David Tolchinsky honored for his work

David Tolchinsky’s full-length play, “Clear,” was one of six selected to be published in 2015/issue 3 of Proscenium Theatre Journal. The journal also ran a long interview with him. Previously, he was commissioned by Fork the Man Productions to write the film "The Coming of Age" and is now one of the co-producers on the project; the film is complete and is being submitted to film festivals. The trailer for the project was edited by Zach Lorkiewicz (RTF Class of ‘12). Tolchinsky was also nominated for Best Play and was named Best Director at the Strawberry One-Act Play Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, in February, for his play “Where’s the Rest of Me?”.

Tolchinsky was honored for this directing award at the NU Faculty Recognition dinner on September 28. The play was selected for inclusion in a volume of the best plays from the festival, to be published later this winter. His feature, Girl (screenwriter and associate producer), “from a million years ago” said Tolchinsky, starring Dominique Swain, Selma Blair, Portia de Rossi and Sean Patrick Flanery, was released on iTunes. He was featured along with our MFA in Doc Media program director Debra Tolchinsky at #8 on Newcity Magazine’s Film 50 List. A great honor for both of them, the program and the department.

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Rebecca Gilman 2015 Steinberg/ATCA award recipient

Professor Rebecca Gilman is the 2015 Steinberg/ATCA award recipient for her play “Luna Gale.” She was additionally honored at the NU Faculty Recognition Dinner held at the president’s house on Sept 28 for this award. Additionally The Acting Company’s one act interpretations of Tennessee Williams short stories, featuring her play based on “The Field of Blue Children” (1937), received a write-up by The New York Times. The play is set at contemporary University of Alabama with Williams’s main character, Myra, as Layley, a sorority sister drawn to a poet. Her new play “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976” is part of the Goodman’s regular season.

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Brett Neveu’s play listed in Chicago Magazine’s Most Anticipated Plays

Faculty member Brett Neveu’s play “Pilgrim’s Progress,” starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, premiered at A Red Orchid Theatre this November. “Pilgrim’s Progress” has been listed as number 3 in Chicago Magazine’s Most Anticipated Plays list this fall and just received a great review in The Chicago Tribune.

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Zayd Dohrn’s untitled drama series acquired by Showtime

Faculty member Zayd Dohrn’s untitled drama series has been acquired by Showtime, with Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures attached. His play Muckrakers was produced at New Repertory Theatre in Boston, and his play Reborning opened at the Fountain Theatre, where it was an LA Times “Critic’s Pick.”

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Thomas Bradshaw profiled in the latest Chicago Magazine

Faculty member Thomas Bradshaw was profiled in the latest Chicago Magazine about his art and his play “Fulfillment,” which also received a positive review from The New York Times for its performance at The Flea Theatre in New York City. The Goodman will produce the world premiere of Bradshaw’s play “Carlyle” this spring. “Carlyle” is about an African-American politician who is a member of the Republican Party and was first featured during The Goodman’s 2014 New Stages Festival.

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Student and Alum News 2015

MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage alum Ethan Kass (MFA class of ’12) has been staffed on TNT’s Murder in the First.

“Time Difference” by current MFA Lin Tu (MFA class of ‘16) premiered at Aspen’s acclaimed Theater Masters’ ninth annual TAKE TEN: NATIONAL MFA PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL. Her experience with the festival was an incredible journey, opening her the broad, wondrous theatre world. “Theater Masters” led to productions in Aspen and New York with professional directors and actors; panel discussions and local TV interviews; meetings with people from agencies, organizations, and publishing houses; conversations with an acclaimed artistic director and actress among seven other talented playwrights; and a publication of the collection of the festival’s short plays.

Sara Accuardi’s (MFA class of ‘09) play was chosen for this year’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

Nayna Agrawal (MFA class of ‘15) joined Grey’s Anatomy as a writer’s P.A. in May. In September, she performed her selected short fiction piece “Envy and Tuberculosis” at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. She was recently awarded a three-month writing residency in France, funded in part by the Tenot Foundation.

Erin Austin (MFA class of ‘13) won the 2015 Red Theater Playwriting Competition for her play “Insert Heart Here.”

Carrie Barrett’s (MFA class of ‘08) short film OPEN HOUSE was just selected as the winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival/ Funny or Die Make ‘Em LAFF Showcase. It was directed by fellow Northwestern MFA graduate Marisha Mukerjee with help from fellow MFA graduate Lauren Bennett. She is also one of five playwrights chosen for the Humanitas/CTG PLAY LA Workshop.

Gabrielle Fulton (MFA class of ‘10), whose play “Uprising” at Horizon Theatre Company received 4 nominations for the Suzi Bass Awards in Atlanta, including Outstanding World Premiere. “Uprising” was also part of Women’s Voices Festivals in DC.

Sarah Gubbins’ (MFA class of ‘08) play Cocked is featured as one of six new plays to debut Off-Broadway, produced by The Atlantic Theater Company and premiered at Victory Gardens in the spring.

Stephanie Kornick (MFA class of ‘10) is a writer’s assistant on Transparent.

Jenni Lamb (MFA class of ‘12) has been named as a member of the Goodman Theatre’s 2016 Playwrights Unit. It’s the Goodman’s sixth iteration of the Playwrights Unit and their first all-female group. She is also the inaugural winner of Route 66 Theater Company’s New Play Development Workshop.

Marisha Mukerjee (MFA class of ’11) has joined the writing staff of NBC’s Heroes: Reborn

Eoghan O’Donnell (MFA class of ’09) wrapped his CW show The Messengers, where he served as showrunner and producer. He has been hired as the co-executive producer for the second season of MTV’s Scream TV series.

Milta Ortiz (MFA class of ‘12) received a stunning review for her play “Más” performed at Borderlands Theatre.

Jen Spyra (MFA class of ‘12) is part of the writing staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which has been nominated for best Comedy/Variety Series by the Writer’s Guild of America.

Shannon Pritchard’s (MFA class of ‘14) play “Traces” premiered at Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago this past March, as the inaugural production in their Pioneer series. Her play “Practice Babies” received a staged reading at TimeLine Theatre in April as part of their TimePieces series.

MFA alumnae Milta Ortiz, Meridith Friedman, Sarah Gubbins and Jenni Lamb made The Kilroys List and Honorable Mentions this year.

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Northwestern Media Relations highlights the program’s success

MFA in Documentary Media was featured by Northwestern Media Relations in a recent story highlighting the program’s success over the past year.  The story went viral and was picked up by Movie City News and re-tweeted by Kartemquin Films as it made the rounds on social media.

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Chicago Underground Film Festival Panel

In May 2015, MFA in Documentary Media program director Deb Tolchinsky participated on a panel at the Chicago Underground Film Festival called The Naked Truth, featuring local documentary filmmakers. The panel was hosted by NewCity film critic, Ray Pride.