April 5-16, 2022
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Every year, UCF brings its best and brightest artists to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for a large-scale celebration of the things that make our world more interesting and beautiful. This year, UCF Celebrates the Arts is bigger than ever, with a multi-day production of an award-winning, family-friendly musical, concerts in the new Steinmetz Hall, lectures and discussions, multimedia events, chamber music, an expanded visual arts presence and more surprises to delight you.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • Online
Rescheduled: Honoring Indigenous Expression with Natalie Diaz
Due to the presenter’s illness, “Honoring Indigenous Expression with Natalie Diaz” has been postponed. Plans to reschedule the event are in motion; we will send an email once the new date has been determined. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us at the new time.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
UCF Percussion Ensemble featuring Escape Ten Duo
As a featured event of the Percussion Festival, this concert will feature performances by the UCF Percussion Ensemble and guest artist Escape Ten.
Friday, April 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Jazz and the American Spirit featuring the Flying Horse Big Band
Join UCF’s chart-topping Flying Horse Big Band for an evening of music and celebration of the vibrant “American Spirit.”
April 8 – April 10, 2022 • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
UCF Opera presents 'Mozart First and Last!'
UCF Opera presents an adaptation of two works from early and late in Mozart's career.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 11:00 a.m. • DeVos Family Room
Orlando REP presents 'Yo, Ho, Ho! Let's Go!': Theatre for the Very Young
"Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go!" is a 30-minute adventure with a pirate on the high seas following a treasure map! Parrots, crabs, mermaids and more join the fun.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 2:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Character Animation & Animation/Visual Effects Premieres
FREE! Enjoy a series of award-winning short, animated films from students in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Visual Arts and Design.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 4:00 p.m. • Della Phillips Grand Lobby
UCF Celebrates the Arts Alumni Social
Join us for a special night of performances and immersive experiences in conjunction with UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
A Celebration of the Orlando Poet Laureate
FREE! Enjoy works read by some of UCF’s finest poets and spoken word artists.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
UCF Symphony Orchestra: An Exploration of Sea and Land
Explore our oceans and our lands with the UCF Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chung Park.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Boricua Soy Yo – History, Identity and Culture
'Boricua Soy Yo' by documentary filmmaker Rocco Anastasio explores Puerto Rican history, the island’s relationship and status with the United States, and the cultural identity of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland.
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
National Young Composers Challenge Composium
FREE! Hear music from the next generation of composers performed by professional musicians!
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m. • DeVos Family Room
Earth Explorers: Choose Your Own Expedition
UCF Theatre for Young Audiences graduate students present a devised performance to explore and celebrate our earth, its resources and our relationship with our environment
Monday, April 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
Stage Combat Demonstration
FREE! Peek behind the curtain to see how fights and dramatic scenes are created on stage.
Monday, April 11, 2022, 6:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Orlando Shakes presents 'Fairview'
Orlando Shakes presents a staged reading of "Fairview" by Jackie Sibblies Drury, featuring professional actors and Theatre UCF students.
Monday, April 11, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Knight to Shine 2022: A Musical Theatre Showcase
The spotlight is on our senior Musical Theatre students as they take the stage for an evening of cabaret style performances!
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
Architecture Showcase & Awards
FREE! A talk with a guest architect and presentations of work from UCF, UF and Valencia architecture students.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
UCF New Music Ensemble
The UCF New Music Ensemble presents "FREE | VERSE," an evening-length collaboration with the UCF composition studio that explores the boundaries between poetry, composition and improvisation.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Join UCF Professor David Bjella and the UCF Cello Choir in a celebration of the cello, featuring works of Villa Lobos, Faure, Fitzenhagen, Beethoven, Michael Kamen and Michael Jackson!
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:00 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
Lidia’s Kitchen: A Conversation with Lidia Bastianich
FREE! Celebrity chef and host of 'Lidia’s Kitchen' Lidia Bastianich will talk about her new cookbook, her inspiring personal story and the role that food has played in her life.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
UCF Bands: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present an exciting evening of diverse and expressive music that explores various genres and styles. Included on the program will be two world premieres: “Echo Chamber,” by UCF composer Alex Burtzos and “Zodiac Concerto II,” composed by Jim Stephenson and featuring guest artists Demondrae Thurman from Indiana University and William Caballero, Principal Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Brass Chamber Ensembles
This concert features UCF Brass student chamber ensembles, including the UCF trumpet ensemble, the UCF horn ensemble, the UCF trombone ensemble, the UCF tuba/euphonium ensemble, the Colbourn Brass Quintet and the Pegasus Brass Quintet.
April 14 – April 16, 2022 • Walt Disney Theater
Shrek The Musical
A grumpy green ogre and fairy-tale favorites thrown into a jam-packed hilarious musical adventure perfect for the entire family.
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Pegasus String Quartet and Beethoven Septet
The Pegasus String Quartet, UCF’s graduate string quartet under the direction of Ayako Yonetani, makes its Steinmetz Hall debut.
Friday, April 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
Cast in Bronze and Chiseled Out of Stone: The Story of the Caribbean as Told by Its Statues
FREE! UCF Pegasus Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández delivers a dynamic, informative and entertaining audiovisual presentation that offers a flash course in Caribbean history as told by the region’s statues.
Friday, April 15, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
UCF Choir Concert
The UCF Chamber Singers, SoAl and TeBa choruses, and the University Singers, along with the new UCF Community Choir and Children’s Choir, sing songs of unity, joy and friendship.
Friday, April 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
This concert features UCF’s student chamber groups from the woodwind area, including the oboe trio, woodwind quintet, bassoon ensemble, flute choir, saxophone ensemble and clarinet choir.
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 4:00 p.m. • Seneff Arts Plaza
FREE! Artists armed with black markers race against the clock to create large-format artwork.
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m. • DeVos Family Room
Graphic Design & Experimental Animation Showcase
FREE! A pop-up event showcasing the work from graduating seniors in the emerging media programs!
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
UCF National Choir Festival
Artistic journeys start with education!
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 7:00 p.m. • Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
Project Spotlight presents 'As It's Written'
Project Spotlight is producing a new work by theatre student Caroline Hull.
Ongoing Events & Exhibits
Generously sponsored by the Orlando Downtown Development Board
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
UCF Celebrates the Arts, a festival showcasing creativity, innovation and collaboration from Orlando’s hometown university, occurs annually at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in April. The event is hosted by the UCF College of Arts and Humanities and features the faculty and students from the School of Performing Arts and the School of Visual Arts and Design, as well as work from the humanities departments and other units from around the university. Partnership, one of UCF’s long-standing values, is brought front-and-center at UCF Celebrates the Arts, with many events showcasing the collaborative nature of the university and demonstrating how UCF is both in and of the Central Florida community.
- Michael Wainstein, chair
- Gary Brown
- Hannah Estes
- Heather Gibson
- Thomas Harrison
- Paul Lartonoix
- Julia Listengarten
- Scott Lubaroff
- Claudia Lynch
- Rudy McDaniel
- Joe Muley
- Chung Park
- Bridget Parry
- Azela Santana
- Bert Scott
- Keri Watson
Senior Production Supervisor
- Paul Lartonoix
- Amy Hadley
Assistant Production Supervisor
- Bobby Malke
Steinmetz Venue Managers
- Kent Collins
- Matthew Reardon
Pugh Venue Managers
- Alyssa Marinello
- Sarah Nicholson
Faculty Stage Management Advisor
- Claudia Lynch
Production Company Manager
- Sabrina Boudreaux
Production Stage Manager
- Emma Carbone
- Kayla Amburgey
- Rami Amm
- Jennifer Balestra
- Naiya Barsallo
- Taylor Bray
- Kelsey Brogan
- Allison Young
- Toni Ghirardo
- Michael Ghysels
- Kaitlyn Gill
- Jay Groleau
- Thomasa Hagney
- Savannah Hernandez
- Vicki Rezman
- Bridgett Rojas
- Cameron Sparks
- Kathleen Wilkinson
- Cameron Wynne
- Ayana Yokie
Box Office & Front-of-House
- Bridget Parry
- Quwade Bretch
- Jessica Compton
- Matthew Dunn
- Hannah Estes
- Heather Gibson
- Nicole Wills
Photography & Videography
- Tony Firriolo
- Bella Miranda
- Brandon Vollaro
- Victor Dávila
- Matthew Dunn
- Ashley Taylor