Performing Arts Angels

Alumni, friends and supporters of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University are invited to help its students fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams by joining Performing Arts Angels.

This group exists for one reason:

To provide educational and training opportunities for talented dance, musical theatre and theatre (performance and design/tech) students in the School of Performing Arts — opportunities not funded through the state or university.

By pooling our gifts large and small, the members of Performing Arts Angels are able to accomplish big projects they would be unable to achieve individually. Their investment helps to attract the best and brightest students to Wichita State.

Here are a few of the educational opportunities provided by the Performing Arts Angels for students this past year:

  • Dance majors performed Cheyla Chandler's choreography nosuchSymbiosis at the regional Kennedy Center College Dance Festival where they were SELECTED TO PERFORM at the NATIONAL KENNEDY CENTER GALA.
  • Professional actor Brian Gunter was brought to campus as a visiting guest artist for the production of "The Roaring Girl" and also conducted a seminar and worked one-on-one with students.
  • Guest artist Charlotte Boye-Christenson and her NOW-ID Dance Company were brought in to choreograph and perform with the WSU Dance majors for the production of FEAST!
  • Registration and travel expenses were provided for Music Theatre students to travel to Minneapolis, MN, for the American College Theatre Festival. WSU students and faculty WON 10 AWARDS for their production of musical review, "Smokey Joe's Cafe".
  • Twenty Dance majors were able to attend and participate in the American College Dance Association's festival in Cape Girardeau, MO.
  • Theatre students were given travel expenses to attend the Barebones International Independent Film & Music Festival in Oklahoma. WSU students WON 2ND PLACE FOR BEST FILM CREW/STUDENT FEATURE for their film "After Midnight".
  • Four Music Theatre and Dance students travelled to New York City for the Senior Showcase with Actors Connection.
  • Ten Theatre students attended The Winter Wonderland Workshop of stage combat training at Movement and Combat Education in Chicago.
  • Two Music Theatre students participated in the National Opera Association/National Association of Teacher’s of Singing National Conference in New York City. Both students were selected to sing in the Master Classes presented by Guest Artists.
  • Ten Theatre Tech and Design students traveled to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Twenty Dance students traveled to the University of Colima, Mexico to perform and participate in Master Classes.
  • One Theater Tech & Design student was awarded Air Fare to travel to NYC to work at Roundabout Theatre this summer.