Amanda MattesDepartment alum, Photographer, and Costume Designer Amanda Mattes, who signs her work "Amanda Manhattan," is featured in an excellent UAB NEWS story. Read it all here! For those who don't know, Amanda has been living, working, and studying in the UK since shortly after graduating UAB ... Now she has, among other things, just completed her Master's in Performance Costume Design at the Edinburgh College of Art.

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Marci TurnerA glimpse of Marci Turner, Costume Assistant and Wig Mistress for the Red Mountain Theatre Company, at work on wigs for 42nd Street.

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Alana Jordan in MISSING PIECESSome UAB theatre and film alums can now be seen on Hulu, thanks to the web distribution of Birmingham filmmaker Kenton Bartlett's film Missing Pieces. Among the local folks visible in the film are Alana Jordan, Judson Entrekin, and Hadley Wells. The entire film is online here.
huebnerHey, who's that model showing off the newest fashions at ModCloth.com? Why, it's our own recent grad Leah Huebner.  We assume the "Blazer green" top in this photo is a shout-out to us.
UAB Theatre Alumni Skye Geerts is currently designing costumes for the American Premier of Polly Stenham's "Tusk, Tusk" at Piven Theatre Company in Evanston -- and the show is featured in the September Issue of American Theatre Magazine.  We can't wait to see it, Skye!
kelseyDepartment major and stage manager extraordinaire Kelsey McClure has been named as First Runner-Up for the prestigious KC/ACTF Stage Management Fellowship.  Far from being a "second prize," this is an extraordinary national-level honor, given the huge number of competing stage managers from across the country.  Way to go, Kelsey!
trophyCongratulations to Theatre UAB's Natalie Kinsaul and Music major Kevin Peek on receiving 2nd Place in the National Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in Sound Design! Their collaborative compositions for The Caucasian Chalk Circle received this honor at the KCACTF National Festival on April 21st.
jasonhudsonDepartment alum Jason O'neil Hudson is at work playing "Cord" in the feature film Gordon Family Tree, currently in production.  The film is slated for release in 2013.  We'll be watching for you, Jason!
Noah Holcomb in Gazelle.com ad Department alum Noah Holcomb is the wise guy behind the counter in this national Gazelle.com campaign! See the whole commercial ...

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Much Ado About NothingGrassroots Shakespeare Alabama is the newest addition to Birmingham's theatre landscape, and it's chock-full of Theatre UAB alumni and students: Rebecca Harper, Alora King, Kyle Hulcher, Taylor Richardson, Allison Shackelford, Markeitra Gilliam, Daniel Martin, Jared Funderburg, Julia Spring, and Elliot Cleverdon!  Their first show is Much Ado About Nothing and it runs now through July 6th in various Birmingham venues.  Here's the complete schedule:

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trophyAt this year's KCACTF Region IV conference, our people claimed several of the top awards:

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stephen-webb-by-leah-huebner Our own multiple-award-winning playwright Stephen Webb has been wooed by several excellent MFA Playwriting programs, but one finally won him...

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Alliance Theatre's production of the rock musical Next to Normal is now running, thanks to dramaturgical help from Theatre Department Assistant Professor Vessela Warner.  The multiple-award-winning play will run through November 11 at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center.  Next to Normal concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. The Broadway production was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three (Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley). The script received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.
gold_star_with_shadowOur multiple-award-winning voice expert Marlene Johnson has been once again honored, and this time doubly so.  She has not only been promoted to Associate Professor but has also been awarded tenure.  Congratulations, Marlene!