CSU Summer Arts presents first of two Student Showcase Festivals

Artists present Shakespeare’s work and include medieval broadswords during a Summer Arts Combat Presentation.

CSU Summer Arts invites the community to attend the first of two student showcase festivals, beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Fresno State. The showcase will end with a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the John Wright Theatre. Tickets are free and available first-come, first-served.  

All performances, exhibits and readings during the festival will take place at various locations on campus including the John Wright Theatre, Conley Art Gallery and the Concert Hall.

Participants will present their original solo performances, showcase dynamic dance routines and exhibit one-of-a-kind artwork. The final show will be action-packed with students interpreting some of Shakespeare’s most famous fight scenes as they act and demonstrate their stage-fighting acumen. 

Dynamic Partnering


2pm – Transcribing the Soul – John Wright Theatre
Watch students unlock their creativity and own their voices as they tell their stories in solo performances.

4pm –Dynamic Partnering – John Wright Theatre
Experience acrobatic, improvisational, and boundary-crossing original choreography by students who have studied genre-bending dance performance.

7pm –The Weekly Comic and Alla Prima Oil Painting – Conley Art Gallery
Check out the gallery exhibition of artwork from our Weekly Comic and Alla Prima classes. Students will present short- and long-form comic narratives alongside original oil paintings.

Swords and Shakespeare


4pm – Writing Magical Realism and Slipstream – John Wright Theatre
Slip away to a strange, surreal world as students read original works that bring fantastical elements into everyday situations.

7:30pm – Swords and Shakespeare– John Wright Theatre
See new takes on some of Shakespeare’s most famous fight scenes as students act and demonstrate their stage fighting acumen.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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