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Rivka Rocchio, Graduate, Theatre and Film

Rivka Rocchio, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, was recently awarded the Faculty Emeriti Fellowship for the 2015–16 academic year.

The ASU Emeriti Fellowship is awarded each year to one or more outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PPFP). It is meant to prepare future university and college teachers in the later stages of their graduate programs.

Rocchio will formally receive the award at the Graduate Education Professional Development mixer during the fall semester.

Project Date: Jun 12, 2015



Steven Reker, Alumni, Dance, Theatre and Film

Steven Reker, an alumnus of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, won the American Dance Institute’s second annual Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography. The award recognizes a rising American choreographer with financial and administrative support for presenting a commissioned work, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Reker was awarded $10,000 as part of his commission. In the article, he says he plans to create “a piece I have wanted to make for years but could only imagine making since my resources are somewhat limited in NYC.” Since graduating from ASU, Reker has often returned to Tempe as a guest artist, teaching a variety of workshops and classes.

Project Date: Feb 8, 2015



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



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