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1st Generation Student Encourages Classmates to Give Back

photoJosh Goodridge, the first in his family to attend college, believes in the power of education so much that the senior already donates his time and money to UCF's giving drive to financially help other students. [Read Full Highlight]

Successful UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017 Already Looking Ahead to 2018

photoJust a few days after the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts concluded its eight-day run of concerts, presentations, lectures and workshops, planners have already started working on next year’s festival. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF Celebrates the Arts to Team with Orlando REP to Produce The Giver

photoThe Giver, an award-winning social-science novel that has become a staple reading assignment in many middle schools around the country, will be a featured stage performance during the upcoming UCF Celebrates the Arts festival. [Read Full Highlight]

Henrik Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler still resonates

photoTheatre UCF's production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler will open on Thursday, March 23 and run through Sunday, April 2. Hedda Gabler is a spellbinding drama of revenge, manipulation, sexual repression, deceit and despair, climaxing in an ending that never fails to shock and surprise. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. [Read Full Highlight]

Theatre UCF wins at Kennedy Center regional competition

photoTheatre UCF students gathered a number of awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Georgia Southern University. BFA Design and Technology student Jack Audet won the Regional National Sound Design Award and will be head to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April. [Read Full Highlight]

Romeo and Juliet gets a Jazz Age treatment

photoTheatre UCF’s production of Romeo and Juliet will open on Thursday, February 16 and run through Sunday, February 26. The Shakespeare classic will be set in the 1930’s, and tell the tale of star-crossed lovers whose families clash in their fight to achieve the American Dream. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF School of Performing Arts Student, Alumni and Staff Engaged in Upcoming Cabaret Performance

photoOn February 11, 2017, The Orlando Gay Chorus is presenting Love Is…A Fairy Tale, an evening of cabaret performances featuring several UCF staff, alumni and a current student. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF students to present musical for youth about hunger

photoOrlando, Fla. – On Friday, February 24, Theatre UCF will present the musical Puddin’ and the Grumble, a coming-of-age tale that follows Puddin’, a young girl struggling with starting over at a new school, living with her eccentric, avid singer and yogi of a grandma, and most of all, overcoming childhood hunger. Puddin’ and the Grumble was written by Becky Boesen and David von Kampen and was commissioned and created in partnership with the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-­Lincoln. UCF’s show is presented in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against hunger in the Orlando community. The student-run production features graduate students in the Theatre for Young Audiences program on the creative team and students from the undergraduate acting, musical theatre, and theatre studies programs in the cast. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF Alumna Bright As Broadway

photoThree weeks after earning her degree a semester early in December 2014, Abby Jaros sat on her bed alongside her parents in a packed up apartment. [Read Full Highlight]

Cloud 9 is a thought-provoking spectacle

photoTheatre UCF opens Caryl Churchill's time shifting comedy Cloud 9 on Thursday, November 10, in UCF's Black Box theater. The play, a parody of the Victorian Empire's sexual rigidity, runs through November 20. [Read Full Highlight]

Feinstein at UCF School of Performing Arts

photoAward-winning performer Michael Feinstein takes his seat behind the Steinway Piano and accompanies Kyle Laing, a student in UCF’s musical theatre program, on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Love Look Away,” while an audience of Laing’s peers and professors listens intently. [Read Full Highlight]

Be Boyd Honored as Woman of Distinction

photoTheatre Associate Professor Be Boyd has been honored by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty as a 2016 UCF Women of Distinction. Three awards were granted to women faculty members this year for “Excellence in Innovation,” which the Center defines as the adaptation of one’s expertise to a new field. The other honorees are Drs. Marla Toyne and Shannon Carter, both from the College of Sciences. [Read Full Highlight]

Monstrously Fun Young Frankenstein Also Provides Learning Opportunities

photoJust in time for the Halloween season, the Theatre UCF comes alive with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,running October 20 through 30 on the UCF Main Stage. [Read Full Highlight]

Monstrously Fun Young Frankenstein Also Provides Learning Opportunities

photoJust in time for the Halloween season, the Theatre UCF comes alive with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,running October 20 through 30 on the UCF Main Stage. [Read Full Highlight]

Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein Takes the Helm at the School of Performing Arts

photoAs director of the UCF School of the Performing Arts, Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein is focused on enhancing the school's strengths and showcasing those attributes to the community. [Read Full Highlight]

Julia Listengarten is New Artistic Director for Theatre UCF

photoTheatre professor Dr. Julia Listengarten has been appointed the Artistic Director for Theatre UCF. The artistic director is typically responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision of a theatre company. [Read Full Highlight]

Theatre grads from UCF's early days hold reunion

photoOn June 10, dozens of actors, directors, costume designers and other denizens of the theater descended onto a small party venue in Winter Springs to reunite with one another. Despite the vivid experiences they shared long ago, many of them hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years. [Read Full Highlight]

Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Shawn Boyle

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts is pleased to introduce assistant professor Shawn Boyle. Boyle will be part of the Theatre faculty, teaching lighting design and working on Theatre UCF's productions starting in August. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF alumnus cast on Broadway, again

photoQuentin Earl Darrington, a recent graduate of UCF’s master’s program in acting, will hit the New York City stage next month for his second Broadway show. [Read Full Highlight]

Fringe Festival keeps Orlando theater weird

photoVeterans of The Orlando Fringe Festival describe it as a celebration of art in all its forms. [Read Full Highlight]

Almost, Maine is a welcomed respite from the Florida heat

photoOrlando, Fla. (May 25, 2016) – Theatre UCF opens John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine on Thursday, June 2. The play is a series of vignettes about love in a northern town and runs through June 11 in UCF’s Black Box theater. [Read Full Highlight]

UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

photoAfter an extensive national search that began in October, the University of Central Florida has selected Jeffrey Moore, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He will start his new role Aug. 8. [Read Full Highlight]

University's Early Theatre Troupes to Stage Reunion

photoIn the early days of UCF – when it was known as Florida Technological University with the overriding mission to provide personnel for the U.S. space program – there also was a small group of dedicated theatre students, faculty and staff on campus. [Read Full Highlight]

Theatre UCF Student First to Win National Environmental Playwriting Award

photoUniversity of Central Florida student Alex Hehr has been awarded the National Planet Earth Arts Award at the Kennedy Center for the American College Theatre Festival, for his original piece Biodegradable Seagulls. He is the first recipient of the national award. [Read Full Highlight]

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