Jeanette Guinn


Jeanette Guinn is a professor in the Arts Management Program in College of Charleston’s School of the Arts and is pleased to have former students working in the US, Europe and Australia. After interning at the South Carolina Arts Commission during graduate school, Jeanette spent 25 great years working as an arts manager.

She is producer, writer and host of Arts Daily, and reports on events and artists in the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto, held each year in Charleston.  She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and many state arts agencies.

Ways to Connect

Melissa Stern

  Hailing from New York City, Melissa Stern has brought her traveling exhibition, The Talking Cure to Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston SC. The show is a multi-media project featuring clay sculpture and a drawing blend with creative writing, the spoken word and mobile technology. Viewers are encouraged to look, listen and read while considering their own interpretations of the work.

The Talking Cure is on exhibit at Redux Contemporary Art Center ,136 St Philip St, Charleston, through August 6, 20016.

Participants in "Black Lives Matter" march in Charleston, SC, June 20, 2015.
Jeanette Guinn

  In the days after the Emmanuel AME Church murders of 2015, Joy Vandervort Cobb, gave a memorable interview about the community’s response to the tragedy. She returns on the one-year anniversary to tell us what has changed, and what has not.

Cobb is an actress, professor, and activist who will be performing in Citizen: An American Lyric at the PURE Theatre.

Hearts Mend Hearts

Jun 13, 2016
A mandala drawn by a participant in the Hearts Mend Hearts art therapy workshops that took place at the Charleston County Library.

  Dianne Tennyson-Vincent, along with Laura De La Maza, began the art therapy organization called Hearts Mend Hearts.  Both women have a background in therapy, art and teaching.  The organization began after the killings last June at Mother Emmanuel AME Church  of nine parishioners. 

Portraits from King St-500 Block
Jack Alterman

A Charleston native and skilled photographer, Jack Alterman is best known for his diverse portraits of Charlestonians. His newest exhibition, King Street – Faces of the 500 Block is currently being presented as part of Piccolo Spoleto in the previously closed-down Morris Sokol furniture store. The show is comprised of Alterman's portraits of the people who used to live in the 500 block area of Upper King St.

Greg Colleton is an artist and the Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center.  This year, he was chosen as the juror for the annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition.  The exhibition takes place at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, through June 12,  and showcases paintings, photography and sculpture by South Carolina artists.

  Cathryn Zommer is the Executive Director of arts partnership organization, Enough Pie. As part of Piccolo Spoleto, Enough Pie is holding their fourth annual event in a series entitled “Awakening.”  Awakening IV: Indigo is all about blue.

Citizen: An American Lyric was performed previously at the Fontaine Theatre.
Ed Krieger

  Shirley Jo Finney is an actress and an acclaimed award-winning director. She will be directing Citizen: An American Lyric, at the PURE Theatre on King St. during this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The show is based on Claudia Rankine's 2014 award-winning book of poetry of the same title.

Chatham Baroque plays in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series.
Courtesy of the artist

  College of Charleston professor Steve Rosenberg has coordinated the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series for 30 years.   He and  Andrew Fouts, baroque fiddle player for Chatham Baroque, talk about this year's program. And Steve looks back over 30 years of early music.

Chatham Baroque at the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series

Known for his kinetic sculptures and light installations, Redl’s work easily catches the eyes.
Rainer Hosch

Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetical language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations. In his current show at the Halsey Institute of Charleston, his work displays strict methodologies which employ binary logic as well as tropes of minimalism to exuberant extremes.

Flowers, notes, and other items placed as memorials to the slain outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston in June, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon/SC Public Radio

  Drisana McDaniel is a Charlestonian who teaches anti-bias workshops for the Transformative Teaching Collective. Her family was personally touched by the recent murders at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. She talks with Jeanette Guinn about her own reaction to the tragedy, about how individuals are coping, and about how the people of Charleston are drawing together to comfort each other.

Participants in "Black Lives Matter" march in Charleston, SC, June 20, 2015.
Jeanette Guinn

    Joy Vandervort-Cobb is an Associate Professor of Theater at the College of Charleston. She spoke candidly with Jeanette Guinn about her participation in Saturday's "March for Black Lives," which took place in the wake of the recent murder of 9 members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Vandervort-Cobb sees the march as part of the process by which the city can begin to heal and move toward racial equality.

  The list of alumni of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Touring Company reads like a Who's Who list of comedy stars. UCB bring their show to Piccolo Spoleto's Piccolo Fringe series and company member Brandon Scott Reeves tells Jeanette Guinn how their brand of comedy improv is different from what you might expect.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet
William Struhs

  Chris Costanza plays cello with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Spoleto Festival USA's resident string quartet. But, it's not just any cello Chris plays; it comes from a special collection at Stanford University. He tells what makes this instrument special, and talks about some his favorite works on the Bank of America Chamber Music Series this year.

A scene from When It Rains.
Mel Hattie

  2b Theatre Company makes is Spoleto Festival USA debut with When It Rains,  play in the form of a live-action, existential, graphic novel. When the improbable happens, two couples are beset with misfortune, communication fractures, relationships crumble, behavior becomes absurd. Some kind of God intervenes. Or observes. Or something. Or nothing. Playwright and director Anthony Black unpacks some of When It Rains for Jeanette Guinn.

  The internationally renowned Taylor Festival Choir, founded and led by Dr. Robert Taylor, will present a concert of the choral music of the Baltic Nations. Featured repertoire will include Arvo Pärt’s setting of the Magnifcat, Veljo Tormis’ dramatic renunciation of war, Curse Upon Iron, and many others. The program will close with the patriotic songs from these singing cultures, traditionally sung by tens of thousands at their famous Folk Song and Dance National Festivals.

Robert Taylor talks with Jeanette Guinn about their upcoming Piccolo Spoleto program.

Todd Palmer
William Struhs

    Clarinet virtuoso has been playing in the Bank of America Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA for 21 years. And, he will happily keep coming to Charleston for " as long as they keep asking me." He talks with Jeanette Guinn about how he started playing, and about what he's performing this year.

A section of "The Space Between" by Alyson Shotz
Wellin Bentham/Halsey Gallery

  The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of recent work by Brooklyn-based sculptor, Alyson Shotz. With an artistic practice that examines the properties and interactions of light, gravity, mass, and space, Shotz bridges disciplines in her work, drawing on scientific methods, mathematical principles, and literature, among other diverse fields. Often employing nontraditional materials such as glass beads, linen thread, stainless-steel filaments, and welded aluminum to create large-scale abstract sculptures, Shotz expands upon conventional notions of sculptural space and form.

  National Endowment of the Arts Chairman Jane Chu talks with Jeanette Guinn about her life in the arts, and her commitment to supporting the arts in the lives of all Americans.

  For the twentieth consecutive year, The Have Nots! will perform their unique brand of improv comedy as part of Piccolo Spoleto's Piccolo Fringe series. The group, comprised of Timmy Finch, Brandy Sullivan and Greg Tavares, was founded in 1995 and is South Carolina's only professional improv company. Brandy Sullivan tells Jeanette Guinn about "improv," the Have Nots, and about what they bring to the Spoleto scene.

Geoff Nuttall, Artistic Director of the Bank of America Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA
Julia Lynn Photography

  Geoff Nuttall is the Artistic Director of the Bank of America Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA, and, as such, he hosts 33 concerts over the two-week run of the Charleston festival--and he plays violin in almost every one. How and why he undertakes this marathon each year has to do with his love of chamber music and his love for Charleston's Spoleto, as he tells Jeanette Guinn.

  John Kennedy is the Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities for Spoleto Festival USA, where he plans and leads the Festival’s “highly regarded presentations of music” (The Wall Street Journal). John talks with Jeanette Guinn about how the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, a diverse group of young musician with a level of "super accomplishment," comes together each year to form the musical spine of Spoleto. 

A scene from Romeo and Juliet performed by Shakespeare's Globe.
Helena Miscioscia

  Sara Higgins is one of the members of Shakespeare’s Globe, which makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut with a brand new production of Romeo and Juliet. Higgins talks with Jeanette Guinn about how the company brought a new energy to this beloved play.

Renowned for its authentic yet bold productions, this esteemed company hails from London’s rebuilt Globe Theatre—the venue Shakespeare called home. Spoleto Festival USA presents the first US performances of this new production. 

Kate Davis
Shervin Lainez

  Kate Davis plays the Wells Fargo Jazz series at Spoleto USA on Thursday, June 4. Whether she’s crooning rootsy ballads or plucking bright riffs from her bass, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis puts a fresh spin on the standards and brings a canonical sensibility to her own lush creations. This gutsy songstress from Portland, Oregon uses a broad musical palette, enhanced be her dazzling skill and impeccable taste. She talks with Jeanette Guinn about where all that music comes from.

Charles Ross
Lisa Hebden

  What do "Star Wars" and "The Lord of the Rings" have in common? Charles Ross is presenting both movie sagas as one man shows, part of the Piccolo Fringe theater series.

Westminster Choir
Julia Lynn Photography

  The Westminster Choir has been the chorus-in-residence for Spoleto Festival USA since its inception in 1977. Conductor Joe Miller—director for choral activities at Spoleto Festival USA and Westminster Choir College--talks with Jeanette Guinn about two sets of concerts, the first being this weekend's performances at the Emmett Robinson Theatre of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion with new choreography by Pontus Lidberg, along with Carissimi’s Jephte. On June 3 the choir performs in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Sottile Theatre.

Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Artists of Charleston

  Why is Jazz important to Charleston? Leah Suarez of Jazz Artists of Charleston answers that question, and gives us a rundown of this year's JAC Jazz Series, part of Piccolo Spoleto.

Now in its ninth year of presenting, Jazz Artists of Charleston has earned an unprecedented reputation of producing events of the highest caliber that celebrate Lowcountry jazz, with a focus on optimizing the listener’s experience. This year, JAC welcomes Piccolo Spoleto attendees with an intimate Charleston Jazz House edition of its highly acclaimed JAC Jazz Series. Up close and personal performances of an array of repertoire in the jazz canon--from traditional to modern, Latin to funk, and everything in between.

T. J. Dawe in "The Slipknot"
Diane Smithers

  In turns hysterical and heartbreaking, frantic and thoughtful, The Slipknot is a comic monologue in which TJ Dawe takes the audience through a history of dead end jobs he has held. The Slipknot is part of Piccolo Spoleto's PiccoloFringe theater series.

  Brennen Reeves just wanted to be normal. The only problem: the fatal lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis. The only solution: a double lung transplant. Reeves has turned his story into a one-person play called Breathe, and it is playing as part of Piccolo Spoleto's Stelle di Domani (stars of tomorrow) Series. Reeves and co-creator David Lee Nelson talk about bringing such a serious subject to the stage in a play that is often quite funny.

Paradise Interrupted
Julia Lynn Photography

 Spoleto Festival USA presents the world premiere of Huang Ruo and Jennifer Wen Ma’s Paradise Interrupted, an arresting new opera marrying Chinese tradition dating from the Ming Dynasty with contemporary Western idioms. Artist Jennifer Wen Ma first got the idea for Paradise Interrupted while doing a contemporary art installation in Beijing. Jennifer, who is best known to global audiences for her work on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, also directed and designed Paradise Interrupted for Spoleto USA.

Joyce Vandervort-Cobb
File photo

  In Nalaja Sun’s remarkable, often riotously funny solo show, No Child, PURE core ensemble member Joy Vandervort-Cobb tackles more than 16 characters as a new drama teacher in a chaotic Bronx classroom of 10th graders. Based on the playwright’s first-hand experiences in some of New York City’s toughest schools, No Child is a lightening-paced, buoyant play “tethered by the cold, sobering realities of life.” (The New York Times)