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FTT presents The Fornés Festival, October 2-13

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces The Fornés Festival, a series of staged play readings and academic engagement events celebrating the legacy of the prolific Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés (1930-2018), in the Philbin Studio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, October 2 through October 13.…

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FTT announces 2019-2020 Theatre Season

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2019/20 theatre season, including three new plays written by Notre Dame faculty and students, a Tony-nominated rock opera, as well as a festival of staged readings.…

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A classic Notre Dame story: How the extraordinary saga of Father Hesburgh was brought to life by 19 A&L students and alumni

Author: Carrie Gates

Hesburgh, a critically acclaimed documentary to be released nationwide on May 3, tells the story of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. — reaching far beyond the borders of the Notre Dame campus to tell an epic American saga. But the making of Hesburgh is very much a Notre Dame story. Documentary filmmaker Patrick Creadon ’89 has a history of hiring Notre Dame students and alumni — and sought out no less than 19 of them to help create Hesburgh.

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Film professor emeritus receives lifetime achievement award from Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Author: Josh Weinhold

Donald Crafton — a Notre Dame film, television, and theatre professor widely considered the pre-eminent scholar on early animation — received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies last month. “Don Crafton’s work has set a high standard for historical scholarship and also has contributed vitally to the study of animation within our field,” said Heather Hendershot, an MIT professor of film and media, in her introduction of Crafton at the awards ceremony.

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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, in which he also plays the leading role. The show ran from Feb. 21 through March 3, sold out every one of its scheduled nine performances. An additional performance was added — and sold out online in less than two minutes.

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In Hollywood, FTT student gains valuable skills and experience through summer internships

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

From the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., to FX Networks in Los Angeles, Notre Dame students gain valuable experience every year through summer internships. While internships are an important opportunity to discern career paths or gain insights into fields of study, costs can deter many students from accepting them. To eliminate this barrier, the Center for Career Development offers grants that enable students to afford living expenses when accepting unpaid or low-paying internships all over the world. Applications for 2019 summer internship funding are due April 2 or April 29.

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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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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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