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Internships and athletics led FTT major to top producer job on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Author: Jack Rooney

Growing up in southern California, Jennifer Sharron Richardson ’01 knew she wanted to go into the entertainment industry. But she had no idea she would one day be co-executive producing an award-winning late night talk show like Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It took a Notre Dame liberal arts education, a passion for softball, and a little luck to get her there.

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fabled romance The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, April 10-14.

 

Levy’s fluid and impressionistic adaptation, steeped in the heady essence of the Jazz Age,  relies on visual production elements to bring to life the characters and lyricism of Fitzgerald’s classic novel.…

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For Puerto Rico native Jay Rivera-Herrans, choosing a major he loved wasn’t easy. He turned that struggle into an original musical.

Author: Carrie Gates

Like the character he created, Jorge “Jay” Rivera-Herrans is exuberant and tenacious, but no one could mistake him for a cop out. A junior film, television, and theatre major, he has written the book, lyrics, and music for a new musical — Stupid Humans, which opens Thursday and runs through March 3 — and is also playing the leading role.

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents the 30th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Author: Stacey Stewart

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 30th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, January 25 through 27.  As in recent years, audience members are invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student directors of the winning film after the final screening.…

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents new adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, Nov. 14-18

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by Constance Congdon from a new translation by Notre Dame alumnus Dan Smith (’98), in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 14-18.…

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre kicks off 2018-2019 Theatre Season with WASP and AMERICAN ROULETTE

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces WASP by Steve Martin and American Roulette by Tom McCormack, September 27 – October 7, 2018. Two one-act plays with an absurdist take on the American Dream, WASP and American Roulette are presented under the auspices of ND Theatre NOW, an annual slot in FTT’s mainstage season that features a production realized entirely by student artists.…

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College of Arts and Letters launches new minor in musical theatre

Author: Carrie Gates

Notre Dame has launched an interdisciplinary minor in musical theatre — a collaboration between the Departments of Music and Film, Television, and Theatre — which can be customized for students interested in performing, songwriting, directing, conducting, or scholarship. The program begins at a time when dramatic, music-based performances are thriving on campus, including Opera Notre Dame’s recent productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and a world-premiere operatic version of As You Like It as well as FTT musicals such as Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors.

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Seven internships help political science and FTT senior decide what she wants — and doesn’t want — in a future career

Author: Teagan Dillon

When Sydney DeVoe came to Notre Dame, she was convinced she would be pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. But after various, wide-ranging internships at 21st Century Fox — focused on production, editing, marketing, finance, and legal work — and a valuable experience working in London with a Member of Parliament her junior year, DeVoe is encountering a problem that many students may envy. She has too many career paths she could pursue after graduation.

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Fornés Playwriting Workshop 2018

Author: Anne García-Romero

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of Film,Television and Theatre, is proud to announce the writers who have been selected to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago from June 25 to July 3, 2018. Led by award-winning playwright and Fornés protégée Migdalia Cruz, an alumna of Fornés’s Hispanic Playwrights in Residence Laboratory at INTAR, the workshop will culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.…

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How Arts and Letters and FTT formed the foundation for husband-and-wife filmmaking duo’s Hollywood success

Author: Jack Rooney

Christine Swanson ’94 has written and directed multiple award-winning films. Her husband, Michael Swanson ’93, is an Emmy-winning producer and studio executive who has worked on hit Universal Television shows. The married Department of Film, Television, and Theatre alumni also make movies together through their Los Angeles-based production company, Faith Filmworks. Grounded in their Notre Dame liberal arts education and inspired by their deep Christian faith, the Swansons use their skills to tell the type of uplifting stories they feel are missing from big Hollywood studios.  

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With ambitious senior thesis film, FTT major preserves grandfather’s story of coming to America

Author: Emily McConville

Crystal Avila's senior documentary, Beneath the Trees (Debjao de los árboles), recounts her grandfather's journey from his small village in Mexico to the United States border and his time in Yuma, Ariz., where he got a job picking cotton for 35 cents a day. The film premiered in February at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where it was one of 10 films selected for the fest's Oscar-qualifying competition. It will screen this weekend at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, where it is nominated for best short documentary film and Avila is up for the best female filmmaker award.

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FTT presents Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, April 18-22

Author: Stacey Stewart

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, April 18-22. Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, Sater and Sheik’s alt-rock musical won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007. …

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FTT expands scholarly reach with faculty studying African American and Asian theatre

Author: Carrie Gates

The Department of Film, Television, and Theatre is broadening the scope of its theatre program with two new faculty members — Tarryn Chun and La Donna Forsgren. Chun specializes in the modern and contemporary periods in Chinese theatre, as well as the intersection between technology and the arts. Forsgren focuses on African American theatre and performance, dramaturgy, and black feminist theories.

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Writers sought for 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop

Author: Anne García-Romero

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is seeking writers to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago.…

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First Time Fans is Back for Season 4

Author: Ted Mandell

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Three documentaries. Three alumni directors. One University.

 

Season 4 of the always fascinating First Time Fans film series debuted on Notre Dame’s UND.com website February 28. A truly unique production model, First Time Fans brings together Notre Dame alumni filmmakers and pairs them with current students to tell inspiring stories about extraordinary people on an extraordinary campus.…

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents the 29th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival

Author: Stacey Stewart

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the 29th Annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival, in the Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, January 26 through 28.  As in recent years, audience members are invited to vote for their favorite film via text message. The Audience Choice Award will be presented to the student directors of the winning film after the final screening.…

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