Shannon Thomason

Shannon Thomason

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Public Relations Specialist

thomason@uab.edu • (205) 975-8858

Covers stories and media requests within the arts, including the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center; Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts; Institute for Arts in Medicine; arts events; art and art history; music; theatre; as well as foreign languages and literatures; Student Affairs; The Graduate School; National Alumni Society; the Benevolent Fund; WBHM. 

West creates immersive sculptural installations and Morris uses a variety of materials to explore issues surrounding identity, race, spirituality and cultural mythologies.
The shows include an Alabama Bicentennial tribute with music from Alabama Shakes and Sam Hunt, the Marching Blazers’ original 1994 show, and the music of Elton John and Billy Joel.
The season includes musicals “Hair” and “The Secret Garden,” with “The Wolves,” “The Glass Menagerie” and a world premiere collection of plays by Alabama playwright Audrey Cefaly.
Artists including Tank and the Bangas, Alabama Ballet, Chamber Music @ AEIVA, The Brook & The Bluff, and more will perform in every venue at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and AEIVA.
The free, outdoor concert will kick off the Alys Stephens Center’s new 2019-2020 season of performances.
This fall, ArtPlay will take yoga into AEIVA galleries, host musical theater intensives, and offer classes in swing dancing, comics, painting, improv, guitar and much more.
Fields will oversee all daily operations and programming for AEIVA, as well as serve as a liaison for a variety of stakeholders on campus and in the community.
Sessions will include staying injury-free, entrepreneurship, touring, money strategies, social media and more, including a discussion with Meshell Ndegeocello.
This summer, approximately 1,708 students will graduate from UAB, and nearly 1,000 are expected to participate in the ceremonies.
ArtPlay drama camps introduced Marissa Hebson to Theatre UAB. Now she is graduating with a degree in musical theater.
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