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Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2020 issue of ASU Thrive magazine. For many people, dance is a form of escape. The sweat-soaked physicality of the art offers the...
As a new assistant professor in ASU's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Rachel Finley hopes to increase the educational experiences of her students and to help them find their own voices. “...
Robert Farid Karimi wants to amplify the ways people tell stories, and as a new assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Karimi hopes to do that...
In celebration of this upcoming Juneteenth — also known as Freedom Day, in honor of the day that emancipated the last of the enslaved African Americans in the United States — Arizona State University...
As a new member of Herberger Institute Professor Daniel Bernard Roumain ’s DBR Lab , ASU film student Keegan Carlson was looking forward to performing with the lab at National Sawdust in Brooklyn,...
ASU’s costume shop may be closed, but its staff and students are still hard at work — making masks instead of costumes. When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the U.S., Arizona State University...
Seven Arizona State University artists will showcase new works as part of ASU Gammage’s Digital Connections Facebook live series on Wednesday, May 6. Composer and storyteller Cole Travis, dance...
This weekend, you can sit back with your popcorn at home and enjoy two nights of original film and media, as Arizona State University's School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s annual Spring Senior...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates . Graduate student Lawrence Fung came to ASU from Hong Kong, China, to study at the W. P. Carey School...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates . Anna Ciza Deogratias, who’s graduating from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts with a major...
Professors, students and staff around the world are adapting to new learning environments for their classes, but what about educational experiences and activities beyond the classroom? For theater...
Dance exists beyond the stage. Students, faculty and staff in Arizona State University's School of Film, Dance and Theatre have always explored how movement and dance performances can happen in...
In a relatively short time, much has been written about the global cultural response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASU researchers in the health humanities think there should be even more discussion —...
Film Spark in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at ASU is hosting a series of Q&As Monday nights throughout the month of April on the Film Spark YouTube channel . During the Q&As...
Complete black. Then, out of the darkness, from underneath a pile of dirt in the center of the room, emerges Fargo Tbakhi, into the light, for all to see. His clothes are filthy and torn, his face is...
Award-winning filmmaker, actor and director Fanny Véliz will speak with ASU students following a screening of her film “Our Quinceanera.” The School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s Film Spark program...
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is among five recipients selected from across the country to receive an award to conduct a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts...
Whimsy, comedy and a powerful message about the importance of understanding emotion are at the core of “ The Snow ,” an upcoming School of Film, Dance and Theatre production that opens Feb. 14 at...
Palm trees, film sets, movies screenings: They're the makings of Hollywood dreams — only this scene is set at Arizona State University, where future filmmakers are mastering their craft. Los...
The 60 people sitting in an Arizona State University conference room in January 2017 had virtually nothing in common. There were theater majors and scientists; sophomores and school deans; local...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019 commencement . By the time Maricruz Santoyo arrived at Arizona State University, she knew she had a story to tell. As a DACA (...
What does a comedy performance look like when the cast and crew are all women? "Funny for a Girl" is a live comedy show created, produced and performed by ASU film and theater students....
Urban Sol, a cr oss-institute initiative in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, shines a light on street arts culture with DJs, MCs, aeroSOUL artists and dancers...
Just over 10 million people were living in the U.S. without legal immigration status in 2017. Tens of thousands are young people who received temporary protection through the federal Deferred Action...
“Call Kathy.” It’s a phrase that gets thrown around quite a bit among scholars and practitioners in the field of theater for youth. And call they do. They call with questions about scripts and set...
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is teaming up with Biodesign Institute on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Biodesign Institute auditorium to participate in an...
With organizations the caliber of Mayo Clinic, TGen, the Flinn Foundation, Arizona BioIndustry Association and the state’s universities, Arizona boasts a multitude of talented scientists, health...
For Jesse Lopez , the opportunity to partner with Upward Bound , a federally -funded academic program for college-bound students from underfunded communities , was a chance to pay it forward , since...
When J. Bouey took their first dance class as a teenager in south Phoenix, they just wanted to be a stronger captain for their little-known high school step team. Now, after years of doubts and...
Living in space is going to present problems. Lots of them. Heat. Cold. Radiation. Is the company liable for overtime pay when the ship wakes you from cryosleep ahead of time? One of the more...
Each spring, high school students across the U.S. declare their college decisions, a first major step in carving their future path, and it deserves celebration. On May 1, Michelle Obama’s Reach...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement . At 19 years old, Krystina Owens started her own production studio while attending Arizona State University. Now the...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement . Maedeh Moayyednia’s journey as a refugee inspired her to become a storyteller through the art of film. Moayyednia,...
It used to be that people would dress up once a year at Halloween, but the world of cosplay has opened new opportunities for people to create intricate, elaborate costumes to wear year-round. Arizona...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement . Although he is a theater major in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts , senior Fargo Tbakhi found a home...
The Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre is holding a monthlong celebration of dance this April consisting of three events: Latin Sol, SpringDanceFest and Come AZ You Are. Guest...
More than 3,000 people packed the grass at Sun Devil Stadium on Friday as part of ASU 365 Community Union ’s Movies on the Field. The screening of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"...
In 1988, a spaceship crash landed in a school playground in London. Tim Webb, an internationally renowned theater artist, was behind the crash — it was the setting for a multi-sensory, interactive...
The directors of Oscar-winning film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” recorded a video interview exclusively for ASU 365 Community Union’s free screening of the movie at Sun Devil Stadium on Friday...
Dontá McGilvery has devoted his life to finding people who live at the margins of society and giving them a voice through theater. “Performance has the power to transform,” he tells his class. And he...
Michelle Memran met playwright Maria Irene Fornes two decades ago. The plan was to interview Fornes, who has been called the greatest and least-known dramatist of our time, for an article on the...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2019 . Arizona State University’s new location in downtown Mesa will train students in...
The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is launching a new summer workshop for costume makers, and registration is now open....
The School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is launching a new workshop this summer for screen actors. The Screen Acting Summer...
Dancers from the greater Phoenix area will have the chance to learn from Los Angeles dance industry professionals during a two-day clinic at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State...
A person’s voice is their identity — and that can be expressed more profoundly through actions than words, according to an Arizona State University student who has dedicated his career to helping...
When we think about robots, it’s usually in the context of their relationships with humans. Some are friendly, like Rosie the Robot from “The Jetsons” — a bizarre juxtaposition of futuristic...
One of the most important large-scale artworks in the world sits in the desert of northern Arizona, where artist James Turrell has spent decades shaping the landscape into an immersive observatory....
Each year, A rizona State University honors leaders in the community for their commitment to servant leadership in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. ’s admirable contributions to the world. From...
From the dusk of the drive-in to the dawn of the login, America’s movie-watching journey has traversed a twisty plot of romance, drama, enterprise and disruption in the decades since the first “...
Next stop: “The Polar Express.” Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University will play host to another Movies on the Field event Friday, Dec. 14, with Robert Zemeckis' 2004 animated North Pole...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates . This month, Quinn Mihalovic graduates with a BFA in dance, and he says he owes his success...
A free expo this Thursday offers visitors the opportunity to explore urban arts at ASU, from urban dance music ensembles to hip-hop theater. The ASU Urban Arts Expo features performances, lecture...
Five years ago, New York artist Kim Weild directed the world premiere of renowned playwright Charles Mee’s unconventional “Soot and Spit” at Arizona State University . The production moved to New...
The United States was polarized, reeling from violence, its citizens protesting their leaders and questioning the very foundations of the country. It was 1971. That year, an audacious and wholly...
Nothing brings people together like a night out at the movies — watching the big screen with friends and strangers and popcorn. What some students may not know is that there are many film screenings...
The energy at the second annual Herberger Institute Day was electric — so electric that after four solid hours of almost 100 creative workshops at Herberger Institute’s five schools and art museum,...
“It goes without saying that networking is important in Hollywood,” said Adam Collis. And he would know. As a producer and director, Collis has worked with Oscar winners. As a professor and ASU Film...
How would you dance with a Yiddish accent? Or express the tensions of Jewish-Arab relations through movement? Arizona State University is holding an international research conference this month...
Borders and identity aren’t fixed concepts to an artist — they’re fluid notions that change with time. A prominent playwright and author who is spending this academic year at Arizona State University...
Each year the School of Film, Dance and Theatre kicks off its season of events with Fall Forward! , a dance production featuring a range of new works created by Arizona State University faculty and...
Working for the benefit of our community is central to the mission of Arizona State University, but it’s actually a pretty radical idea, according to a professor who teaches students how to do it....
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. Read more top stories from 2018 here . A weeklong music extravaganza is about to hit Arizona State University...
An unprecedented production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.” An exhibition featuring ASU Art Museum’s Andy Warhol collection. A musical about religion, identity and dinosaurs. The 2018-19 season at...
Arizona State University is widening the lens for film education in Southern California. In collaboration with Film2Future, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to educating underserved youth in...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement . Rachelle Dart has been a theater artist her entire life. “Ever since I was little, I was a performer,” said Dart,...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2018 commencement . Everyone thought Marylyn Aguilar would pursue a career in singing, but it took an essay and some tears for her to...
Arizona State University alumnus Nick Cartell is returning to the ASU Gammage stage May 15-20 in his dream role: Jean Valjean in the Broadway touring company of “ Les Misérables.” Cartell, who grew...
A fellow at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is gathering people in the Latinx dance community to forge bonds and consider a closer collaboration. “Dance in the Desert” is a three-day...
Each year students, faculty, staff and visiting artists in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s dance program create a number of works. This weekend, audiences have the chance to see a selection...
Art isn’t always about entertaining the masses and making people feel good — it can also be used as a powerful tool for social justice and cultural change. That’s what “The CounterAct Convening,” an...
For the second year, scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts have partnered for one-night-only performances of...
Imagine having a conversation with a bespectacled companion. You try desperately to look into their eyes, but all you can focus on is the third, unblinking eye that may or may not be recording you...
When Lance Gharavi finalized the 2015–16 theater season for the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute, he made it a point to include women’s voices...
Most performances happen within four walls; this performance will be bisected by one. On Saturday, Binational Arts Residency artist Ana Maria Alvarez, orchestra musicians and 36 dancers from a...
History has its eyes on "Hamilton." And so too does a group of storytellers honing their craft at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Straddling the...
It’s an adult world, and kids are just living in it. But this weekend, on the Paul V. Galvin stage at Arizona State University, six short stories will explore just how young people can and do claim...
The 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony will offer a bit of everything: epic films, indies with heart, female directors, black best actor nominees, a Pakistani-American screenwriter, Meryl Streep (...
Film and video artist Jon Jost will visit Arizona State University this weekend to work with current ASU students in classes and workshops and to premiere his latest film, “Again and Again.” “ Jon...
There was no shortage of changes for the nation and Arizona State University in 2017. In a year that celebrated the 15th anniversary of the New American University, the faculty, staff and students...
Crocheting and big data might seem wholly unrelated, but for Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre Assistant Professor Jessica Rajko, the intricate webs of ever-expanding yarn...
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On Nov. 14, students from Arizona State University will participate in one of 211 events across 38 countries aimed at addressing climate change through theater. Climate Change Theatre Action is a...
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What if you could trade in your internal moral compass for a digital compass? In “The Compass,” which opens this weekend at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, an app lets users forgo the struggle of...
Every Halloween season the BloodList unveils a list of the best 13 unproduced horror and suspense genre screenplays, and for the second year in a row, the list included a script by ASU faculty Chris...
Ever since Dean Steven J. Tepper arrived at ASU, he has been working on a way to bring the diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts together. Given...
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2017, click here . “The Nutty Professor” (1963), “A Star is Born” (1976), “Jerry...
light blue movie poster for the nether written by jennifer haley directed by william partlan with old house and the face of a girl and technology graphics around the title
Welcome to the Nether — a network of virtual reality realms. Plug in. Choose an identity. Indulge your every whim. But can you really have a world without consequences? That’s one of the questions...
Arizona State University’s Child Drama Collection is the largest, most utilized and internationally renowned youth-theater repository in the world, according to university officials. It lures...
Student jumps as she throws up the pitchforks with the sunset in the background
Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review. To read more top stories from 2017, click here . For the third year in a row, Arizona State University tops the...
Her sophomore year, Anissa Griego served as the assistant director and choreographer for the Lyric Opera Theatre student production of “Grease.” It was one of the greatest challenges of her life,...
The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s upcoming season offers something for everyone, from dance concerts and film screenings to cutting-edge theatre and collaborative productions between...
dancer Masako Kitaura leaned over in a pose with intense glow in black and white
In her final weeks as a dancer with the New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan famously said, “In ballet, if you’re over 40, you’re a dinosaur.” She was 47 years old at the time. “There is a tacit...
Let’s say you have a complex, scientific story to tell, like you want to point out the irony that while researchers have determined the weight of the moon, the composition of stars and even a theory...
About 14,000 Sun Devils graduate from Arizona State University this week, turning their tassel and becoming the university's newest alumni. It's time to celebrate all they've...
An Arizona State University semesterlong fusion experiment that paired artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts with scientists from the Biodesign Institute culminated in a one-...
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Entrepreneurs within the arts will have the opportunity to engage with Valley artists during the one-night immersive event “No Vacancy.” Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students (HADES)...
Teal flyer with hands and arms in performance position for Spring Dance Fest at Paul V Galvin Playhouse Theatre for April 21-23  2017
This year, ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s annual SpringDanceFest concert will not only feature the choreography of dance students, but also the choreography of three recent guest...
Bilingual artist and educator Yadira De La Riva grew up with a foot on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border, and she wants to change the narrative on immigration.
A group of artists will perform and display their work on top of a former landfill this weekend to encourage dialogue on issues such as displacement, immigration and desert water use.
In the coming weeks and months, desolate sections near the U.S.-Mexico line will transform into arthouses, theaters and classrooms as Arizona State University brings together a collection of artists...