PROGRAM DIRECTOR / CHAIR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY ART
Michael Stablein, Jr. is the Associate Artistic Director and Head of New Works Program for the Endstation Theatre Company in residency at Sweet Briar College. Prior to his appointment as Program Director for the 2014 Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, he served as Co-Chair of the Theatre Division since the program’s inception. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY where he is Founder and Project Coordinator of the American Laboratory, an interdisciplinary art group that explores performance installation through the use of movement, text, and sculptural installation on site in galleries and performance spaces from Los Angeles to NYC. He received his BFA in Performance from Florida State University and is a MFA candidate at Columbia University in New York City.
CHAIR OF CREATIVE WRITING
Cecilia Llompart was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. She received her BA from Florida State University, and continued her studies at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in poetry. Llompart's first collection, The Wingless, was published in 2014 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of American Poets, and her work will be featured in anthologies forthcoming by Carnegie Mellon and Jaded Ibis Press. Her poems have also appeared in TriQuarterly, The Caribbean Writer, and WomenArts Quarterly Review, among others, and can be found online on poets.org, Inknode, and Occupy Poetry.
CHAIR OF VISUAL ART
Kate Plows currently teaches high school ceramics and graphic design. Plows earned her BFA in painting from St. Vincent College and her masters in teaching from The University of the Arts. She has led student services programs at the assistant director level or higher at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. She has led more than ten Empty Bowls events with her students, and enjoys exploring the relationships between visual art, craft, and social justice. In what little spare time she has, she enjoys freelancing as a graphic designer, throwing pots, and spending time with her animals – the world’s most patient dog and two elderly horses.
When: June 15 - July 6
Application Deadline: April 30
Where: Sweet Briar College
Credit: 2 hours of college credit
Tracks: Creative Writing, Theater and Visual Arts
Cost (includes iPad): $3,095*
(*Scholarships and day student rates available)