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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers conservatory introduces high schoolers to the joys, trials of musical theater

Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus is about an hour’s drive from the bright lights of Broadway. And though it’s not quite “The Great White Way,” it’s a place where some of musical theater’s stars of tomorrow can get an early glimpse of the determination and grit behind the glitter and glamour. Alistair Williams, director of the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, says it can be a rude awakening for the area high school students who go through the university’s program. By learning from industry professionals involved with the Academy, they get a sense of the drive, talent and sacrifice

BTN LiveBIG: Artist helps students at Illinois move their feet for social change

Recent violence and heated rhetoric across the country has led to anger and racial tension in communities all over the U.S. And one performer working at the University of Illinois made an effort to help others address those feelings in a positive, productive way. National Arts medal winner Ping Chong spent the month of January as an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois, working with Department of Dance students on a piece called Baldwin NOW. Chong’s residency was funded by a grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study’s George A. Miller Endowment Visiting

BTN LiveBIG: Photos show Purdue is full of surprises

Purdue has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top engineering, technology and science universities in the United States. It’s widely recognized in areas ranging from space exploration to supercomputers. But that doesn’t mean the school lacks an artistic side. As a series of photos from the previous year shows, there’s plenty of creativity on offer in West Lafayette, Ind. Here are a few pictures from a recent “year’s best” list of Purdue photography that show the innovative work that the school’s “right brains” produced in 2015.