SPOKANE, Wash. – Suzanne Ostersmith and Kathleen Jeffs, Gonzaga University’s theatre and dance faculty, will discuss “Leveraging Passion: Journeys of Discovery in the Performing Arts” at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room. The event, sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, is free and open to the public.
The duo brings energy and insight to the creative experience of the performing arts personally, and in their teaching roles. They will discuss how students are using experience on the stage to serve others, build self-confidence and prepare for career success in a variety of fields. Drawing on their personal experience and professional work, they will explore how the discipline and creativity of the stage helps deepen and enrich one’s worldview.
Ostersmith, dance program director and instructor, has taught and worked professionally in theatre and dance throughout the West Coast and in Central and South America. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and is an educator and artist in dance, theatre and the visual arts. She created the Academic Dance Program and has faithfully developed its growth since she began at Gonzaga in 2000.
A Spokane Valley native, Jeffs came to Gonzaga in 2012 from the University of Oxford, where she completed her graduate and postdoctoral work within the context of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Spanish Golden Age Season in 2004-05. She teaches theatre from the perspective of performance, using both classroom and studio-based methods developed at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Sussex. As assistant professor and department chair, she teaches a variety of courses for the theatre and dance department.
The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of the Gonzaga scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning. Coffee and a social at 10 a.m. precede the lecture.
The McCarthey Athletic Center is located on Gonzaga’s campus at N. 801 Cincinnati Ave. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.
For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, director of public and community relations for Gonzaga University, at (509) 313-6095 or via email.