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Thu, Apr 01



UMD + Re-Connect: Post-Pandemic Arts Panel

Join us for a conversation with UMD scholars about post-pandemic arts and education.

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UMD + Re-Connect: Post-Pandemic Arts Panel
UMD + Re-Connect: Post-Pandemic Arts Panel

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT


About the Event

Panelists: Q-mars Haeri, Lee Wilkerson Hinkle, Kelley Holley, Kendra Portier, and moderator Virginia Ann Coldren

Date: Thursday, April 1st, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm EDT | 2:00 pm PDT | 11:00 pm CEST | 1:30 am IRST (April 2nd)

Event Access: Zoom

This past year has been hectic for everyone, especially dealing with the transition to virtual work. Re-Connect brings performers and educators to the digital world to discuss how their work has developed and changed through this year. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions, as well as hear the panelists’ stories and experiences.

Q-mars Haeri, UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Q-mars Haeri is a theatre scholar whose work is on theatre spaces and institutions in Iran. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, where he also teaches. He received his BA in Dramatic Literature from the Azad University of Tehran and earned his MA in Critical Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Lee Hinkle, UMD School of Music

Lee Hinkle is a percussionist and classically trained baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post and having “a notable sense of flare [sic]by Potomac Stages. He is currently serving as the principal percussionist for the 21st Century Consort: the resident new music ensemble at the Smithsonian American Art Gallery, a position he has held since 2012. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. He holds master's and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and a B.M. degree from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude.

Kelley Holley, UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Kelley Holley is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, studying place and audience experience. She received her MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and her BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. As a professional dramaturg, she has worked with theatre companies, such as Company One, New Rep and the Playwright's Project.

Kendra Portier, UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Kendra Portier is a dance artist - a practitioner and choreographer. She is the director of the project-based dance company, BANDportier, and faculty in the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland College Park where she has been awarded the Maya Brin Endowed Professorship in Dance. Portier has an extensive teaching roster featuring numerous guest and faculty positions across the globe from San Diego to Salzburg, Dushanbe to Athens (Greece, Georgia, and Ohio), including ongoing partnerships with Bates Dance Festival (ME), Lions Jaw Festival (MA), freeskewl (MA),  and Gibney (NYC).


Image submitted by Kendra Portier

Language: English

This panel event is presented in conjunction with Rebels and Revels: A Virtual Symposium on the Theatre of the Middle East. Check out their insightful scholarly programming throughout the month of April here.

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