Dance in theater to be topic of Binghamton University lecture


Fred Weiss, professor of theatre, will explore the impact of dance in the theatre world, at the Harpur College Dean’s distinguished lecture at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, in Casadesus Recital Hall on the Binghamton University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, titled “The Art of Making Dance for the Theatre, " Weiss will present a biographical sketch of his professional life in the theatre and what it is like to choreograph for stage and theatre performances. Students from

Weiss’ jazz class will perform some of his routines along with a viewing of a dance from Free Beer * Hot Sex * and the Weight of Gravity.

Weiss has directed and/or choreographed over 100 theatrical productions including: Don Giovanni, La Bohême, The Barber of Seville, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story, working with Robert Merrill, Jan Peerce, Herschel Bernardi, Judy Kaye and Theodore Bikel among many others. A short list of theaters that have presented his work include the Ahmanson Theater and Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center; Shakespeare at the Folgers in Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Florida Studio Theater, St. Louis Municipal Opera; Theater of the Stars in Atlanta; Kansas City Starlight and Artpark, Lewiston, NY.

Weiss joined the Harpur College faculty in 1983. He is currently the director of the undergraduate program in the Theatre Department and a winner of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching for the year 2000.

A reception will follow in the Theatre Department Green Room. The lecture is sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s office. Call 607-777-4941 for more information.

Last Updated: 9/17/13