UW-Milwaukee: Faculty experts can help media covering pandemic’s impact on performing arts

MILWAUKEE _  The COVID-19 crisis has altered the landscape of the performing arts. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty members can assist media covering this topic and a range of other issues related to the pandemic. For example:

  • Alvaro Saar Rios, an associate professor of playwriting, can talk about how theaters
    and performing artists are adjusting to the crisis. Rios was commissioned recently by the Kennedy Center to write a short play for the Play at Home project, which is a collaboration aimed at inspiring joy and creativity during the pandemic.
  • Nicki Roman can discuss the impact on live musical performance, and how musicians are responding. An assistant professor of saxophone, Roman can also talk about challenges for faculty members and creative ways that instructors are teaching and interacting students, including a recent virtual performance by the UWM Saxophone Ensemble. She can offer tips for instructors and students acclimating to online lessons.
  • UWM gerontologist Colleen Galambos can discuss ways that older adults and their loved ones can stay connected and engaged during this period of self-isolation. She can talk about her work with a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee looking at how to better address social isolation and loneliness in older adults, which is particularly relevant in light of current public health guidelines.

A full list of experts can be found on UWM Report. The list will be updated regularly through the crisis. Please contact the UWM Media Services team at [email protected] if you need help scheduling an interview.