Making a Difference

Each year thousands of members of the Miami and Oxford communities engage with the artists presented by the Performing Arts Series. Residencies and outreach are an integral part of how PAS serves its mission.

Recent Outreach Activities

November 2018: Spencer's Theatre of Illusion

Kevin Spencer holds up a domino as he explains a trick to people seated around a large table at Knolls of Oxford

Kevin Spencer encourages a woman as she performs a rope trick at Knolls of Oxford

Residents of Knolls of Oxford each hold a length of rope, seated around a large table as Kevin Spencer teaches a magic trick

A woman holds out a rope as Kevin Spencer helps her do a trick at Knolls of Oxford

With raised arms, Kevin Spencer works with Best Buddies group at Talawanda High School

Children at McGuffey Montessori sit on the floor and hold lengths of rope out as Kevin Spencer teaches a magic trick

October 2018: Chinese Warriors of Peking

A row of colorfully dressed performers perform tricks while a woman with fan is projected on the background

After the show, a performer poses with students in a mock defensive style

Students in the audience look at the camera

Students pose with Chinese Warriors performer

An acrobat flips upside down during a performance

October 2018: David Fray, piano

David Fray illustrates a concept by touching his ears as he chats with piano students after concert
David Fray takes notes from the audience as a student performs onstage at Souers Recital Hall
Seen from behind, David Fray takes notes from the audience as a piano student performs onstage at Souers Recital Hall
Piano students and professors pose with David Fray in Oxford Community Arts Center after the concert

2017-18

Missoula Children's Theatre in Aladdin, August 7-11, Hall Auditorium

Missoula Children's Theatre Cast
  • 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 Aladdin and part in workshops hosted by the Missoula Children’s Theatre professionals, as well as Miami student.
  • 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

The Bundys, Homecoming, Sept. 15, 2017, Uptown Park

The Bundys performing at Uptown Park with audience in sitting in chairs on the lawn
  • Partnership with Miami Activities & Late Night Programming, Enjoy Oxford and the Alumni Association for a performance at Uptown Park as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Robin Spielberg, piano, Oct. 26, 2017, Oxford Community Arts Center

Robin Spielberg speaking at the Knolls of Oxford with seniors
  • As part of the Oxford Chamber Series, Robin Spielberg performed at the Oxford Community Arts Center
  • This performance was a part of the Ask More. Engage Intentionally, Think Differently. Presidential Series on Inclusivity
  • Robin Spielberg also met with over 300 people ranging from kindergarten aged to elderly talking about her experience with music therapy, performance anxiety, being a composer and spoke about her book “Naked on the Bench”
    • Intro to Art Therapy, ART 149
    • Arts Management Program
    • Principles of Acting, THE 131
    • Music Department Convocation
    • McGuffey Montessori School, K-3rd Graders
    • The Knolls of Oxford Residents
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting Robin Spielberg

Matt Haimovitz, cello, Nov. 13, 2017, Oxford Community Arts Center

Matt Haimovitz playing cello at Kroger with people watching him perform in front of Starbucks
  • Matt Haimovitz created a way to serendipitously experience his music by creating a “Moveable Feast” throughout Oxford. He performed one of the Bach Cello Suites and accompanying overtures at various locations in Oxford
    • Kroger Grocery Store, Deli Section
    • Kumler Chapel
    • Armstrong Student Center atrium
  • Matt Haimovitz taught three master classes with Miami Music Department students prior to his performance.
  • A part of the Oxford Chamber Series, Matt Haimovitz performed at the Oxford Community Arts Center
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting Matt Haimovitz

Dear World, Dec. 7, 2017, Armstrong Student Center

Two students conversing and writing messages on their skin
  • A part of the Ask More. Engage Intentionally, Think Differently. Presidential Series on Inclusivity
  • Presented in partnership with I AM MIAMI and Student Activities and Fraternity and Sorority Life for a day long photo shoot and portrait reveal at the Armstrong Student Center.
  • A community building project in 4 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 participation.

Workshop: Select students were invited to an in-depth workshop experience that took them into a journaling and reflection process for their photos

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.


New Golden Age of Latin Music, Feb. 15, 2018, Hall Auditorium

Members of Las Cafeteras in a classroom talking with Miami students
  • A part of the Ask More. Engage Intentionally, Think Differently. Presidential Series on Inclusivity
  • Las Cafeteras attended the Music Culture & Identity Class in the Latin American Studies program and engaged in an interactive session about the Power of the Storytelling.
  • Members of the bands came out to the lobby after the performance for pictures with audience members

BenDeLaCreme Inferno A-Go-Go, Feb. 23, 2018, Hall Auditorium

BenDeLaCreme on stage performing to a full audience
  • Theatre majors participated in a Q&A about how BenDeLa created her solo show, the history of drag and the drag community culture
  • BenDeLa met with students from Diversity Affairs Council, Spectrum LGBTQ+ group and Miami Activities and Late Night Programming for a reception and photo opportunity
  • The 1809 LGBTQ Alumni group and Miami Alumni Association hosted a meet n’ greet prior to the show bringing together LGBTQ individuals and allies
  • The show was a partnership with Miami Activities and Late Night Programming

Cirque Éloize, Saloon, Feb. 27, 2018, Millett Hall

Cirque Saloon performing on stage with audience members enjoying dinner at tables
  • Guests were treated to Chuck Wagon themed concessions and a communal place on the concourse to enjoy prior to the show

  • For the first time, we offered a “Dinner & Show” opportunity which was a preshow three course dinner on the floor for ticket purchasers

LA Theatre Works presents THE MOUNTAINTOP, March 8, 2018, Hall Auditorium

Cast members of Mountaintop posing with Miami University students
  • A part of the Ask More. Engage Intentionally, Think Differently. Presidential Series on Inclusivity
  • As a partnership with Miami University Libraries and the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, donors were invited to reception and special viewing of Freedom Summer archives at King Library
  • Theatre majors participated in a Q&A about the professional life being an actor and experiences
  • Several members of the audience stayed after the show for a lively post-show discussion about the issues brought up in the performance
  • Diversity Affairs Council partnered with Performing Arts Series to include the performance in their annual Diversity Week of events
  • L.A. Theatre Works performed THE MOUNTAINTOP and afterward the cast held a “talk back” where audience members had the chance to discuss the performance and other topics relevant to the history.

Dalí Quartet with the Oxford String Quartet, April 9, 2018, Oxford Community Arts Center

Members of the Dali Quartet doing a masterclass with Miami Students
  • As a part of the Oxford Chamber Series, the Dali Quartet performed at the Oxford Community Arts Center
  • Oxford String Quartet partnered with the Dali Quartet to perform a rare octet at the show
  • The Dali Quartet performed a preview of the performance The Knolls of Oxford residents and then engaged in a Q&A about themselves and their work
  • The Dali Quartet taught two master classes with two Miami Music Department student quartets
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the Dali Quartet

PanFest2018 featuring Liam Teague, April 14, 2018, Millett Hall

Students performing on steel drums
  • Miami faculty member Chris Tanner partnered with the Performing Arts Series to present this steel band clinic and performance.
  • Nine steel bands participated in the event and had the opportunity of being a part of the clinic with renowned, Steelpan artist, Liam Teague
  • Participating steel bands included Miami University, University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, Canal Winchester High School, Clark Montessori High School, Elder High School, Talawanda High School, Toledo School for the Arts, and Divine Steel Community Group

Rockin' Road to Dublin, April 20, 2018, Hall Auditorium

Dancers from Rockin' Road to Dublin teaching dance to young students from McGing Irish Dance School
  • The cast of Rockin’ Road to Dublin conducted a dance workshop with McGing Irish Dance students as well an engaged in a dialogue after the workshop sharing their thoughts on Irish dance competitions, tour life and how to stay healthy while dancing.
  • Partnered with McGing Irish Dancers to do a pre-show performance in the front walkway to Hall Auditorium to demonstrate their skills as Irish Dancers but also show audience members what they had learned during the workshop.
  • Arts Management students participated in a Q&A with the creators/producers of Rockin’ Road to Dublin with questions ranging from how the Rockin’ Road to Dublin contract was developed, how did the producers manage the cast, per diem and salary questions, how they balance tour life and families, as well as asking about how to market and promote the show.
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the world-champion dancers of Rockin' Road to Dublin

Science Friday, Live, April 21, 2018, Hall Auditorium

Ira Flatow on stage in front of a full audience
  • A partnership with the President's Office
  • Miami University scientists shared their expertise on the live taping of Science Friday which later aired on the national radio program "Science Friday.
  • Miami University students had the opportunity to present undergraduate research to Science Friday host, Ira Flatow
  • Miami University Glee Club performed musical interludes during the live taping of Science Friday
  • After the show the audience enjoyed meeting the Miami science superstars in the lobby and learning more about their research

Past Outreach