UF Musical Theatre alum Thaddeus Pearson, who understudied Tony in the National tour of “West Side Story,” will now play Tony in the International Tour. He will make his West End debut in August and then continue to tour the UK afterward.
Chris Linn (BFA Theatre ‘88) has joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as president, head of programming for TruTV. Linn is joining Turner Broadcasting after working for MTV since 2004 as executive vice president of programming and head of production.
“Chris brings to TruTV a remarkable track record of success highlighted by some of the most pop-culturally relevant and engaging series on television,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, which includes TruTV, TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies.
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Congratulations to SoTD professor Tim Alymeyer, who will be returning to the Hartford theater in Hartford, CT for Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still,” staged by artistic director Rob Ruggiero.
TheatreWorks Hartford Theatre
UF SoTD Associate Professor of dance Neta Pulvermacher was recently awarded a grant for her proposal Advanced Computing Dance. The grant was awarded to Pulvermacher from UFIT.
More information about Pulvermacher can be found on her dance company website here.
UF SoTD alum Jaime Samson took over the reins as the Wardrobe Supervisor on the 1st National Tour of the musical Memphis. He moved to NYC in August of 2011 after earning his MFA from the University of Florida. By October he was building costumes for Tony Award winners Joel Grey and Sutton Foster (respectively) in Anything Goes; the 80s rockstars in Rock of Ages, as well as dressing the suave gentlemen in Jersey Boys, and the incredibly talented cast of Memphis on Broadway. The second year of the Memphis tour kicked off in September and has been seen coast to coast ever since. The tour ends it’s Equity run in Orlando May 19th so catch it while you can! See www.memphisthemusical.com for more information.
UF SoTD Associate Professor Ric Rose is currently playing the role of Robin Hood in Robin Hood at the Hippodrome State Theatre, through May 5. Robin Hood is being directed by Hippodrome Artistic Director and UF MFA alum Lauren Caldwell. The play is family friendly, fast paced, and a clever take on the Prince of Thieves. Go see it before it’s gone!
Image: students performing “Rite on”, a work in progress inspired by Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Photo by Jordan Albright Photography.
As part of the UF/NYC “Informances”, students will perform segments of this piece along with their own creative works in New York on May 10 & 11, 2013.
The UF/NYC Dance Xchange program, directed by choreographer and UF SoTD associate professor, Neta Pulvermacher, takes dance majors and minors of the University of Florida to New York City for an 8 - day dance and art exploration trip. The UF/NYC Xchange main objective is to bridge the gap between the isolated nature of “collegiate dance” and the “real” chaotic and wonderfully diverse world of dance in NYC. Learn more about the class and how to register here.
From UF School of Theatre + Dance Visiting Schusterman Artist Dana Ruttenberg:
As Spring and Winter are in deep negotiation, and with Spring now finally having the upper hand, my stay with the wonderful students and faculty of the University of Florida’s Dance department is coming to a close. I am wrapping up four incredible months of being immersed in a generous, curious, supportive and passionate community whose members - both young and seasoned - have taught me daily lessons. When you’re lucky - you come to teach and leave having been taught.
Being away from home for an extended period of time encourages me, almost pushing, to look with fresh eyes on this thing we do (aka DANCE).
Congratulations to UF Scenic Design graduate student Jamie Frank, for winning the Kennedy Center National award in Scenic Design (that’s first place in the nation) American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center last week in Washington DC.
Also, congratulations to SoTD Associate Professor and faculty mentor, Mihai Ciupe, whose scenic design students have now won this national competition three times since 2006.
Shakespeare’s “TAMING OF THE SHREW”
A Reader’s Theatre Performance
Directed by Sid Homan and Joseph Urick
April 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Performances from Sunny Smith, Joseph Urick, Rob Cope, Karelisa Hartigen,Maya Tzur, Ezekiel Boston, Laine Evans Nelson, Alexis Gedallovich, Jeff Jurges, and Sid Homan.
The UF School of Theatre + Dance and UF English invite yout to a joint production of A Reader’s Theatre Performance of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” This is a project directed by UF MFA Acting student Joseph Urick and Classics Professor Sid Homan. The project is being done at Uslter Hall, 2nd floor, as an endeavor to promote discussion about gender roles, feminism, misogyny, marriage, relationships, love, sex, and equality.
This Reader’s Theatre performance is free and runs about 90 minutes plus intermission. Stay after the show for a talkback to discuss the issues relating to the performance!
A Handful Of Leaves: Immigrant Stories
Wednesday, April 17: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Worlds Institute, Old Norman Gym (REVE), UF Campus
Parking: The Norman Field Parking Garage
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
For ticket availability contact Kevin Marshall at email@example.com to reserve your tickets. Live streaming video of each performance will also be available at http://digitalworlds.ufl.edu/live
A Handful Of Leaves: Immigrant Stories is a devised theater piece, directed by UF SoTD Professor Kevin Marshall, based on selections from the holdings of the UF Price Judaica Library. The production focuses on the incredible stories of Dr. Emanuel Merdinger and Leah Stupniker, and will explore moments in the lives of these individuals, based on their memoirs and journals.
The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) have announced the exceptional stage directors who have been selected as the 2013 Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Georgi Georgiev Antiqua, Elizabeth Carlson, Will Detlefsen, Dimitar Ivanov Dimitrov, Vesselin Dimov, Alexandru Mihail, Raphael Massie, Louisa Proske, Jamila Reddy, Samantha Saltzman, [UF SoTD alum] Danny Sharron, Jordan Slaveykov, Nicole A. Watson, and Lian Walden.
The fourteen recipients, who will spend the next year as part of the award-winning program, have been accepted into five different programs of study: the New York Fall Directing Program, the Hangar Residency Program (a partnership with the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY), the Musical Directing Program (a partnership with Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA), the Classical Fellowship for Directors of Color (a partnership with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA), and the U.S./Bulgaria Stage Directors Exchange.
Read the full story here.
Photo by Vonecia Carswell, Alligator
From the Independent Florida Alligator, Contributing Writer
Israeli choreographer Dana Ruttenberg has spent this semester, teaching and interacting with students in the UF School of Theatre + Dance.
While Ruttenberg has been teaching two courses in modern dance technique, she has also choreographed a new, original piece that she and her students will perform today, Friday and Sunday at the
Constans Theatre [Black Box (McGuire Pavilion) on the UF campus]
Read the full article here.
Note: The location printed in the Alligator is incorrect. The BFA Dance Showcase will take place in the Black Box (McGuire Pavilion). We have asked the Alligator to make the correction online.