School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes B.J. Tindal and Joey Contreras as Roe Green Visiting Artists
During the Fall 2020 semester, the School of Theatre and Dance welcomes playwright B.J. Tindal and musical theatre songwriter Joey Contreras as Roe Green Visiting Artists. As the School moves its Fall 2020 mainstage productions to a virtual format, Tindal and Contreras have spent the semester in "virtual residency" working with faculty staff and students to find innovative and creative ways to bring performance and design to life amidst a global pandemic.
Playwright B.J. Tindal is working in collaboration with associate professor Amy Fritsche and students to create the new work, "The Zoom Play That Has A Title," which will be broadcast Dec. 11-13 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to view the play is free, however RSVPs are required.
"The Zoom Play That Has A Title" is a timely and visceral look at our 2020 experience. The new play uses the concurrent pandemics of coronavirus and racial injustice to explore our actions and reactions within an environment dominated by quarantine, virtual learning, social media and cancel culture, overwhelming stress, and a reckoning on the subject of systemic racism.
Musical theatre songwriter Joey Contreras is working in in collaboration with associate professors Fabio Polanco and Jennifer Korecki on Contreras' new musical "In Pieces," which will be broadcast Dec. 18-20 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to view the musical is free, however RSVPs are required.
"In Pieces" is a contemporary musical about the unpredictable journey of our romantic lives. Set in modern day New York City, Joey Contreras' new musical explores how the many different pieces of our love lives align, differ, and interact.
About the Roe Green Visiting Artists
Hailed as one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know,” Joey is a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and his musicals with bookwriter/lyricist, Kate Thomas, include All the Kids are Doing It (Provincetown Playhouse, Tisch, IWU, O’Neill NMTC Finalist), Forget Me Not (NYTB New Works Series, The Dare Tactic, dir. Catie Davis; Tisch New Studio on Broadway, dir. Ilana Becker) and Elements. He is currently developing Heartbreakers in Hell, a new musical with bookwriter/lyricist Benjamin Halstead, which has a planned premiere with The Rubber City Theatre in September 2021. He also has written the music and lyrics for the song-cycle, In Pieces (originally presented at Lincoln Center), which is now available for licensing and live streaming rights.
As a strong supporter of arts education, Joey has served as Artist-in-Residence with Broadway Dreams Foundation and has contributed original music and arrangements to Broadway in South Africa. He also regularly teaches masterclasses with The Growing Studio in New York. Joey is an alumnus from the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (2010 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Scholarship Recipient) and the 2017 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project.
About the Roe Green Visiting Artist Series
The Roe Green Visiting Director Series was established in 2003 following a $25,000 donation, to be repeated annually, from local arts patron and activist Roe Green. In 2018, Ms. Green furthered her generosity by endowing the Roe Green Visiting Director Series which will now benefit School of Theatre and Dance students for years to come. Through the program, the School of Theatre and Dance invites a guest professional director each year to work in residency with students and direct one of the School's Main Stage productions. The School of Theatre and Dance is fortunate to be able to offer this diverse opportunity to its students. Now in its 16th year, the Roe Green Visiting Director Series continues to bring professional directors to Kent State University.