Marianne Kubik directed film garners Awards of Merit

Associate Professor Mairanne Kubik directed Opening the Door: An Educational Film for Care Providers about Supporting Families Dealing with Intimate Partner Violence  a short film written and produced by Lorraine J. Bacchus of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Acting in the film were Drama Lecturers Cady Garey and Denise Stewart.

The film won Awards of Merit in the competition in the following categories:  Women Filmmakers, Special Purpose Films, Health/Medicine/Science, and Training/Industrial Films.

More information about the film and a link to view the film can be found here.

U.Va. Drama alum’s off-Broadway production named as one of year’s top-10

U.Va. Drama alum Jack Cummings III’s off-Broadway production of I Remember Mama, for the Transport Group Theatre Company, was named in Ben Brantley’s New York Time’s Best Theater of 2014 list.    Mr. Brantley commented, “Using tables strewn with the kind of detritus you find at yard sales and a cast of actresses who will never see 60 again, the Transport Group (directed by Jack Cummings III) turned John van Druten’s terminally sentimental play into a gentle, gorgeous meditation on how we recall the past, and on theater as the most gallant of aides-mémoires.”

Jack is the co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group Theatre Company and received his M.F.A. from U.Va. Drama.  The lighting designer for I Remember Mama was U.Va. Drama Associate Professor R. Lee Kennedy and the Assistant Lighting Designer was recent U.Va. Drama M.F.A. grad, Jonathon Hunter.  The costumes were designed by former U.Va. Drama Associate Professor, Kathryn Rohe.  You can read Ben Brantley’s full top-10 list here and a review of the production here.  Congratulations Jack & Lee!


Photo courtesy of the Transport Group Theatre Company.

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Photo by Raof Haj-yihia

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Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT) is a contemporary dance company committed to collaborating with artists across disciplines, cultural geographies, and physical borders in order to forge stimulating and transformative experiences through dance. Founded in 2005 in New York City, YSDT is a not for profit company based between New York and Palestine since 2011. With artists in the US and the Arab World, the company has developed innovative creative techniques that utilize social media and video conferencing to rehearse and collaborate across continents. Most recently their work has been focused on Bound- an evening length multi-media performance that addresses the subtle and gross effects of occupation- which has premiered in both NYC and Ramallah, with wider touring anticipated in 2015. This presentation will include contributions from international artists via video conference, video footage of the rehearsal process and final performance, and the directors will discuss the political and cultural contexts that have contributed to the company’s unique approach.

Bound is an international collaboration between Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Sareyyet Ramallah, and disabled and able-bodied artists throughout Palestine. Situated between mobile planes that act as buildings, borders and projection surfaces, the performers are continuously
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