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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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Music and FTT major comes through in the clutch to compose soundtrack for Notre Dame football introduction video

Author: John Heisler

Notre Dame junior Alex Mansour admits he's not much of a sports fan. Yet, when confronted with a crunch-time challenge, he came through with a prime-time performance befitting any Irish athlete making a game-winning play. Mansour's assignment? Create the musical score for the 80-second video that would be shown on the Notre Dame Stadium video board just before the Irish team took the field. Three days before the 2017 Irish season opener against Temple, the video remained incomplete — and Mansour was on the spot.

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, November 8-12, 2017

Author: Stacey Stewart

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The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 8-12, 2017. 

In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” first performed in London in 1895, both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues.  …

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Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre kicks off 2017-2018 Theatre Season with 1960 anti-fascist play RHINOCEROS

Author: Stacey Stewart

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Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces ND Theatre NOW: Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco, translated by Derek Prouse, September 28 – October 8, 2017. Inspired by the rise of European fascism in the 1940s and first produced in 1960, Ionesco’s exploration of conformity and resistance remains uncomfortably relevant in 2017. …

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FTT majors use film to bring criminal justice issues to light

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame seniors John Haley and Julia Szromba see documentaries as a powerful tool — to change policy, to change laws, and to change minds. The two film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors’ recently completed Respectfully, Tony, a short documentary that shines a light on the U.S.’s mass incarceration problem and challenges people to rethink their opinions of the death penalty. The film has now been selected for multiple film festivals across the country.

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FTT faculty lead effort to restore a piece of 20th-century popular culture

Author: Brandi Klingerman

One of the most innovative and new pieces of popular culture emerged in 1914 when Winsor McCay, a famous cartoonist and vaudeville performer, incorporated an animated cartoon called Gertie into his act. Despite its popularity at the time, the original film and the paper drawings for it have all but been forgotten over the past 100 years. But now, faculty members in Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre are working to change that by collaborating internationally to restore the film and to research the history surrounding its cultural impact.

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Fornés Playwriting Workshop 2017

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 July 7 to 14, 2017.…

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FTT professor named chair of the International Shakespeare Association

Author: Tom Coyne

Peter Holland, the College of Arts and Letters’ associate dean for the arts and the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, has been named chair of the International Shakespeare Association. Holland, a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, was selected by the association’s executive committee from candidates nominated worldwide for the prestigious position. The association, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of Shakespeare, seeks to further the study of the playwright’s life and to connect Shakespeareans and Shakespeare societies around the world.

 

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