The IDEA Center, located just outside of campus, may be a long walk away for many students — but making the trip might be worth it.This semester, the IDEA Center has many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurs, including startup coaching and a pre-accelerator program. Students must apply to the pre-accelerator program, a six-week intensive curriculum where students focus their ideas and create an initial product, culminating in an opportunity to pitch a product to small-scale investors. Trinity Reilly | The Observer The IDEA Center, pictured above, allows undergraduate students to work with various design tools and creative strategies to create their own product.Among the programs offered, the most accessible is startup coaching. Patti Reinhardt, director of student engagement at the IDEA Center, said any student can simply go to the IDEA Center’s website to submit an idea and begin the coaching process.“Students who have an idea can actually submit their ideas through our pipeline,” Reinhardt said. “They can get startup coaching, access to workshops and pitching opportunities, which include connections, advice and small amounts of funding. And we take no equity in student ideas at the IDEA Center.”Sophomore Spencer Koehl is a senior startup coach with the IDEA Center this year. He began working with the IDEA Center last year as a venture coach. This year, Koehl said, the coaching program wants to focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs to truly take initiative themselves with coaches’ support.“We’re going to give you the tools to show and convince investors that you have something worth building,” Koehl said.During weekly coaching sessions, he said, students do anything from theorizing about a problem that needs solving to interviewing random people about their product in order to reach the ultimate goal of creating an idea ready to pitch to investors.“You learn a lot about how to interview and how to create value out of talking to people,” Koehl said. “And the program is great with public speaking — you have to learn how to pitch, how to design pitch decks and how to answer questions on the fly. And how to sell people on your vision.”As students figure out their vision and begin to craft their initial product, they often head to Matt Leevy, director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab. There, students have access to industrial design services, 3D printing, laser cutting and more — all for free. The lab is only two years old, but its layout has already changed over 15 times thanks to giant Lego brick walls that lend to the dynamic environment.“Specifically within this Innovation Lab concept, we have created a number of resources to facilitate entrepreneurship within the physical product space, so anybody with a physical product — big or small, by the way — and we are here to pour gasoline on that fire and get it going,” Leevy said.All students need to do is email Leevy to get the process started. At the lab, they can tinker around, discover available tools and begin working.There is one catch: once students begin selling their products, they then have to pay for any equipment they use at the lab, like any real business. But, Leevy said, that is the point. Ultimately, the IDEA Center wants to get undergrads to a place where they can start their own business. So far, around 20 student businesses have begun in collaboration with the lab, he said.“The IDEA Center, really, is just a hub for driven, motivated people who want to make the world a better place,” Koehl said. “That’s why I get out of bed every morning and I’m like, ‘I love this job.’ It’s meeting all these different people and getting all this incredible experience.”Tags: design, IDEA Center, innovation lab, student businesses, venture coach
Star Files View Comments No, it’s not a real thing just yet. No stranger to singing live, Tony winner Hugh Jackman stopped by BBC Radio 1’s The Matt Edmondson Show, and was somehow convinced to perform the next best thing: a Les Miserables tune as the clawed mutant (or, rather, the Aussie behind the mutant). The Oscar nominee can’t seem to catch a break: first, Valjean is imprisoned for stealing some bread and now, he has to deny himself ice cream in order to stay buff for the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. No ice cream? We thought this parody was supposed to be funny, but it’s just as tear-jerking as its source material! Not bad for an impromptu first run, but we expect a fully staged performance of this at the Tonys on June 8, Mr. Jackman! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Les Miserables Hugh Jackman
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Who Needs Tony (This Year!)? Alan Cumming and Lin-Manuel Miranda Get Emmy LoveTony winners Alan Cumming and Lin-Manuel Miranda have picked up 2014 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Cabaret headliner Cumming was nominated for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for playing Sebastian Winkleplotz in PBS’ Arthur. Miranda received his nod in the Best Original Song category for his Sesame Street tune “Rhymes with Mando.” Miranda’s In the Heights co-star, Holler If Ya Hear Me’s Christopher Jackson, also got a nomination for Original Song for his Sesame Street number “ABC’s of Moving.” Meanwhile, Great White Way alum Whoopi Goldberg and her View co-hosts received a nom in the Outstanding Talk Show Host category.Kristin Chenoweth Taps Into Her Dark Side for DisneyKristin Chenoweth will play Maleficent in the Disney Channel’s telepic Descendants. Variety reports that Descendants follows the offspring of famous Disney villains and that the Tony winner will play the mother of a teenage daughter, Mal, played by Dove Cameron.It’s All Relative for Neil MorrisseyU.K. stage and screen star Neil Morrissey will join the West End cast of Relative Values from May 26 through June 21. He will play Crestwell, taking over from Rory Bremner at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Morrissey is best known for his work on the TV show Men Behaving Badly. Stage credits include Acorn Antiques, Guys and Dolls and Oliver!Carole King Plans to Perform at the TonysIt may have taken her awhile to get around to seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, however Carole King is now intending to perform at the Tony awards on June 8. According to The New York Times, the Grammy-winning legend does not yet know which song from the Tony nominated musical she’ll sing, but as long as she’s duetting with Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, the earth will move under our feet! View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Kristin Chenoweth Jessie Mueller Alan Cumming View All (4)
Featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum follows scheming slave Pseudolus as he attempts to win his freedom from the henpecked Senex and his overbearing wife Domina. When he learns his master’s dim-witted son has fallen in love with a virgin courtesan, he seizes the opportunity to secure his release. The musical first opened on Broadway on May 8, 1962 at the Alvin Theatre. The show earned six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Star Files View Comments Corden, who stars as the Baker in the upcoming Into the Woods film adaptation, earned a Tony for his portrayal of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors after originating the role in London. He also appeared in The History Boys on Broadway and in the West End. In addition to Into the Woods, Corden’s screen credits include One Chance, in which he played Britain’s Got Talent sensation Paul Potts, Begin Again, The Three Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, The Gruffalo, Gavin & Stacey and Horne & Corden. James Corden Comedy tonight—give or take a year! Tony winner James Corden is in negotiations to star as Pseudolus in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. According to The New York Times, the tuner could return to the Great White Way in the spring of 2015 under the direction of Tony nominee Alex Timbers.
Once Related Shows Fisher makes her Broadway debut with Once. She has previously worked in Chicago with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She is half of the folk duo Erik and Jessie. In addition to Fisher and Nolan, the current cast features Adam Wesley Brown, Laurel Griggs, David Patrick Kelly, Katrina Lenk, Brandon McGibbon, Anne L. Nathan, Madeleine Pace, Andy Taylor, Ryan Vona, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo. Based on the award-winning 2006 indie film, Once tells the story of a whirlwind romance between an Irish street musician (known as “Guy”) and a Czech immigrant (known as “Girl”). Directed by John Tiffany and featuring music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova with a book by Enda Walsh, Once is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Jessie Fisher goes from Broadway standby to leading lady when she assumes the role of Girl in Once beginning June 17. She steps in full time for Joanna Christie, who played her final performance on June 15. Fisher stars opposite Paul Alexander Nolan as Guy. View Comments
The ensemble will consist of Mike Baerga, Chloe Sian Campbell, Jace Coronado, Desireé Davar, Sarah DeBiase, Taurean Everett, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Evan Kasprzak, Jenny Laroche, Kate Marilley, Michael McArthur, Sarah Meahl, Peter Nelson, Tally Sessions, Molly Tynes and Ryan Worsing. Berresse, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiss Me, Kate, returns to Paper Mill after appearing there in West Side Story. His Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Light in the Piazza, Fascinating Rhythym and Carousel. Hildreth, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Cinderella, was part of the off-Broadway and Broadway casts of both Peter and the Starcatcher and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Kostroff made his Broadway debut with The Nance, having previously appeared in Paper Mill’s Les Miserables and Lend Me a Tenor. Price’s Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, All Shook Up and Wonderful Town. Robertson’s stage credits include Can-Can, The Little Mermaid and My Fair Lady; he is also Broadway.com’s resident artist—you may know him as “Squigs.” Sikora’s Broadway credits include The Nance, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises and Wicked. The complete cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Broadway-bound production of Can-Can. Joining the previously announced Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley will be Michael Berresse as Hilaire Jussac, Greg Hildreth as Boris Adzinidzinadze, Michael Kostroff as Jean-Louis, Mark Price as Hercule, Justin Robertson as Étienne and Megan Sikora as Claudine. The new production, directed by David Lee, will run from October 1 through October 26. Opening night is set for October 5. With a classic score by Cole Porter and a book by Abe Burrows, Can-Can tells the story of Pistache (Baldwin), a female Parisian café owner who decides to feature the ever-so-scandalous Can-Can dance. Will her defiance of the law end her business—and love life? The tuner features the numbers “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique” and “It’s All Right With Me.” The show premiered on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted for film in 1960. This production will feature a re-crafted script by Joel Fields and the director. Can-Can will feature set design by Rob Bissinger, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Michael Gilliam and sound design by Randy Hansen. View Comments
Related Shows Star Files Andrea Martin View Comments Noises Off Noises Off is back on! The previously postponed revival, starring Tony and Emmy winner Andrea Martin, will head to Broadway next year. The Michael Frayn comedy, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will begin performances at a theater to be announced on December 17, 2015. Opening night for the limited engagement is set for January 14, 2016. The Roundabout production was put on hold earlier this year to make way for the Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher-led On the Twentieth Century.Martin, who will play Dotty, is currently reprising her Tony-winning performance as Berthe in the Los Angeles engagement of the Pippin national tour. She also won a Tony for My Favorite Year. Other Broadway credits include Act One, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King, Oklahoma!, Candide and Godspell. Martin earned two Emmy awards for her writing and creation of sketch comedy characters on SCTV. Her additional screen credits include The Simpsons, Anastasia, Nurse Jackie and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.Noises Off follows a director and his group of actors just hours before the opening night performance of the farce Nothing On. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling and sardines are flying everywhere. The comedy premiered on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 13, 2016
Q: You both have really cool entrances in Big Love—Rebecca, you’re completely naked. Is that scary?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: It’s the first time I’ve ever been naked onstage, but the fact that it happens right away in the show is helpful in terms of my stress level. I just get it over with. In my dressing room and on my way to the stage, I’m going through a lot of self-loathing and all that body image nonsense. But when I’m actually doing the play, I’m luckily not too caught up in it.Q: Not to be outdone by Bobby, who climbs down a rope from the ceiling in his first scene.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bobby’s really good at climbing things.BOBBY STEGGERT: I was such a tree climber when I was a kid. If I saw a tree, I’d be off, my parents wouldn’t know where I was, and they’d find me in the boughs of a tree.Q: This is a really physical show—you guys are literally slamming yourselves into walls. How are you holding up?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m sore all the time.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Yep, all the time.BOBBY STEGGERT: I take a bath and drink every night. Alcohol, not water.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Which actually, [fight director] Rick Sordelet suggested.Q: Really?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, and the massage therapist said, “Have a Guinness.” It’s known for helping your muscles.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I should probably drink more.BOBBY STEGGERT: Alcohol or water?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Um, alcohol! [Laughs.] Related Shows Q: You guys sing so many great cover songs in this play, from Michael Jackson to Jason Mraz—what are your go-to karaoke songs?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet.” Or sometimes I like to do a little Stevie Nicks.BOBBY STEGGERT: I will not sing karaoke, I refuse!REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, I just sort of lied. Because it’s after much teeth pulling that I will even sing karaoke.BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m scared to! I’d probably be terrible at it. I’d take it too seriously and judge myself.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Me too, I don’t find it fun. It’s stressful because it feels like we’re supposed to be really good at it.Q: You guys get filthy in this show—between fake blood and dirt and paint, how do you ever get it off?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: When I get home I have so much cake icing and rice in my hair.BOBBY STEGGERT: Wow yeah, how do you get that stuff out of your hair?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I do a lot of shaking and digging.Q: Big Love is set in sunny Italy. If you could escape this sludgy NYC winter, where would you want to go?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’d love to be skiing right now. I want to take the winter and make it mine! [Laughs.]REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I wouldn’t mind being in Greece, or maybe the south of France. Is It cold there right now? Or Thailand. I’ve got options, but I don’t have money, so it’s not happening!BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, we make about three dollars a week and we’re basically breaking our bodies.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: All for the theater! [Laughs.]Q: Big Love is really an indescribable evening—but will you take a shot at describing it?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: This show is wildly theatrical. It forces both the cast and the audience to have an emotional experience. It’s something we all in the room can share together at the same time. It’s almost a weird…dance-like event. And like, your guts get stabbed. View Comments Big Love is making a big bang at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center, where fists, fake blood and cake frosting fly in a supersized wedding gone wrong. Loosely inspired by The Danaids by Aeschylus, the “wildly theatrical” extravaganza written by Charles Mee and helmed by Tina Landau tells the story of fifty brides who flee their grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Broadway favorites Rebecca Naomi Jones and Bobby Steggert lead the pack—and don’t worry, even though it’s a play, not a musical, there’s plenty of impromptu singing. Broadway.com spent the afternoon with Steggert and Jones to find out why they’ve been ordered to drink booze after the show and what it’s like to bare it all onstage.Q: Is Big Love the first time you guys are working together?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, but I’ve always been an admirer—REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, we did a reading together of Pretty Filthy.BOBBY STEGGERT: Oh my god, you’re right! I completely forgot about that. I played a corn-fed Iowa boy who got into porn.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: And I played a bunch of different porn stars. [Laughs.]Q: When did you first see Rebecca onstage, Bobby?BOBBY STEGGERT: Passing Strange. I was like, “Who the f*ck is that girl?!” Her spirit was so undeniable.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: [Laughs.] Big Love See Bobby Steggert and Rebecca Naomi Jones in Big Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center through March 15. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton Mixtape Volume 2 in the WorksHappy news for hamilfans—the Hamilton Mixtape’ll be back! Lin-Manuel Miranda has revealed that a second album will be released (we don’t know when yet) and that it will include new takes on “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens” and “One Last Time.” Volume one is scheduled to drop on December 2; two more tracks from the album will be unveiled at midnight tonight. We’re expecting “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” by K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC and Residente, along with “Satisfied” by Sia, featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah.Gaga’s A Star is Born Sets Release DateIt’s a date! The Warner Brothers’ movie A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, will land in movie theaters on September 28, 2018, Variety reports. Directed by Cooper, the remake has been in the works for some time—at one point Clint Eastwood was set to helm and Beyoncé attached to star. Gaga will pen new music for the film.Brandon Victor Dixon Tapped for Starz’s PowerBrandon Victor Dixon’s not throwing away his shot! The Tony nominee, who is currently appearing as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton, has landed a recurring role on Starz’s fourth season of Power. According to Deadline, Dixon will appear as attorney Terry Silver in the drama, who suspects Ghost’s naughty wheelings and dealings.Tony Shalhoub to Emcee B’way Salutes The Blue Card Tony nominee and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub is set to host Broadway Salutes The Blue Card on November 21 at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Featuring performances by Main Stem favorites including Linda Lavin, Lainie Kazan, Raúl Esparza and the cast of the Broadway-bound Indecent, the event will benefit The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding Holocaust survivors.Broadway’s Carols for a Cure Now AvailableIt’s almost that most wonderful time of the year, so how about adding the 18th volume of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure to your stocking stuffer list? The record pairs the casts from famous Broadway musicals with songs that are both classic and new. Tracks include “I Can See the Light,” penned and performed by Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos, along with Jessie Mueller and the Waitress cast singing Sara Bareilles’ “Love is Christmas. Proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.P.S. Speaking of the holiday season, here’s another track from Leslie Odom Jr.’s Simply Christmas album—”I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” View Comments ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
“I think the work this clinic does is critical,” Eaker said. “For many homeowners, thismay be the first visit to their county agent’s office. So I want to support that agent witha quick, correct recommendation.” “If they don’t need to spray, we suggest cultural approaches,” Eaker said. “We canprevent a lot of lawn diseases simply by watering earlier in the day so the grass driesbefore nightfall. But if your problem stumps the best of them, Taft Eaker is on call. Eaker responds to the county agent with a simple, clear explanation of the problem andrecommendations for control. Sometimes he refers the client to an extension publicationfor more information on the problem. “My job is to help and support county agents in dealing with homeowners’ problems,”said Eaker, the plant pathologist who identifies and diagnoses samples that come intothe Homeowner IPM Clinic. Once Eaker identifies the insects and diagnoses the diseases, he and the agents applythe “IPM” in the Clinic’s name. That stands for Integrated Pest Management, atechnique to control problems with the least chemicals. Under “department,” go to the plant pathology department’s home page and click on”Outbreaks and Updates.” You’ll find a monthly summary by county of the clinic’ssamples. The Web page address is www.ces.uga/edu/agriculture/plantpath/docs/update.html. “I definitely see a lot of turf, particularly centipede lawns with problems,” Eaker said.”And we get in a good many ornamentals — junipers, leyland cypress, bradford pears.And a lot of tomatoes and other vegetables. But the plants we get run the gamut. Theycould be anything.” Since 1994, this clinic has worked only with home garden problems. Samples fromfarmers and other commercial sources go to the UGA Plant Disease Clinic. For samples submitted through the county agent, there’s no fee for the clinic’s services.If you submit it yourself or from out-of-state, the fee is $25. “Homeowners can also do sanitation practices and select resistant plant varieties,” hesaid. “They have lots of choices besides chemicals.” Every year, home lawn diagnoses have led the way. But questions about woodyornamentals aren’t far behind. The voice of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, your agent has years of experience and lots of resources to back anidentification of weeds, diseases and insects. Agents and World Wide Web-literate clientele can find out more about the clinic’swork. Just check the home page for the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. Eaker prepares seasonal reports on problems and trends. He adds a digital photographfor easy identification of some diseases and insects. “This has been a record year so far,” Eaker said. “I’m sure it’s due to the unusualweather. The abnormally cool and wet spring brought on a lot of problems.” The creepy-crawlies are all over your garden. The withering crud is taking over yourbushes. Who you gonna call? Start with your countyExtension Service agent. The clinic has handled almost 6,000 disease and insect samples in the past three years.It fields questions about crops, vegetables, fruits and nuts, ornamentals, trees andgrasses.