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Department of Performing Arts News

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  • 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.

  • Julie Hennrikus

    Emerson faculty in a who wunnit?

    This week, Julie Hennrikus’s mystery, Just Killing Time, published under the pen name Julianne Holmes, was nominated for a 2015 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. “I can’t tell you what this nomination means to me,” said Hennrikus, who teaches arts management at Emerson and is executive director of StageSource. “It’s just a dream come true.”

  • Norman Lear

    Lear ’44 and Herzog ‘81 in Variety

    Alumni Norman Lear and Doug Herzog were honored with the National Association of Television Program Executive’s (NATPE’s) 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, held at Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel. The event and award honorees were featured in Variety.

  • Guy Ben-Aharon

    Ben-Aharon ’12 interviewed in Jerusalem Post

    Alumnus Guy Ben-Aharon’s Israeli Stage takes center stage in a feature interview in the Jerusalem Post. 

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    ArtsEmerson in Arts Fuse’s Best Stage Productions of 2015

    Several of the productions presented by ArtsEmerson are highlighted by Arts Fuse stage critics as some of the best of 2015 theater.

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 »