Performing and Literary Arts

Performing and Literary Arts Track 

2014 Performing and Literary Arts Students

The performing and Literary Arts Track is a cross-disciplinary program for students interested in one or more aspects of creative accomplishment.

 

About the Track 

Students may focus on any of the creative arts, such as creative writing (fiction, poetry, playwriting), film-making, music composition/performance, visual art, photography, acting - or any combination thereof such as visual art and writing, musical composition and writing, photography and poetry, etc. The outcome will be a completed artifact and a public performance, held on campus and open to the college community and the community-at-large.

As is true for the other tracks in the University Honors College, Performing and Literary Arts is not a major, but a distinctive set of courses that adds breadth to, and reinforces, a student's chosen major. With the approval of the Track Director, each student selects five courses to assist him/her in both the preparation of the creative project and the formal presentation thereof. One of the five courses will be the PLA Thesis course in the student's final year. During this course, the student will develop and complete his/her project.

What projects have students completed in the past?

Students in the Performing and Literary Arts Track have produced theses with the following titles:

Thesis Title

Student Name

Year

Graceless

 

Nicole Bernstein

 

2014

Take Out the Trash

 

Christina Dellosso

 

2014

The Unveiling

 

Ruti Frankel

 

2014

Charlie's Nightmare

 

Catherine Matteucci

 

2014

A Different Kind A Novel

 

Kara Peterson

 

2014

A Collection of Poems

 

Brianna Rittinger

 

2014

Blue Fear

 

J. M. Safranski

 

2014

Caroline: The Story of a Crush

 

Carrie Tolve

 

2014

Tide A Radio Drama

 

Stephan Bisaha

 

2013

The Sum of all Things

 

Emilija Bitinaityte

 

2013

The Future of Jazz

 

Brian Cornish

 

2013

The Six Wives A Libretto

 

Sarah Culp

 

2013

Life and Character: A Collection of Short Stories

 

John Demeski

 

2013

Our Neighbor's World

 

Michael Dorcelly

 

2013

Sketches

 

Peter Kennedy

 

2013

My Not-So-Euro-Chic European Holiday

 

Elizabeth Masci

 

2013

Stories of Mine

 

Amanda McDonald

 

2013

Koti Parker

 

Bethany McMinn

 

2013

Adventures in Flight-Reflections on the Birth of an Album

 

Philip Rasmussen

 

2013

I am Haitian

 

Sandy Sainvil

 

2013

Some Kind of Fiction-A Collection of Short Stories

 

Caroline Sanchez

 

2013

Broadcasting Fables-A Poetry Collection

 

Erin Sterbinsky

 

2013

Lull Me Away

 

Pardis Shohrati

 

2013

The Purpose of Darkness

 

Cortney Wisbauer

 

2013

Take Me Away

 

Alaina Blekicki

 

2012

Group

 

Lauren Cucci

 

2012

SNOAH

 

Anthony Gabrielle

 

2012

A Study in the Composition of Literature and Music

 

Nathan Giroux

 

2012

Hellbent

 

Morgan Lawson

 

2012

Pieces of Me

 

Melissa Mayer

 

2012

The Benefit for Closure

 

Julie Minicozzi

 

2012

The Missing Piece

 

Kristen Pettet

 

2012

Annie and Cara Take on the Camp

 

Jacqueline Segal

 

2012

Kiera's Big Move

 

Jenna Semeraro

 

2012

Hopeless

 

Jessica Semeraro

 

2012

Struggles of a Woman: A Collection of Short Stories and Screenplays

 

Natalie DaSilva

 

2011

Unexpected-A Novella

 

Kaci Higgins

 

2011

Awake and Dreaming: A Collection of Creative Non-Fiction

 

Travis McGrath

 

2011

It's This Thing…Called Life: The Story of a Palestinian American Muslim Girl Coming of Age

 

Dania Moheisen

 

2011

Touching Lives: A Collection of Short Stories

 

Holly Phillips

 

2011

The Modern Man's Hustle

 

John Strevens

 

2011

The Mysteries of Human Behavior -Paintings that Represent Literature

 

Pam Imhof

 

2010

Arachnid

 

Patrick Hanan

 

2009

Artful Expectations

 

Jessica Mongiello

 

2009

Seven Cycles

 

Lindsay Tierstein

 

2009

Nothing Special-A Collection of Short Stories

 

Phebe Varghese

 

2009

Fiction and the Super Natural

 

David Molczyk

 

2008

Judith-A Novella

 

Lisa Paitchell

 

2007

The Color of Dignity

 

Latoya Pinckney

 

2005

Avenging the Hat

 

Laura Sassano

 

2005

Loss of the Moment

 

Dan Faraguna

 

2004

Random Days

 

Chantel Phipany

 

2004

Gypsy & The Lost Treasure: A Play for Children

 

Kevin Thomas

 

2003

Lisbeth Cobas

 

To Hell with Dante and Forward

 

1992

In God's Country

 

Kyle Allen

 

 

Sepia's Song-A Musical

 

Erica Caine

 

 

Her Perfect Chime

 

Rumki Chowdhury

 

 

Our Father-A Collection of Essays

 

Philip Donchevich

 

 

I, Candidate

 

Remi Groner

 

 

Ilsilab

 

Lori Haddix

 

 

About Time: A Short Collection of Writings

 

Peter Helff

 

 

Dune-A Novel

 

Frank Herbert

 

 

Vagabond Visions

 

Lori Michael

 

 

Rain

 

Rachel Kaplan

 

 

The Cosplay Curse

 

Paloma Kelly

 

 

Merry Street

 

Terry McGahan

 

 

The Fine Mingling

 

Jillian Mulderig

 

 

Nostalgia: A Mixed-Tape in Memories

 

Phoebe North

 

 

With Heartfelt Serenity

 

Jessica Pepe

 

 

Her Love: Women in Myth, Legend and Fairy Tale-A Fiction Collection

 

Jennifer Smith

 

 

The Redemption of a Teenage Nobody

 

Amy Van Druten

 

 

Chains: Fit for Mercy

 

James Van Wyck

 

 

Justine-A Comedy

 

Karin Diann Williams

 

 

 

How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Performing and Literary Arts Track, contact the Director, Dr. Philip Cioffari, at (973) 720-3053 or at cioffarip@wpunj.edu. You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at pinkstonj@wpunj.edu. A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. 

 

About the Track Director:

Philip Cioffari is the author of three books of fictions: the mystery/thriller, Catholic Boys; the short story collection, A HISTORY OF THINGS LOST OR BROKEN, which won the Tartt Fiction Prize and the D.H. Lawrence Awards for fiction; and, most recently, JESUSVILLE. His short stories have been published widely in commercial and literary magazines and anthologies, including North American Review, Playboy, Michigan Quarterly Review, Northwest Review, Florida Fiction, and Southern Humanities Review. He has written and directed for Off and Off-Off Broadway. His Indie feature film, which he wrote and directed, LOVE IN THE AGE OF DION, had won numerous awards, including Best Feature Film at the Long Island Int’l Film Expo, and Best Director at the NY Independent Film &Video Festival. He is a Professor of English, and director of the Performing and Literary Arts Honors Track, at William Paterson University. www.philipcioffari.com