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So You Think You Know DePaul – November 2012

16 Nov

This South Loop theatre is a Chicago landmark and has been operating since 1910. Originally named the Blackstone Theatre, this space came under different owners until the fall of 1988 when DePaul purchased it. The university has invested more than $1 million in renovations to make this The Theatre School home and a permanent part of our community. What is the name of this theatre today?

Happy guessing! And remember these trivia rules:

  • To enter, post your answer in the comments section by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
  • The contest will be open Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. Central through 4 p.m. Central.
  • All of the correct answers will be compiled and a winner from that group will be drawn at random to win the prize.

Nathan Lane among Honorees at 2012 Theatre School Gala

21 Mar

Actor Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane will be honored at The Theatre School’s 2012 Awards for Excellence in the Arts Gala, to be held April 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

Lane, known for his roles in films such as “The Birdcage” and “The Producers,” will receive the 2012 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Other honorees include director, actor and producer Ted Wass (“Rules of Engagement,” “Two and a Half Men”) and Steppenwolf ensemble member Alana Arenas (TTS ’02), who will both receive a 2012 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts. Christopher G. Kennedy, immediate past president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., will receive the 2012 Leadership Award for Excellence in the Arts.

The gala will be hosted by Scott Ellis (THE ’78), who is the associate artistic director at Roundabout Theatre Company.

The event benefits The Theatre School Scholarship Fund as part of DePaul’s Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign. Last year, the event raised more than $325,000 for the scholarship fund, which makes it possible for theater school students to continue their training. The Theatre School relies on donors to provide 40 percent of the nearly $1.3 million dispensed through scholarships each year.

Theatre Grad Charms Chicago Again as Scrooge

7 Dec

DePaul grad Larry Yando plays Scrooge (Photo: Dean La Praire)

DePaul alum Larry Yando (THE MFA ’88), Chicago’s beloved Ebenezer Scrooge, returns to his role in “A Christmas Carol” this season. The production will run at the Goodman Theatre through Dec. 30.

Yando, who has played Scrooge for four of the past five years, has received rave reviews from local media for his performance this year:

  • “What makes this version worth a look is actor Larry Yando who returns for his fourth turn in five years as Ebenezer Scrooge. Tall, skinny and kind of loopy, he embodies Scrooge with every movement, every syllable spoken.” – Chicago Sun Times
  • “… Yando is especially rich and definitive this year. It looks to me like this formidable Chicago actor is keeping himself challenged by adding different layers of transformation ….” – Chicago Tribune
  • “His lead performance provides all the pained frustrations and warm fuzzies that come standard with this epic, broken-man-turned-nice-guy redemption story.” – Time Out Chicago

In addition to his seasonal role, the Blue Demon actor has been busy throughout the year. A past recipient of The Theatre School’s Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts, he hosted the school’s 23rd annual awards ceremony in March. In November, he won a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for supporting actor in a musical for his work in “Candide” with the Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company. And Yando will appear next spring in the two-part play “Angels in America” at the Court Theatre in Chicago.

To see available shows and buy seats for “A Christmas Carol,” visit the Goodman Theatre’s ticketing page.

Thank You, Arts Alumni!

21 Nov

Thank you to all of the arts alumni who participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a survey that explored the lives of arts alumni nationwide.

Over the summer and fall, arts alumni around the United States took this survey to provide the first national data on how artists develop in this country, and to help identify the factors needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers.

This data will allow educators, researchers, and arts leaders to identify the systemic factors that helped or hindered the career paths of alumni, whether they have chosen to work as artists or chosen to pursue other paths.

DePaul preps for new theatre building

3 Jun

A ceremonial groundbreaking this past Wednesday set the stage for this highly anticipated triumph for the theatre arts at DePaul.

Designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli (best known for the Petronas Towers in Malaysia), the new Theatre School building will be a proud statement for the community. “DePaul is known for reaching out to the community and our design supports this objective,” said Cesar Pelli, FAIA, senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli.

The design boasts a 250-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat flexible (black box) theatre, and a complete scene shop. John Culbert, dean of The Theatre School: “When you attend a performance at the new building, you won’t just step off the street into the theater. You will actually journey through the school, see its inner workings, be immersed in an experience not available anywhere else in Chicago.”

The facility will be located at the northwest corner of Fullerton and Racine on the Lincoln Park Campus.

Please enjoy photos from the groundbreaking event, along with architectural renderings of the space:

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DePaul University Commencement 2011

23 May

Congratulations to all our 2011 graduates!

DePaul University’s 113th commencement ceremonies have begun with more to come in June. Commencement for the College of Law took place on May 15 with speaker Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer of Commonwealth Edison and a civic leader in Chicago. You can even watch commencement ceremonies online.

Commencement ceremonies to come are as follows:

College of Education
June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Speaker:  Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust and a longtime philanthropic leader who has spearheaded public school improvements in several of the nation’s larger metropolitan areas.

 School of Music and The Theatre School
June 11, 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: John von Rhein, one of the most enduring and influential observers of the world of classical music, and chief classical music critic for the Chicago Tribune since 1977.

School for New Learning
June 11, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Miriam K. Were is an internationally known physician and public health advocate who has addressed major disease, substance abuse and economic development issues in her native Kenya through the UZIMA Foundation

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
June 12, 8 a.m.
Speaker: Claude M. Steele is provost of Columbia University and a highly acclaimed professor of psychology who has led groundbreaking research in such social phenomenon as stereotyping and self-image.

College of Communication and College of Computing and Digital Media
June 12, noon
Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson is an award-winning journalist, former New York Times Chicago bureau chief and author and also the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

College of Commerce
June 12, 4 p.m.
Speaker: James Skinner is a leading executive and noted innovator in the food service industry who currently serves as vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corp.

Students, graduates and families seeking more information about the commencement ceremonies should visit the Academic Affairs Commencement 2011 website:

TTS Alumni in First Major Motion Picture for YouTube

29 Mar

Two alumni from DePaul’s Theatre School can be seen in the first major motion picture made exclusively for web distribution on YouTube.

John Colella (THE '92)

John Colella (THE ’92) and Reamy Hall (THE ’92) are in the film, Girl Walks Into A Bar,  which opened on March 11 and has been viewed almost 400,000 times so far.

The film is written and directed by Sebastián Gutiérrez, also known for writing and directing the 2009 film, Women in Trouble. It is the first major movie for web distribution that stars a notable cast, including Danny DiVito, Josh Hartnett and Rosario Dawson.

Reamy Hall (THE '92)

The plot follows a group of apparent strangers in interlocking stories taking place in ten different bars during the course of one evening throughout Los Angeles. Colella and Hall are seen in two chapters: in Chapter Two, Colella plays the “creepy” guy, and in Chapter Three, Colella plays “Ralph” and Hall plays “the bartender.”

The film premiered in Hollywood on March 7, and was also screened on March 11 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. You can watch Girl Walks into a Bar in its entirety for free exclusively on YouTube.

Congratulations to Colella and Hall for being a part of this incredible first!