Friday, April 9, 2021
Dear Friends,

At various points throughout the year I’ve invited you to reflect on what we’ve learned in this unprecedented three semesters, and I hope you’re proud of the new skills you’ve acquired through necessity then mastered through practice.  Now we get to take a moment in the middle of all the necessary planning and scheduling and science to enjoy the beautiful fruits of our labors.  Look at what we can do!

Virtual Performances
a Zoomin' and a Cruisin'
APR 10 // Sat @ 4:00PM, 7:00PM, or 10:00PM CDT
Ahoy! All aboard a Zoomin’ & a Cruisin’: an interactive zoom cruise experience. Looking for the ultimate COVID safe spring break experience? Well then this is the cruise for you. Join us for an evening of crazy cruise adventures!  

What is interactive theatre? Interactive theatre puts you right in the story with the actors. There is no sitting back in interactive theatre! The audience will find themselves fully involved in the world of the play. What does this look like over Zoom? Audience members will be asked to have their cameras and microphones on, be asked to participate in activities, and may be asked to gather props from their own homes!

Spring break is the most fun when you take the most risk! If you’re not into risk taking this cruise might not be for you. We set sail for one night and one night only! ONLY 22 guests will be able to join us for each performance---so join us, if you dare, to have the most exciting night of your life!

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The Boys and the Nuns
APR 17 - APR 25 // Sat @ 6:00PM CDT, Sun @ 2:00PM CDT
Join us for the world premier of The Boys and the Nuns, developed with Loyola students during Sandra Delgado’s residency with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. To pass the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, members of Chicago’s LGBT+ community and an order of Catholic Sisters come together to change both their city and their world. Set in the 1980s, this play with music explores dignity, identity, and the power of faith in a striking period of Chicago history. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. All price levels include a ticket. 
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One World, Voices United
APR 23 // Fri @ 7:00PM CDT
A program celebrating music and singing from around the world, featuring music from South Africa, Japan, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Brazil, the Mediterranean, and India. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. All price levels include a ticket.
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Spring Instrumental Showcase
APR 29 // Thu @ 7:00PM CDT
Loyola’s instrumental ensembles are excited to share a virtual performance of the Spring Instrumental Showcase. The concert features the talents of ensemble members and conductors who collaborated remotely to make music together this semester. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. All price levels include a ticket.
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Dance Senior Showcase 2021
APR 30 // Fri @ 7:00PM CDT
Loyola's Department of Fine and Performing Arts proudly presents the Senior Solo Showcase in celebration of the Dance program's Class of 2021. The showcase features solos by internationally acclaimed choreographers. The ensemble work is by featured choreographer Stephanie Martinez, assisted by Noelle Kayser, of PARA.MAR Dance Theater. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. The "DHS" ticket option helps support the Dance Honor Society. All price levels include a ticket.
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Dance Composition
MAY 1 // Sat @ 7:00PM CDT
After a long semester of rehearsals, our student choreographers are ready to showcase their work. With all students of the Dance Composition class, this virtual performance is an opportunity to explore movement and further professional development. Support their hard work and enjoy a fantastic online show! Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. The "DHS" ticket option helps support the Dance Honor Society. All price levels include a ticket.
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Dance Informance
MAY 8 // Sat @ 7:00PM CDT
Dance students of all levels showcase their semester's work in an informal dance performance. Featuring a wide variety of genres, the performance offers students the opportunity to showcase their growth. This event celebrates each level of our program and the inclusive arts community that is fostered at Loyola. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can scale if you wish to support the department. The "DHS" ticket option helps support the Dance Honor Society. All price levels include a ticket.
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Senior Recitals
Links to these performances can be found here.
  • Saturday April 10, 1:00PM CDT: Mia Giammona, voice
  • Sunday, April 11, 1:00PM CDT: Kate Hahn, voice
  • Friday, April 16, 7:00PM CDT: Danny Warwick, voice
  • Saturday April 17, 4:00PM CDT: Kabir Dalawari, drum set
  • Sunday, April 18, 3:00PM CDT: Laura Bottei, organ
  • Sunday April 18, 7:00PM CDT: Rory Parker, voice
  • Saturday April 24, 2:00PM CDT: Hieu Nguyen, piano
  • Saturday May 1, 3:00PM CDT: Anna Holley, violn
  • Saturday May 8, 2:00PM CDT: Hannah Morrison, flute
Upcoming Events
Sensory Overload: 2021 Loyola Fine Art Senior Exhibition
APR 16 - MAY 14 // Online Reception and Awards MAY 14 @ 5:00 CDT | REGISTER
Sensory Overload is an online exhibition of the work of Loyola University Chicago’s most recent Fine Art graduates. With a variety of approaches to making across multiple disciplines, this exhibition represents the ambition, passion, and activism that make Loyolans stand out. The investigations and discoveries within Sensory Overload are often poignant and surprising and have become even more complex in these unprecedented times of protest and pandemic. Like the rest of the world, these students are asking the difficult question of what comes next — not just for themselves, but for the world that their work represents. 
College of Arts & Sciences Presents Series on Global Racism
  • April 21, 2021: Perspectives on Race and Caste in the U.S. and India with Suraj Yengde, PhD, Harvard University - Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program
Important Dates for Advising & Registration
  • April 15-16, 2021: Pre-registration and check your grad audit Express Advising
  • April 19-21, 2021: Fall 2021 Registration week Express Advising (extended hours until 5 pm)
  • April 22-23, 2021: Fall 2021 Registration week Express Advising (regular hours until 3:30 pm)
  • May 3-8, 2021: Final exams week
Access & Resources
Periodic Access to Campus
The Mundelein Center will remain a restricted building for the spring semester.  The University will continue to provide periodic access to restricted buildings on an established schedule so that Campus Safety can staff and/or monitor buildings with video surveillance.
Anyone accessing campus for any reason should make sure they complete the Symptom Checker before arriving each day. Please familiarize yourself with our Return-to-Campus Website, as well, to learn more about Loyola's Required Personal Safety Practices and workplace guidelines, which have been implemented to protect the health and safety of our entire community.
Mundelein Center Access on Tuesdays (east, west, and south doors) | 9:00am – 4:00pm
April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Faculty and staff with work areas in other buildings, like the Ralph Arnold Annex, should request access by emailing Provide a specific date you wish to access your work area, with a minimum of two days’ advance notice.
Main Office Student Assistant
Main Office student assistant Samantha Gillooley will be monitoring the DFPA inbox ( closely Monday-Friday during Spring 2021.
Engaging Guest Artists
If you have been approved to sponsor guests in your courses, please complete the following Guest Artist Payment Form to initiate the payment of their honorarium. 

Programming & Events
Virtual Performances
This semester all our public programming will be virtual, primarily over Zoom. 
Our ever-evolving listing of events and where tickets can be reserved/purchased is still here:

Faculty and staff may request comps via the comp request form for events that have a ticket fee. 

To increase the accessibility of our performances we have reduced ticket prices to our Newhart productions and have many free performances as well. Patrons will also be able to choose to pay more for a ticket if they are able. 

Telling Our Story & Promoting Our Events
This semester, the Marketing & Communications office continues to welcome the following items to feature either on the website or on social media: 
  • Student work
    As the semester gets under way, keep an eye out for stand-out student work that is either in-progress or finished. We want to feature student process and progress, student research and writing, as well as you and your class topic.

  • Classroom/studio adaptations
    What forms of content delivery are you experimenting with? How are you adapting arts instruction – demos, presentations, technique instruction, feedback/critique structures – in this digital environment? What translates? What does a rehearsal look like now? What does an applied lesson look like now? What unique challenges are you working through in your discipline? How are your students embracing or resisting our  online environment? What things are you trying out to sustain a sense of classroom/studio community? How are issues of racial justice, political change, and public health being foregrounded in your classes? How are these conversations intentionally or unintentionally coming up in the online classroom in relation to the fine and performing arts? Please be in touch if you’re interested in inviting us into your online classes. 

For submissions, ideas, or related questions, please contact Jose Perez at
Action Items
Updated Contact Information
It is important for a variety of reasons that we have your updated home phone and address while we are working remotely, please complete this form to update our records. Thank you!
Faculty Profile Updates
If you do not currently have a faculty profile on the DFPA website or would like to update your profile, please complete, and submit the Biography and Headshot Form. Faculty pages are among the most frequently visited pages on our website. Students often look up faculty when they’re shopping for classes so it is important to keep your profile current. 
Phone and Internet Reimbursement Requests
Due to COVID-19 and needing to teach and work remotely all university employees who incur costs for using personal cell phone and/or home Internet data plans are eligible for reimbursement of such costs up to a total of $50 per month. Faculty are eligible for reimbursement starting September 2020 – December 2020.  To request your reimbursement please complete this form. If you have any questions related to Phone/Internet Reimbursement, please reach out to Patricia @  
Descriptions/Instructions for applications can be found here.
Campus COVID-19 Testing
If you plan to spend any time on Loyola’s campuses this spring, you will be expected to present yourself for testing. 

Testing sites are located at:
  • Damen Student Center 244 (Sr. Jean Room - Lake Shore Campus)
  • Mundelein Center 140 (Mundelein Auditorium - Lake Shore Campus) , east exterior entrance only
  • Cuneo Center 120 (Faculty Dining room - Health Sciences Campus
  • Maguire Hall 160 (Water Tower Campus)
Unless announced otherwise, testing hours for all locations are: 
Monday-Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am–12:00pm

All other details pertaining to on-campus testing protocols can be found here.
If you test positive for COVID-19, report your positive case over email to or by calling 773-508-7707. When doing so, provide your name, Loyola ID, phone number, and your date of diagnosis/test. A Loyola contact tracer will quickly follow up with you. You should immediately begin your period of isolation, as well. You can find more specifics about Loyola’s positive diagnosis protocols here.  
Should you have further questions, please consult Loyola’s On-Campus Testing site or email
Please keep an eye open for updates from Division Directors on end-of-the-year events and ceremonies.  Also look for updates from DFPA staff about any changed protocols and procedures in DFPA spaces.  

I continue to be pleased and impressed by our resilient, persistent, creative community. 


Mark E. Lococo, PhD
Professor, Chair
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago

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