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Artist to Watch: Vanessa Thomas

Lawrence-based singer Vanessa Thomas works as a vocal coach, accompanist, church music director, and full-time single mom to her four children, all while regularly performing nationally with Grammy Award-winning maestro

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Harriman-Leavey Syndrome

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Harriman-Leavey Syndrome

As I mentioned to the company at the start of the first rehearsal for The Realistic Jones, I at first wasn’t sure how to dramaturg the play. I am not in the business of answering life’s biggest questions for complete strangers (mainly because I can’t pretend to have these answers in the first place). Dramaturgy […]

The Job: Trad A. Burns, Lighting Designer for Kansas City Ballet

The Job: Trad A. Burns, Lighting Designer for Kansas City Ballet

When Devon Carney became Kansas City Ballet’s new artistic director in May 2013, one of the first decisions he made was to choose a lighting designer. He turned to Trad A. Burns, a designer Carney worked with during his tenure with the Cincinnati Ballet. With more than 600 productions to his credit, for companies ranging from the Joffrey to the New York City Ballet, Burns has built a reputation for endowing performances with transcendence.

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Summer at the Conservatory is Hot Hot Hot!

Summer at the Conservatory is Hot Hot Hot!

The Conservatory heats up in the summertime! Our Academy’s summer programs provide exciting workshops for middle school and high school students, as well as in-depth training for aspiring professionals and established-career performing artists. In addition to the Conservatory’s traditional summer offerings, this year we offer something new, the UMKC Percussion Workshop. The Conservatory’s Nick Petrella, […]

Artist to Watch: Vanessa Thomas

Artist to Watch: Vanessa Thomas

Lawrence-based singer Vanessa Thomas works as a vocal coach, accompanist, church music director, and full-time single mom to her four children, all while regularly performing nationally with Grammy Award-winning maestro Doc Severinsen. Vocally, she is known for her seamless four-octave range and her unusual musical versatility.

Performing Arts Series at JCCC Announces New Season

Performing Arts Series at JCCC Announces New Season

Wilkommen, bienvenue! Welcome to a brand-new schedule of artists for the 2017 – 2018 Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College. From Broadway tours of Cabaret and Cinderella, to Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, William Shatner, Arlo Guthrie and more, the eclectic season will present more than 30 performances in the Carlsen Center’s Yardley […]

Fourth Annual Future Stages Festival Invites All Ages to Experience the Arts

Fourth Annual Future Stages Festival Invites All Ages to Experience the Arts

Celebrate the arts in Kansas City! This June the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the fourth annual Future Stages Festival, a free community event that showcases Kansas City’s diversity in the performing arts, bringing together visitors from all over the metro area to enjoy arts activities and performances featuring talented area youth […]

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