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Department of Performing Arts News

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  • We Are Pussy Riot rehearsal

    NewFest Play to Bring Activists’ Words to Stage

    Playwright Barbara Hammond wants to give Pussy Riot another shot at getting their message across. She’ll try it onstage at the Tufte Performance and Production Center’s Greene Theater March 31–April 3, when Emerson Stage performs her new play, We Are Pussy Riot, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi.

  • Emerson Greene Beans

    Emerson Students Take Home Top Honors in Theatre Tech

    For the second year in a row, the Emerson “Greene Beans” took home the USITT Tech Olympics trophy for Best Performing Team, competing among 122 students from colleges and universities across the country.

  • Laurie Anderson

    Multimedia Artist Laurie Anderson to Headline Grad Symposium

    International multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, who has collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, and her husband, Lou Reed, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s New England Graduate Media Symposium, which will revolve around the theme of collaboration.

  • Lisa Dwan

    Reviews for Beckett presented by ArtsEmerson

    Reviewers use words like “gripping” and “stunning” to describe a solo performance by actress Lisa Dwan, who takes center stage to perform three plays by Samuel Beckett. The production runs through March 20, 2016 at the Paramount Mainstage. Globe correspondent Terry Byrne writes: “… Stripping away all the artifice of the stage, Beckett focuses on a range of feeling, something Dwan delivers with an intensity that is never less than mesmerizing.”

  • Emerson Stage performs Woe Be Gone

    NewFest Student Play Tackles Tough Issue with Humor

    Woe Be Gone, by Jamie Davenport, is the student playwright selection in this year’s NewFest, Emerson Stage’s series of new work being held now through April 3. Davenport, who graduated in December 2015, said the play is based on a true story her mother, a hospice chaplain, told her.

  • MJ Halberstadt '10

    The Playwright in the Admission Office

    That Time the House Burned Down is the second of two plays Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission MJ Halberstadt ’10 is seeing produced this spring in Boston. That Time the House Burned Down is being presented by Fresh Ink Theatre April 8–23, at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, but before that, another of Halberstadt’s plays, The Launch Prize, will run March 3–20, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Bridge Repertory Theater, of which Halberstadt is a founding artistic associate, is producing.

  • Shanae Burch

    Burch ’13 on Her Love of Acting, Boston Globe

    Alumna Shanae Burch was interviewed by the Boston Globe to discuss her love of acting and what ignited her passion.

  • Joe Randazzo

    Joe Randazzo ’02 Creates Viral Donald Trump Video

    Alumnus Joe Randazzo ’02, former editor of The Onion, created a parody of GOP candidate Donald Trump on the comedy website Funny Or Die.

Newfest

Joe Antoun, Artistic Director of NewFest & Part-Time Faculty in Performing Arts

Behind the Scenes
of NewFest 

Each year, Emerson turns a student-written show into a full-scale production. Learn about the selection process here. Watch the video »