Artists in Theater
The Artists in Theaters program connects theater lovers with local art. Created to pair talented local artists with touring musical and theater productions to further integrate the Charlotte arts scene with institutional performing arts. Our impressive local artists are commissioned to create special pieces inspired by the subject matter of Broadway performances.
The coupling of local artists with the audiences of big theatrical performances expands the awe-inspiring nature of the Broadway stories from inside to outside of the theater.
MyLoan's piece "One Nation...for ALL", (2017, life vests, whistles, paint, wood).
Born into a Buddhist household in Vietnam, MyLoan Dinh escaped her war-torn country as a child with her family. She moved between refugee camps, resettling as a sponsored family by a Lutheran Church in the Appalachian Mountains, and ultimately found a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her most recent paintings, sculptures, and installations draw from the shuffling, cross-cultural entaglements that comprise her experiences with faith and identity.
Beauty & Hope at the Intersection
A Soldier's Play
Race & Culture As Artistic Mediums
Photographer | Self-Portrait Artist - Dionna explores Black identity and temporality through her lens, using a Nikon camera. Photography is the medium by which she documents the complexities of Black history, existence, and potential. Her work, both through her self-portraiture and with her muses, stands to empower and represent Black culture individually, collectively, and generationally.
Identity and Celebration.
Jagged Little Pill
Dear Evan Hansen
To Kill A Mockingbird
Fiddler On The Roof
Freestyle Love Supreme
Painted a Pillar in the Knight.
Painted a Pillar in the Knight
Served as B-boys for a lobby performance in the Knight.
Hosted the Lobby Performance.
Beverly Smith, a mixed fiber quilt artist and a retired IB arts teacher who taught at West Charlotte for 20 years, installed some of her intricate quilts in the lobby of Booth Playhouse for the hit musical, Waitress. As the first art gallery-style installation for the Artists and Theaters program, there was shared symbolism between the non-traditional art medium and the musical production: pie. After seeing Smith’s work at Art Basel (specifically a work in Smith’s “Uppity” series called “The Blacker the Berry”), Stallings bridged a connection to Waitress’s main character, Jenna, a pie maker. The quilt incorporates a blackberry pie but also further examines the racial context of the word “uppity.”
Nill Smith is a painter whose art unravels the relationship between Europe and Africa, exposing their shared histories and the effects they had on humanity. During the pandemic, Smith, mentally drained from the heavy subject matter of her art, needed an escape, so she started painting cakes and pastries.
Jesus Christ Superstar
What the Constitution Means to Me
Ain’t Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations
These artists kicked off the program as they were hired to live paint during the media day opening for Wicked, our first show back in theaters during a long respite in the pandemic.
Additional Creative Works
Hillary Siber, Chad Cartwright for WITCH @ Booth