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Student and Alumni News is a great resource for everyone to quickly discover what is happening with individual Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students and alumni.

Dan Frey, Alumni, Theatre and Film

Paramount Pictures recently struck a deal with Dan Frey, an alumnus of the MFA Playwriting program in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Frey and his colleague Russell Sommer pitched “Eternal,” a superhero story that is said to be in the vein of “Chronicle” meets “Highlander.” The project will be produced by Distribution Entertainment and overseen by Paramount. The writing duo previously teamed up on “Bleeding Kansas,” a script that was voted to the 2012 Black List, a yearly survey that includes the top motion picture screenplays that have not yet been produced. Frey and Sommer also recently sold a minisereies to Fox.

Project Date: Oct 10, 2014



Jade Catron, Undergraduate, Theatre and Film

Jade Catron, an undergraduate student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, recently performed at the newly resurrected Native + You series at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. Native + You, which will take place every First Friday, aims to expose visitors to the diversity of American Indian artwork. October’s event, which was themed “Cruise Control at the Heard,” featured Catron’s spoken word art.

Project Date: Oct 3, 2014



Megan Alrutz, Anne Negri, Kathleen Pennyway, Sarah Sullivan, Xanthia Angel Walker, Alumni, Theatre and Film

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education selected five ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre alumni for distinguished awards in various categories this year. The awards, which honor exceptional individuals and organizations that focus on creating and presenting theatre with and for young audiences, were presented at the annual AATE conference in summer of 2014.

The Lin Wright Special Recognition Award went to Megan Alrutz. The award for Best Play for Pre-K and Elementary Age Audiences went to Anne Negri for “With Two Wings.” The Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company Award was given to Xanthia Angel Walker and Sarah Sullivan, who co-founded Rising Youth Theatre. Kathleen Pennyway received an honorable mention for the Distinguished Thesis award for her M.F.A these “Foam on the Sea: Exploring Student Critical Thinking through Improvisational, Devised Theatre.”

Negri, Pennyway, Sullivan, and Walker graduated from ASU's M.F.A. Theatre program with an special focus on Theatre for Youth. Alrutz holds her Ph.D. from ASU's Theatre program with the same youth-driven emphasis.

Project Date: Jul 15, 2014



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