Sheri Jardine

Communications Manager, UtahPresents



UtahPresents Announces 2017-18 Season


Salt Lake City, UT – May 24, 2017 –UtahPresents, the performing arts presenter on the University of Utah campus, announces its 2017-18 line-up of exciting performances, providing an abundance of creative and cultural experiences for the campus and regional community.

The 2017-18 season builds on UtahPresents’ mission to create connections between artists and community members, and reflects the diversity of the region through new and ongoing partnerships with campus and community organizations. These partnerships include the Confucius Institute, bringing Sichuan University Art Troupe on October 1 as part of Chinese Culture Week on campus; the University of Utah Sustainability Office, bringing acclaimed biodiversity scholar and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva to campus to speak about environmental and social justice issues worldwide; and the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, along with the Department of Theatre, to present a staged reading of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, a riveting drama about the consequences of pursuing a “cure” at any cost.


Highlights of the 2017-18 season include Doug Varone and Dancers, performing with students from the School of Dance and including a special guest performance by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company; Manual Cinema, a performance collective using overhead projectors, screens, puppets, and live music, to create an immersive “movie” live in front of the audience; and the creation of a unique set of performances, called Stagedoor, with patrons entering through the stage door and sitting on the stage at Kingsbury Hall for a unique and intimate performing arts experience.

The season also includes perennial favorites like the Banff Film Festival, a collection of outdoor films that take audiences to some of the most intense and beautiful locations in the world and University of Utah Youth Theatre’s fun and family-friendly performance of “Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.”

The Youth Theatre performances, and the Compagnia T.P.O. performances of “Farfalle” include sensory-friendly performances, designed to create an atmosphere that is friendly and welcoming to families with children on the autism spectrum or other sensory sensitivities. More information about these performances is available at


UtahPresents 2017-18 Season:

Tickets for the UtahPresents 2017-18 Season will go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. Multi-show discounts are available – purchase tickets for three performances to save 10 percent, or purchase five performances to save 20 percent. No handling or facility fees will be charged for purchases between June 2 and August 25. Additional information is available by calling 801-581-7100 or visiting

TEDxSaltLakeCity - Sept 9
at Kingsbury Hall
Centered around the theme "A Brave New World," this captivating day of speakers and performers will explore what brave new world we might create right here in Salt Lake City.

Kaki King - Sept 14
at Kingsbury Hall (Stagedoor performance)
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast.  
Watch a clip of Kaki's new show "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body"

Roomful of Teeth • Virtuoso Concert Series - Sept 26
at Libby Gardner Concert Hall
A Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice.
Check out Roomful of Teeth 

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy - Sept 29
at Kingsbury Hall
"A one-man reenactment of Star Wars is nerdier - and funnier - than you can possibly imagine!" - SPIN
Watch some clips from the show

Sichuan University Art Troupe - Oct 1
at Kingsbury Hall
This FREE event will wrap up Chinese Culture Week on campus.
Watch a clip of these renowned performers

Vandana Shiva - Oct 20
at Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism, speaking out on environmental and social justice issues worldwide. 

Ananya Dance Theatre - Oct 28
at Tanner Dance Black Box Theatre
Inspired by the work of Dr. Shiva, Ananya Dance Theatre performs Shyamali, a Bengali word that means dark green and invokes resilience.
Watch Ananya Dance Theatre perform

White Rabbit Red Rabbit - Nov 4-Dec 2
at Kingsbury Hall (Stagedoor performance)
Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this “theater entertainment meets social experiment” is unlike anything, and will make you question everything. 

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live! - Nov 8
at Kingsbury Hall
Observe, meet, and interact with a collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures that will thrill and entertain kids. 
Check out a video clip from the show

The Lower Lights Christmas Concerts - Dec 4-9
at Kingsbury Hall
An alternately reverent and rollicking night of Christmas songs. 

Molly Sweeney - Feb 1-2
at Moot Courtroom in the College of Law
A riveting drama about the consequences of pursuing a "cure" at any cost. 

Scott Silven • Wonders at Dusk - Feb 10
at Kingsbury Hall (Stagedoor performance)
In this intimate performance, participants read one another’s mind, wishes come true, and the impossible becomes possible.

Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble - Feb 14
at Kingsbury Hall
Romance your valentine with a special night of music, featuring soaring ballads, hit pop songs, and quirky b-sides – all re-imagined by this innovative ensemble. 
Watch a clip from the show

Banff Film Festival - Feb 20-22
at Kingsbury Hall
Visit exotic locations, experience the adrenaline rush of extreme sports, and go on unexpected adventures.

Doug Varone and Dancers with special guests Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the School of Dance - Feb 23-24
at Marriott Center for Dance
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see two amazing dance companies, & students from the U’s acclaimed School of Dance, in one special evening highlighting Varone’s powerful choreography. 
Watch a clip of Doug Varone and Dancers

Black Violin - Feb 27
at Kingsbury Hall
Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin is sure to enthrall with its electrifying style. 

Check out a clip of Black Violin

Radical Reels - Mar 5
at Kingsbury Hall
The most action-packed films your heart can stand for one night only.

globalFEST On the Road - Mar 7
at Kingsbury Hall
This year’s globalFEST On the Road bands, Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras, are two of today’s most exciting bands, forging inspired new paths for the fabled Latin sound.
Watch clips of both bands

School of Dance Gala - Mar 16-17
at Kingsbury Hall
The Ballet and Modern Dance Programs will come together for their second annual School of Dance Gala Concert.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. • U of U Youth Theatre - Mar 23-24
at Kingsbury Hall
The pop-culture phenomenon comes to life on stage in this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite Saturday morning cartoon. 

Manual Cinema • Ada/Ava - Mar 29
at Kingsbury Hall
"The most creative thing you've seen all year." - Fast Company
Watch a clip of Ada/Ava

The Singing Bois • A Queerstory of the Boy Band - Apr 6
at Kingsbury Hall (Stagedoor performance)
Part boy band, part Rat Pack, The Singing Bois blend musical precision and sexy swagger, performing original tunes and unique covers from vintage pop genres. 
Watch a clip of the show

Whose Live Anyway? - Apr 13
at Kingsbury Hall
90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions, starring the cast of the Emmy-nominated TV show.
Check out a promo clip for the show

Candide • U Lyric Opera Ensemble - Apr 20-21
at Kingsbury Hall
A continent-spanning romp, Candide’s soaring arias and witty tune-filled score will delight fans of both opera and Broadway. 

Compagnia T.P.O. • Farfalle - Apr 27-28
at Kingsbury Hall
A unique experience for the young and the young at heart. No matter your age, you will immediately feel a sense of wonder and joy in this magical world.
Watch a clip of the performance


24 Frames Movie Night - starting Sept 6, first Wednesday of every month, through April

at the Post Theatre

An independent film series, in partnership with the Salt Lake Film Society. The line-up will be announced in late summer – visit our website to sign up for email alerts or follow us on social media to see the titles as they are announced.


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