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Forrest McClendon (right) stars in The Scottsboro Boys

May 2011

Faculty Member Forrest McClendon Earns Tony Nomination for 'The Scottsboro Boys'


Forest McClendon stars in "The Scottsboro Boys"Barrymore Award-winning actor Forrest McClendon (right), adjunct assistant professor in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, has been nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for his role in the acclaimed Broadway musical "The Scottsboro Boys." Moving in and out of characters throughout the show, McClendon earned a nod for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role" for his portrayal of classic side-man "Mr. Tambo," the role he originated in the Off-Broadway production.  




Top: Forrest McClendon (right) and co-star Colman Domingo (left) are both up for the "Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role" Tony. Photos by Paul Kolnik.

'ArtUnleashed' Raises $300,000 for Student Scholarship Fund


"Confidence Man" by Kristine Sullivan Strawser '12 (Sculpture)The University's third annual ArtUnleashed Exhibition and Sale was held April 13 - 16, raising $300,000 for the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund. More than 300 collectors and art enthusiasts attended the event, with many pieces of artwork purchased and a number of influential new friends introduced to the University. Special recognition goes to the exceptional student, faculty and alumni artists who participated. Thanks also go to ArtUnleashed's presenting sponsors, Harriet and Larry Weiss; lead corporate sponsor, Blick Art Materials; and all those who supported the event.


"Confidence Man" by Kristine Sullivan Strawser '12 (Sculpture) was on display at this year's ArtUnleashed Exhibition and Sale.


UArts Performances Light Up Inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts


Rumble performs at PIFA

The University of the Arts was in the thick of it all as Broad Street became the epicenter of an unprecedented city-wide celebration of the arts at the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Presented by the Kimmel Center April 7 through May 1, PIFA featured innovative collaborative work by Music, Theater and Dance students and faculty, ranging from a dance/music performance of an original composition from jazz star Dave Hollenbeck to a partnership that lit up the fašade of Philadelphia's City Hall with a stunning sound and light show. 


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"Rumble," the School of Music's bucket-drum ensemble, performs at the PIFA Street Fair on April 30. 


American Dance Festival Honors School of Dance Director with Distinguished Teaching Award


Donna Faye talks with dance students

Donna Faye Burchfield, director of the School of Dance, will receive the the 2011 Balasaraswati / Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching from the American Dance Festival. With a list of past recipients that includes the who's who of the dance world, this prestigious award recognizes educators who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of dance. Burchfield will be honored at a ceremony on June 10 at Duke University's West Campus.  


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Burchfield (seated, top right) chats with UArts dance students.  


Student-Run Literary Magazine 'Underground Pool' Debuts


Underground Pool issue #1 coverLast month saw the publication of the first issue of Underground Pool, the new literary magazine of the University of the Arts. Underground Pool is entirely student-produced and includes poetry, short stories, photography and illustration. Featured students in the inaugural issue include Jody Arthur, Andrew Donato, B. Garate, Joe Granato, Andy Hood, Rachel Howard, Andrew Joffe, Emily McSorley, Sean Mulhearn, Bobby Payne, Esen Pence, Leah Romero, Kevin R. Wright, George Wylesol and Sophie Xu.


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Painting Alumna Named Fulbright Scholar


"Burning World 1" by Maureen DrdakMaureen Drdak '75 (Painting) was awarded a 2011 Core Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Nepal. Drdak will be spending six months in Nepal further developing her Prakriti Project - recently exhibited at Twelve Gates Gallery in Philadelphia - which represents the first synthesis of repoussÚ metalwork and contemporary painting.


"Burning World 1," 2010; gold leaf, repoussÚ, acrylic, mineral th; 20" diameter x .75" D.


Alumni Relations Welcomes Joanna Sung


Joanna SungJoanna Sung (right) has joined the Alumni Relations team as the new assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Arts Management and worked in Alumni and Donor Relations at her alma mater. You can reach her at 215-717-6149 or

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