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Babson in the Community 2013

Connecting Entrepreneurship and the Arts

Through the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson enhances the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts.

This past year, the Sorenson Center hosted a wide variety of programming, including theater, dance, music, film, video, and the literary arts. Additionally, a number of area community arts and cultural organizations present programs in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Most events are open to the public, and parking is free.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Babson’s New Resident Theater Company

In addition to its current work throughout Greater Boston, the renowned Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) acts as the resident theater company of Babson. CSC’s inaugural performance was a script-in-hand performance of Richard III, featuring Jeffrey Donovan, the star of USA’s Burn Notice.

Jeffrey Donovan

Q & A with Jeffrey Donovan, star and executive producer of USA’s hit TV show Burn Notice

Not only does CSC bolster the College’s efforts to enhance the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts, it also provides students and the Needham and Wellesley communities with access to award-winning theatrical performances.

Steven Maler, CSC’s artistic director, serves as director of Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts, while Adam Sanders, CSC’s associate artistic director, serves as associate director for the center. Babson Visiting Assistant Professor of English Beth Wynstra serves as faculty director.

Sorenson Dancers

2012–2013 Public Programs Snapshot

Performances Offered at the Sorenson Center for the Arts

Presented by the Babson Players

  • Noises Off
  • Title of Show
  • Legally Blonde
  • Working: The Musical, presented by The Empty Space Theater (TEST).

TEST produces two full-scale performances each year in the Sorenson Center for the Arts in addition to providing community outreach and collaboration.

Dance and Music Events Offered at the Sorenson Center for the Arts

  • Spirit of Uganda, music and dance from youth ages 8–18
  • Babson Dance Ensemble performances
  • AMAN, South Asian culture, dance, and music shows
  • BAPSA , Asian and Pacific culture, dance, and music show
  • Student Concert Series, including piano recital, a cappella groups, jazz bands, and an orchestra

Film Screenings at the Sorenson Center for the Arts

  • Malcolm Stearns Memorial Film Society/Movie Nights
  • Global Film Series screenings

Visual Arts

Clara Lieu “Plunge” A selection from intensely expressive large-scale black and white portrait drawings exploring the experience of depression.

Exhibits at Sorenson

Rotating exhibits of artistic, cultural, and historical interest are featured in the Hollister Gallery and are open to the public. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and by appointment.

DAAR (Decolonizing Art and Architecture Residency) DAAR’s founders Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal spoke about art, architecture, and activism in the Middle East and around the world.

An-My Lê “Small Wars” Black and white photographs of contemporary Vietnam War re-enactments staged in North Carolina by MacArthur Genius award-winning photographer An-My Lê.

Lina Giraldo “Algorithmics” Interactive and video-works—Plus and Minus, Fractal Maps, and Rain—explore geo-politics, sustainability, and the global impact of individual and political decisions.

David Akiba “Sightlines” Black and white photography of Boston’s urban landscape and its inhabitants by Babson Adjunct Lecturer David Akiba.