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Professor Levitt on Acting in Prison

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For the inmates of Auburn Maximum Security Prison, acting is not a recreational activity. To the members of Phoenix Players Theatre Group (PPTG), the work they create, engage in and grapple with serves not only as a source of self-reflection, but of transformation.

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Centrally Isolated Film Festival Nov 21 & 22!

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The Centrally Isolated Film Festival will take place November 21 and 22 at Cornell University, featuring films from college students across the state of New York.

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Brinkema's "Violence and the Diagram (or, The Human Centipede)"


Eugenie Brinkema, from MIT, contemplates the figure of enchainment in one of the more graphic films of contemporary horror and exploitation cinema, Tom Six's The Human Centipede (2009).

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Graduate Faculty Alejandro L. Madrid Wins Award


Alejandro L. Madrid, Associate Professor in the Department of Music and a member of the theatre arts graduate faculty in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, was awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Award for outstanding scholarship in Iberian music from the American Musicological Society.

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Learning About Hollywood with Alums Lee Rosenthal and Bob Clendenin Nov 13!


Two prominent alums working in Hollywood -- Lee Rosenthal and Bob Clendenin -- will give a talk on Thursday, November 13 @ 4:30pm in the Film forum.

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PMA to produce The Women of Lockerbie


The Women of Lockerbie, a poetic drama, begins seven years after the crash of Pan Am 103, an act of terrorism that led to the loss of nearly 300 lives. A mother of one of the victims comes to Lockerbie, Scotland for the first time to search for her son's remains.

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TWO FOR THE SHOW: A Mini-Symposium on Broadway Revivals


"Two for the Show" is a mini symposium on broadway following the Messenger Lecture by David Román.

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Messenger Lecture Series with David Román


David Román is Professor of English with a joint appointment in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Cornell University is pleased to welcome him as the Messenger Lecture for Fall, 2014.

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The Mineola Twins comes to Cornell

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The Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University is pleased to present The Mineola Twins, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (MA ’76).Ms. Vogel will also visit Cornell on October 24.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Paula Vogel to Visit PMA


The Department of Performing and Media Arts is pleased to present Cornell alumna, playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (M.A. '76), who will be part of a staged conversation with David Savran (Ph.D. '78), theatre scholar and Cornell alumnus.

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The Centrally Isolated Film Festival Seeks Submissions

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The Department of Performing and Media Arts is proud to announce its second Centrally Isolated Film Festival and is seeking submissions from college students in central New York. We welcome any narrative, documentary or experimental films produced during a student’s undergraduate or graduate career at a central New York college or university.

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Matias Pineiro, an Argentinian Director, to visit PMA and Cornell Cinema


Matias Pineiro, an Argentinian Director, will give a talk entitled “Channeling Shakespeare in a Bohemian Buenos Aires on Wednesday October 15 at 4:30pm in the Film Forum, at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 430 College Ave. Later that evening the public is invited to a screening of his film VIOLA at 7:15pm at Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall.

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PMA Alumna receives Faculty Award


The School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut recently honored PMA alumna Lindsay Cummings (Ph.D. ’11).

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Professor J.P. Sniadecki premieres film at Locarno International Film Festival

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This past summer, PMA Professor J.P. Sniadecki received an exciting new research grant and traveled to Switzerland to premiere his new film, The Iron Ministry, at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival.

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Ten-Minute Playfest Opens Wednesday


The Ten-Minute Playfest brings nearly forty graduate and undergraduate students together to create a dynamic evening of ten-minute plays written, directed, produced, and performed by students.

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Still Life: A New Play Reading

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The Department of Performing and Media Arts is pleased to present a new work by junior Anna Alison Brenner entitled Still Life: A New Play. The work is presented as a staged reading.

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Scott Brown "The Promiscuous Critic"

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Scott Brown recently received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Formerly the lead drama critic for New York Magazine, Scott is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He visited PMA on September 22.

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Late Night Series

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The Department of Performing and Media Arts is pleased to present the launch of the Late Night Series, a new series of short performance pieces in various stages of development.

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Chats in the Stacks Book Talk by Amy Villarejo

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Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with our very own, Amy Villarejo, professor and chair in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell.

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Tere O'Connor Dance


The Department of Performing and Media Arts is pleased to present the Tere O’Connor Dance Company with a presentation of “Cover Boy.”

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PMA Celebrates Cornell's Sesquicentennial with #150events

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PMA is pleased to announce an exciting season of theatre, film and dance for the 2014-15 academic year under the banner #150events, which is our contribution to the yearlong celebration of Cornell University’s sesquicentennial.

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PMA Town Hall Event

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Please join the Department of Performing and Media Arts in our Flexible Theatre on Friday, August 29 for a Town Hall meeting on our department.

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