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UofM Theatre & Dance helps Ghost Town Blues Band “Shine” in World Premiere Music Video

Tennessee Music Award winner Ghost Town Blues Band will premiere the music video “Shine” tonight at Malco Studio on the Square. The “Shine” video is a joint project between the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Memphis-based Ghost Town Blues Band. Scenery Designer and Associate Professor Brain J. Ruggaber provided the backdrop,…

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Ostrander Awards recognize UofM students, faculty, alumni

The Orpheum hosted the 36th annual Ostrander Awards this past Sunday, which featured several UofM honorees throughout the evening. The Ostrander Awards recognize the best in Memphis Theatre, with an array of categories dedicated to creative achievements like Best Set Design, Best Leading Actor and Best Overall Production. “We had…

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U of M’s ‘Shaming Jane Doe’ will challenge audiences’ own views

Taylor St. John bubbles with anticipation over “Shaming Jane Doe,” which opens at the University of Memphis’ Mainstage Theatre on April 4. It’s a play with a serious theme — the rise of sexual assaults on American campuses — that’s designed to make audience members contemplate their own views. “I…

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U of M’s new Dance Science concentration expands students’ possibilities

This fall, students in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis can for the first time pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, with a concentration in Dance Science. “I’d love five” students in the inaugural class, Department Chair Holly Lau said. “I don’t…

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10 questions (and a few more) with musical director Justin Braun

It’s good being Justin Braun these days. Braun, a University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance MFA in directing candidate, interned last summer in New York City with the Manhattan Theatre Club. He’s toured the country with a children’s theatre group. He’s been featured in the winter 2019 edition…

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A sneak peek at ‘Be More Chill’ at the U of M’s Mainstage Theatre

“Be More Chill,” the Justin Braun-directed musical that opens Thursday (Feb. 7) at the University of Memphis’ Mainstage Theatre in the Department of Dance & Theatre, held its first dress rehearsal Monday night. Tickets are still available for all performances. We have pictures! — Phillip Tutor, CCFA media coordinator, potutor@memphis.edu…

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From the U of M to Puerto Rico with Miranda and ‘Hamilton’

It’s good being Travis Blackwell these days. It’s hasn’t been that long since Blackwell was at the University of Memphis earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in theater design and technical production with an emphasis in stage management. But since his 2015 graduation, Blackwell’s quick ascension as a professional…

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