This program invites eminent artists to work with USF College of The Arts faculty and students. These visiting artists conduct master classes, lectures, demonstrations or exhibitions on campus and sometimes in the community. The endowment was created between retail department store Burdines-Macy’s of Florida and the College of The Arts and has been providing funding for the disciplines of Theatre, Dance, Music and Art since 1990.
The following artists have brought their dramatic expertise to the USF Theatre students and faculty members.
Fall 2013 -- Henry Muttoo
Director, Ti-Jean and His Brothers
Widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s finest theatre designer, Henry Muttoo is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills: he is an award-winning actor, theatre director and designer, carnival designer, painter, writer, editor and amateur calypso historian.
Educated at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago), Croydon College of Art & Design, and Rose Bruford College (Manchester University) in the UK, Mr. Muttoo has worked as a professional in the theatre and arts industry for over forty years, teaching, directing and designing in Guyana, England, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the US and the Cayman Islands. He has designed and/or directed for most of the major Caribbean playwrights and directors including, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Trevor Rhone, Rawle Gibbons, Lloyd Reckord, Earl Warner and Barbara Gloudon.
His vision for the development of culture and the arts in the Cayman Islands has advanced the Cayman National Cultural Foundation from an organisation that only managed the Harquail Theatre to one that is now a fully fledged and widely respected arts organisation producing several plays, two annual major arts festivals, training young Caymanians in several arts disciplines, documenting cultural enactments and re-enactments, publishing poetry, plays, an arts & culture journal and other material, offering grants to artists, recognising and promoting the work of talented Caymanians, and working with educational institutions to improve the quality and quantity of work produced by young people.
Mr. Muttoo has won several awards for his work including two Cacique awards for theatre design from Trinidad, A National Drama Award from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, a National Best Actor award from the Theatre Guild of Guyana and a Director of the Year award from the Cayman National Theatre Company.
He was recently made an Officer Of The Order Of The Cayman Islands (OC), inducted into the Caribbean Theatre Hall of Fame and was most recently made a Member of The British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Henry Muttoo has been the Artistic Director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation since 1989.
2011-12 - Ben Munisteri
Ben Munisteri learned to dance in New York City clubs when he was in high school. In the late 1980s he became a founding member of the seminal Doug Elkins Dance Company, which sought new synergy in modern dance by combining diverse movement forms. Carving out a niche as a musical, neo-formalist choreographer with a broad movement palette, he has had the privilege of touring domestically and internationally with his dance ensemble. He has taught in colleges and universities around the country. Through his teaching, he hopes to inspire live-long dance enthusiasts and to reveal dance’s connections to social history, literature, digital technology, education, and the other arts.
2009 - Kate Fodor
Kate Fodor is a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, the National Theater Conference's Barrie Stavis Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, and an After Dark Award. Her play 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW was produced Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and was part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s First Look Repertory of New Work. 100 SAINTS is published by Dramatists Play Service and anthologized in Smith & Kraus' New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2008.
2006 - Henry Muttoo
Widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s finest theatre designer, Henry Muttoo is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills: he is an award-winning actor, theatre director and designer, carnival designer, painter, writer, editor and amateur calypso historian. Henry directed Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl in November 2006. For Henry Muttoo's complete biography, visit: http://theatre.arts.usf.edu/GuestArtistsBurdines_HenryMuttoo.htm
2001 – Mike Finn
Irish playwright directed the workshop production of his play Ellis Island. Mike Finn is an actor and playwright and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Iowa. He is a founder member of Island Theatre Co. (in Ireland) for whom he has appeared in over twenty productions. Ellis Island tells of American History. It is the story of the personal and common experiences shared by European immigrants as they search for freedom, opportunity and new beginnings in America.
1998 – Badja Djola
Guest lecture in voice coaching and acting presented Acting in Theatre and Film. Mr. Djola spoke on his experiences as an actor in both film and theatre. He has starred and co-starred in such films as: Rosewood, Mississippi Burning & Night Shift; and theatre in: Dancing on the Moonlight, Southern Rapture, & How High the Mountain.
1998 – Russel Craig (set and costume designer)
Guest instructor/lecturer from London that presented his lecture: The influence of British Opera Design on British Theatre Design. Also, Russell Craig hosted a workshop in mask making and mold making techniques.
1996 – Francis Matthews – Consultant for the stage adaptation of the novel, Huckleberry Finn
The Huckleberry Finn Project was a 2 to 3 week intensive summer workshop with a group of students adapting Twain’s Huckleberry Finn into a stage play. The students did a reading of the work that they had completed at the conclusion of the workshop. Francis completed the work over the remainder of the summer and fall and produced the work as the Christmas Holiday show at the Greenwich Theatre opening early Dec. 1996. Two students from USF went on internship for approx. 8 weeks with the development of the production at Greenwich serving as Assistants to Francis. TheatreUSF designer and instructor Barton Lee joined the Greenwich production for approximately 2.5 weeks leading up to opening and assisted where possible in the final preparation of the production (working primarily with technical production aspects of the show and as a general assistance in support of the production).
1994 – Co-directors, Paul Massie and LeRoy Mitchell Jr. (actor/director) – Guest artists for the TheatreUSF production: My Children! My Africa.
Mr. Mitchell Jr. was a Tampa actor that appeared in numerous musicals as well as straight plays. He played the character Mr. M (in My Children! My Africa) in Tampa, Atlanta and took the production on tour to Wales and Dublin.
1993 – Robert Wierzel – Lighting Designer for lit TheatreUSF’s production of TinTypes.
This TheatreUSF alumni is faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in theatre, dance, new music and opera, on stages throughout the country and abroad.1992 – Arley Berryhill – Designer of mask making, conducted classroom lectures.