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SP 2022 Back to Campus Arts Festival!

March 14, 2022-March 18, 2022!

With students, faculty, and staff returning to campus this spring after nearly two years of largely remote learning, faculty from nine departments in three colleges together with leadership from the Associated Students and the Soraya have organized a celebratory Back to Campus Arts Festival, scheduled for the week of March 14–18. Multidisciplinary arts and performance programs will be staged and installed across campus and online, featuring student works created in 2020 and 2021, as well as new work that will be produced through planned spring 2022 curriculum.

On Monday, March 14, you can see live performances of dance, theatre, and music; art installations and exhibitions; and emerging digital media presentations at sites including the University Library lawn, the Soraya court, the Art and Design Center and Galleries, and wall projections on Manzanita Hall. Keep an eye out for participatory pop-up workshops as well. Online exhibitions will showcase student work created throughout the pandemic, and alumni creators will be invited to publicly show work previously unseen due to campus shutdowns. Festival highlights will be disseminated via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms.

Live Performances


KCSN will be broadcasting LIVE from the President’s Kickback on March 14th from 3pm to 5pm – listen on 88.5 FM and stop by our table north of the Bookstore Complex


The Theatre Department will present a selection from Into The Woods, their Spring musical and singers from Theatre Guild will perform selections from Miscast – also, several departmental digital productions will be available to view online throughout the week


Karo Dzhgalian

Omari Miller

Darian Calderon

Joseph Perez

Kyle Fridlund

Ashton Bianchi

Michelle Johnson

Sahai Lara

Arden Agos

Gisele Lajervardi

Hailey Maynard

Emma Yarian

Tommi Jo Mongold

Jordan Haddad

DJ Hernandez


At 12:30pm, catch an Introduction to Choreography workshop near the Soraya Courtyard, the dance films, Missing, Lux Aeterna, and Kinesis 2021, will be available to view online - Back to the Craft and new Kinesis previews will be shown on the University Lawn stage and will also be performed on the Mike Curb Walk


The digital operas, Gianni Schicchi, an Animated Opera and Les Enfants terribles, will be available to view on our festival website – live performances from various Music Dept. ensembles can be seen along the Mike Curb Walk throughout the week and on the University Lawn stage between 4pm and 5pm on Monday, March 14th.

Opera and Vocal Arts:

Dongmin Byeon (Baritone) singing “Ô Vin, Dissipe la Tristese”

Jeryd Word (Tenor) singing “Forever”

Agnese Gallenzi (Soprano) singing “Chi'il bel sogno di Doretta”

Jazz Ensemble:

Nigel Fregozo


Matthew Lombardi


Kaleo Regalmuto


Chris Viesca


Jarrod Green


A.J. Reyes

Tenor Sax

Mark Trejo


Melissa Lai


Family and Consumer Sciences

Cinema Couture Fashion Show – a CSUN Digital Trends production from the Fashion Program in the Department of Family and Consumer Science (presented by Professor JK Kim and students) is available to view online on our website AND the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Professor Annette Besnilian will be showing their MyPlate Musical online, created in Fall of 2021 - During the week of March 14th, or on March 11, 12, they can provide tours in their Wellness Garden or kitchens, with art art displayed throughout

Recreation and Tourism Management (ARTS FESTIVAL)

We are deeply grateful to the student volunteers from the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management for their assistance at our Festival Information Booth (located on the University Lawn on Monday, March 14th

Cinema and Television Arts

Prof. Elizabeth Leister and her students present a breathtaking projection mapping display across buildings on the south side of Campus – 7pm on March 14th – bring your own blanket or chair to the Manzanita Lawn after sundown for an illuminating experience! 


We are deeply grateful to Prof. Paula DiMarco for her creation of publicity information and graphics for this festival.

Communication Studies

Date and Time: Thursday March 17. Workshop (2:00-3:00) Discussion (3:00-3:15).
The Department of Communication Studies features its Performance Studies Area through "Tell me a Poem, "an interactive workshop on storytelling and/in poetry. Students who participate in the workshop will build short collaborative performances embracing the myriad ways in which poetry and storytelling intersect. The hour-long workshop will be run by Performance Studies scholar-artist, Dr. Jade C. Huell. Following the workshop, Dr. Huell will be discussing how students can get involved in the Fall 2022 Performance Ensemble: Creatives for Social Change, the multidisciplinary performance troupe that makes an original theatrical show about issues of justice each semester in COMS 406 and COMS 199/399.

Art Galleries

Soraya Art Gallery (by appointment) February 5, 2022 - May 4, 2022

Andrés Janacua

Quiero Saborear Mi Dolor

February 5, 2022 - May 4, 2022

It is a language, considerate of esoteric rules that subject the reader to conform to its logic regardless of any native tongue. Weaving functions as a form of resignation, settling on acts of translating patterns into communicative parameters between being read and being seen. No less, resisting a fixed definition. This form of translating shares its philosophical outlook with the act of transculturation, a manner of recycling in which a subjected party assimilates signs and objects of another as their own resulting in a syncretic byproduct. With this redefinition, a new subsequent meaning is generated which may place the object at odds with the inherent traditional custom to bear; an intersection that filters similarities with just enough dissonance to infer the Platonic vision of hell: a pale simulation with too much generational degradation to ever be whole again.

Andrés Janacua lives and works in northeast Los Angeles.

Main Gallery February 19–May 14, 2022

Golden Hour: California Photography from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

February 19–May 14, 2022 (Monday through Saturday from 12-4pm)

We are excited to share the news of Local Access, a new partnership made possible by a grant from the Art Bridges Foundation that will bring special exhibitions drawn from LACMA's collection to the California State University, Northridge, Art Galleries; Lancaster Museum of Art and History; Riverside Art Museum; and Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.

Local Access's inaugural exhibition, Golden Hour: California Photography from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, features works by more than 70 artists and three photography collectives, offering an aesthetic approach to understanding the complexities and histories of California. These images from LACMA's collection have come to define the myths, iconographies, and realities of this unique state. With works ranging from the early 1900s to present day, Golden Hour is neither a didactic history of the state nor an inclusive tale of photographic history, but rather artists’ impressions of the state of being in, and being influenced by, California.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the California State University, Northridge, Art Galleries; Lancaster Museum of Art and History; Riverside Art Museum; and Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.

West Gallery March 1 - March 19, 2022

Lindsay Kane: crime emblem research & symbol association "What We Talk About When We Talk About Glove"

March 1 - March 19, 2022 (Monday through Saturday from 12-4pm)

The Glove embodies the life cycle of an enchanted object and a fertile site for fantasy. Unworn the glove is banal and innocuous, once worn it becomes a dual talisman, a protection for the hand but also protection from discovery at the scene of a crime. The glove bears witness and the glove performs. It takes the shape of the wearer, and in this case, an absurd performance of menacing. One can easily imagine a montage of hundreds of scenes including Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder to the trial of OJ Simpson where the donning or discarding of gloves becomes symbolic, representational, and powerful. The glove's final role is as evidence or artifact, the discarded or the eventually discovered. I see this work as both an object and performance study, the glove itself, and what movements must be done to give it the talismanic or enchanted status.

Lindsay Kane is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and writer who recently moved from Guam to Los Angeles. She received her BFA from the Santa Fe Institute of Art and Design, MA from the University of Guam, and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Kane’s focus is the history and philosophy of the print, the reproducibility and reversal of the image, and the dissemination of political ideas through technological advancements. She examines the object, its meaning or its void of meaning and pseudo-scientific efforts to build transient ideas into tangible objects. Her work often explores transformation and structural systems of understanding death and trauma. She has given artist lectures at the School of Visual Arts, Isla Center for the Arts, the College of Santa Fe, and California State University Northridge and Bakersfield. Her work has been shown at the ART Santa Fe Art Fair, Artslab in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Front Gallery in New Orleans, The Isla Center for the Arts in Guam, Loisaida Center in New York, Satellite Art Fair in Miami Beach, the Guam Art Exhibit the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center in New Mexico, and Torrance Art Museum. She was awarded a fellowship to act as a visual arts delegate for the Festival of the Pacific Arts, was a muralist for PowWow Guam and is a member of the collective Atomic Culture.

Manzanita Gallery February 19 – May 21, 2022

February 19 – May 21, 2022 (open when the building is open)

Amy Zapata: ‘Round the city ‘round the clock

“Every day patches the night up…” While in the midst of a pandemic, photography offered me a form of sanity as I continued photographing the neighborhoods I live in. Walking to corner liquor stores became respites in times of isolation. Working from home, moments began bleeding into one another. Things continued to blow up around me, days blending into nights, weeks into months, and finally years. Double exposed images, taken at specific times of

Amy Zapata, a third generation Chicanx, is a photographer, printmaker, and documentary filmmaker whose work has been shown internationally. Amy graduated from California State University, Northridge with her Master of Arts in photography with an emphasis in photo/video. She primarily focuses on her hometown of San Bernardino, Queer Latinx identity issues, and hopes to highlight under-represented communities. Currently, she’s working on various video projects, as well as Pocha, a multimedia art event. She is a featured artist for the Pomonan, a virtual magazine that works to center the voice of the community. She lives and creates in both Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.

Digital Productions

Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes

Produced in Fall of 2021 by the Theatre Department, directed by J’aime Morrison, Fefu & Her Friends is known for its unusual setting of multiple performance venues and traditionally all-female cast. This filmed version was one of the first experiences to happen live on our campus after semesters away due to the pandemic.

Dragons Love Tacos

An excerpt from this TYA digital production is featured for your enjoyment, with an introduction by director Garry Lennon. This piece was showcased at our regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival after being selected from dozens of virtual/digital productions.

Marian, Marian, Marian: Mysteries of the Black Madonna

Is a devised piece, directed and curated by Prof. Christine Menzies and the all-student cast, performed and edited during the pandemic, the project combines original music and visual arts to discuss the Black Madonna — the depiction of the Virgin Mary as a Black woman.

Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna is a dance film that involved 44 student participants and focuses on darkness and light during the troubling times of the pandemic – created by students of the Dept. of Kinesiology and artistically directed by Prof. Paula Thomson – it premiered as part of a CSU-wide virtual dance concert that took place over three weeks

CSUN Theatre Guild - Chili in the Finger

A radio play produced entirely by our student club, Theatre Guild – the first of two digital productions


Arden Agos singing “On the Street Where you Live”

Marcos Pereyra singing a cut of “Show Yourself”

Sarah Sperling & Miranda Barrientos singing “Les Poissons”

All are accompanied by Alyssa French on piano

CSUN Theatre Guild – Dreams of the Deep

A radio play produced entirely by our student club, Theatre Guild – the second of two digital productions

Fashion Design – CSUN Trends

A Cinema Couture Fashion Show - senior fashion design students’ fashion presentations, presented as a short film


Opera 1

CSUN Opera presents “L’enfant et les sortilege: An Augmented Reality Opera” by Maurice Ravel; Spring Semester 2021; National Opera Association Division V Winner

Opera 2

CSUN Opera presents “Gianni Schicchi: An Automated Opera” by Giacomo Puccini; Fall Semester 2020; National Opera Association Division VII Winner

Kinesis 2021

In Spring of 2021, undergraduate CSUN students took on the challenge of presenting work that speaks to their isolating times caused by the pandemic in their annual spring dance concert Kinesis


Missing premiered at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s event, Theater of the Mind. Missing captures the experience of six dancers during COVID-19.

Projecting Futures

Projecting Futures, a three-part video projection program, includes a variety of works created by the 2022 Emerging Media Capstone students. The videos reflect a range of tools and programs, including the Unity & Unreal Real-time Engines, Maya and Adobe Premiere, among others, showcasing the art and technological skills unique to these students.

The Projecting Futures couldn't have been done without the help of students: Jose Castillo, Casey Fabre Christian Galarza, Guillermo Gutierrez, Jad Haddad, Blake Hodson, Parnian Javid, Jesse Johannsen, Luis Jovel, Carlos Melendez, Rudy Montalvo, and Kit Noorani.

View the Digital Productions via the CSUN Back to Campus Arts Fest Video Page

Tentative Schedule

Main Stage - UL Lawn 
TimeWhatWhere Notes
2:00 pm  - 4:00 pmAssociated Students ProgrammingMain Stage - UL Lawn 
4:00 PM - 4:10 PMDance - Back to the Craft/Kinesis PreviewsMain Stage - UL Lawndance - playback - Music: Jika by Mi Casa
4:10 PM - 4:20 PMTheatre Guild - MiscastMain Stage - UL Lawn2 songs - microphones, playback
4:20 PM - 4:30 PMTheatre - Into The WoodsMain Stage - UL Lawnstudent cast - song: Ever After (3 microphones/stands)
4:30 PM - 4:40 PMMusic Dept. Jazz EnsembleMain Stage - UL Lawnmusic stands, chairs
4:40 PM - 4:50 PMVocal Arts and OperaMain Stage - UL Lawnmusic stands, chairs, 3 microphones/stands
4:50 PM - 5:00 PMDance - Hip-Hop WorkshopMain Stage - UL LawnLiezel - microphone (lav?), playback
Soraya Courtyard/Mike Curb Walk Way
TimeWhatWhere Notes
12:30 pm - 12:45 pmIntroduction to ChoreographySoraya Courtyard 
12:45 pm - 1:10 pmMovement WorkGrassy Hill Near SorayaJ'aime Morrison (and Movement Class)
1:10 pm - 3:00 pm   
2:00 pm - 2:40 pmJazz EnsembleMike Curb Walk 
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm    
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm    
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm    
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm   
5:00 pm - 5:40 pmJazz EnsembleMike Curb Walk 
5:40 pm - 6:00 pmVocal Arts and OperaMike Curb Walk 
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Into The WoodsMike Curb Walkstudent cast
Manzanita Lawn
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Projecting FuturesManzanita LawnProf. Elizabeth Leister - CTVA students
Magaram Center
Wednesdays @ 9:30 amThe Art of Gardening Instagram Live!Magaram Center 
Sequoia Hall Interior Courtyard
March 18th - 1:00 pmWellness Garden Center Tour Sequoia Hall Interior Courtyard