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Mindy DuPonte, McKenzie Goodwin, Undergraduate, Theatre and Film

Mindy DuPonte and McKenzie Goodwin's new company, Neck Bear Productions, took six out of nine awards at the Seventh Annual ASU Student Film Festival at the Harkins Valley Art Theatre.

DuPonte and Goodwin, juniors in the ASU School of Theatre and Film's film and media production program, started Neck Bear last year as a production company specializing in short films as well as helping ASU film students produce their senior thesis films.

DuPonte wrote, directed and edited the comedy Pure Bliss, which won first place at the festival, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Actress for Toni Jourdan. Goodwin directed the comedy , which won third place and Best Actor for Michael Margetis. Neck Bear plans to enter its winning films into more festivals this summer. website.

Project Date: May 14, 2012



Nina Miller, Alumni, Theatre and Film

Nina Miller, an acting alumna from 1999, is among a group of actors from The Torch Theatre, Arizona's only theatre dedicated to longform improvisation, is a finalist for Phoenix New Times 2012 Big Brain Awards in Performance Art. The Torch Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) run by a collaborative group of improvisors that wanted to have professional level long form improv performances and training available in Phoenix. Herberger Institute alums involved include Mack Duncan as well as Nina Miller, among others. More information about The Torch Theatre can be found at http://www.thetorchtheatre.com. More information about Phoenix New Times Big Brain Award finalists can be found at http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/03/announcing_the_2012_big_brain.php .

Project Date: May 14, 2012



Amanda Nguyen, Undergraduate, Theatre and Film

Photo: courtesy of Amanda Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen is pursuing a BA in theatre within the ASU School of Theatre and Film, and a BA in business from the W.P. Carey School of Business. She recently was featured in The State Press for her work in founding ASU GLEEders, a glee club for area youth. The organization joins students of varied ages and abilities from area public schools with ASU students, who serve as mentors.

Through singing and dancing, Nguyen designed ASU GLEEders to encourage students to have something healthy to be passionate about, and to learn the importance of teamwork, self-expression, dedication, and “celebrate the arts like there is no tomorrow.”

During the spring 2011 semester, students representing four different schools perform with the show choir, which is set to perform in early May.

Watch the KSAZ FOX 10 video: 'Glee' inspires Tempe Show Choir, The Gleeders.

Project Date: Feb 17, 2011



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