Department News (5-5-14)

Recently, four TMA faculty members received professional development funding from the college for the following projects.  Congratulations to each of them!
Stephanie Breinholt  Fitzmaurice Voicework Workshop
Wade Hollingshaus   Research presentation at a conference on “Theatre and the Nomadic Subject”
Amy Jensen and Benjamin Thevenin  Both received funding for presentation at the 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society.
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Divine Comedy returned from their annual workshop trip last Saturday.  The company, accompanied by one of their advisors, Elizabeth Funk, attended two day-long workshops in Los Angeles this year, one with Drew Droege at the Groundlings and the other with Maclain Nelson (TMA alum and George’s son) at the Thrillionaires.  All of them felt they learned a lot and had a great time.  The group was also able to attend evening performances of comedy shows with the Thrillionaires, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Groundlings, as well as shows at Disneyland and Universal Studios.  The purpose of the annual trip is to  educate group members on different forms of comedy, to view professionals in improv, sketch, and musical comedy styles, to engage in an academic examination of the theatrical and stylistic techniques employed by professional sketch comedy performers.  Techniques and sketches developed in the workshops will be used in the Divine Comedy Fall season.

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One of our TMA alums, Christian Jensen, is a finalist for a student Oscar in the documentary category.  He recently graduated from Stanford University. This nomination is for the same film, “White Earth,” for which Christian recently won an award at the Full Frame Jury Award for the Best Short.  For more information on the awards, which will be announced on June 7, go to hollywoodreporter.com.

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