Welcome to another exciting season of events! Temple University has been a pioneer in theater, film and media education for over 70 years, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of theater, film and media within a world renown school, and 5 years since our programs emerged as a separate division within the University, now the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts! Joined by the Boyer College of Music and Dance within the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, our programs continue to break new ground as we look to the future.
Kicking off the year with a spectacular double bill of critically acclaimed feature films by faculty members Elisabeth Subrin and Lauren Wolkstein, the Diamond Screen Film Series includes six evenings of thought-provoking entertainment. The series also includes screenings of MFA thesis films, documentary films, alumni films, films by women and Senior Project films. The capstone to the year is the Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival, now in its 20th year, which includes two evenings for the very best film and media arts work by our students.
Temple Theaters opens this momentous season with Ike Holter’s Hit The Wall, the acclaimed recent drama about the Stonewall Riots. The fall also includes the Golden Age musical Guys and Dolls and Steve Martin’s farcical adaptation of The Underpants by Carl Sternheim. The spring features a repertory of new plays by our talented MFA Playwriting Candidates, Shakespeare’s romance Romeo and Juliet directed by Douglas C. Wager and the contemporary musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
The Department of Theater presents Chicago: A 50th Birthday Concert at the Temple Performing Arts Center on March 24 and 25. This anniversary celebration will feature special alumni guest performers, current students, an orchestra of students from the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and more.
The talent and creativity within the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts is astonishing and I hope that you will take the opportunity to experience it and to celebrate it this year.
Additionally, the support of friends and alumni not only helps make each season possible, but provides many opportunities for our talented students. If you would like to join us in our celebration with a gift to TFMA, please visit giving.temple.edu/givetoTFMA.
Many thanks for your continued support of the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts.
With warm regards,
Robert T. Stroker
Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts