He dabbled in theatre and watched a lot of TV; he showed enthusiasm and a willingness to take creative risks. He wrote. And wrote. And wrote. School of Communication alumnus and producing vet of such legendary comedy series as Chappelle’s Show and The Colbert Report shared with students his keys to making it in the world of comedy. Spoiler alert: there’s room for everyone.
Stellaluna, the Wirtz Center’s family theatre production about a fruit bat’s forest adventures, intends to deliver a message beyond what is in the dialogue. Director and MFA candidate Caitlin Lowans set out to create Stellaluna in a sustainable way — using repurposed materials, recycled supplies, and an indefatigable zeal for creative challenges.
Northwestern alumnus and director of animated films John Musker remembers a guest speaker during his undergraduate years that changed the course of his career. Warner Bros’ legend Chuck Jones, addressing students, demonstrated how work as an animator meant a lifetime of continuous learning. Musker took this to heart, and his trajectory has been equally impressive. He shared his story with students on October 19.
Raoul Peck, the Academy Award-nominated director of I Am Not Your Negro, was invited to campus this week as the 2018 Hoffman Visiting Filmmaker in Residence. Peck screened and discussed his film, which profiles the late writer and social critic James Baldwin, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.
John Logan is the rare Hollywood figure to achieve success on multiple artistic fronts. A prolific writer who boasts a diverse body of work, Logan has penned blockbusters and cerebral plays alike. The Class of ’83 alumnus joined us last week and shared with students his take on writing, research, preparedness, and the power of hard work.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight was based, was welcomed as a featured guest last week at the Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories conference. He spoke to a packed house Friday, following the Thursday evening premiere of his play In the Red and Brown Water at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.
Last week’s Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories conference welcomed scholars, artists, performers, researchers and students to examine the black artistic experience through a global lens. The conference’s keynote speaker was Homi Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University. Read more to learn about his enlightening talk that kicked off the week of events.
Three School of Communication alumni returned to campus last week to celebrate their reunion and share with students their tales from the Great White Way. Heather Headley, Catherine Brunell, and Randy Meyer, all from the class of 1997, talked of touring, auditioning, landing a role, and losing a role, but never losing one’s appreciating of the journey.
Department of Radio/Television/Film associate professors Kyle Henry and J.P. Sniadecki, lecturer Stephen Cone, and MFA Documentary Media alumna Mina Fitzpatrick will each be screening films at the Chicago International Film Festival October 12 through 26. Henry’s film “Rogers Park” will premiere at the festival. Of the four films, two are shot in, and largely about, the city of Chicago.
We welcome this academic year a crop of faculty members that are already bolstering our impressive ranks. Among the new faces are theatrical director Shana Cooper, computational journalism expert Nick Diakopoulos, and Jennifer Novak-Leonard, a leading researcher in the arts and creativity and the public’s participation in that realm.
Northwestern School of Communication alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus logged a legendary win at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Not only did she earn her sixth consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy win, she is now tied with SoC alumna Cloris Leachman for overall wins by a female performer at eight apiece. The other big winner was hilarious host, alumnus Stephen Colbert, and the other talented alumni featured in the telecast. Read on for more details.
The School of Communication’s American Music Theatre Project has joined forces with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to produce two original musicals for the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Donald G. Robertson Director in Music Theatre David Bell, alongside Northwestern students and alumni, collaborated with the famed European institution on two thematically linked shows about home, identity, ancestry, and war.