Dustin Fresh from his success in assistant-directing R.U.R. off-Broadway, department alumnus Dustin Cañez is stage-managing Opera Birmingham's production of The Magic Flute.  This production of the opera will be sung in German, so we imagine the managements of the show presents some unique challenges ... Meanwhile, Dustin continues to be the general factotum for the multimedia phenomenon The Amandas ...
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 ...
Jonida BeqoTheatre and poetry lovers in Atlanta will want to know that Department alumnus Jonida Beqo (known on the international slam and performance poetry scene as Gypsee-Yo) will perform her intense semi-autobiographical monodrama Harabel January 10-13, 2013...

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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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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!
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!
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!
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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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!
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.

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.
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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Cheryl Hall's Play at ETATheatre UAB Assistant Professor Cheryl Hall's play Dowager Daughters of Transcendence (DDT’S) had its world premiere this summer at eta Creative Arts in Chicago.  Click this image for a better look at the poster!

Now that production has been nominated by Chicago's Black Theatre Alliance for Best Drama or Comedy, Best Dramatic Script, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Best Sound Design, and Best Set Design.  Read the Chicago Sun-Times piece about the nominations here. We wish Cheryl and her play every success!