The Arts

Center for the Arts Holds 18th Annual Creativity Awards Evening

The Center for Creative and Performing Arts honored Paula K. Shiff, founding director of the Marblehead School of Ballet and the North Shore Civic Ballet Company, with its Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at the Center's 18th Annual Creativity Awards event in May. The evening also honored 10 outstanding Salem State students for their exceptional work in art, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

Shiff's training as a dancer began at the Boston Ballet School and continued in New York at the American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Studio. She performed with the Boston Ballet for several years and has served on the faculties of North Shore Community College and Salem State; she has been a guest teacher throughout New England.

She is the first artist from the world of dance to receive the award. Previous recipients have included: poet Rhine Espaillat; the late jazz trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy; Tony award-winning actress Julie Harris; artistic director emeritus of the North Shore Music Theatre Jon Kimbell; and founder of the Salem State College Center for Creative and Performing Arts Patricia Zaido.  

Shiff is the subject of a feature story at wickedlocal.com.  

Summer Theatre Turns 15

Fifteen summers have come and gone with lots of laughs in the Callan Studio Theatre and knock-your-socks-off musicals at the Mainstage Theatre next door. As many as 5,000 people join our audience every summer.

Summer Theatre at Salem is the college's professional troupe in residency. Cast and crew board on campus for an intensive six week period, staging two productions: one for the Callan Studio Theatre and the other for the Mainstage. They come from New England and beyond, with professional credits and union status, and join forces with selected students from the theatre program and our own Salem State alumni that are working in the theatre industry.

This season's opening show, Neil Simon's Rumors, runs July 9-12 in the Callan Studio Theatre. High society couples attend a dinner party only to discover upon arrival that the hostess is missing and the mayor has been shot--but their biggest concern is their own reputations. The stellar cast is includes Salem State alumni Brianne Beatrice '04, Bryan Kingsley Collins '05 and Val Stanford '93. Peter Zachari '92 directs.

Summer Theatre at Salem's 15th anniversary season continues with Footloose: The Musical on the Mainstage, featuring the largest cast Summer Theatre has ever presented. Ren McCormack turns a small town upside down with his passion for dance. Directed by Peter Zachari, with choreography by Joey Mirabile. Footloose runs July 16-19 and July 23-26.

Click here for tickets and other Summer Theatre at Salem information.