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.
2013–2014 Public Programs Snapshot
Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Theatre in Residence at Babson College
- Shakespeare at Fenway
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) kicked off its 20th anniversary season with a once-in-a-lifetime gift to the City of Boston—Shakespeare at Fenway. CSC brought a lineup of local and national celebrities to the iconic ballpark for an evening of famous scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays. The first-ever event of this kind to be presented at a major league ballpark, it brought a diverse crowd of more than 4,000 people from the Greater Boston area. Babson president Kerry Healey helped host the event, which began with a pre-show reception for Babson alumni.
- Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s minimalist, bleak writings about alienation, death, and language made him one of the great voices of the 20th century. Performed at Carling-Sorenson Theater in November, Happy Days starred Brooke Adams and her husband, Emmy® Award-winner Tony Shalhoub.
- Shakespeare and Leadership
CSC’s Shakespeare and Leadership series features a staged reading of a Shakespeare play performed by Boston-area business leaders and professional actors, followed by a lively discussion about the play’s insights into leadership issues.
- Twelfth Night
For the 19th-season production of Free Shakespeare on the Common, CSC presented Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love in disguise and a personal favorite of CSC’s artistic director, Steven Maler.
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.
- Midsummer: A Play with Songs
Dance and Music Events Offered at the Sorenson Center for the Arts
- Cocek Brass Band: Balkan music and dance
- Nick Grondin Group: instrumental storytelling, inspired by rock, folk, and contemporary jazz styles
- Babson Dance Ensemble: student-organized performances
- Aman: South Asian culture, dance, and music shows
- BAPSA: Asian and Pacific culture, dance, and music show
- Student Concert Series: includes a piano recital, a cappella, jazz bands, an orchestra, and Babson’s own Music Collective
Film Screenings at the Sorenson Center for the Arts
- Global Film Series screenings
- Malcolm K. Stearns ’81 Memorial Film Society Movie Nights
Last winter, BabsonARTS was able to present a screening of the film version of the smash Broadway hit Rent, with support from the Malcolm K. Stearns ’81 Memorial Film Society Fund. In addition, the star of the film, Anthony Rapp, was brought to campus, where he led a master class on vocal performance and participated in a Q&A with BabsonARTS director Steven Maler.
Talks at the Sorenson Center for the Arts
- Arts and Business Conversations feature prominent art leaders discussing the challenges of leadership in the arts and entertainment world. Speakers from 2014 included:
- Susan Rodgerson, founder, executive director, and artistic director of Artists for Humanity
- Spring Sirkin, Tony Award®-winning Broadway producer and founder of Chamber Theater Productions
- Bill Taylor, chief financial officer of American Ballet Theatre
- Technologies of Memory: Babson first-year students explore the different facets of memory and forgetting from a variety of perspectives and approaches, including mixed media, book art, sculpture, sound, and collage.
- Un Bound: Artists and Quilters Redefine the Quilt: Five highly nontraditional quilters use unconventional materials and quilting’s association with domesticity to address contemporary gender roles, intergenerational connections, racial identity, the U.S. foreclosure crisis, social justice, and our relationship to nature.
- Kiyomizu: Contemporary and traditional Buddhist sculpture and rubbing drawings by Tom Matsuda.
- SURGE: Deb Todd Wheeler, in collaboration with Emerson composer Maurice Merthot, translated one year’s worth of electricity data from select campus buildings into a musical score, presented as a multimedia installation as a means of drawing attention to communal energy use and potential for conservation.