Grassroots 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:
Some of our "NYC alums" are launching their own theatre company -- and they need our help. Lindsay Allen, Sarah Charles, Jereme Lewis, Benoît Johnson, and Crystal Lee are at the core of this venture. Their first show will be Lindsay's adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody TITUS ANDRONICUS at the Kraine Theatre on Manhattan's lower east side. And that's why they need our help -- they have to raise money for rent, and in a short time too. Find out more on their Indiegogo page and on their Facebook page. We're proud of them no matter what happens!
Department 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.
Class of 2011 grad Jereme Kyle Lewis has certainly "hit the ground running" in NYC! After working for the likes of the Manhattan Theatre Club, he's now Production Assistant and standby Stage Manager for the Broadway hit The Trip to Bountiful, currently starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Vanessa Williams, and Cicely Tyson. (UPDATE: That's TONY-AWARD-WINNING Cicely Tyson!)
Our own Associate Professor Cliff Simon is one of a favored few whose essays appear in Inspired Teaching, a collection of essays and articles from USITT, written by some of the most highly-respected educators in the field of theatre design & technology. It will come as no surprise to you that such a list had to include Cliff! You can order the book from the USITT web site here.
Recent grad Liv von Oelreich has been cast in a guest-starring role in a Showtime series that will premiere this September ...
We congratulate multitalented Department alum Norman Ferguson on the publication of his article "Twitter Meets Polonius" in The Chronicle of Higher Education ...