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SoTD alumna Lyndon Smith performs in Death of the Author at Geffen Playhouse

Austin Butler and Lyndon Smith in Death of the Author. Photo by Michael Lamont

SoTD alumna Lyndon Smith has had her share of successful roles as of late. Currently, she is playing the role of Sarah, the ex-girlfriend of student Bradley, played by Austin Butler, in Death of the Authora comedic play about academia on stage at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles through June 29, 2014Death of the Author is written by Steven Drukm, directed by Bart DeLorenzo and also features Orson Bean and David Clayton Rogers.

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SoTD alumnus John Pinckard celebrates another Tony Awards win


Host Hugh Jackman, center, onstage during the 2014 Tony Awards. Photo credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

John Pinckard, a University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance alumnus, was among those honored with the Best Musical win at the 68th annual Tony Awards Sunday night.

Pinckard, as one of the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, joined the cast on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to celebrate theater’s highest recognition.

The show, which received the most Tony Award nominations this year, won three additional honors for Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical.

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SoTD alumnus Hugh Hysell hired by Groupon


Congratulations to SoTD alumnus Hugh Hysell (MFA Theatre ‘97) who was recently hired by Groupon to lead their National Broadway and Live Arts sector, which offers deals in live entertainment around the country. Hysell has produced Tony Award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher. To read more about Hysell’s new position, click here.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder featuring producer and SoTD alumnus John Pinckard receives 10 Tony nominations


The best of the best on Broadway will be recognized at the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 8, 2014. Congratulations to SoTD alumnus John Pinckard (Theatre Performance ‘98), who serves as a producer in the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which received 10 Tony nominations, including in the Best Musical category. 

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By The Way, Meet Vera Stark Looks at African-American Actresses in 1930s Hollywood, On Stage at the University of Florida June 12-15 and July 9-12

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, a recent comedy by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, chronicles seventy years in the life of Vera Stark, a determined African-American maid and would-be Hollywood actress. Vera and her friends overcome scarce film opportunities and stereotypically demeaning roles by using clever means to get noticed and earn their break in the movie industry. Beginning with her role in a 1930s Southern epic, Vera Stark’s film portrayals and persona pave the way for future generations of black actresses and leave film critics arguing for decades about her motives and legacy. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is more than another tale of the rise and fall of a film actress; it is an original account of the civil rights movement as seen through Hollywood’s lens. The comedy is being presented in Gainesville, Florida, at the University of Florida June 12-15 and July 9-12 in the Black Box Theatre of the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion.

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UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine and SoTD present Dance for PD® Training Workshop May 30-June 1


Attendees at the Dance for PD® free movement class held at UF in  June 2012.

UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine and the School of Theatre and Dance in partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group will present Dance for PD®, a three-day training and professional development workshop for dancers, dance teachers, students, therapists and allied health professionals May 30-June 1, 2014 in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion at UF in Gainesville, Florida.

A free movement class for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their families, friends and care partners will be held Saturday, May 31 from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. The class will be led by David Leventhal, founding teacher and program director for the Dance for PD® program, with live musical accompaniment and will be followed by a community discussion. Parking is free, and all are welcome to attend. Advanced registration is not required to attend. 

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School of Theatre + Dance Hosts Spring 2014 Convocation Ceremony

From left to right: Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer, Tracy Floyd, Stephanie Anarumo and John Reger, president of the Friends of Theatre + Dance.

School of Theatre + Dance students, faculty members, staff, alumni, friends and donors gathered in Constans Theatre on April 23, 2014 for the Spring 2014 Convocation Ceremony. The event, which fell on the last day of the semester, served as a celebration of student talent and as a means to honor those whom scholarships are named in honor of. 

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SoTD Adjunct Lecturer Kristin O’Neal Leads National Water Dance Project

School of Theatre and Dance students at the National Water Dance Project at Blue Springs in High Springs, April 12, 2014. Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun.

SoTD adjunct lecturer Kristin O’Neal led the National Water Dance Project on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The project took place at venues across the United States and locally at Blue Springs Park. O’Neal engaged with Dance Composition II students and colleagues across the United States to bring attention to fragile water resources.

“These 14 students worked together to create a beautifully inspiring site-specific work at Blue Springs while connecting with the rest of the nation dancing simultaneously around bodies of water,” O’Neal said.

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SoTD Student Stefanie Anarumo Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for 2014-2015 School Year


SoTD student Stefanie Anarumo was selected as a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a research grant for her project “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi: An Artistic Fusion of Languages Signed and Spoken.” The creation of “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi” (Deaf Children’s Theatre) will fuse Italian sign language and American sign language, in the exploration of the traditional Italian style of physical comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, and the works of William Shakespeare. In addition to creating a deaf arts program in Rome, Italy, Stefanie will be studying the current state of Italy’s arts accessibility in relation to that of the United States.

"I am thrilled to further my theatrical studies in the areas of opera, dance and drama, with professional Italian artists," said Stefanie. "It will be a true honor to represent the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance as a Fulbright scholar abroad next spring."

The Red Silk Thread Makes Headlines Before Opening Night

Photo by Erica Brough, The Gainesville Sun

The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo, a new opera by composer and UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung and librettist Ernest Hilbert premiering tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center, has been making headlines lately, with stories in The Gainesville Sun and on the University of Florida (UF) homepage. Tickets range from $20-$40 and $10 for students. We hope to see you there!

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You’re Invited to the Spring BFA Dance Showcase!


The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the Spring BFA Dance Showcase, a production coordinated by University of Florida Associate Professor of Dance Ric Rose. Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 10, 7 p.m. on April 11, 7:30 p.m. on April 12 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on April 13 in G-6 Studio located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on UF’s campus. Tickets are $9.

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