Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Mitchell, assistant professor in the School of Theatre + Dance, on the recent publication of his open source textbook, Theatrical Worlds, published online by University Press of Florida. This is a ground-breaking text for the teaching of introductory theatre courses that has been years in development. Congratulations also to Stacey Galloway, assistant professor, for her chapter on costume design.
Twentieth Century actors Amanda Schlachter, left, as Lily Garland, and Tom Foley, as Oscar Jaffe.
Twentieth Century, a classic 1930s screwball comedy that explores the theme and effects of stardom during the Golden Age of Hollywood, will be presented by the UF School of Theatre + Dance during a limited one-week engagement July 17-20, 2014. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 17-19 and at 2 p.m. July 19 and July 20.
Back row, left to right: Ralf Remshardt and Tony Mata; front row, the films’ honorees from left to right: Max Ferrá, René Buch and Miriam Colón; all photos by Tucker Hollingsworth
Approximately 100 guests including celebrated figures of the Broadway and Off-Broadway community attended a special film screening of Theatre of Rice and Beans at New York’s Tribeca Cinemas May 12, 2014.The film, directed by School of Theatre + Dance professors Tony Mata and Ralf Remshardt, was first screened at UF in January and is a tribute to the history of Latino theatre and to René Buch, Miriam Colón and Max Ferrá, the founders of New York City’s three most influential Latino playhouses.
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark actors Emily Lewis, left, as Gloria Mitchell and Oluchi Nwokocha as Vera Stark.
The UF School of Theatre + Dance’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, a recent comedy by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage that chronicles seventy years in the life of Vera Stark, a determined African-American maid and would-be Hollywood actress, is on stage in Black Box Theatre located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion July 9-12, 2014. We recently sat down with the play’s director, UF Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer, for an inside look at the production. Here, Altmeyer talks about what attracted him to direct this play and how Vera Stark is the perfect example of someone in pursuit of the American dream.
Swamp Dance Fest 2014, directed by choreographer/filmmaker Tiffany Rhynard, is a transformative four-week dance intensive taking place July 7-August 3, 2014 at UF’s School of Theatre + Dance in G-6 Studio in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. Intended for pre-professional and professional dancers ages 16 and above, Swamp Dance Fest combines a rigorous schedule of classes, rehearsals, performances, artists’ talks and special projects, composition classes, and dance for camera classes, culminating in a performance of works created during the festival, performed by students and guests.
Professor Stan Kaye, far left, and Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold, far right, with students Diane Ariza, Kyle Sheppard and Jamison Deighan.
Since 2002, School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD) Professor Stan Kaye and School of Architecture Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold have teamed up to teach Architectural Lighting Design. The spring 2014 course included architecture students from the Gainesville and CityLab-Orlando programs as well as students from the SoTD.
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 Author, a comedic play about academia on stage at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles through June 29, 2014. Death of the Author is written by Steven Drukm, directed by Bart DeLorenzo and also features Orson Bean and David Clayton Rogers.
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.
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.
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.
SoTD alumnus George Salazar (BFA Theatre Performance ‘08) is set to perform in the ensemble in Here Lies Love, a musical produced and scored by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim and directed by Alex Timbers opening May 21, 2014 at The Public Theater in New York.
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.
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.