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Dance Professor’s Work Featured at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Lisa D. Long, assistant professor of Dance at WKU, is the choreographer for a new interdisciplinary work to be performed Aug. 9-11 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

“Reveal!” is a collaboration between Long and composer Sue Carney. Also contributing to the work are costume designer Silvanne Park, set designer Joe Porto and filmmaker Natalie Metzger. “Reveal!” features a cast of five dancers including Erin Finn, a 2013 WKU graduate from Louisville; Courtney Martin, a senior from Louisville; and Carrie Farmer, a senior from Kingston, Tenn., as well as professional dancers Cherise Richards and Kerrie Schroeder.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival runs February to November every year and features a diverse array of plays, both Shakespeare and contemporary, along with workshops, premieres of new works, and education offerings to enhance the theatre-going experience.

Independent funding for the collaboration has been provided by WKU Honors College,Office of Research and Potter College of Arts & Letters. (Read more about “Reveal!” athttp://www.osfashland.org/en/artist-biographies/green-show/reveal.aspx)

Long, an educator, choreographer and dancer, has danced professionally for Dance Kaleidoscope, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Riedel Dance Theater. She holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts and has taught at CalArts, UCLA and Butler University. Her choreography has been produced Off-Broadway, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Electric Lodge, New Works Festival, and for Rogue Machine and Theater Unleashed, and critically acclaimed by the New York Times and Backstage Magazine. She is a licensed massage therapist and is determined to educate dancers about their physical instruments.

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