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Stephens low-residency M.F.A. program expands leadership

October 14, 2019 | Tags: Faculty Excellence, Alumnae Achievement, College & Campus, School of Creative & Performing Arts

The Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting, established in 2014, has named Dr. Rosanne Welch as the new executive director. Program founder and former director Ken LaZebnik will serve as Writer-in-Residence, while Khanisha Foster ’17, a graduate of the M.F.A. program, will serve as associate director. The program also features 15 faculty mentors and a rotating group of guest lecturers, all working writers, members of the Writers Guild and successful industry professionals.



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Broadway star directs ‘Mamma Mia!’ production

October 10, 2019 | Tags: Student Success, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Theatre

Stephens College theatre students had the unique opportunity to work with Broadway actor Jennifer Hemphill for the Playhouse Company production of “Mamma Mia!” in September. Hemphill, who is an assistant professor of musical theatre and coordinator of musical theatre at Stephens, directed, choreographed and acted in the hit musical.



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Rush recognized for excellence in elementary education

October 10, 2019 | Tags: Alumnae Achievement, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Education

Katelyn Rush ’17 is a Jefferson City, Missouri, native, a Westminster College softball coach and a fifth-grade teacher. This fall, she began her third year at East Elementary with a new moniker: Railton New Professional of the Year. Open to any Jefferson City School District educator in her first three years of teaching, the award is funded by the trust of Mrs. Billie Railton and presented to 10 teachers per year by the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation.



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An interview with Michaela Dehning ’08 of Sony Pictures

September 12, 2019 | Tags: Alumnae Achievement, College & Campus, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Digital Filmmaking

Sony Pictures visual effects producer Michaela Dehning ’08 will return to Stephens next week as a guest of the Citizen Jane Masterclass series. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Charter Lecture Hall in Helis Communication Center on the Stephens College campus. The event is free and open to the public.



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Photo Feature: National Arts in Education Week

September 12, 2019 | Tags: School of Creative & Performing Arts, Education

In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, which is Sept. 8-14, 2019, we bring you views from The Children’s School at Stephens College, where the integration of art is engrained in the curriculum. National Arts in Education is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Learn more.



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Hemphill joins musical theatre faculty

August 29, 2019 | Tags: Faculty Excellence, College & Campus, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Theatre

Broadway actor Jennifer Hemphill has joined the Stephens College faculty this fall as assistant professor of musical theatre and coordinator of musical theatre. She will direct, choreograph and star in Stephens’ production of the hit ABBA show “Mamma Mia!” in September. Tickets are on sale starting today, Aug. 30.



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Pedersen rejoins Stephens as visiting artist

August 29, 2019 | Tags: Faculty Excellence, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Theatre, Fashion

Matthew Pedersen, a costume designer, wearable artist and stylist based in Brooklyn, New York, has returned to Stephens College as a visiting artist for the 2019-20 academic year. He will teach courses in the B.F.A. in Costume Design.



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Gibson returns to Stephens as visiting artist

August 29, 2019 | Tags: Faculty Excellence, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Theatre

Darren Gibson, a dance director, ballet master and musical theatre performer, has rejoined Stephens College for the 2019-20 academic year. He will teach courses and mentor students in the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.



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Stephens College announces Season 72: Art ... For a Better World

August 6, 2019 | Tags: School of Creative & Performing Arts, Theatre, Digital Filmmaking, Dance

Update: "Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical" has been replaced by "9 to 5: The Musical" in May 2020.



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‘Tampsen Air,’ a Stephens produced film, nominated for Best TV Pilot by New York City Independent Film Festival

May 8, 2019 | Tags: Student Success, School of Creative & Performing Arts, Digital Filmmaking

“Tampsen Air,” the episodic film project that many Stephens College digital filmmaking students helped produce during Stephens Film Institute 2018, has been nominated for Best TV Pilot by the New York City Independent Film Festival.



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