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UF School of Theatre + Dance alumnus George Salazar performing in Off-Broadway musical

Photo by Billy Bustamante

By Elizabeth Boone

UF School of Theatre + Dance alumnus George Salazar is currently performing in the Off-Broadway production of Here Lies Love at the Public Theater. He is currently playing in the ensemble after working with the production last year as a swing.

Here Lies Love is an “immersive show retracing the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from her meteoric rise to power to her descent into infamy,” according to the show’s website. After its success in the U.S., the show has plans to transfer to the National Theatre in London, and Salazar said he is thrilled to be a part of it. 

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UF Alumni Christina Molina and Dean Rockwell present collaborative art piece in Denmark

Cristina Molina (MFA ‘12) and Dean “Rocky” Rockwell (MIB ‘12) co-presented their collaborative art piece, A Much Mended Thing, Aug. 30, 2014 at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.  This work was presented as part of a symposium entitled “Spaces of Precarious Condition: Bridging Cultures, Designs and Worldviews”.   Molina and Rockwell are also developing a book chapter out of the project.

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UF School of Theatre + Dance alumna Katrina Asmar performs in A Chorus Line

By Elizabeth Boone

UF School of Theatre + Dance alumna Katrina Asmar is currently performing the role of Diana Morales in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line in Seattle, Washington. Asmar graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

“I couldn’t be happier to play one of my dream roles in one of my favorite shows of all time,” Asmar said.

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MFA Alumnus Jordan Marty joins Arts Foundation at VCUarts as Instructor

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Jordan Marty (MFA ‘13) has joined the Arts Foundations program at VCUarts for the 2014-15 academic year, serving as instructor of the course “Time Studio” in addition to the appointment of Wood Shop Technician. VCUarts (Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, Virginia) is currently ranked the No. 1 public university arts & design program in the country (US News & World Report).

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John Harris wins 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest

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By Patrick Glenn

With two weeks left in the 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest, alumnus John Harris was still torn between which of the required ducks to paint—the greater scaup or the lesser scaup.

Harris, who works as an artist preparator for Engineering Services at Epcot and has worked at Walt Disney World for 25 years, settled on the lesser scaup (pictured). A month later he received word from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that he won the competition.

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Five Ph.D. Music Education alumni selected to present at ISME Conference in Brazil

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Five UF alumni who received their Ph.D.’s from the University of Florida in Music Education were selected as presenters on a range of individual topics at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) at the world conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from July 21-26, 2014. Pictured left to right: Dr. Don Devito, Music Teacher at Sidney Lanier School in Gainesville, Florida; Drs. David Edmund and Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund, Music Education Professors at University of Minnesota—Duluth; Dr. Duncan Wambugu, Music Professor at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; and Dr. Alena Holmes, Music Education Professor at University of Wisconsin— Whitewater. Congratulations to these UF grads for their successes! The Gator Nation is Everywhere!

SA+AH alumnus Andrew Hendrixson travels the U.S. with new project

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Image of Andrew Hendrixson’s work from a recent house show in Ohio.

Andrew Hendrixson, a 2011 painting MFA alumnus, recently inaugurated a new project called The House Shows. For this project, Hendrixson will travel around the U.S. to cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Nashville, installing artwork in living rooms and local venues for a one-day art show where he will then talk about and welcome everyone to engage in the artwork.

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School of Art + Art History alumna Kristin Reeves featured in solo exhibition in Chicago

The work of School of Art + Art History alumna Kristin Reeves (MFA Art and Technology ’12) is currently featured in a solo exhibition, [What Is This Feeling], at Antena in Chicago. [What Is This Feeling], which is on view through July 19, 2014,processes the consequences of a desire to isolate where it hurts and what it is to be human.

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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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SOM alumna Dr. Christina Reitz publishes article

School of Music alumna Dr. Christina L. Reitz (Ph.D. Musicology, ‘07) co-authored “Information Literacy in Music History: Fostering Success in Teaching and Learning,” which will be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Library Administration, volume 54, number 7. The article by Reitz and Librarian, Alessia Zanin-Yost, is the culmination of two years’ research of music history student research writing.

SoTD alumnus Hugh Hysell hired by Groupon

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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.

SA+AH alumnus Frankie Batista’s work featured in Lulu’s ad campaign

Lulu’s Pre-Summer 2014 ad campaign by Frankie Batista

SA+AH alumnus Frankie Batista’s photography was recently featured in Lulu’s pre-summer 2014 ad campaign. Batista, a 2002 SA+AH graphic design graduate, discovered his passion for photography and film making after his completion of his degree at UF. According to Batista’s biography, he is known for his “vibrant use of color and contrast, his highly polished, often exotically bright images.”

His work has been featured in many magazines and other publications in the United States and across the world. To view more images from the ad campaign, click here.