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Guest Artist Series

The Guest Artist Series features exciting professional music, comedy and theatre of the highest caliber! All performances are reserved seating. Discounted tickets must be purchased in person with valid student ID.

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2022-2023 Guest Artist Series, LVIV National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

Photo: 2022-2023 Guest Artist Series, LVIV National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, ©2023 Nalinee Darmrong Photography

2023-2024 Guest Artist Series

Tiempo Libre

Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Tiempo Libre, Friday September 29 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Tiempo Libre

Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of 3x Grammy®-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. The Miami-based group is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban sonorities. Tiempo Libre has introduced Cuban music to new audiences through appearances on shows such as the Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center and Dancing With the Stars and concerts worldwide including performances at Tanglewood, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Theatre and Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

Robin Spielberg

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Robin Spielberg

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

“As a popular pianist, Spielberg has the best set of hands going.” –The AllMusic Guide

Performing music from her vast repertoire of popular American melodies and original favorites, Spielberg intertwines captivating music with stories that inspire and make us laugh.

Robin Spielberg has sold over a million recordings and has over a hundred million spins on Pandora Radio, making her one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists. As her popularity continues to skyrocket, Spotify has now created an official “This Is Robin Spielberg” playlist featuring music from her many recordings, as well as a Robin Spielberg Radio channel.

Robin is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano techniques since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano.

Also a prolific composer, Robin Spielberg has 22 recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of American melodies, and a CD of lullabies.

In addition to her multi-faceted work in music, Robin Spielberg is a Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association and a founding member of the Mindful Music Association. She is a C.A.R.E. Channel Artist and her music is streamed in hospitals across the country as part of the channel program. Spielberg’s interest in the connection between music and healing synergized when she witnessed the positive effect music had on her own baby when born prematurely and the difference music made during her 4-month stay in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The release “Beautiful Dreamer” was the result of this experience, a recording of lullabies and songs on solo piano for the parent and child.  

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Tartan Terrors

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Tartan Terrors, Tuesday March 12, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Tartan terrors

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing music energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic bagpipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares “(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!” The Terrors use their sonic blitz to underscore award winning Step Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers alike.

The Tartan Terrors have performed on 4 different continents, in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and theaters of North America. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as “the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem.”

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James Austin Johnson

Stand Up Comedy 
With Special Guest Amy Silverberg and Alice Wetterlund
Friday, March 22, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

James Austin Johnson
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JAMES AUSTIN JOHNSON

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

James Austin Johnson is a comedian originally from Nashville and a cast member on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. The New York Times has called him“one of SNL’s most versatile celebrity impressionists.” His spot-on impression of Trump paired with his improvisational ramblings about Weird Al, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Scooby Doohave garnered over 5 million views, with profiles on James inVanity Fair, Slate, MashableandVICE to name a few. As an actor, James' TV/Film credits include FUTURE MAN, BASKETS, ROBBIE, BETTER CALL SAUL, THE LAST TYCOON and the Coen Brothers’ feature HAIL, CAESAR!. As a stand up, James has performed on the Vice series FLOPHOUSE, as well as RIOT LA, and JUST FOR LAUGHS as a New Face. He currently voices the Grinch on Wondery’s ‘TIS THE GRINCH HOLIDAY TALK SHOW’.


Amy  Silverberg
Amy Silverberg

Amy Silverberg is a writer and comedian based in Los Angeles. Her debut novel "First Time, Long Time" is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in 2024. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, where she teaches.

Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. Her short story "Suburbia!" appeared in Best American Short Stories, and is currently optioned for a tv show. Amy also writes for television, most recently "The Movie Show" on the SYFY Channel. Amy's stand-up comedy has been featured on Comedy Central, Hulu, NPR, and Amazon Prime. She was selected as a "New Face" at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.


Alice Wetterlund
Alice Wetterlund portrait

Alice Wetterlund is a stand-up comedian and actor originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She performs regularly mostly in LA at independent showsnew window as well as San Francisco’s Punchline, and LA’s Largo and The Hollywood Improv, festivals and clubs throughout the continent. She currently resides in LA with her two feline sons, Biscuit and Birdie. In addition to her tv appearances doing stand-up on Conan, Adam Divine’s House Party, and Viceland, you maybe saw Alice as Carla Walton in seasons two and three of HBO’s Silicon Valley, as Kelly Grady on TBS’s People of Earth, and appearing now as Darcy in SYFY’s critically-acclaimed series Resident Alien. Her first full-length hour special My Mama is a Human and So Am I is now streaming on Amazonnew window.

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Gina Chavez

Friday, April 5, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez

Friday, April 5, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Latin Grammy® nominee Gina Chavez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A 13-time Austin Music Award winner and Austin Musician of the Year, she and her band can be seen on PBS in “Gina Chavez: Live from the Kate.” She has completed a 12-country tour as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department, uniting audiences from Texas to Uzbekistan and Venezuela to Saudi Arabia. Her bilingual album, Up.Rooted, topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and her NPR Tiny Desk concert has more than 1.3 million views. Gina’s Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D,” won the grand prize in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest.

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Alan Cumming

Tony Award-Winning Actor & LGBTQ+ Activist
Friday, April 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Alan Cumming
Alan cumming

Friday, April 12, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Multitalented actor, writer, singer, and activist Alan Cumming sits down with Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director, Jason Loewith, for a wide-ranging discussion covering his rural and difficult upbringing, the effect it had on his career, LGBTQ topics, and so much more.

Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. His most recent projects include creating a dance theatre piece about the Scottish bard Robert Burns, lip-synching the protagonist in a documentary, directing a podcast series about a sperm bank heist, playing a gangster opposite Liam Neason in a Neil Jordan film, curating a cabaret festival in Australia and recording a duet with a Gaelic rapper. Perhaps not surprisingly, Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business (the others were Cher and Stanley Tucci!)

Thirty years ago his Hamlet stormed the West End and he was hailed as ‘an actor knocking at the door of greatness’. A quarter of a century ago he was a sensation as Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies in a production that forever changed the Broadway landscape . A decade ago his visceral, virtually one man Macbeth was a stunning, transatlantic coup de theatre. 

His screen work ranges from art house to blockbuster, cult to mainstream, but his performances are always indelible and some immortal: Mr Floop in Spy Kids, Eli in The Good Wife, Nightcrawler in X2: X Men United, Sebastian in The High Life, ‘O’ in Sex and the City, Boris in Goldeneye, King James in Doctor Who, Sandy Frink in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Mayor Menlove in Schmigadoon and himself on Broad City.

He is the author of six books including a New York Times #1 bestselling memoir, performs in concert regularly in halls around the world and co-owns his own, eponymous cabaret bar Club Cumming, a home for ‘all ages, all genders, all colours, all sexualities, where kindness is all and anything could happen!’

The list of his collaborators over the years includes Liza Minnelli, Jeremy O. Harris, Jackie Chan, the Smurfs, David Bowie, The Simpsons, Robert Wilson, Stanley Kubrick, Jay Z, Bianca Del Rio, the Spice Girls, George Lucas, Terence Blanchard, KT Tunstall and not forgetting Dora the Explorer, Arthur and Elmo.

He had a photo exhibition named Alan Cumming Snaps! and an award-winning fragrance named Cumming. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, God, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He recently played a 70 year old woman. He has been a Lee Jeans model and on a stamp. He is a Tony and Olivier award winning theatre actor. He hosted the Tonys and was nominated for an Emmy for doing so. In fact he has been nominated for five Emmys, won a New York Emmy, a Scottish BAFTA and a British Comedy Award. He is an Independent Spirit award-winning producer and National Board of Review winning director. He is a Grammy and multiple Golden Globe nominee. His portrait was hung in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the spot previously occupied by the Queen, who made him an O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire) in her 2009 Honours List for his commitment to LGBT rights. He has four honourary doctorates and over forty awards for being a humanitarian, but as he says, ‘awards mean nothing’!

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Reduced Shakespeare Company

Tuesday, October 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

The Complete History of America (abridged)—Special Election Edition

Reduced Shakespeare Company
The Complete History of America (abridged)—Special Election Edition

Written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor
Tuesday, October 1, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Vote early, laugh often!  The Complete History of America (abridged) – Election Edition is the only cure for America’s aches and campaigns!
Newly updated for the 2024 election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 Years of History in 6000 seconds! The Complete History of America (abridged) – Election Edition provides the requisite historical context guaranteed to confuse any voter and make you the life of your next party – whatever party!

From Valley Forge to Fake News, yea verily from Manifest Destiny to Mar-A-Lago, from Alexander Hamilton the patriot to Hamilton the musical, the three cultural guerillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company take you on a ninety-minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history.

And the presidential front-runners may just make a surprise appearance to answer any audience questions: Who really discovered America or was it already here? Who is Gerry and why does he mander? If pro is the opposite of con, then is progress the opposite of congress?

History is normally re-written by the winners… but now it’s the RSC’s turn.

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Henry Winkler

Tuesday, October 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler

Tuesday, October 29, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Spend an evening with HENRY WINKLER! From his breakout role as “The Fonz” on Happy Days to his co-starring role as acting coach Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy Barry (which earned Winkler his first Primetime Emmy Award), Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success as an actor, producer, and director, and is widely regarded as the nicest man in Hollywood. Beyond this Emmy Award-winning actor’s success, Winkler is also a New York Times bestselling author with his captivating memoir, Being Henry: The Fonz...and Beyond. In this engaging evening, Henry Winkler shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from his life and storied career.

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