“Play something country…”: SMU’s country dance team updates

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Stay tuned for my full story on Mustang Mavericks, which will be going live on Wednesday. This is an assignment for Professor Batsell’s digital journalism class.

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All Stars Project in Dallas

I was lucky enough to go to the  Dallas Building Bridges Talent Show Saturday evening, where youth from South Dallas, West Dallas, and Oak Cliff gathered to share their talents with the community. For more information, check out the story I wrote for Meadows on the All Stars Project of Dallas and Kelly Zitka’s work specifically, with support and funding from SMU’s Caswell Leadership Fellowship.

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ALL STARS PROJECT – Dallas, Texas

All Stars Project of Dallas participants, SMU students, members of First Presbyterian Church Dallas, and the Dallas community gathered together for the Dallas Building Bridges Talent Show Nov. 8, 2014. There were so many unique collaborations between students of all ages that were performed downtown at First Presbyterian Church Dallas- 1835 Young Street.
Stay tuned for photos and a more in-depth analysis of the immensely talented performers I was able to watch last night. I look forward to more performances of the kind!

A year ago tonight…

It has been exactly a year since I first visited the historic Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Dallas. This was also, oddly enough, the same night I met Matt Tomlanovich, who passed away a couple of weeks ago.

The first time I met Mr. Tomlanovich and told him that I was writing a final thesis paper for a class of mine on the work of Ms. Jones, he stopped everything he was doing to talk to me and to teach me more of the history of Dallas and Dallas theatre. He was so kind, genuine, honest, MODEST and of course, a wealth of knowledge.

After going home and doing more research, I soon became madly inspired and humbled by this man, who devoted his life to teaching and revitalizing the theatre. He connected me with all kinds of others who helped me with my research. After reading more about the way he rebirthed the Margo Jones Theatre to be an incubator space for new works and to help small companies that couldn’t find affordable spaces in town, an idea popped into my head that would soon become the crux of my Engaged Learning project this year at SMU.

Just like Margo Jones, Matt was a pioneer of the American theatre. Thank you for the way you inspired me and for everything you taught me in the short amount of time. Rest in Peace.

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For more information about the work of Matt Tomlanovich, I’ve written a small dedication on the Meadows website to honor his legacy.