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Isaac Gómez selected as one of four artists to join Chicago-based Victory Gardens Theater’s Playwrights Ensemble

July 1, 2021 | American Theatre

This three-year commitment comes with a world-premiere and reading of Gómez's (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2013) work, as well as access to board and artistic department meetings.

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Lane Michael selected for Lambda Literary's Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

July 1, 2021 | Lambda Literary

One of twelve playwrights to attend this multi-genred writing retreat, Stanley (M.F.A., Directing, 2020) will have the opportunity to work with a diverse faculty to hone their writing skills amongst fellow artists.

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Kimber Lee to premiere her play to the yellow house in La Jolla Playhouse’s 2021/2022 season

July 1, 2021 | American Theatre

Additionally, the production received a 2021 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, providing Lee (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2011) and the production team with additional funds to extend their rehearsal process. 

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Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love awarded $15,000 Tito’s Prize

April 26, 2021 | Sight Lines

Ariel René Jackson (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2019) and Michael J. Love (M.F.A., Theatre, 2020) were awarded the 2021 $15,000 Tito’s Prize. The award, sponsored by Tito’s Homemade Vodka and organized by non-profit Big Medium, was presented to these Autin-based artists for their project “Descendance.” The film features a performance by Love and an original score by jazz musician Joseph C. Dyson Jr.

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Oladotun Ayobade becomes Assistant Professor at Northwestern University

April 26, 2021 | Brown University

Oladotun Ayobade (Ph.D., Theatre, 2016) has recently accepted a new position at Northwestern University where he will become an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Performance Studies and African American Studies. Dr. Ayobade was previously an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.

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Courtney Sale featured in HowlRound discussion

April 7, 2021 | HowlRound

Courtney Sale (M.F.A., Theatre, 2012) was recently featured in the HowlRound discussion, "Moving the Field Forward Faster at American Regional Theatres," dealing with the future of theatre and its inner workings since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Andrew Hinderaker named as showrunner, executive producer for Showtime adaptation of "Let the Right One In"

March 31, 2021 | TV Line

Andrew Hinderaker (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2013) will serve as showrunner and executive-producer to Let the Right One In, a high-stakes drama based on the 2004 Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

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J. Lowe launches literary webpage

March 10, 2021 | Lowecountryfigs

J. Lowe (B.F.A., Costume Design, 1973) recently published a webpage for artworks and literary reading.

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Michael Love named Princeton Arts Fellow

March 9, 2021 | Lewis Center at Princeton University

Michael Love (M.F.A., Performance as Public Practice, 2020), an interdisciplinary tap artist whose work bridges Black queer and Black feminist studies, has recently been named a Princeton Arts Fellow. The two-year fellowship is awarded to prestigious artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise. Photo by Cindy Elizabeth courtesy of Lewis Center Princeton Arts

Dawn Davis Loring co-writes a Dance Appreciation textbook to be published this month

Jan. 12, 2021

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Dawn Davis Loring (B.A., Dance, 1992) co-wrote a Dance Appreciation textbook, along with Julie Pentz, to be published by Human Kinetics this month. Their book comes from an inclusive point of view, discussing differently-abled bodies, highlighting creative and geographical diversity, and it contains a thread of discussion throughout regarding the importance of social media, YouTube, and streaming services on creating, learning, and disseminating dances including a multiplicity of voices. 

The text is meant for undergraduate students and there are also substantial online resources and teacher guides. Check out Loring's website to see her current project - Today in Dance: a daily celebration of dancers and dance accomplishments.