Arts & Culture

“My dance this year was created with the dancers as we explored improvisational prompts to move different body parts and to find unique ways to link with, connect to and support other dancers. . . . Another idea that arose was celebrating our unique and individual personalities and movement styles, but also being able to find common ground and ways we can work together and support one another.” 

Sarah J. Barry, associate professor of dance, discussing Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (Crimson White)

“There are fewer Catholics, and Catholics have been outnumbered by Protestants over time. But with those Catholic families, those traditions tend to endure whether one is a practicing Catholic or not. . . . If you look at places with strong Catholic cultural heritage, even if folks aren’t going to Mass every week, things like Mardi Gras and the cultural traditions endure longer. It spreads and now Mardi Gras is picked up outside traditionally Catholic areas, and it’s fun and useful for a city because of the economic impact.”

Dr. Michael J. Altman, assistant professor of religious studies (

“I think opera is a very special art form. It’s something a lot of people consider geared towards different generations. But one of the most amazing things about it is that even now, there are so many things about it that are so very current and relevant.”

Chris Withrow, first-year doctoral student in music (Crimson White)

“I actually just kind of fell in love with all-female shows. So when this audition came up, I was like ‘Yes! Perfect! Round 2!’ It’s really great to work with women your age who are all just passionate about the same thing and I think that being able to walk into a rehearsal room and know that you all have the same bond is really nice.”

Megan Hill, a sophomore musical theatre and business major at UA, in "The Real Queen of Hearts Ain't Even Pretty" at Theatre Tuscaloosa (Crimson White)