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In 2012-2013, Friends of the Arts, the music department and the Smith Artist Series collaborated with a group of NC universities on "Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina." This was a groundbreaking, two-year collaboration in which composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett worked with lead partners, North Carolina State University Center Stage, Appalachian State University, UNC Wilmington, East Carolina University, Davidson College, and associate partners, Ashe County Arts Council, Arts Council of Wayne County and The Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro, to reflect, record and present musical stories of North Carolina. The 2012-2013 year premiered new work, The Collide cd, and an all-state residency and performance tour.

Additional Artists in Residence in 2012-2013 were:

  • The English Department–Hip Hop Scholar Series
  • Sarah Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre Company, two-day residency

Academic Symposiums

In 2012-2013 the theatre department hosted, along with numerous campus organizations including Friends of the Arts, an academic symposium titled, Cuba: Memory, Migration, Art. It was a multi-disciplinary symposium featuring a variety of events that encouraged the college and community to consider the history, politics and culture of Cuba from different perspectives.

Looking Ahead

Davidson continues to collaborate with arts organizations and performing arts companies to celebrate the arts, diversity, Shakespeare, scholarly works and the liberal arts.

Royal Shakespeare Company and Davidson College

The historic partnership between Davidson College and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) began in 2002 with a two-week educational and performance residency that included the RSC production of The Merchant of Venice. The company returned in 2005 with a repertory bill of Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as extensive campus and community outreach. In 2006, RSC artists worked with Davidson students to develop a cabaret production using scenes and music from Shakespeare's work that was presented in the Duke Family Performance Hall. Two pieces, For Every Passion Something and Infinite Variety, arose from this production and ran for two weeks at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a company of 28 students.

In 2007, the RSC brought director Dominic Cooke's promenade productions of Pericles and The Winter's Tale to the Duke Family Performance Hall, as well as a new play commissioned by the RSC, Roy Williams' Days of Significance.

In 2008, the RSC chose the residency as an opportunity to develop a brand new work by Rona Munro, Little Eagles, exploring with Davidson faculty and students the mystery and mastery involved in the creative process.

For more information, please email Sherry Nelson, director of Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, at or call 704-894-2101.