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Circus Theatre Students to Perform

Participants in the Department of Theatre summer Circus Theatre class will present a public showing of their work at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, June 29. This outdoor performance will take place on MAX, the UNC Charlotte Mobile Arts & Community Experience, on the lawn in front of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

The class is taught by Assistant Professor of Theatre CarlosAlexis Cruz, who studied circus arts and Chinese acrobatics at the San Francisco Circus Center. During a five-week period, the 12 students in the class have learned contemporary circus acts, including aerial silks and hoop, trapeze, tumbling and juggling.

MAX was designed especially for circus arts performances, with a sprung floor and a 20-foot vertical truss. Its construction was funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Film Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

UNC Charlotte researcher Margaret Quinlan and colleagues received a regional Emmy nomination for the film "Creative Abundance," which explores how art can redefine vocational opportunities and expand the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Quinlan, an associate professor in communication studies and core faculty with the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program, is a co-producer on the film. She was nominated by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category "Documentary – Cultural/Topical," along with lead producer Lynn Harter, professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University; and Evan Shaw, chief videographer / editor, WOUB.

“It is a huge honor in so many ways,” Quinlan said. “It is an honor that the individuals in the film allowed us to tell their stories. This documentary draws from years of research. Dr. Harter invited me into a research project she was working on in 2003 related to disability and sheltered workshops. My passion for creating these films started with that work over a decade ago.”