Category: Arts

ArtsEmerson’s student actors: To pay, or not to pay?
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ArtsEmerson’s student actors: To pay, or not to pay?

Kiss, a play produced by ArtsEmerson, features over 20 Emerson student actors, designers, and managers. But the play also includes one professional actress. An audition notice posted on Broadway World listed her pay as $568 a week. All the students involved with Kiss are working unpaid. Last month, musical theatre major Daniel Klingenstein posted in an Emerson Facebook groups asking...

Students lead comic book club’s comeback
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Students lead comic book club’s comeback

After a two-year hiatus, Artful Comics’ print publication is making a comeback. The organization’s executive board, headed by president Rachael Marks, is reviving the organization this semester. “We want to create a platform for students to be able to workshop their ideas and find other writers and artists to collaborate with,” Marks said. “I want...

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Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

Music these days can be overwhelming. Dense production surrounds us with synths, reverb, and electronic effects I can’t even put a name on. Vocals undergo thick layers of distortion before they reach our ears. It seems the goal of production in modern music is to see just how big sound can get. Maximalism is not...

Grant-winning board game advocates for women in politics
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Grant-winning board game advocates for women in politics

Feminism might not be a common theme of family game night, but graduate student Jessica Weaver and undergraduate senior Beverly Bates are trying to change that. Last month, the duo won the 2017 Feminism in Action Grant to pilot 2121, a board game designed to encourage young women to run for political office. The grant,...

Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville
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Senior brings supernatural sci-fi series to Somerville

Combine Live with Kelly and Ryan with The X-Files and you get Signs of Life, a parody talk show created by senior Arden Jurskis. Signs of Life will air on Somerville Community Access Television Fridays or Saturdays at midnight. The sci-fi comedy will play every other week, with a total of six 30-minute installments. The first two are available on YouTube. “I...

Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship
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Persevering professor earns playwriting fellowship

MJ Halberstadt ‘10 applied to The Huntington Theatre Company Fellows program for 10 years straight. This time, the affiliated faculty member was finally chosen as a 2017 Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow. “This is a big vote of confidence in a field that’s hard to find gratification in,” Halberstadt said. The Huntington Theatre Company is one...

Alum searches for spirits in supernatural series
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Alum searches for spirits in supernatural series

Over a decade ago, Elizabeth Zephryin McDonough ‘06 interviewed a CVS employee as part of an assignment for her character documentary acting class. The stranger claimed to have psychic abilities that she said ran in her family. “She was a real character with super thick glasses,” McDonough said. “We ended up going to the McDonald’s...

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Professor edits book on heaven, hell, and horror

Cynthia Miller began as an editor of western essays and films, but when she stumbled upon the zombie-western It Came From The West, her focus shifted from cowboys to the undead. This summer, Miller released her most recently edited essay collection, which discusses horror films through a mystic lens. Miller co-edited Divine Horror: Essays on...

Publishing panel marches “Gayly Forward”
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Publishing panel marches “Gayly Forward”

Benoit Denizet-Lewis was 21, living in San Francisco, and just figuring out his sexual orientation when he had his first tastes of queer literature at an LGBTQ bookstore. They were Jocks: True Stories of America’s Gay Male Athletes and Larry Kramer’s Faggots. Since then, the writing, literature and publishing assistant professor has made LGBTQ diversity...