2018 Speaker Series: The Art of Conversation

This new speaker series invites the public to listen to three accomplished professionals, all with ties to the Wilmington area. The speakers will share their varied stories and experiences on how their passionate careers came to be. Reserve your tickets now to these special events held in the Cab Calloway Theatre, 100 N. DuPont Rd, Wilmington, DE.

 

Tickets

Remaining Series – $50

Individual Event – $30

Speakers

Maurice Hines

January 23rd, 2018

Broadway credits include Eubie, Bring Back Birdie with Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor, Sophisticated Ladies, and Uptown…It’s Hot! (1986 Tony Award Best Actor nomination) which he also conceived, directed and choreographed. He collaborated with Maurice White to choreograph/direct the hip-hop musical Hot Feet featuring the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Along with his brother and father, he performed in Hines, Hines, & Dad in New York, Las Vegas and Europe. Hines performed in Uptown…It’s Hot! (Atlantic City); performed in Sophisticated Ladies and Guys and Dolls (Arena Stage); choreographed Hairspray (Santo Domingo); and choreographed and starred in Dance, Dance, Dance Snap and Cool Papa’s Party (MetroStage, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography).

He starred in the national tour of Guys and Dolls, directed, choreographed, and starred in the national tour of Harlem Suite with successive leading ladies Jennifer Holiday, Stephanie Mills, and Melba Moore, and starred in the national tour of Jelly’s Last Jam. Film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton
Club”. At the age of five, Hines studied tap at the Henry LeTang Dance Studio in New York City. He created the dance company Ballet USA with Mercedes Ellington. Hines has directed and choreographed many music videos, including I’ll Be Good to You, the first release off of Quincy Jones’ Back on the Block album. He became the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall when he directed The Radio City Spectacular. His latest album on Arbor Records, “To Nat ‘King’ Cole, With Love”, was released to critical acclaim.

Susan Stroman

February 28th, 2018

Stroman was born in Wilmington, DE and began studying dance at the age of five under James Jamieson at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington. She majored in Theatre at the University of Delaware and performed, choreographed and directed at community theatres in the Delaware and Philadelphia area.

She is the recipient of 5 Tony Awards, 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a record 5 Fred Astaire Awards, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. She directed and choreographed “The Producers”, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards including Best Direction and Best Choreography. She co-created, directed and choreographed the Tony-Award winning musical “Contact” for Lincoln Center Theater. “Contact” also won a 2003 Emmy Award for its PBS ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ broadcast. Other Broadway credits include “The Scottsboro Boys”, “Young Frankenstein”, “The Frogs”, “Oklahoma!”, “Thou Shalt Not”, “The Music Man”, “Steel Pier”, “Big”, “Showboat”, “Picnic” and “Crazy for You”. Off-Broadway productions include “And The World Goes ‘Round”, “Flora the Red Menace”, and “Happiness”. For 10 years, she choreographed Madison Square Garden’s annual spectacular “A Christmas Carol”, directed by Mike Ockrent. For New York City Opera she choreographed “A Little Night Music”, “110 in the Shade” and “Don Giovanni”. She created “Double Feature”, a full-length ballet for New York City Ballet featuring the music of Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson. Other ballets include “For the Love of Duke” for New York City Ballet, “But Not For Me” for the Martha Graham Company, and “Take Five…More or Less” for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her choreography received an Emmy nomination for the HBO presentation Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall (1992) (TV), starring Liza Minnelli. Other TV credits include co-conceiver/choreographer for PBS’s ‘Sondheim – a Celebration at Carnegie Hall’ and “Evening at Pops: A Tribute to the Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein”. She received the American Choreography Award for her work in Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage (2000). Ms. Stroman directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical (2005), nominated for 4 Golden Globes.

Sarah McBride

April 25th, 2018

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware and helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to Delaware’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. In 2008, Sarah worked for Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and, in 2010, for former Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). Prior to coming to HRC, Sarah worked on LGBTQ equality at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so. Last year, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Sarah is a Cab Calloway School of the Arts Alum (2009) and is launching her new book which will be available in early March.