December 5 Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture to Explore Community Revitalization through the Arts

Non-profit Initiatives in the Community and Revitalization through the Arts will be Explored in December Entrepreneurship Lecture


November 20, 2012



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The Daemen College Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series will continue December 5 with "Non-profit Initiatives in the Community and Revitalization through the Arts." The lecture will be presented by Dan Shanahan, co-founder of Buffalo's Torn Space Theater.


"Non-profit Initiatives in the Community and Revitalization through the Arts" will be presented from 5-6 p.m., in Alumni Lounge, in Wick Center, on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Buffalo's Torn Space Theater (TST) is committed to bringing innovative performance to the Western New York community and to the world. Shanahan – together with Melissa Meola –co-founded TST in 2003 as a venue for contemporary and original works; TST has emerged as the most prominent interdisciplinary theater company working in Western New York.


TST has distinguished its programming in two unique areas – original works that are often site-specific (i.e. created and performed for a specific architectural site that does not include a formal stage), and contemporary regional and/or world premieres. Moreover, TST has developed a signature mark in its artistic practice by integrating new technologies and embracing collaboration between art forms (music, architecture, film, dance, etc.).


As TST’s artistic director, Shanahan has directed over 30 works for the stage, many of which were U.S. and area premiers.  He has written and produced seven original works for the stage: Muriel Vanderbilt Goes Walking; Terminus; Architect; STIVALE; AREA; TRACE; and Procession. 


Shanahan was awarded Best Director (Artvoice), for stage direction of his original work Terminus. Terminus also received Best Production of WNY (Buffalo Spree Magazine). In addition, he received NYSCA’s Individual Artist grant for playwriting for his production, Architect.  He has been nominated for Arties for his stage direction of 'night Mother, by Marsha Norman and for Best New Play for both Architect and STIVALE. His work in site-specific theater and community engagement was cited by The Buffalo News: “Thanks to the work of pioneers like (Ani) DiFranco, Shanahan, and Joanna Angie, the city is now entering a new and far grander phase of the adaptive reuse revolution (Colin Dabkowski)."


Shanahan was recently referred to as the “city’s de facto king of site-specific performance” in the nationally distributed magazine The Dramatist. He will also be featured as a “Game Changer” in the upcoming edition of Buffalo Spree Magazine. Shanahan teaches at Buffalo State College and Daemen College with a focus on the performing arts and entrepreneurial management. He received his M.A in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo in 2011.


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