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MFA Design Students Win Virtual PQ Studio Contest

Northwestern MFA stage design students were among the winners of a special virtual studio version of the Prague Quadrennial, a showcase of the best theatre design from around the world. Third-year students Meeka Postman (costume design) and Joe Johnson (set design) competed with entries from around the globe in the showcase’s PQ Studio contest, focused

Featured Writers Bring Global Perspective to Personal Tales

Universal stories transcend language and place yet also are anchored by them, according to two spring-quarter campus speakers—a British-Nigerian playwright and a Brazilian alumnus with an HBO Max series. Oladipo Agboluaje, winner of the Alfred Fagon Prize in playwriting and currently a royal literary fellow at the University of East London, took part in a

Themes and Process behind a Pulitzer Prize–Winning Musical

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize–winning musical A Strange Loop has been lauded for going with unfiltered honesty where few other mainstream theatrical works have dared: to the center of the Black queer experience. On February 25 via Zoom, Loop creator Michael R. Jackson appeared as the School of Communication’s second 2020–21 Hope Abelson Artist in Residence. In conversation

Dean’s Inaugural Speaker Series Focuses on Discrimination in Technology

Despite our near-dependance on technology to communicate, work, socialize, and consume, we don’t fully understand our digital traces. And given Big Tech’s global dominance and notorious reticence, its exploitation of these gaps poses a serious threat. Offering both a warning and a call to action, technology bias scholar Safiya Noble shared this and more about

Chicago Journalism Legend Discusses the Black Northwestern Experience

The School of Communication has a message for those long left out of the dialogue: we’re here, we’re listening, and we’re taking action. In a frank, invitation-only discussion, Dorothy Tucker (C78)—a Chicago journalism mainstay and the president of the National Association of Black Journalists—interviewed Dean E. Patrick Johnson about his mission to identify and amplify

Emmy Award Nominations Spotlight ’Cats On and Off Camera

The Television Academy’s nominees for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards include high-profile School of Communication alumni as well as a current faculty member. Greg Berlanti (C94) as executive producer of The Flight Attendant, which received nine nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series Ashley Nicole Black (GC08) for Outstanding Writing for Variety Sketch Series for both The Amber Ruffin Show and

Delayed but Not Down: Class of 2021 Gets a Memorable Send-Off

Thunderstorms may have postponed the School of Communication’s June 12 Convocation by a couple of hours, but that wasn’t going to stop the class of 2021 from walking across the stage at Ryan Field. “The fact that we’re here together is nothing short of a miracle, rain be damned,” said School of Communication dean E.

Dean’s series to feature John Leguizamo

Multi-award-winning actor, musician, writer, and comedian John Leguizamo will be the first featured guest in the 2021–22 Dialogue with the Dean series. The artist will join Dean Johnson in conversation at the Josephine Louis Theater of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 16. The free event will include a

Theatre professor shines light on Broadway’s return

After more than a year of dark theaters and bereft artists and fans, Broadway triumphantly reopened in August with Antoinette Chinonye Nwondu’s play Pass Over, featuring lighting design by theatre associate professor Marcus Doshi. “It was really moving,” Doshi says. “There was a moment where I sat down at the lighting desk to start working

Wirtz Center Opens for In-Person Audiences

The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the long-awaited return of audiences to its in-person productions with an exciting 2021-22 season lineup of new playwrights, blockbuster musicals, and special events. The season kicks off with “A Weekend with the Arts at Wirtz” open house that will include sneak peeks of upcoming