Katie-Bell Springmann wins Jeff Award

Katie-Bell Springmann Jeff Award

The Department of Drama congratulates Katie-Bell Springmann, MFA Scenic Design 2013, who was awarded the Jeff Award for Scenic Design at the Equity Jeff Awards gala October 13, 2014 in Chicago.  Her winning design was for the Profiles Theatre production of Cock by Michael Bartlett.  Writing for Centerstage, Colin Douglas said, “The audience’s first impression is how extraordinarily Katie-Bell Springmann has gone beyond mere scenic design for this award-winning play – she’s created a completely immersive environment for both actor and patron.”  Chris Jones, of the Chicago Tribune, wrote in his review, “In essence, Springmann did not so much design a set as build a whole new theater inside a theater.”
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Two Alums in the Spotlight

As we welcome students back to Grounds this week, we highlight two alums who have been recognized for their work!

Lear deBessonet

at_sept14_cover_webLear is the Director of Public Works at the Public Theatre in New York and is featured on the cover of the September issue of American Theatre Magazine.  Though her major at U.Va. was in political and social thought, she was a leader in the Drama Department.

Richard Warner remembers Lear as “the leader in a significant re-invigoration of the lab series program. Her original shows would pack the Helms…I mean standing room only and sitting in the aisles.  They were intimate, unique devised pieces…topical, pertinent to what was going on in the UVA community, usually feminist…. and always provocative.”  Read the American Theatre article on Lear’s work here.

Read the New York Times review of The Winter’s Tale directed by Lear deBessonet here.

Alan Perez

Alan received his MFA in Technical Direction from U.Va. and is the new Interim Technical Director for theAlan_Perez_cirque_1f Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance.  His past work with Cirque Du Soleil was featured in the Ball State Daily as they welcomed him to his new position.  Read the Ball State Daily article about Alan here.