julie Larkin, MD

1995 – Ghetto
by renowned Israeli playwright, Joshua Sobol, is about a theatrical troupe in a Jewish Ghetto under Nazi control in Vilna Lithuania during World War II. TheatreUSF in partnership with USF Institute on Aging contracted Ron Pinkovitz, one of the best young directors in Isreal to direct the play.

The purpose is to engage students, the university community, and the community at large in contemplation of and discussion about the horrific and heroic events of fifty years ago in Europe. The art of theatre can provide a public, social forum; it can move people to think, feelingly.

The play: Set in the Jewish Ghetto of Vilna, Lithuania, in 1942/43, Ghetto tells of the unlikely flourishing of a theatre at the very time the Nazis began their policy of mass extermination. It is based on diaries written by Herman Kruk, director of the Grosser Library in Warsaw. He escaped in the second week of the Germans attack on Warsaw and reached Vilna after several weeks. His diary chronicles the darkest days of the holocaust.

1993 – Tintypes

directed and choreographed by Joe Deer – TheatreUSF alumni, is a collage of music, politics, dance and vaudeville comedy from the turn of the century. The song and dance production tells the story of America’s turn-of-the-century immigrants and their assimilation into the melting pot of American culture.

1993 – Race
Book by Studs Terkel; adapted for the Stage by Jose Yglesias; directed by L. Kenneth Richardson. Race tells the stories of blacks and whites in America and how they feel about each other. The world premiere of the stage version of Race opened at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center ( to a sold out house.
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