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Andrew Belser appointed Director of the School of Theatre, Film & Television

The College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Belser as the next Director of the School of Theatre, Film & Television.  Belser brings more than thirty years of artistic, educational, and administrative experience to this new role, which he will begin on August 5, 2019.

Andy Belser holds a Master’s degree in Theatre from Villanova University and an MFA in Directing from Virginia Tech.  As Head of Theatre at Juniata College for 14 years, Belser founded and served as artistic director for The Gravity Project, a professional theatre training model and curriculum, and he oversaw a period of dramatic growth in the number of Theatre majors on campus.  Belser went on to serve as Chair of Theatre at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he led long-range planning, enrollment growth initiatives, marketing strategies, and significant curriculum revision.

For the past six years, Belser has been Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting in the School of Theatre at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as founding Director of Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture.  His work in the ADRI fostered interdisciplinary arts research collaborations across campus that garnered national attention, positioning Penn State as a leader in integrating the arts in the research university context.

Belser’s own research and creative inquiry merges current trends in neuroscience with performance training and practice.  He is a leading practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method, which employs body awareness and mindfulness to increase performers’ skill and capacity to perform under stress.

“I am energized and excited by the opportunity to lead the School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona,” Belser notes.  “The amazing strengths, optimism, and national reputation of the faculty—combined with a strong base of supporters and the exciting new vision for the arts at UA—positions TFTV to significantly advance its core mission as an innovative training ground for future leaders in theatre, film, and related creative industries.”

Many thanks to the members of the search committee, chaired by Associate Dean Martina Shenal, for their efforts in successfully identifying and recruiting an outstanding pool of candidates, and thanks to all who participated in the campus visits of the finalists.

Our heartfelt thanks also to Deanna Fitzgerald and Yuri Makino, who have served with distinction as Interim Co-Directors of TFTV during the 2018-19 academic year.  During their collaborative tenure, Deanna and Yuri did an outstanding job of facing and solving a host of short- and long-term issues.  We look forward to honoring them for their service.

Andy Belser plans to be in Tucson and on campus for several days in mid-May in order to meet with faculty in the school and with UA Arts leadership.

Sincerely,

Andrew (Andy) Schulz
Vice President for the Arts
Dean | College of Fine Arts
University of Arizona

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2 days ago
Arizona Arts

Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

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University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

Sadie will lead SaludArte, a new private public partnership between Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Arts Foundation.

Sadie is an artist, art educator, oral historian, community organizer and Governing Board Member of the Tucson Unified School District.

To learn more about Sadie and her new role as the Community Design Manager, click the link below!

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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019,  Art & Visual Culture Education). 

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni
2 days ago
Arizona Arts

The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

azart.fyi/LUTEtix

Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

Arizona Men's Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live
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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

Arizona Mens Basketball | Arizona Alumni | Arizona Athletics | Arizona A-Club Letterwinners | AZ Desert Swarm | Arizona Arts Live

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions.

🔗 azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes:

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

🔗 https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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