Arts graduate study brings hope, but fails to address tough issue

In case you missed it, I wrote an article about a study released by Indiana University regarding arts graduates. The study of 13,600 arts graduates found that 92 percent found some type of employment in their field within one year of graduation. Those surveyed range from theater to architecture graduates.

While the study revealed mostly positive statistics, as it was conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, it ceased to take an important area into consideration —  artists’ pay level and revenue satisfaction. About 30 percent of formal professional artists surveyed indicated that debt, including student loans was a reason for pursuing a different career path.

I interviewed Jamie Buxton, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, and David Herendeen, an OCU professor for the article, which examined pursuing an acting/music theater degree in Oklahoma.

To view the full article published in The Oklahoman and Look at OKC, visit NewsOK.com.

 

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Graduate lands Broadway show

This month, Oklahoma City University added a 39th dancer to its list of Broadway performers — Kimberly Fauré, a 2010 dance performance graduate.

She will perform in Anything Goes, which will open April 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

I interviewed Fauré in January, when she was a stand-out student at Oklahoma City University, about her goal of making it to Broadway. Jo Rowan, chairman of the OCU dance department, said Fauré had “star quality.”

The following is a list of Broadway shows dancers of the OCU Ann Lacy School and American Dance and Arts Management have been featured in:

  1. Chicago
  2. RENT
  3. 42nd Street
  4. Gypsy
  5. Fosse
  6. The Producers
  7. La Cage aux Folles
  8. Crazy for You
  9. Mamma Mia
  10. Saturday Night Fever
  11. Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  12. Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  13. Tommy
  14. Show Boat
  15. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  16. Boy from Oz
  17. Will Roger’s Follies
  18. Frogs
  19. Jerome Robbin’s Broadway
  20. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  22. A Chorus Line
  23. Wicked
  24. Sunset Blvd.
  25. Music Man
  26. Grease
  27. Hairspray
  28. Peter Pan
  29. Spamalot
  30. Phantom of the Opera
  31. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  32. Steel Pier
  33. Epic Proportions
  34. On the Town
  35. Civil War
  36. Guys and Dolls
  37. Hello, Dolly

** Information cited from the 2006 “42nd St. and Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management” document. This list doesn’t include dancers featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.