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2015-16 Theatre Season Highlighted by Musical, Student-Directed Play, and ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

Wildflower, a play by Lila Rose Kaplan

A new beginning in Crested Butte, Colorado. A carnivorous plant on Skid Row. A chance meeting in a Moscow cafe. And, a fresh look at Jane Austen’s beloved Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The 2015-16 theatre season of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre offers four distinctly different productions—Wildflower, Little Shop of Horrors, The Bear and Afterplay, and Pride and Prejudice—which together make this season one not to be missed.

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Music Faculty Strengthen Cultural Ties with Scholars in Asia

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Tricia Park

Continuing to strengthen cultural ties with scholars and alumni in Asia, three faculty members from Notre Dame’s Department of Music will depart on Tuesday, October 13, for Seoul, Beijing, and Hong Kong. During the 12-day tour, they will present concerts and lectures at leading universities and cultural institutions, including the Asia Society in Hong Kong. Building on the success of their previous visits, their outreach has expanded from universities to more broadly based cultural institutions as well—such as last year’s recital at the Beijing Capital Library, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy, and their upcoming appearance at the Asia Society.

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Theatre Professor’s Play Explores Nuances of Interfaith Love

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Anne García-Romero

Disheartened by anti-Muslim rhetoric that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Anne García-Romero resolved to write a play that explored the intricacies and nuances of interfaith love, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence. After years in the making, that work has become a reality. Paloma—which received its West Coast premiere and ran for a month this summer at the Los Angeles Theatre Center—focuses on a romance between a Muslim man and a Christian woman.

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Video: Meet Studio Art Major Lauren Miller

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

Lauren Miller

The studio art major prepares students to create and analyze works of art by developing visual literacy, research skills, and technical ability. Students concentrate their studies in ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. “I knew that I wanted to do art and that I loved it, but at the same time I didn’t want to sacrifice having a really broad and rich education," said Lauren Miller ’15. “So I chose Notre Dame, and it was a really good decision for me.”

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New Course Makes Special Effects Real for FTT Students

Author: Tom Lange

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

FTT special effects course icon

In a new course, Special Effects for Studio and Stage, associate professional faculty member Ken Cole taught Department of Film, Television, and Theatre students how to brainstorm and design a wide range of practical illusions for use in creative productions. The group of about 10 students simulated explosions, used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, built props out of scraps and spare parts, and conjured up a realistic rainstorm.

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FTT Alumnus to Launch Kids Web Series After Winning Mister Rogers Award

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Alumni, Arts, and General News

Eugene Staples

Eugene Staples has a vision: Entertainment can be more than a distraction—it can be an inspiration. It can teach kids how to be better people. It can make the world a better place. That sense of responsibility—the desire to make things that make an impact—was sparked at Notre Dame, and was recognized this spring by the Television Academy Foundation, which honored him with a Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship.

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Anthropologist Focuses on Cultural Poetics

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Alex Chavez

Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.

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Professor Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been named the winner of the 2015 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. The Sheedy award presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the McKenna Hall auditorium. It is open to all faculty and students.

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MFA Student Sarah Edmands Martin Wins Walter Beardsley Award for Thesis Installation

Author: Evan Bryson

Categories: Arts, General News, Graduate Students, and Research

Sarah Edmands Martin

Sarah Edmands Martin, a third-year graduate student in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, received the Walter Beardsley Award from the Snite Museum of Art for her thesis installation The Princess & The Beast. Charles Loving, director of the Snite Museum, presented the award during the opening reception for the 2015 Thesis Exhibition on April 10.

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Video: Arts and Letters Students Intern on 1916 Documentary in Ireland

Katie Brennan

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and to be in Dublin. It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Katie Brennan, a sociology major in the College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2014, Brennan and three other University of Notre Dame undergraduates interned on the production of 1916: The Irish Rebellion, a three-part television documentary set to air on PBS, the BBC, and Irish broadcaster RTÉ in 2016.

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Notre Dame Produces Liam Neeson-Narrated Documentary to Remember Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Liam Neeson

The University of Notre Dame will play a major role in the international celebration of the centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, which was announced Tuesday, March 31 in Dublin by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. A documentary television series, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, produced by Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will be broadcast worldwide during the centenary, which memorializes the events in Dublin on Easter Week a century ago, when an insurrection started a process that culminated in an independent Irish state and accelerated the disintegration of the British Empire.

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College of Arts and Letters Launches New Program in Design Thinking

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, General News, Research, and Undergraduate News

Richard Gray

In fall 2015, the College of Arts and Letters will launch a new Collaborative Innovation program that focuses on the principles of design thinking—a powerful approach for solving real-world problems. “A dynamic, iterative, and deeply human process, design thinking prepares students for the type of collaborative, cross-disciplinary work they will encounter after graduation, no matter what career paths they pursue,” said Richard Gray, chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, which will be home to the new program.

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Robert Sedlack Receives 2015 Ganey Award for Community-Based Research

Author: JP Shortall

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Robert Sedlack

Robert Sedlack, associate professor of visual communication design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is the recipient of the 2015 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award, given annually by the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. The award honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with local community organizations.

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"First Time Fans" Film Series to Be Released at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Alumni, Arts, and General News

Michael Canzoniero '93, "#AnnaLynneGoesToCollege"

A series of three documentary films, directed by award-winning film directors who are also University of Notre Dame alumni, will be released on the WatchND app and the UND.com website during the last three weeks of this year. The series, “First Time Fans,” presents the excitement and wonder of some very different people as they experience a Notre Dame football game for the first time.

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Film Projects Take Notre Dame Professor Around the World

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

William Donaruma

Rome. Bangladesh. An abandoned island off the Irish coast. These are just a few of the locations where William Donaruma ’89 has traveled as a filmmaker and teaching professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). “Nothing beats experience and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone,” Donaruma said.

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Campus Crossroads: A State-of-the-Art Facility for Music

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Arts, Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Campus Crossroads Project

Among the most noticeable features of the Campus Crossroads Project’s design to enhance and harmonize the University of Notre Dame’s academic, athletic, and student life programs will be the South Building, a six-level structure connected to the south side of Notre Dame Stadium, on which work will begin in November 2015. The building will make possible the relocation of Department of Music from its present quarters in Crowley Hall, bringing it under the same roof as the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.

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A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

Author: Kevin Brennan

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Robert Sedlack

On the second floor of West Lake Hall, a group of Notre Dame students is making big plans. They are focused on addressing the plight of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. They’re even planning a trip to Johannesburg next spring to offer hands-on assistance. But these are not biology or preprofessional studies majors. They are graphic design students exploring ways to use their talents to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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FTT Students Shine at National Auditions

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Undergraduate News

Zuri Eshun '14

“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). Notre Dame had record success in 2014 at the national auditions organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), with six of the seven FTT students who auditioned receiving offers from graduate programs in attendance.

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Notre Dame Music Faculty Builds Scholarly Connections in Asia

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Beijing Global Gateway

Three faculty members from Notre Dame’s Department of Music embarked today, October 7, on a 12-day tour to Asia, building scholarly and cultural connections with universities in China and South Korea. Professor Peter Smith, chair of the department, Professor John Blacklow, an award-winning pianist, and Assistant Professional Specialist Tricia Park, a critically acclaimed violinist, will travel to Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. The trio will present lectures and performances, including one at Beijing’s Capital Library, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy.

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Sacred Music Graduate Student Awarded Scholarship

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Arts, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Graduate Students

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Chris Dekker, an organist in Sacred Music at Notre Dame’s Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. The scholarship recognizes an undergraduate or graduate music student who intends to pursue a career in sacred music and who demonstrates “evidence of exceptional musical or artistic talent, effective leadership ability, and outstanding promise of future usefulness to the Church.”

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ND Theatre NOW Features Original Student Plays

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

ND Theatre NOW

Two senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters will see their original plays come to life October 2–12 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. ND Theatre NOW is the only entirely student-driven production in this year’s FTT theatre season, with student writers, directors, and performers. It features two one-act plays: Beneath My Skin, by Zachary Wendeln, and Out of Orbit, by Lucas Garcia.

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Students’ Short Documentary Honored at Sunset Film Festival

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Alumni, Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

Suicide Disease filmmakers at Sunset Film Festival

A heart-wrenching film from three 2014 University of Notre Dame graduates took top honors in the short documentary category at this year’s Sunset Film Festival in Los Angeles. In The Suicide Disease, Katie Mattie, Vincent Moore, and William Neal tell the story of Frances Shavers, who worked at Notre Dame as chief-of-staff and special assistant to University President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., before she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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Alumnus Jeff Spoonhower Brings Digital Media Expertise to FTT

Author: Aaron Smith

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Faculty News, and General News

Jeff Spoonhower ’99

Jeff Spoonhower ’99 has been appointed assistant professor of film and digital media production in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT). A 12-year veteran of the video game and animation industries, Spoonhower shares with students the very same production techniques and tools he uses in his award-winning professional work.

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Grammy Award-Winning Baritone Nathan Gunn to Serve as Artist-in-Residence at Notre Dame

Author: Noelle Elliott

Categories: Arts and General News

Nathan Gunn

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will return to his hometown in September to inaugurate his artist-in-residence series with the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame. Gunn, a South Bend native, will spend one week each semester for the next four years teaching Notre Dame vocal students, visiting classes, coaching students as they prepare for OperaND’s annual performances, and participating in public colloquia with faculty.

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Sacred Music at Notre Dame Presents Interdisciplinary Drama

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Arts, Faculty News, and General News

Carmen-Helena Tellez

Joan of Arc, leader of armies, adviser to King Charles VII, and patron saint of France, has been a role model to those who suffer for their convictions for more than 600 years. In the first of a series of sacred music dramas produced at the University of Notre Dame, Joan of Arc also served as inspiration for an interdisciplinary project featuring elements of film, music, and a multi-media art installation, said Sacred Music at Notre Dame Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez.

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Alumni Share Sacred Music in Ireland

Author: Gabriela Leskur

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Catholicism, General News, and Internationalism

The healing power of music, the joyful celebration of faith—Teach Bhríde (the House of Brigid) seeks to enrich these elements of the Notre Dame spirit in a people who helped form this institution’s mission and heart: the Irish themselves. The House of Brigid began in 2009, when recent graduates of Notre Dame, aided by generous donors from the Notre Dame community and the Notre Dame Folk Choir, started a yearlong service program to assist in spiritual ministry and liturgical music in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Video: Meet Arts and Letters Pre-Health Major Will Sievern

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Arts, General News, and Undergraduate News

“My long-term goal has been to go to med school, but I’ve also found a passion for music and piano performance here at Notre Dame, and the College of Arts and Letters pre-health supplementary major has really allowed me to explore both of those things,” says senior Will Sievern from Evansville, Indiana. Sievern is pursuing a major in piano performance while also majoring in Arts and Letters Pre-Health.

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Video: FTT Major Develops Creative Project at New York Dance School

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Undergraduate News

Brock Switzer ’13, a film, television, and theatre (FTT) major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, began taking dance classes at neighboring Saint Mary’s College during his sophomore year. It was there that he learned of the influence of dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. Using Graham’s techniques, Switzer planned to choreograph a dance for his senior thesis project. With the help of an American Dream grant from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, he attended the Summer Intensive program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 2013.

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