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FACULTY FEATURES

LCC’s talented faculty are busy with creative work inside and outside the college. This section features their off-campus endeavors in all areas of the arts such as film, theatre, music, visual arts, dance, poetry and creative writing.

Andy Callis, Theatre professor, is also a busy musician with a non-stop summer schedule in multiple bands. Callis, who plays a variety of instruments, leads Atomic Boogaloo on accordion and Farfisa, with Aaron Holland on guitar, Chas Millican on bass, and Bob Bryan on drums and theramin. A frequent winner of Lansing City Pulse’s Pulsar award for Best Experimental Band, Atomic Boogaloo explores the freshness of opposites: light and heavy, traditional and innovative, cheesy and profound. They’ll be at Stobers Aug. 16 and Horrocks Lansing on Aug. 26. Callis also plays keyboard with the Tomas Esparza Blues Band (weekly gigs around West Michigan and in Lansing at Horrocks on August 13), accordion with Heartland Klezmorim, and he’ll be accompanying singer Twyla BIrdsong at the Lansing Blues Fest on Sept. 17.

English professor Rosalie Sanara Petrouske‘s poetry manuscript “Tracking the Fox” won first place in the 2022 Poetry Box Chapbook Competition. The prize is publication of her chapbook, scheduled for February 2023: https://thepoetrybox.com/the-poetry-box-chapbook-prize-2022. In May, Rosalie was awarded a two-week artist residency with the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) to write a series of haiku poems inspired by the area’s lakes and the dunes, and gave a talk about these poems and others she is writing for an upcoming book.

Theatre adjunct Mary Job directed the musical drama Fun Home for Peppermint Creek Theatre June 2-12. Job regularly directs for Lansing area theatres including Riverwalk, Over the Ledge and Peppermint Creek, in addition to teaching Shakespeare and Directing at LCC. The production also featured two alumni of LCC’s Theatre Studio Program, Sally Hecksel and Megan Malusek. Fun Home tells the story of graphic novelist Alison by moving between past and present. Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

Dr. Remus C. Webb, Music program adjunct and director of the LCC Multi-Instrumental Music Ensemble, performed a euphonium recital on May 24 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing. The concert featured a variety of music including Kevin Cerovich’s original work “Lawrence Leathers.” Here is a link to the Movement 1: Highland. https://www.facebook.com/remusw/videos/1182110625856763

Kevin O’Callaghan, Theatre adjunct and professional Equity actor, performed in the play Pass Over at Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor March 25-April 17. This Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu drama—the 1st post-lockdown play to open on Broadway—brings the big questions of Waiting for Godot into contemporary life. Two young black men meet under a streetlight, talk smack, pass time, and hope for a better life. The New York Times called the play “blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense.” This review in Ann Arbor’s PULP offers some insights https://pulp.aadl.org/node/584227?fbclid=IwAR2Ov-0VY0G3WgxO8s3RCLDyYEwalmmY4A7hC763NGmEA3X0IsWVn24TuDQ

Jon Gewirtz, Music program, released a new album titled 2020 Hindsight at a free performance on March 15 at Moriarity’s Pub in Lansing.  Playing during Moriarity’s weekly Jazz Tuesdays event, Gewirtz on sax was joined by Neil Gordon (guitar), Ed Fedewa (bass) and Larry Ochiltree (drums). From the liner notes: “COVID has affected our lives in a unique way and has permanently changed how we live. 2020 Hindsight is a collection of pieces that reflect my life when COVID shut the world down in 2020. Every track is a snapshot of an emotion, mood or event from that year. Though we all have different experiences, my hope is that everyone can make a connection to the music on this album. It not only is a reflection of my experiences, but also of who I am musically.” Find your streaming service at:  https://thejongewirtzquartet.hearnow.com/ 

Brian Bishop and Laurie Oakwood Bishop, both faculty in the Art and Design program, held their first joint art show at MICA Gallery in January 2021. Titled Time and Transcendence, the exhibit featured very large, expressive, multi-colored paintings by the Bishops. In their artist statement, they wrote: “These artistic expressions are for the value of spiritual transcendence as a contemplative, entertaining and evocative story encouraging our viewer to be an active participant in the preservation of the divine, in whatever personal form that connects humans to their heritage, home and each other.”

Dennis Therrian, Music, wrote and composed the movie score, designed sound, edited dialogue and mixed in 5.1 Surround for the film Best Years Gone. Directed by LCC alum Shane Hagedorn, the film premiered at Lansing’s Celebration and NCG cinemas in October 2021 and is now streaming.