Featured Artists


Ben-Aharon and Merrill are the director and playwright, respectively, of “The Square.” Ben-Aharon is the producing artistic director and founder of Boston’s Israeli Stage. Merrill is the Cambridge-based author of many plays, including “Silver Spoon,” and producer of the Body & Sold Project, based on the award-winning documentary play about sex trafficking.

> See “The Square” on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center.

> Learn more about Guy Ben-Aharon and Amy Merrill.


BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers and masked musicians who create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments and spectacles.

> Meet BIG NAZO’s puppet performers on Sunday, April 30, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on the Great Lawn and in the Shapiro Campus Center.

> Learn more about BIG NAZO.



Composer Christian Gentry, PhD '12, is assistant professor of music at Framingham State University. He previously performed at the Festival of the Arts in 2012 with The Gentlemen's Very High Art Society of South Waltham. Artist Tim McDonald is associate professor of art at Framingham State University and a former artist-in-residence at Rural Resources, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to supporting sustainable local agriculture.

> Gentry and McDonald perform “The Feedback Loop Project” on Sunday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose Art museum.

> Learn more about Christian Gentry and Tim McDonald.


The young people of Boston-based La Piñata’s “Saturday Troupe” perform dances from Latin America, indigenous, Afro-Latino and folkloric traditions. They performed at the Festival of the Arts in 2015, and at festivals and cultural venues around Boston, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall.

> La Piñata performs on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at Light of Reason, outside the Rose Art museum.

> Learn more about La Piñata.


Marya Ursin’s Mystic Paper Beasts theater troupe has been cheered around the globe for its extraordinary collection of mythological masks and ingenious props that transform everyday objects into beasts, beings, tools and treasures.

> Marya leads a movement workshop for all ages on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 PM in the Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room.

> Learn more about Mystic Paper Beasts.

Mystic Paper Beasts


Tanglewood Marionettes, founded in 1993 by Anne Ware and Peter Schaefer, is a nationally touring marionette theater. They are well known throughout New England and have performed many times in the Festival of the Arts. Anne and Peter have received two Citations for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry, awarded each year by UNIMA-USA (the American Center of the Union International de la Marionette).

> See “The Dragon King” on Sunday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

> Learn more about the Tanglewood Marionettes.

Tanglewood Marionettes


Choreographer and dancer Cat Wagner ’09 is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York City. Artistic partner Molly Haas-Hooven ’09 is a Brooklyn-based playwright, performer and educator. They premiered their dance collaboration "Run by Men: The Girls Are Hungry" in the 2015 Festival of the Arts.

> See Wagner perform “The Life-Changing Magic of Using Up: What Happens to the Objects You No Longer Love” on Sunday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the LOCATION TK.

> Learn more about Cat Wagner and Molly Haas-Hooven.

Cat Wagner