Two of our colleagues received some great news this week. Prof. Julia Ashworth received word that she has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and also been granted Continuing Faculty Status. Dr. Megan Sanborn Jones received word that she has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Both promotions are well deserved. Julia and Megan make significant contributions to our department, college, and university, and also to their respective fields. We are lucky to have them among us. Congratulations to them both!
Congratulations to the following TMA students who will be interning this summer at the following companies. Each of these students has received a grant from the university’s student experiential learning funds.
Jacob Baird (BFA Acting)– Sundance Summer Theatre
Stephen Moore (BFA Acting) – American Conservatory Theatre
Courtney Miller (Theatre Education) – Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Jared Wilkinson (Media Arts) – Producers Guild of America
Ian Hawkes (Media Arts) – Tinder Transmedia
McKinley Stauffer (Media Arts) – NFL Films
Emma Meurs (Media Arts) – Arts + Labor
Brad Barber was invited to be on the jury for the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina (April 6-9), serving with Jan Krawitz from Stanford University and Sarah Masters from Good Pitch. This is one of Brad’s favorite festivals, having attended there multiple years with students in the past as part of the festival’s “Film Fellows” program, so he was excited to attend in this capacity. He saw around 25 documentaries, as well as attended panel discussions with D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Steve James, and others.
On Friday, April 14, representatives from Nickelodeon (also known as Nick), the basic cable and satellite television network that specializes in children’s programming, visited campus to encourage students to apply for Nickelodeon internships. The head (and assistant head) of Nick talent outreach came, as did three former Nick interns. Two alums of the Nick writing internship program—Gabe Garza and Jonathan Butler—met with and talked to TMA writers, while a former Nick storyboard artist addressed animators. Garza and Butler are currently creating and producing DC’s new The Flash series for the television production company CW. Applications and instructions for internships can be found at the Nick website here. Our TMA 341 class (Darl Larsen’s section) preps students to apply for the writing internship application every year; Kelly Loosli works with animators who are interested in applying for the Nick artist’s program.
Did you notice that one of our theatre arts studies minors made Y News this week? Erin Kaseda, a neuroscience major who is also minoring in theatre arts studies and psychology, was one of only three students worldwide (and the only undergraduate student) to receive the MacLean Scholar Award, which was awarded for her outstanding research in “examin[ing] the differences in how ambivalent and supportive spouses react neurologically to a conflict task, and …look[ing] at the specific neurological pathways by which these relationships may impact health.” To read the whole article, go here. Our multi-talented students have gifts in many areas!
Animation alum Glenn Harmon (2008, director of “Pajama Gladiator”) started working on the animated film, Boss Baby, over three years ago as a Story Artist. He was part of the original crew and was the very last story artist on the movie. In his own words, Glenn says, “A couple of months ago, I got a call from my producer to tell me that they were going to use a line that I had recorded for scratch as the voice of the airport announcer! It was so cool! I loved hearing my voice in the actual movie. So, by the end of my time on that movie, I had three credits. 1) Story Artist 2) End Title Design and 3) Airport Announcer. It’s been a real career high for me and I’ve been very pleased that it has been the #1 movie for two weeks now.” Glenn is currently directing an animated TV show. He says, “I am learning a lot since TV is quite a bit different from Feature. There are more restrictions and the pace is much faster, but it is pretty awesome to make a decision and go straight forward.” If you see Boss Baby, look for the shout out to Glenn’s alma mater in the credits—it’s the “Y” circled below in yellow.
Below: Glenn with the Student Academy Award for “Pajama Gladiators” in 2008