October 2009

"Fireside" by Marie Ulmer
the e-newsletter of the university of the arts

Alumnus Wins Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and LyricsHugh Jackman and Dan Zank
Dan Zank, a 1995 Piano Performance graduate, recently took home an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics as one of the arrangers of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's opening musical number at the 81st annual Oscars. Read more.

Oscar host Hugh Jackman (left) with Emmy-winning alumnus Dan Zank.
92-Year-Old Alumna Overcomes LongSelf-portrait by Marie Ulmer Odds for Enduring Creative Career
Labeled a "vegetable" by a doctor as a child, 92-year-old Marie Ulmer was never given much of a chance to become anything, let alone an artist. Ulmer pursued her artistic passion anyway, becoming an Illustration graduate in 1941. "Tell All," staged at the University's Gallery 817 through October 14, introduces her prolific collection and represents a lifetime of dedication to the arts. Read more.

Top left: "Fireside" by Marie Ulmer; above: a watercolor self-portrait.
Student-Run Apparel Company Opens Philadelphia Boutique2 Cents and Matt Trigaux
Multimedia junior Matt Trigaux (pictured right) launched his student artist-driven apparel company TrickGo from his dorm room when he was a freshman. In just two years, TrickGo's success has allowed it to move out of the dorm and into its own boutique at 11th and Pine Streets in Philadelphia. Trigaux celebrated with an opening at which he unveiled an installation and two new limited-edition artist series T-shirts by the Los Angeles-based 2 Cents (pictured left), and six new TrickGo-branded T-shirts.
Alumnus Launches Show on Al Gore's Current TVCurrent TV logo
Dan Magro, a 2009 Communication graduate of the University of the Arts, has launched his own lifestyle and entertainment series on Current TV, an independent cable TV network co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore. "Dan About Town" highlights Magro's blunt, sharp-tongued and colorful take on what's going on in Los Angeles, where the show is based. New episodes of "Dan About Town" premiere each Tuesday on Current TV, a cross-platform media company founded in 2005 by Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt that features short programs, a portion of which are created by viewers and users. Check out a show preview and "behind the scenes" featurette with Magro. Read more.

Top right: CMAC alumnus Dan Magro in Los Angeles.
Performing Arts Students Earn Prestigious ScholarshipsHenian Boone and D'Angelo Keyes
Theater Arts junior Henian Boone (left) and Vocal Performance sophomore D'Angelo Keyes (right) were recently named the recipients of two prestigious scholarships. Boone was awarded a 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship (read more), and Keyes earned the 2009 Sapphire Fund Tony Sparacino Memorial Scholarship (read more).
Brind School of Theater Arts Kicks Off Main Stage Season with 'To Kill a MockingbirScene from "To Kill a Mockingbird"d'
The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts kicks off its 2009 - 2010 Main Stage performance series with Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. University Associate Professor Amy Feinberg, head of the Brind School's Directing, Playwriting and Production program, directs the production, to which she relates, as she experienced frightening discrimination in the South herself as a child. Read more.

Theater Arts students (l-r) Jeff Budner, Joe Matyas, Jackie Real and Nick Muni star in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Kimmel Center to Manage University of Merriam Theater the Arts Merriam Theater
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and University of the Arts entered into a five-year accord to have the Center manage the University's historic 1,790-seat Merriam Theater (right). Through the agreement, Kimmel will broaden its programming reach with additional theatrical productions, concerts and performances. The University will continue to present its main-stage student performance season in the theater. Read more.
Reunion 2009:
Remember. Reunite. ReconnectReunion 2009 logo
Reunion Weekend is almost here! In just two weeks, more than 125 alumni and friends will be back on campus for engaging programming, receptions, exhibits, student performances and social gatherings. There has been so much excitement for the event in just the past few days that the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 9. There's still time! No matter where life has taken you since your days at UArts, we invite you to simply... COME AS YOU ARE. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to come back to campus, see old friends and make new ones, visit professors, observe classes and celebrate. Visit the Reunion Web site for the weekend program or to "See Who's Coming." There has never been a better time to reconnect with your alma mater!

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