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Category: Department of Theatre & Dance

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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Washington opera highlights talents of U of M arts graduate

Jerre Dye (above), who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Memphis in 1993, is the librettist (writer of an opera’s text) for Taking Up Serpents, an hour-long opera about the daughter of a Pentecostal snake-handling preacher who is dying of a snakebite. It was performed last weekend…

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