abovethelineOn September 28th, the latest crop of Theatre UAB student films was revealed to a packed house in the 2013 Above the Line Film Festival. Many of those involved received awards above and beyond the applause of the audience:

Katie Hines: the EPIf you saw our 2008 production of Cabaret, you already know Department alum Katie Hines has a lovely voice. Now you can get her first album thanks to iTunes here. We expect to hear much more from Katie in the future!
Luke Harlan The triumphs keep coming for Department alum Luke Harlan! Culturequake just named HONKY, the show Luke directed earlier in NYC this year, as one of the Ten Best of Off-Off Broadway -- in fact it's on the list as #1!

RenitaEvery good performer will agree that listening is crucial skill -- and Renita Lewis can probably teach us all a thing or two about it!  She spent part of the summer receiving special training in listening ... and much more. Read all about her nine-day adventure here ...
Andrea FrankleThe comedy film THE HOT FLASHES opened in July, with an impressive roster of stars -- including Theatre UAB alum Andrea Frankle. This is only the latest of a long string of theatrical and screen successes for Andrea since her days with us. Longtime fans of Theatre UAB still speak highly of her Maggie in our production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We can't wait to see her in this film!
Daniel MartinPopular Birmingham production company Theatre Downtown has named Department alumnus Daniel Martin as their new Artistic Director.

Charles Eddie Moncrief IIICharles Eddie Moncrief III, whose design talents have graced our stages many times, has not only been offered a place in the Scenic Design MFA program at the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies -- he's been recruited with a full scholarship. Way to go, Eddie!
Hannah HughesRecent grad Hannah Hughes is one of the stars of the horror film V/H/S/2 in theatres now! She plays Clarissa in the segment "Phase I Clinical Trials." Hannah seems to have an affinity for horror films -- she's acted in many, including a few made here in Birmingham. Stay safe, Hannah!

Patrick JohnsonUAB Department of Theatre alumnus Patrick Johnson was recently elected Vice-President of City Equity Theatre, Birmingham's sole professional theatre operating under agreement with Actors' Equity Association. 

normanfergusonWe congratulate multitalented Department alum Norman Ferguson on the publication of his article "Twitter Meets Polonius" in The Chronicle of Higher Education ...

Department alum Amanda Mattes has been hired as assistant to longtime BBC production designer Rod Stratfold, working in the Art Department for the the Sky 1 series The Cafe. This September she will be starting the second and final year of her MFA in Performance Costume Design at The University of Edinburgh's College of Art. Cheers, Amanda! 
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Everywhere in Chicago, anyway -- Department alum Hannah Hughes is the new face of apartment-finding service Domu.com's current ad campaign in the Windy City.  Congratulations, Hannah! (Click the image below to see a larger version of the ad.)
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hannahA big deal all around for Department alumnus Hannah Hughes -- she's appeared in a lot of films, but now she's starred in one that was screened at the prestigious Sundance Festival and won a coveted distribution deal as a result.  The film is called S-VHS and will be in select theatres in October. Get all the details on the IMDb News Page ...

anthony-ironsChicago actor and Second City alum Anthony Irons returns to Birmingham July 6 to perform a play he created while he was one of our students.

The play is a one-man show called "Passage," a series of vignettes touching on different phases of African-American history and heritage.

Long-time fans of Theatre UAB will remember Irons as "Puck" in our 1999 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first show we produced in the Alys Stephens Center.