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Innovation & Inspiration

john hammer
Innovation & Inspiration

Roxy bird

Roxy Bird is a new program about exploring ideas that engage and inspire, giving lift to our imagination and our passion, and fostering a deeper understanding of our craft.  

Through talks, presentations, and workshops, Roxy Bird's mission is to create and curate relevant content to engage and support our community and it's growth in the arts.

With a thoughtful blend of hosted events featuring some of Wichita's leading innovators, and our own original programming, we strive to give flight and support to what is possible.


set scene

a roxy program


Set Scene is a workshop series on innovative and effective scene creation.  

The understanding of what makes a good scene is crucial across the visual art disciplines, from stage and film to concept art for animation and games.

This series of workshops & talks strives to support the art of the director, the performer, and the visual artist or designer.

Each workshop is developed by leading industry professionals with proven practical experience and keen insight into the process.

Set Scene is part of the launch of Roxy's educational program and is set to go live Fall, 2016.

Look for program schedule this Summer.


action on stage

a roxy program


Action on Stage is a series of workshops designed to teach and assist with movement of the body on stage and on film.  The three primary focus topics of the live performance workshops are dynamic choreography, believable stage fighting, and making blocking comfortable and natural.  For film we will be offering workshops on acting for animation, body language, and the art of subtleness. 

The workshops are hands-on and practical, giving the participant tools they can actually use for confident presence and action, be it on the stage or in front of a camera, or animating.  

Each workshop is designed to impart the material in clear, understandable, and achievable benchmarks in a condensed timeframe for the busy actor, director, or animator.  These workshops are perfect for those looking to improve or enhance their craft repertoire and for those new to the game.

Action on Stage is in the launch of Roxy's educational program and is set to go live Fall, 2016.

Look for program schedule this Summer.


Jazz Jam

a roxy and wichita jazz association program


Roxy's Downtown, Wichita State University Jazz Department, and the Wichita Jazz Association bring music and education to the stage.

Jazz Jam is on Roxy's stage every second and fourth Wednesday.  The house band of working jazz professionals begins the session by playing standards as entertainment and inspiration, and then opens up the stage to those looking to hone their craft, collaborate and learn, all within a safe and encouraging environment.

Jam with fellow musicians, professional and amateur alike, or relax in the audience and mingle with some of Wichita's finest musicians, it is completely up to you.

Great drink specials.

  • All ages welcome, all students welcome.  
  • Under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.  
  • Doors open at 7:45pm with performances beginning at 8pm.
  • Admission is free.
  • 316-265-4400 for more information.

Creative Rush, 1st TUE Talk

guest programming of creative rush


1st TUE Talk began in August 2011.  Format includes a 45 minute discussion on a specific topic by three professionals or experts in their field and hosted by Torin Anderson.  The discussion is followed by fifteen minutes of audience Q&A.  The talks have offered the public an array of insight and perspective from experienced professionals with various accolades and accomplishments. 

By conversing on their process, airing out their struggles, and advising those with similar goals, these artists not only learn from one another, but they inspire those who are in earlier stages of the creative endeavor or are simply stuck in the mud and looking for encouragement.  Topics include: motivation, making a living doing what you love, coping with failure, and collaborative work.

Each month’s topic changes as well as the guest panelists.

  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Panel begins at 7:00 pm
  • $5 suggested donation

Roxy’s is hosting the following dates:

  • September 6, 2016
  • October 4, 2016
  • November 1, 2016
  • December6, 2016


guest programming of wichitalks

Coming First-Quarter 2017

What is Wichitalks?

Have you ever wanted to get the pulse of a city? To slice through it and look at a cross section?

Presenters are individuals in Wichita who have a passion to share. They may be business owners, volunteers, or life-hackers. The goal is to teach something of social value and to spread ideas.

  • 20 Slides
  • Each speaker must have 20 slides.
  • 15 Second Auto-Advance
  • Each slide auto-advances after 15 seconds to keep the talk moving.
  • No Pitches Allowed
  • Speakers are only presenting their passion. Teaching and sharing ideas.
  • #ilovewichita
  • Presenters are the everyday, passionate individuals that are defining Wichita.

Look for event date to come soon.


More programming to be announced soon.  Please keep an eye and an ear open.