TU names Astad Deboo as 2007-2008 Rosenberg Distinguished Artist

Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer to offer master classes

TOWSON, Md. (Sept.17, 2007)—Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication has selected Astad Deboo as the 2007-2008 Rosenberg Distinguished Artist. An internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Deboo has been awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards of his native country of India. He works regularly with The Action Players, a group of Deaf Actors in Calcutta. The recipient of many honors throughout his thirty year career, Deboo has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center and has given command performances for the royal families of Japan and Thailand. He has also performed at London’s Chelsea Town Hall with Pink Floyd and at the Great Wall of China.

Deboo will offer master classes to students of Theater and Dance at the college’s Center for the Arts the week of September 17–21. An open lecture demonstration is planned for Tuesday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. For more information, contact Jay Herzog, chair of the TU Theater Department, 410-704-2792.

The Rosenberg Distinguished Artist Endowment at Towson University was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Rosenberg Foundation. The fund provides annual support for the Rosenberg Distinguished Artist, enriching the student experience by bringing outstanding guest artists to Towson to enhance dance and theater education. Past Rosenberg artists include Charles “Roc” Dutton, Geoffrey Holder, Ruth Andrien O’Neill and Mindy Cooper.

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