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Discovering the anthropology of theater with Melissa Moschitto '03

Is a name destiny?

It certainly seems so when you consider the work of The Anthropologists, a New York City-based theater company founded by UMass Theater alum Melissa (Fendell) Moschitto ‘03 in 2008.

December 11, 2023
Directing student Kyle Boatwright gets inspiration from alum Dawn Monique Williams '11G

When Boatwright learned that Theater alum Dawn Monique Williams was directing Twelfth Night for the company this summer (the show runs through Oct. 13), Boatwright didn’t let the fact that OSF isn’t currently offering internships stop her. She contacted Williams, who willingly made room for her on the team, and had what she calls “hands down one of the best experiences of my life” shadowing Williams as she worked. 

 

November 3, 2023
Finn Lefevre '17G works at the leading edge of trans and theater scholarship

Finn Lefevre '17G is a trans non-binary scholar who first came to the Department of Theater at UMass Amherst as a graduate student in dramaturgy, and has now won a following among undergraduate students by teaching exciting new classes such as Sci Fi and Queer theatre. Lefevre

October 27, 2023
A professor and student team up to help actors find their voices

Elisa Gonzales is mentoring Lindsay Forauer, a theater and linguistics double major, as she takes her first steps toward a voice and dialect coaching career.

October 25, 2023
How Director Dawn Monique Williams '11G is Removing Barriers of Access to Theater

Dawn Monique Williams 11’G is a freelance director, choreographer, educator, leader, creator, and self-described lover of language, musical theater, and Shakespeare.

September 14, 2023
Meredith Aleigha Wells '16 takes roles as an actor and an activist

Meredith Aleigha Wells is a hyphenate in more ways than one: They're an actor-singer-dancer and theater-maker, as well as a disability-and-LGBTQ-rights activist who works to improve visibility for disabled and LGBTQ performers.

August 17, 2023
Carrie Radigan '16 chases a career as a film producer

Radigan is one of the producers of Chasing Chasing Amy, director Sav Rodgers’ film about his complicated relationship to the late-1990s Kevin Smith movie, Chasing Amy

July 12, 2023
Grad student Pedro Eiras' leave hasn't exactly been time off

Over the course of his leave, he developed two huge screenwriting projects: one is a 26-episode show about Brazilian history airing next year on Brazilian television (he wrote all 26!), and the other is a film script based on the life of a woman who opposed the Brazilian military dictatorship and was tortured for it, which is now in development.

June 16, 2023
HFA Faculty Networking Initiative Creates Meaningful Connections Between New Faculty and Distinguished Mentors

On the fourth floor of the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, students in the TH240 class are involved in an icebreaker exercise, led by guest speaker and award-winning Cuban American writer, director, and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) faculty member Marissa Chibás. 

May 17, 2023

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