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Making IT Alumni Exhibit

November 2011

University of the Arts Featured on Front Page of 'The Chronicle of Higher Education'
The University of the Arts' innovative re-thinking of its first-year curriculum headlined the October 21 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the publication of record for the higher education community. The front-page story featured classes taught by faculty members Kristine Marx and Sherry Lefevre, focusing on the University's new vision of educating 21st century artists and designers.  

Distinguished Brecht Scholar Helms Student Production at UArts  


Good Person of Szechwan"The Good Person of Szechwan," one of the best-known works of German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, will be presented by the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts and directed by Dr. Heinz-Uwe Haus, an internationally renowned director and one of the world's leading authorities on Brecht. Brecht's enduring parable will be performed by an ensemble of more than 20 students from the University's Acting and Musical Theater BFA programs November 11 - 19 at the Arts Bank Theater on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.


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Award-Winning Dance Alumnus Talks Choreography in 'Back Stage' Magazine

Jeffrey PageCo-winner of the 2011 MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography for his work on Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)" music video, Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page BFA '02 (Jazz Dance) credits UArts for inspiring his current career in a profile in Back Stage magazine. "I always made up dances when I was a little boy," he says, "but it wasn't until I got to college that I learned someone could have a full career as a choreographer." He also tells the magazine, "In Indiana, there were very few black dancers," he recalls. "So I was really attracted to the idea of going to college in Philadelphia, because you saw a lot of really good black dancers going to school there and dancing in Philadelphia professionally. It was like a little New York."


'Making IT' Alumni Exhibition


The juried alumni exhibition "Making IT," which coincided with DesignPhiladelphia and Family & Alumni Weekend, featured works by recent graduates from the classes of 2001 through 2011. More than 200 works were submitted by alumni from both undergraduate and graduate programs. The 43 final works were selected by a distinguished jury that included FLUXspace's Nike Desis and Warren Miller;'s Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof; alumna Christy Blanca Gonzalez BFA '01 (Painting), MFA '09 (Museum Communications); DesignPhiladelphia's Hilary Jay; and Christopher Sharrock, newly appointed dean of the College of Art, Media and Design at the University of the Arts. The exhibit, which was on display through October 30, showcased the excellence and artistic diversity of recent art, media and design alumni.

Top: "Hive Queen" by Emi Savacool BFA '09 (Crafts); above: "Cornelius" by Caitlin McCormack BFA '10 (Illustration). 
UArts Music Faculty Member Featured at International Music Festival in Russia


Andrea ClearfieldMusic by Adjunct Assistant Professor Andrea Clearfield filled the beautiful Glazunov Hall at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of the 11th annual International Conservatory Week Festival. Vocal works from several of Clearfield's cantatas were presented and she performed on piano. Clearfield also offered a master class to students at the Conservatory during her visit. 

CORRECTION: Faculty, Alumni Take Top Honors at 2011 Barrymore Awards


Our apologies to Alex Bechtel BFA '08 (Musical Theater), whose Barrymore Award win was incorrectly identified in the October 2011 issue of Verge. Bechtel took home the award for Outstanding Music Direction for "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" at the 17th annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater, held October 3 in Philadelphia. 

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