African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Visiting Performing Artist: STEW - Nov 9-13, 2015

Wed, November 4, 2015
Visiting Performing Artist: STEW - Nov 9-13, 2015
STEW, 2015-16 Visting Performing Artist



The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies &
The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
2015-2016 Visiting Performing Artist
November 9-13, 2015


His recent musical theater projects include Wagner, Max! Wagner! (Fall 2015, Kennedy Center), Family Album(2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Notes of a Native Song (Spring 2015 Harlem Stage); Making It (2010 St. Anne’s Warehouse); Brooklyn Omnibus (2010 Brooklyn Academy ofMusic); and Chicago Omnibus (2012Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art).His plans for 2016 include The Total Bent (Public Theater) and Resurrection City

Stew’s music group called Stew and The Negro Problem has toured world-wide including to the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. He has received critical praise for his record albums: Post Minstrel SyndromeJoys and ConcernsGuest Host, and The Naked Dutch Painter (both named Album of the Year by Entertainment Weekly), Welcome BlackSomething Deeper than These ChangesMaking It, and the castalbum of Passing Strange (Album of the Yearby Entertainment Weekly). For television, Stew is the co-composer (along with Heidi Rodewald) of the popular cartoon song “Gary Come Home,” for SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a Sundance Institute Alum and has received Doctor of Humane Letters from Oshkosh University of Wisconsin, California Institute of the Arts, New York’s New School, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.



Monday, Nov 9 

Screening of Spike Lee’s documentary on Stew’s Tony award-
winning Broadway rock musical Passing Strange with special guest
4-6 PM, GWB 2.206


Tuesday, Nov 10

Performing Blackness Series Presents
The Limits and Limitations of Socially Engaged Art: A Black Art
Matters Conversation between Stew & Dr. Lisa B. Thompson.
11 AM, GWB 2.206


Wednesday, Nov 11

Workshop: Art is a Luxurious Necessity
Through discussions & writing exercises on race, class and identity,
the workshop explores how Art can play a vital role in our
personal lives to illuminate these issues, regardless of whether we
consider ourselves professional artists or not.
(Space limited. Application required)
6-8 PM, GWB 4.112


Thursday, Nov 12

Musical Theatre Performance Workshop (restricted to Musical
Theatre Performance Ensemble students)
11 AM-12:15 PM, WIN B202, Department of Theatre & Dance



Friday, Nov 13 

Performance as Public Practice Program - Fridays @2, and the John L.
Warfield Center’s Performing Blackness Series Present
Symposium on Stew: The Negro Problem and Passing Strange with
Dr. Rashida Braggs (Williams College) and Dr. Mark Anthony
Neal (Duke University)
Reception to follow
2 PM, GWB 2.206



Songs & Banter: A Performance & Lecture by Stew

Free admission, but seating is limited!
7-9 PM, The Lab Theatre, Department of Theatre & Dance



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