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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...
Arizona State University’s new location in downtown Mesa will train students in the transdisciplinary digital expertise that technology companies are now demanding, according to ASU President Michael...
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...

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The Sundance Film Festival announced its selection of films for 2019, and one of the feature films includes a screenwriting credit for Greg Bernstein, associate professor in the School of Film, Dance...
Micha Espinosa, associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University, was selected as the 2018 Alberto Álvaro Ríos Sangre de Arte Award recipient. The ASU Chicano/...
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Jeff McMahon, associate professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, presented an evening of his recent monologues at the Dixon Place Lounge in New York City July 12. The evening included...
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Joseph Fortunato presented a first-place research paper titled "Bombs Away? Revisiting the ‘Failure’ of Spielberg's 1941" at the annual BEA convention in Las Vegas. He also served on a...
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The Interdisciplinary Research Cluster “Embodied Cognition in Performance” at ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, led by Bonnie Eckard, a professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and...
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Gitta Honegger, professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, played an integral role in the world premiere reading of the latest play by Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek . Jelinek’s new work...

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Nicole Curry, a graduate dance student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, recently won a video contest for the International Association for the Study of the Commons. As part of its virtual...
Danica Rosengren, a third-year MFA student studying theatre for youth in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre, was named the International Performing Arts for Youth’s 2019 Colleen Porter...
Two Theatre for Youth students in the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre were accepted as artists-in-residence at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine, where they spent a week in a small barn...
From the Phoenix Symphony to Arizona Opera, local arts organizations offer musical theater students at Arizona State University not only a glimpse into their potential future careers but a chance to...
Young Nae Choi, a second year MFA candidate in the theater for youth program at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, has been awarded the...
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here . Mayra Causor discovered her love of dance in high school, and after she earns her degree in...

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Marvin González De León, who received his MFA in dramatic writing from the School of FIlm, Dance and Theatre in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was recently awarded a 2018-19...