Bringing Arts to the Community with Nims Day

Dr. Benny Bolden, principal of Nims Middle School, was the 2022 recipient of the Arts Advocate award. As a part of this honor, his school received an exclusive Step Afrika! performance. FSU’s Schools of Dance and Theatre instructors also provided educational programs at Nims leading up to the students’ day at FSU. “My objective for […]

Calla MacNamara Staff Spotlight

Opening Nights at Florida State University is a program dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the Tallahassee community by presenting a diverse range of world-class performances and educational opportunities. One of the key people behind the success of the program is Calla MacNamara, the Education & Engagement Manager at Opening Nights. Calla’s commitment to […]

FSU’s Opening Nights to present an array of performances in February

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Throughout the month of February, Opening Nights at Florida State University will present numerous performances and cultural and educational events that represent theatre, the written word, music and dance, several of which honor and celebrate black history month. “Multicultural representation is essential to our mission, and it gives us great joy to […]

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem hosted two masterclasses the day before their much anticipated public performance. Hosted at the FSU School of Dance, students from FSU, Tallahassee Ballet and Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee got on point with two dancers from the company. For the public performance, all participants from the masterclass and other local organizations, […]

Tartan Terrors

The Tartan Terrors were in full force when they visited Tallahassee in April. Before their public performance, members of the group visited Apalachee Tapestry School of the Arts to play their music, danced and taught the students about different instruments from around the world. They introduced them to the history behind wearing kilts, from the […]

Lana Shuttleworth

Lana Shuttleworth visited the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship to engage with our future business leaders from various majors and minors on campus. She highlighted her work and hit home the message that entrepreneurs come in all different shapes, sizes and forms. “The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship is thrilled to be working with Opening […]

Robin Spielberg

Pianist Robin Spielberg spent most of her time in Tallahassee lecturing and talking with our TCC and FSU students and faculty. From art therapy majors to emerging actors, Spielberg highlighted her knowledge and various talents to impact students across various disciplines. As a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Spielberg successfully executed an intense […]


Pilobolus hosted a fast-paced master class at the FSU School of Dance. They led 25 students through a rehearsal-like warmup that included “an improvisational warmup, movement-based problem solving, and collaborative thinking tasks” before the Opening Nights public performance on Valentine’s Day. Pilobolus teaching artist and master class leader, Nate Buchsbaum, is an alumnus from FSU […]