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UF SoTD alum Usman Ally performing in The Last Act of Lilka Kadison at the Falcon Theatre

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UF SoTD alum Usman Ally is performing in the play The Last Act of Lilka Kadison written by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman and Andy White and directed by Dan Bonnell. The play will begin previews on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, will open on Friday, March 28 and continue through Saturday, April 19 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA.

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SoTD alum Jonathan D. Lovitz to be honored as a distinguished alum at PAM’s opening ceremonies

School of Theatre and Dance alum Jonathan D. Lovitz will present the keynote address at the opening ceremonies of Pride Awareness Month at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 in Emerson Alumni Hall. Pride Awareness Month, otherwise known as “PAM,” is an annual monthlong series of events focused on highlighting the culture and lives of the individuals who make up the LGBT community at the University of Florida. Lovitz will also be honored by PAM as a distinguished alumni.

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Remembering Dr. Carole Brandt: 1937 – 2014

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Dr. Carole Brandt: 1937-2014

It is with great sadness that we report that Dr. Carole Brandt, former Chair of the UF Theatre Department, recently passed away. Here is a remembrance: 

A leader throughout a 50-year career, Dr. Brandt served her profession in myriad roles: Director of the School of Drama at Illinois Wesleyan, Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Florida, and Head of the Department of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University where she was also Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Nationally, she served as Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Dean of The College of Fellows of the American Theatre, President of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and President of the National Theatre Conference. Throughout her career she directed approximately 200 professional and academic productions and was invited into membership by the Society of Directors and Choreographers. Among a number of award-winning productions, her Dancing at Lughnasa was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Congratulations to our College of Fine Arts 2014 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences (CASE) award winners

Katelyn Carty, a freshman Music in Combination student performs during Melody and Malady: An Aural Presentation of Pompe Disease, which took one of two first-place awards in the Collaboration category. ©University of Florida/Eric Zamora

The UF Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science for Life Program and the College of Fine Arts recently announced the winners of the 2014 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event (CASE). Held February 1, 2014, CASE brought together more than 125 students with backgrounds in the sciences and arts to rethink the boundaries of creativity.

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Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen to Receive UF School of Theatre and Dance Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre

The UF School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce that it will present the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre to Tony Award winner Ben Vereen on April 2, 2014, at a reception following his performance at the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for Performing Arts in Gainesville, Fla.

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UF SoTD alumni create and perform in Witness in New York

Photo by: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

SoTD student Lindsay Head performing as “the child” in Witness, a dance-theatre work by SoTD alumna Megan Kendzior, presented by Danspace Projects at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, New York, December 19-21, 2013.

During the fall semester of 2013, UF BFA Dance senior Lindsay Head studied dance far from home but “not-so-far-abroad” in New York City. For several years now, UF has cooperated with Florida State University’s fall semester in New York program directed by New York-based FSU faculty member, Sally Sommer.

According to UF dance professor Joan Frosch, Lindsay’s most notable accomplishment wasn’t her outstanding performance in coursework, but rather the extraordinary professional opportunity of performing a signature role in Witness, a dance piece created by UF BFA Dance alumna Megan Kendzior (BFA Dance 2010).

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BFA Dance alum hits the big screen in Prince Igor

imageJoshua Stansbury, bottom right, in the Polovtsian Dances. 

UF SoTD alum Joshua Stansbury (BFA Dance, ‘11) will be on the big screen as part of the Live in HD series with the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Stansbury is currently dancing in the new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor, choreographed by Itzik Galili. He is playing one of the Polovtsians in the opera’s famous Polovtsian Dances at the end of the first act. To find the opera in a theater near you, click here.

If you miss it on Saturday, there will be an encore performance on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The Red Silk Thread cast meets composer Stella Sung and participates in first rehearsal with Stage Director Beth Greenberg

UF students with The Red Silk Thread composer UF Distinguished Alumna Stella Sung, center. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 marked a milestone for the cast of The Red Silk Thread, a new opera making its world premiere at the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for Performing Arts April 17 and 19. Student performers and members of the cast came together to meet the composer Stella Sung, a UF Distinguished Alumna, and rehearse for the first time with renowned New York-based stage director Beth Greenberg. The rehearsal was held at Digital Worlds Institute and Greenberg joined in virtually from New York.

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Update from UF SoTD alum and Casting Associate Kimberly Wistedt


UF SoTD alum and Casting Associate Kimberly Wistedt is working for Fincannon & Associates in Atlanta and is doing very well in the casting business. Recently she wrapped on a new ABC series, Resurrection. Trailers are out now and show premieres March 9. Wistedt also worked on the recently finished film Barely Lethal with Samuel Jackson, Jessica Alba, & Hailey Steinfeld. Currently, she is helping with a new AMC series called Halt and Catch Fire. The show comes from the same executive producers as Breaking Bad—Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson. This is the show that Wistedt is truly excited about. “The writing is AMAZING. It’s like Mad Men, but takes place in the 1980s and deals with the personal computer boom,” she shared.