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July 2014 

UArts Dancers Make Top 20 on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
SYTYCD logo Congratulations to School of Dance juniors Stanley Glover '16 (Dance) and Bridget Whitman '16 (Dance), who made it into the Top 20 on the June 25 episode of the Fox reality show "So You Think You Can Dance." The UArts dancers were chosen from among 157 contestants to advance to the competition's next round, which airs live on Wednesday, July 2.


Top: Photos of Glover (left) and Whitman (right) by Brooklin Rosenstock/Fox.
Summer Open House and BBQ

Summer Open House poster 2014

Join us for a Summer Open House and BBQ! Take a campus tour; speak with faculty, alumni and current students; speak with Student Financial Services; attend a Question and Answer panel; and enjoy a cookout in our Furness Courtyard. Please RSVP at 215-717-6049 or; two guests per person. 


July 10, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hamilton Hall

320 South Broad Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Right: Summer Open House poster illustration by Alex Dos Diaz '14 (Illustration).
School of Music Grad Produces New Puff Daddy Video

Puff Daddy and Meek Mill School of Music alumnus Sean Paulsen BM '10 (Composition) is associate producer on the just released video for "I Want the Love" by Puff Daddy featuring Meek Mill. The video was created by multimedia production company One Big Ball Pictures, where Paulsen currently works.

Watch the video >>

Right: Still from the "I Want the Love" video.

Theater Alum Wins Lucille Lortel Award for Off-Broadway Excellence

Lucas Steele

Ira Brind School of Theater Arts alum Lucas Steele BFA '01 (Musical Theater) took home a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway for Featured Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed performance in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812." "Steele struts and swaggers with a magnetic 'czar quality' as Prince Anatole," says in a review of the Obie Award-winning "electro-pop opera" inspired by Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Right: Steele as Anatole in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812." Photo by Chad Batka. 
'Make Good Art' Commencement Speech Still an Inspiration

Neil Gaiman

The 2012 Commencement address by award-winning author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (right) urging UArts graduates to "make good art" was included on NPR's "Best Commencement Speeches, Ever" list released this May. The hand-picked list featured more than 300 commencement addresses dating back to 1774. Gaiman's speech, which went viral and continues to be an inspiration to artists, was also included on Flavorwire's "30 Writers' Invaluable Advice to Graduates" list.

Alumni Council Welcomes New Members  


Alumni Council 2014 The Alumni Association welcomes Diane DiGiacomo BM '80 (Piano) [top left], Jeremy Lawrence BM '10 (Guitar) [top center], Michelle Nichols BFA '07 (Graphic Design) [top right], Charlotte Riggs MAT '03 (Visual Arts) [bottom left], Jason Sobin BM '97 (Guitar) [bottom center] and Davon Williams BFA '09 (Musical Theater) [bottom right] to the Alumni Council. These new members begin their three-year terms on July 1, 2014. The mission of the Alumni Council is to represent the alumni base of the University of the Arts, evaluate and support Alumni Relations programming and communication efforts, offer input and guidance in outreach to all alumni, provide leadership, and serve as advocates for the University.
UArts Alumni: Join Us at a Summer Send-Off Event to Welcome the Class of 2018

LA Send-Off 2013
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will welcome new students and their families with a series of send-off events around the country throughout July and August. These events provide students and their parents with an opportunity to meet other students, University leadership and graduates from their hometowns.

More information >>

Right: Members of the Class of 2017 gather at the 2013 Southern California Summer Send-Off hosted by Mary Dembo BFA '85 (Graphic Design).

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