Making a Difference

Each year donations are invested in our community to help defray the extra costs of the educational activities our performers provide to community. Your support means that we can maintain our commitment to serving our community with enriching arts performances and outreach activities.

Recent Outreach Activities

2016-2017

Missoula Children's Theatre CastMissoula Children's Theatre in Alice in Wonderland, August 8-12, Hall Auditorium

  • MCT facilitated a weeklong drama camp for area K-12 students.
  • Each day, over 60 campers spent part of the day rehearsing a production of Alice in Wonderland and part in workshops hosted by the Missoula Children’s Theatre professionals, as well as Miami students.
  • This partnership activity gave the University students a real teaching experience, while the campers learned decision-making, teamwork and dramatic fundamentals through the process of developing a play.

Beth Stelling with theatre studentsBeth Stelling, September 17, Armstrong Student Center Wilks Theatre

  • Presented in collaboration with Late Night Miami and the Miami University Alumni Association for Homecoming Week.
  • Theatre majors participated in a Q&A with Beth about the professional life being a comedian and writer.
  • After the show the Miami University’s Alumni Association hosted a postshow meet & greet event uptown at the The Bow Tie Barber Club.

Reduced Shakespeare Company cast meeting audience membersReduced Shakespeare Company, The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition, October 22, Hall Auditorium

  • As a partnership with Miami University Libraries and the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, donors were invited to reception and special viewing of rare Shakespeare folios at King Library.
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the cast and getting autographs.

Magic Camps final talent showSpencers Theatre of Illusion, Magic Camp, November 7-11, Oxford Community Arts Center

  • Kevin Spencer facilitated a weeklong drama camp from area k-12 students
  • Each day, 20 campus spend an afterschool program rehearsing and learning magic tricks that culminated in a talent show at the end of the week
  • Kevin Spencer also met with over 300 people ranging from pre-school aged to eldery talking about his Hocus Focus research which centers around an arts integrated approach to learning and healing
  • Miami University Classes/Groups

EDT 190, Intro to Education

ART 195, Intro to Art Education

MUS 275, Sophomore Practicum in Music

ART 389, Art Across the Curriculum

Student Council for Exceptional Children Student Organization

  • Talawanda School District

Talawanda Middle School Inclusion Room

Kramer Elementary Inclusion Room

Bogan Elementary Inclusion Room

  • Miami Connections Alternative High School
  • McGuffey Montessori School
  • Knolls of Oxford Memory Support Unit

American Chamber Players performanceAmerican Chamber Players, November 14, Oxford Community Arts Center

  • As a part of the Oxford Chamber Series, the American Chamber Players performed at the Oxford Community Arts Center.
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the performers and indulge in fresh cider and cookies provided by sponsor, Moon Co-Op.

Final reveal with man speaking at a podium on stageDear World, December 8, Armstrong Student Center

  • Presented in partnership with I AM MIAMI, Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life, Associated Student Government, for a day long photo shoot and portrait reveal at the Armstrong Student Center.
  • A community building project in 3 acts, this live storytelling experience portrait shoot created an interactive opportunity for individuals to be heard, for strangers to become friends, and Miami to embrace differences across our campus and community.

VIP Photo Shoot: A broad variety of campus, student and community leaders came together to write their messages to the world on their skin. Portraits were shared immediately via social media to inspire participations.

Open Photo Shoot: peers assisted participants in determining and writing their messages and then their portraits were made.

Live Photo Reveal Event: Three Miamians shared their moving stories and portrait onstage, followed by a slide show of all the portraits taken.


It Gets Better cast members performing at Talawanda High SchoolIt Gets Better, February 20-25, Hall Auditorium

  • Miami University, the Associated Student Government and City of Oxford declared Feb. 20-25 It Gets Better Week at a Kick-off Dinner for the Steering Team and community leaders.
  • We brought people together to identify issues through series of cast-led facilitated dialogues and presentations with key constituencies:

Miami employees, hosted by Miami Human Resources and Academic Personnel

Miami Student Affairs professionals

Miami Residence Life professional staff

Miami LGBTQ+ students, hosted by Spectrum & Diversity Affairs Council

Members of the Oxford community Facilitated Dialogue hosted by United Way and Oxford PFLAG

Talawanda Middle & High School teachers

Talawanda High School students

  • All participants were invited to the World Café problem-solving process, posing questions about how to address the issues that had surfaced throughout the week with the goal of identifying actionable solutions.
  • Over 40 students, staff and community members formed the It Gets Better Community Chorus and performed with the cast in the show, serving as beacons of support for the community.
  • Late Night Miami hosted a piano cabaret/open mic with the cast at the Armstrong Student Center.
  • President & Dr. Crawford hosted a reception in their home prior to the show, inviting members of the LGBTQ+ campus community, allies, and Miami alumni via the 1809 LGBT Alumni Association, then attended the performance with their guests.
  • Post-show talk-back with cast, Miami president, community chorus director.

Alexander Gavrylyuk working with Miami Symphony Orchestra studentsCincinnati Symphony Orchestra, March 10, Hall Auditorium

  • Conductor, Louis Langrée and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk visited with Donors in a post-performance Meet N' Greet
  • Members of the CSO visited Miami later in April to host master classes with our students who are a part of Miami's Symphony Orchestra

The princesses with audience members in photo boothDisenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Music, April 5, Hall Auditorium

  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the Princesses and getting selfies with them

Knolls of Oxford Residents with Judgment at Nuremberg castLA Theatre Works, Judgment at Nuremberg, April 13, Hall Auditorium

  • The life and legacy of John Dolibois '42 was honored at the show by recognizing all Miamians who have attended or taught at the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. We also recognized all Miamians who have received either the John E. Dolibois Alumni Award or Dolibois Faculty Award.
  • Members of the cast had lunch with The Knolls of Oxford residents, sharing stories about WWII and life on the road.
  • Miami history professor Erik Jensen joined the cast onstage for a lively post-show talk-back with the audience.