The Creative Life

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany

Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this original series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. "Roundtable" host Joe Donahue conducts live on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Upcoming Guests:

Frederic Brenner
Frédéric Brenner

Frédéric Brenner was born in France in 1959. He is best known for his opus Diaspora, the result of a 25-year search in 40 countries to create a visual record of the Jewish people at the end of the twentieth century. His collaborative project, This Place, brings together twelve international photographers taking part in a visual survey of Israel and the West Bank. It is on exhibit at the University Art Museum from February 1 to April 7. Brenner has had solo exhibits at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, International Center of Photography in New York, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Arles, Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, as well as in Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Paris, Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. Winner of the Prix de Rome (1993), Prix de Salon de la Photo (1982) and Prix Niepce (1981), he has also directed an original film and has published seven books.

Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm, 2018
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Uptown UAlbany campus

Garth Fagan
Garth Fagan

Garth Fagan is the recipient of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Choreography, 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (London, UK) and 2004 Helpmann Award (Australia) for best choreography in a musical as well as the Drama Desk Award, Astaire Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, all for his work with The Lion King. Mr. Fagan was born in Jamaica and, for more than 47 years, has toured the world with Garth Fagan Dance. He has forged his own dance language and technique, drawing from modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and ballet, and has choreographed for major ballet and modern companies. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild.

Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm, 2018
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Uptown UAlbany campus

Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone

Two-time Tony and Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone is currently starring as Helena Rubinstein in the new Broadway musical  War Paint  opposite Christine Ebersole. A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, LuPone went on to be a Broadway superstar for more than 30 years from her Tony-winning performance in  Evita  to star turns in  Anything Goes  (Tony nomination),  Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination),  Gypsy  (Best Actress Tony winner) and  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony nomination). She is the author of the  New York Times  best-selling memoir, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Thursday, April 26 at 7pm, 2018
Page Hall
Downtown UAlbany campus

Past Guests:

Lois Lowry - Friday, November 10, 2017
Author of The Giver & Number the Stars
Newbery Medal winner
Leading voice of children's literature


David Salle - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Renowned painter
Film and stage designer
Author on fine art


Regina Carter - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Violin virtuoso
Jazz artist and improviser
MacArthur Fellow


Savion Glover - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Dancer, choreographer and hoofer
Tony Award nominee and winner
Broadway, television and film star


Joyce Carol Oates - Thursday, September 15, 2016
Novelist, poet and essayist
Pulitzer Prize finalist
New York Times best-selling author