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Dillard University’s Theatre Continues its 80th season with Shine On! PDF Print E-mail
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Noted black arts movement contributor Dr. Ted Shine returns as special guest

New Orleans, LA—Dillard University’s Theatre Department continues its 80th season with Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine October 30-31and November 1 in the Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.  Noted black arts movement contributor, educator, screenwriter and former Dillard Theatre Department Chair, Dr. Ted Shine has returned as a special invited guest for its 80th season production of Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine. Strikingly different in theme, setting and characterization, these plays ShoesHerbert III, and Contribution, demonstrate Shine’s skill at creating realistic, artfully constructed dialog that is a stunning, appropriate, thought-filled commentary on the black/human condition. Written in the late sixties, their themes are disturbingly relevant today: gun violence, injustice, and racism and police brutality. These stories stand as a vivid reminder of how far as a society we still have to go. 

“The artists involved in the Black Arts Movement used arts as a way to liberate themselves and their people. Thus was the case at Dillard University, then at Howard University, and finally at Prairie View University, with Ted Shine leading the way,” said Ray Vrazel, director. “Shine did his part for the Black Arts Movement through writing plays that addressed the issues important to African Americans directly and uncompromisingly. His plays are an embodiment of what the Black Arts Movement was all about,” Vrazel added.

The play opened last weekend with the theatre being presented a proclamation from the City of New Orleans congratulating the Dillard Theatre Department on its 80th anniversary. Remaining performances are Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.; Nov 1 at 3 p.m.

There will be a community discussion with the director Ray Vrazel and cast members immediately following the closing afternoon matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information about tickets or events, contact Dillard University’s Theatre Box Office, 504.816.4857. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $10.00 for students and faculty.

About the Dillard University Theatre Department
Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre in the country. The Theatre department provides professional training in a liberal arts context for future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its fulltime, part time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

Remaining Performances for the Season:


October 30-31 at 8 p.m.

November 1 at 3 p.m.

A Trilogy of Shine’s Plays

February 18-20, 25-27

Black History Production

Dillard University’s Cook Theatre

Samuel DuBois Cook Communications Center

2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Box Office: (504) 816-4857

April 8-10, 15-17                                 

The Gospel at Colonus| Adapted by Lee Breuer| Director: Ray Vrazel


May 8-9

Goat in the Road and Dillard Theatre


Dillard University Coaches Luncheon set for Monday PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.)  The Dillard University Department of Athletics is excited to announce its weekly Coaches Luncheon series which will begin next Monday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Dillard University’s Kearny Hall West Wing.

“I’m thrilled to launch another exciting initiative that will allow our programs to connect with the local community, media and fan base,” said Athletic Director, Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes.  The Luncheon will include updates from men’s basketball head coach Mike Newell, women’s basketball head coach Norbert Rome, head volleyball coach Yolanda Brown and head cross country and track & field coach Bobby Williams.

The weekly series will continue through the end of the semester.  Remaining dates for the 2015 calendar year are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 2
Monday, Nov. 9
Monday, Nov. 16
Monday, Nov. 23
MondayNov. 30
MondayDec. 7

Although it is not mandatory for entry, Sodexo lunch plates will be available for purchase from the Dillard University cafeteria.

Upcoming Games

On November 5, Dillard’s cross country teams travel to San Antonio to participate in the conference championships while Dillard’s volleyball team has one conference game remaining which is on senior night,Nov. 9.

Both basketball teams open the season on the road on Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas, and the home opener for both teams is on Nov. 2 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall.

Stay connected Bleu Devil athletics at and also follow @geauxDU on Twitter as well as Dillard Bleu Devils on Instagram for all the latest DU athletics news.

Dillard is Participating in the Google in Residence Program PDF Print E-mail
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Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Dillard University is participating in the Google In Residence (GIR) Program.  The program provides a Googler Software Engineer for an entire semester to serve as a resident faculty member.   During this time,Google will collaborate with the University to create materials for a supplemental lab section in connection with an Introduction to Programming class in the Computer Science program.

Both Dillard and Google will participate in the project in an endeavor to strengthen students’ technical talent by improving their computer science skills regarding coding, algorithms and data structures.  Recently, nine Dillard Computer Science majors participated in a Google-sponsored Hackathon programming contest in Atlanta.

The Google in Residence Software Engineer Lucy Vassarman, began working with Dr. Ming-Shing Chiu in September 2015; her residency ends in December.

Dillard University’s Center for Law and Public Interest Hosts Election Protection Efforts to Help Voters for October 24th Louisiana Primary Election PDF Print E-mail
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Toll-Free Hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE) Live Assistance on Primary Election Day

New Orleans – On Saturday, October 24th, Louisianans will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the primary election. Election Protection – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition– is making sure that all eligible voters in Louisiana have an equal opportunity to vote. The 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline will be answered live on Primary Election Day from 8:00 AM-9:00 PM EST (7:00 AM-8:00 PM CST). Election Protection volunteers will also be available to help at the polls at select precincts in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Dillard University’s Center for Law and Public Interest will be hosting a field command center for the New Orleans area, and helping to coordinate these volunteers.

By calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683), any voter who has questions or is experiencing problems casting their ballot will get direct assistance. 

Reminders for Louisiana Voters: 

  • Verify your registration status
  • Confirm your polling location, even if it has been in the same place for years. 
  • Bring required ID

Election Protection’s toll-free hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for English and 1-888-VE-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) for bilingual assistance (English/Spanish) are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights. 

The Hotline is available to assist voters year-round. Voters will sometimes be directed to voicemail, and their call will be returned in one-to-two business days.

In addition, voters can access the Election Protection website,, for information about voting procedures.

About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee,  1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting.  The coalition has more than 100 partners - including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, - at the national, state and local levels and is providing voter protection services nationwide.

For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit:

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Written by: University Communications & Marketing

New Orleans, LA – Actor, comedian Garrett Morris will deliver the Founders’ Day Address at Dillard University on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Tracing its history back to its predecessors Straight College and New Orleans University, Dillard is commemorating 146 years as an institution of higher education.

“This Founders’ Day Convocation has added significance because we are celebrating two other milestones at the university,” said Yolanda W. Page, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Along with the storied history of the institution and its founders, we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Theatre Program and the 60th anniversary of Lawless Memorial Chapel,” she added.

As a native of New Orleans and 1958 graduate of Dillard, Page says Morris was an obvious choice for the 2015 convocation speaker and provides the opportunity to give special recognition for the oldest historically black university theatre program in the country.

Morris, who was raised by his grandfather, a strict Baptist minister, began singing in the church choir at age 5. After graduating from Dillard, he travelled to New York to begin a career on stage while also studying at the Julliard School of Music. Few in the industry have matched Morris’ versatility.  From his pioneering role as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live to his more than decade-long stint as a soloist and arranger with the Harry Belafonte Singers, Morris has done it all.  A true comedy legend, Morris also spent ten years as a stage performer and playwright, with numerous Broadway credits under his belt, and has co-starred on television and in film alongside some of America’s most recognizable talents. With a career spanning nearly six decades, Morris can now be seen every Monday night on the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls playing the role of Earl, a 75-year-old former jazz musician and current ladies’ man who is the cashier at the Williamsburg Diner.

The Founders’ Day Program will also give special recognition to the 80th anniversary of Dillard’s theatre program. In 1935, Randolph Edmonds moved from Morgan College to Dillard University, where he organized the first theatre department at a historically black college and founded the Southern Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (SADSA). Edmonds' career as a playwright began in 1922, with the one-act folk play Job Hunting, for which he won honorable mention in Opportunity magazine's drama competition. Edmonds accepted the chair of the drama department at Florida A & M in 1948, in which his continuing writing career earned him the title, "Dean of Black Academic Theater."

In conjunction with the theatre program, Lawless Memorial Chapel will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Lawless was erected in 1955 in the southwest corner of the campus as part of former president of Dillard University, Dr. Albert W. Dent’s renovation priorities. In fall of 2009, Lawless Chapel was rededicated during Founder’s Day festivities marking Dillard University’s 140th anniversary and its post-Katrina restoration. In a brief ceremony prior to the program, Dillard’s Chaplain, Rev. Earnest Salsberry, will lead a litany of dedication taken from the 1955 occasion. For more information on the annual Founders’ Day Convocation call 504-816-4800 or visit

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