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Lydia Antonioni (FTT '97) picked as one of the Top 35 under 35 by Hollywood Reporter

December 02, 2009

Lydia Antonioni (FTT '97) picked as one of the Top 35 under 35 by Hollywood Reporter!

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iNDustry Alliance Alumni Filmmaker Series

December 02, 2009

iNDustry Alliance Alumni Filmmaker Series
Launches Dec. 11th


The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and ND Alumni Association announce a new guest speaker series featuring Notre Dame alumni in the film industry. Screenwriter Stephen Susco (ND ’95) will screen his new film RED

Bengal Bouts documentary about more than boxing

October 16, 2009

Bengal Bouts

Mark Weber, a 2009 University of Notre Dame graduate, describes Notre Dame’s annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament not in terms of rings and gloves but as “a great tradition of young men giving their blood and sweat in the fight against global poverty.”

If you’re thinking this sounds like a film just waiting to be made, then you’re thinking like Weber.

A double major in film, television and theatre (FTT) and the Program of Liberal Studies – as well as the 2008–09 Bengal Bouts president – he has teamed with FTT faculty member William Donaruma to produce “Strong Bodies Fight,” a documentary about the distinctive program. The title is inspired by the bouts’ longtime mantra: “Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished.”

Student Playwrights Find Their Voices

September 29, 2009





Theatre major Shay Thornton ’10 remembers well the genesis of the student-written play Scattered Voices. It was in early 2008. She and fellow students in Professor Anton Juan’s theatre and social concerns course started corresponding with juveniles at a local correctional facility.…

Department of Education grant to fund Asian studies at Notre Dame

September 28, 2009

Kellogg Institute

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages Program (UISFL) grant of approximately $180,000 to advance Asian language and area studies at the University.

“We are committed to creating a vibrant and distinctive interdisciplinary program in Asian studies that carries the Notre Dame stamp of excellence and supports the University’s mission to internationalize the curriculum, the intellectual life, and the spirit of the campus,” said Jonathan Noble, the provost’s advisor for Asia initiatives, who will serve as chair of the project’s faculty steering committee.

Theater season to feature work of student playwrights

September 02, 2009

FTT Students

Beginning this fall, plays created in the “New Playwrights Workshop” of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) will be part of the regular theater season.

Students will perform the plays “Cargo” and “Scattered Voices” in six performances Oct. 6 to 11 (Tuesday to Sunday) in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Times and ticket information are available on the Web at

The plays were created in a course called “Theatre and Social Concerns,” taught by Anton Juan, professor of theater and an internationally acclaimed director/playwright.

In the theater course, Juan “imparts to them the value of listening with their mind’s eye, with all their senses,” he said. “I teach them the value of other people’s realities, and why it’s important to mark the differences in the world.”

Peter Holland Named Honorary Fellow at Trinity Hall

September 01, 2009


Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was recently elected an honorary fellow at Trinity Hall, his alma mater and one of the 31 colleges that comprise the University of Cambridge.

“It is always gratifying to see your colleagues celebrated for their achievements,” says John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, who named Holland associate dean for the arts last year. “In this case, I am especially pleased, as Peter’s excellence as both a scholar and an administrator has truly made Notre Dame a stronger university.”…

Notre Dame professor encourages exploration of theater from international perspectives

August 10, 2009

Yael Prizant

For a writer, freedom of expression is no less integral to the creative process than a blank sheet and a great idea. But in a number of nations around the world, such a liberty does not exist, replaced instead by the right to discuss only what the government says you can.

Researching how the threat of censorship affects playwrights, Yael Prizant, assistant professor of film, television and theatre (FTT) at the University of Notre Dame, found examples from Cuban theater in many of the case studies.

Notre Dame professor’s book sees stars in a different light

July 27, 2009

Christine Becker

Brad Pitt walks around his neighborhood with photographers in tow. Britney Spears can’t pass by a newsstand without seeing herself on multiple tabloids. And teen sensation Miley Cyrus—aka Hannah Montana—reserves Disneyland to celebrate her birthday with 5,000 of her “closest” friends.

With lifestyles like these, it’s no surprise we tend to see celebrities as somehow different from ourselves.

Student Filmmakers Magazine features FTT Faculty William Donaruma

May 02, 2009

Student Filmmakers Magazine features
FTT Faculty William Donaruma


Bill Donaruma FTT Faculty, has the cover story on the StudentFilmmaker’s Magazine Anniversary Edition.

The StudentFilmmaker’s Magazine Anniversary Edition cover story (April 2009), “Capturing the Story for the HD Documentary, Strong Bodies Fight” is written by William Donaruma, a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Donaruma, also is the director and producer of the film. Strong Bodies Fight is about the partnership between the Notre Dame Bengal Bouts boxing tournament and the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. For 79 years, proceeds from the Bengal Bouts have been used to support these Missions.…