School of Visual and Performing Arts

2018 SVPA Arts Symposium: Multi-Sensory Learning and Literacy

The February 19th symposium will be held in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union, on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Panel and Group Presentations will focus on multi-sensory learning and literacy. Our Featured Speaker will be Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University and Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Theatre in the School of Film, Dance & Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University will deliver our Highlighted Speaker address. If you are interested in submitting a proposal please link to the submission page ( deadline extended to Decemebr 18.) You can also investigate the themes and types of proposals on the Call for Symposium Proposals website.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts - Fall 2017

A. Mitchell and Dean Appel at the Undergraduate RRESEARCH - Alexandria Mitchell discusses her photography project, The Blue Box Narrative with Honors Dean, Heidi Appel at the Undergraduate Research Showcase.

UT Symphonic OrchestraPERFORMANCE - Under the baton of Dr. Matthew Forte, the UT Symphonic Orchestra performs Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88.

EXHIBITION - The Concepts of Art Studio and Theory class displayed their artworks in a Pop-Up Exhibition at the Secor Building in downtown Toledo.

Performance Religion and Spirituality journalSCHOLARLY ACTIVITY - Dr. Edmund Lingan together with colleagues from Denmark, the UK, and South Korea have launched the PRS online journal. The journal is published in affiliation with the Religion and Theatre focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and also the Performance and Religion working group of the International Federation of Theatre Research.


Welcome to New Faculty

Matt Forte, Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestral Studies

Matt Forte

Matthew Forte is Director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Toledo, where he supervises all aspects of the institution’s orchestral program, conducts the University of Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and teaches courses in conducting and in music history. Matthew is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where he studied with Kevin Noe, received both master’s and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting, and served as music director of the Michigan State University Concert Orchestra.

During his tenure, that ensemble was revitalized: orchestra membership nearly doubled, audience attendance tripled, and the group quickly became an indispensable part of the cultural fabric of the university as a whole. In recognition of his achievements in fostering the growth of the Concert Orchestra, Matthew was awarded both a Rasmussen Fellowship and the MSU Distinguished Teaching Citation by Michigan State University — both honors presented annually to only a handful of graduate students from the entire university community.

Matt Foss, Assistant Professor
Theatre Acting and Directing

Matt Foss

Matt Foss received his MFA in acting from Chicago’s Roosevelt University and PhD in theatre studies and directing from Wayne State University in Detroit. Recent professional credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, American Blues Theatre, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre. In 2016, his touring production of The Glass Menagerie was performed at Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre. 

He adapted and directed Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for Oracle Productions in Chicago in 2014. The production received Chicago Jeff Award Nominations for Outstanding Production, Director, Ensemble, and won for best new adaptation. In 2012 his production of Six Characters at Iowa State University received the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's National Award for Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Director of a Play. He was a recipient of the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching in 2013.

Qunicy Joyner, Assistant Lecturer
Film Acting and Directing

Quincy Joyner

Quincy Joyner joined the UT Department of Theatre and Film in 2017. A writer-director with a focus on narrative storytelling, his work includes shorts, feature length stories and profile pieces on artists and connectors in Chicago. His production interests include photo Roman and portrait photography, movement through dance and martial arts, and the use of sound and music as character.

He has directed and produced work in Ireland, and worked in Chicago theater as a multimedia designer for DreamLogic Theatreworks and stage manager for Right Brain Project. At UT, Joyner teaches such courses as Directing Actors for the Camera, Acting for the Camera and Introduction to Film. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, with a focus on screenwriting and directing, and a BA from Columbia College Chicago, in directing for theatre and film.


Congratulations to Promoted Faculty
Holly Hey, Professor of Film – Dr. Olman Piedra, Associate Professor of Music, Percussion – Dr. Denise Ritter-Bernardini, Associate Professor of Vocal Music, Dr. Pamela Stover, Associate Professor of Music Education, and Tad Weed, Associate Professor of Jazz Piano. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these fine faculty on reaching their promotion.

Thank You and Best Wishes – to Associate Professor Christopher Burnett and Dr. Raymond Marchionni on their retirements from the Department of Art and the Department of Music, respectively. We are very appreciative of the time and energy you both dedicated to the University of Toledo and your students.

Students and faculty continue to perform, create, write and research about the arts. The SVPA continues to be an ACTIVE place where students, faculty, and staff express themselves and engage with others. We are proud to be a safe place where openness of thought and being are honored and respected. Please join us for an exhibition, musical or theatrical performance, or catch one of the Film Fridays screenings.


Last Updated: 12/12/17