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Marvin Gonzalez, Graduate, Theatre and Film


Marvin Gonzalez, a second-year MFA in Dramatic Writing student, has been selected to participate in the acclaimed Theatre Masters’ Take Ten 2016: National MFA Playwrights Festival and Aspiring Playwright Competition.

Gonzalez’s 10-minute play “Prostheses Bound,” a story of a man’s difficulty adjusting to cutting-edge myoelectric prosthetic arms, was chosen from among submissions from the top MFA playwriting programs in the country. Gonzalez will represent Arizona State University in the festival, which includes MFA students from the University of Iowa, Yale and Carnegie Mellon, among others.

The winning playwrights will participate in a workshop and reading presentation in Aspen, Colorado, Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. They will present before a professional panel and will have the chance to rewrite their work before Theatre Masters presents an Equity production of their plays to members of the New York City industry in late April 2016.

“This is the first time that ASU has been invited to participate in this competition, and we got in,” says Gonzalez. “I’m just happy to have the opportunity to show that the next generation of American playwrights are springing up across the whole country, including right here in Arizona.”

Project Date: Jan 30, 2016



Rivka Rocchio, Graduate, Theatre and Film


Rivka Rocchio, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, recently received several awards for her work with inmates from Eyman and Florence State Prisons. She was awarded the Humanities Rising Star Award from Arizona Humanities and the Volunteer of the Year Award from Eyman and Florence State Prisons.

Currently, she is working on a project called “Theatre Across Prison Walls,” which will bring together three ASU students and 15 inmates from Eyman State Prison to create a new piece of theatre. It is expected that this partnership will build the creative capabilities, develop best methods of creating in community-based ensemble models and expand understanding of issues surrounding incarceration for the students involved, as well as investigating new ways that prisons and universities can partner with one another.

Project Date: Nov 24, 2015



Haley Honeman, Graduate, Theatre and Film

Photo: Rick Abbott

Haley Honeman, an MFA in Theatre for Youth student in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, partnered with international artist Karla Hernando Flores on her applied project “Healings, Integrations, Illuminations,” which took places in Fergus Falls, Minn., in September 2015. The project was part of Springboard for the Arts Lake Region’s Hinge Arts residency program, which positions artists in residence to develop cultural programming inspired by Fergus Falls State Hospital, the town’s 124-year-old former mental institution.

“I am interested in studying portrayals of mental health in theatre,” says Honeman. “I wanted to facilitate an opportunity for my community to tell their own stories of illness, wellness, healing and transition in my applied project work.”

Project Date: Sep 19, 2015



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