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.
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.
John Pinckard, left, with School of Theatre and Dance Director Jerry Dickey
UF 2009 Outstanding Young Alumnus and Tony-Award winning producer John Pinckard returned to UF on Feb. 21-22, 2014 to host a master class and to visit with faculty, staff and students.
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.
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).
Joshua 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.
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.
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.
The SoTD production Dance 2014: Left of Green. Fall combines dance, theatre, live music and spectacular visuals that take the audience on a journey like never before. Before you embark on this sensory experience, learn some fun facts about the work, directed by Tzveta Kassabova.
UF SoTD alum Bryan Lussier (MFA, 2012) accepted a new position with Available Light, the top museum lighting design firm in the nation. The firm recently taught a museum lighting class at UF at the LDI program in Las Vegas.
From Rodin’s The Kiss to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, love’s impact on the arts is undeniable. This Valentine’s Day week we will share the stories of five couples who have a passion for the arts and a love of the University of Florida College of Fine Arts. Here are their love stories.
Linda and George Wilson
UF SoTD alum Celeste Den (BFA in Theatre Performance) is currently performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through October. Den will be performing in Water by the Spoonful and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. You can buy tickets here.
UF SOTD alum Kislyck “Kissy” Halsey (MFA ‘09) is currently on tour with with Tyler Perry’s Hell hath no Fury like a Woman Scorned. The show will be running through May 2014 and you can find tickets here.
The College of Fine Arts 2014 Student Juried Exhibition will showcase the talented work of dance, music, studio art and film students. An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 from 6 - 9 p.m. and the exhibition will be on view from Feb. 14 - 28 in University Gallery. The opening reception is free and open to the public and features an exhibition of visual art works in University Gallery, accompanied by film screenings and an electro-acoustic music listening room.