Coppin State University Welcomes the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, Inc.

Published Tuesday, April 09th, 2013

Coppin State University host annual NADSA conference


  April 10-13: Coppin State University Welcomes the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, Inc.

Baltimore, Maryland --(April 8, 2013) – The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Coppin State University will host the 77th Annual National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) Conference , April 10-13, 2013.

This year’s conference theme is “Nurturing Potential, Transforming Lives.”

During the four-day conference, attendees will participate in a series of competitions, workshops, performances, panels and presentations. This includes a pre-conference introduction at the Enoch Pratt Library, an opening ceremony keynote address by Mr. Kwame Kwei Armah, artistic director of Centerstage.  In addition, actress Aunjanue Ellis of NCIS:  Los Angeles will be leading a Master Class on Acting for the Camera.

“This [conference] is very historic on several levels,” said Dr. Garey A. Hyatt, chairman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. [This is the] “first time at Coppin, first in the City of Baltimore and the first time during my tenure that our department will host a national conference.”

Dr. Hyatt adds, “Moreover [with the conference], we want students to be inspired, engaged and energized about achieving excellence in the arts.”

The conference will culminate with an awards banquet recognizing the competition winners as well as those who made significant contributions to the continuance of NADSA and educational theatre. The banquet’s keynote speaker will be Ms. Maria Broom, an American actress, best remembered for her role as Marla Daniels on the HBO series The Wire.  She will also convene a workshop, Storytelling with Characterization.

In addition, Ms. Amini Johari-Courts, professor of theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, will be receiving NADSA’s Educational Excellence Award. 

“We are so thrilled that one of our own is receiving such a prestigious honor,” said Dr. Hyatt. “Prof. Courts has worked at Coppin for 31 years as the director of theater and this is her last year. She is due every possible honor we could give her. She is truly worthy to be honored.”

NADSA was founded in 1936 on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans by S. Randolph Edmonds. The organization is a professional affiliation of over 400 students, educators, administrators, designers, and playwrights, mostly from member historically black colleges and universities in theatre and speech arts across the nation. NADSA is the nation’s oldest surviving educational theatre association.

For information and to register, visit the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) website.

About Coppin State University

Founded in 1900, Coppin State University is an urban, residential liberal arts university located in the northwest section of the City of Baltimore that provides academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, nursing, criminal justice and graduate studies. A historically black institution, Coppin has a culturally rich history as an institution providing quality educational programs and community outreach services. Coppin offers 33 majors and 12 graduate-degree programs. A fully accredited institution, Coppin serves Baltimore residents as well as students from around the world, with flexible course schedules that include convenient day, evening, and weekend classes and distance learning courses.