trophyCongratulations to all involved with ON THE VERGE who were nominated for KCACTF honors by official respondent Heather May ... 

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byrt200 The current issue of PLAYBILL, the official magazine of Broadway and off-Broadway for over 100 years, announces the casting of Department alum Rachel Burttram as Frankie in the revival of Terence McNally's FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca.  You continue to make us proud, Rachel!
overgroundTheatre Department Assistant Professor Vessela Warner is serving as Dramaturg for EcoCentric, the latest creation of the Overground Physical Theatre Company.

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kirstie Recent grad Kirstie Gothard (nee Crumley) has been appointed Operations Coordinator for the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Florida International University...

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Tobie Windham and Shinelle AzorohDepartment alums Tobie Windham and Shinelle Azoroh are lighting up stages and screens -- and each other's lives as well.  Individually they've starred in a plays and films all over the West Coast, and together they are not only husband and wife, but a creative team living in West Holywood and working as writers, producers, actors, and teachers.

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joneswelshworkshopOne particularly memorable exercise from the workshop led by Jones Welsh at Theatre UAB in September 2013. Click the photo to see the video.

Dennis McLernon Vessela Warner Promotions well-earned for our own Vessela Warner and Dennis McLernon! Vessela has been awarded tenure and attained the rank of Associate Professor, and Dennis has earned the rank of Full Professor. Our most heartfelt congratulations to them both!

Carol Odess and Kelly Allison in Sitka This summer our beloved benefactor Carol Odess (seen here with Department Chair Kelly Allison) brought several of our people to Alaska's Sitka Fine Arts Camp. The Camp offers opportunities for University students to work with younger aspiring theatre artists in perfect environment for experiential learning.

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RUR-three-robots One of the original plays that premiered at UAB is now playing in New York City, with Department alum Dustin Cañez as Assistant Director!  The show is Lee Shackleford's adaptation of Karel Čapek's 1920 Czech play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)...

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Valerie AccettaOur new faculty member Valerie Accetta was recently one of the stars of a one-night-only concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Columbus Children's Theatre.  Sharing the stage with Valerie were other alumna of that theatre, such as Josh Radnor (TV star of How I Met Your Mother),

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amanda-kabukiOur increasingly-famous alum Amanda Mattes has done it again -- this time with a video that's gone viral. Her TED-Ed Lesson Kabuki: the People's Dramatic Art has received over 250,000 YouTube views at this writing -- 100,000 of those in the first 24 hours!

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Jereme LewisUPDATED AGAIN: Class of 2011 grad Jereme Kyle Lewis keeps rising to new heights in NYC! He's now Stage Manager for the Broadway hit The Trip to Bountiful. So our Jereme is now giving cues to Cuba Gooding Jr, Vanessa Williams, and Tony-Award-winning Cicely Tyson.

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beqo-jonidaWe're a bit late in reporting this, but Department alum Jonida Beqo has once again wowed audiences with one of her original one-woman shows.  Her latest performance piece, Harabel, was the hit of the fall season for Atlanta theatre group Theatrical Outfit --

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Lindsay Allen in RED LIGHT WINTER

We figured Department alum Lindsay Bartlette Allen would take the New York theatre world by storm, since that's where she went -- but now she's capturing headlines in Chicago, thanks to the new play Red Light Winter.

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