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Graduate student uses queer narratives to retell Robin Hood in new novel

Emerson MFA student and professor set to release new novel about queer veterinarians.

May 30, 2020

Anna Burke, first year MFA student and professor at Emerson, was surrounded by feminist fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast when growing up in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Years later, now as a published author, Burke has put out another novel titled Nottingham, a queer retelling of one of her...

Here’s a list of all the winners from the 39th annual Evvy Awards

Here's a list of all the winners from the 39th annual Evvy Awards

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

May 29, 2020

The 39th Annual EVVY Awards will be live streamed today at 8 p.m. EST. The virtual event was put together by the EVVYs team after the in-person Gala and Majestic shows were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show consists of motion graphics interspersed with segments that were pre-recorded...

A chat with EVVY Awards hosts Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold

Kyle Goold (left) and Arasha Lalani (second from left) are set to co-host the 39th annual EVVY Awards show which is taking place virtually due to COVID-19.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

May 28, 2020

Rising seniors Arasha Lalani and Kyle Goold dreamed of hosting the EVVYs ever since their freshman year. In October 2019, after an audition singing the Glee version of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, Lalani and Goold were cast as the co-hosts of the EV...

EVVYs team overcomes logistical barriers to produce first ever online show

The EVVY Awards are set to take place virtually Friday at 8 p.m. EST for the first time in the organization's history.

By Shruti Rajkumar, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

May 28, 2020

After canceling the in-person show for the 39th annual EVVY Awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EVVY’s production team and advisors faced the challenging task of moving the event to an online format in a way that honored students and maintained the show’s core values.  “The EVVYs has b...

Alum publishes debut novel “Darling Rose Gold”

Stephanie Wrobel 19' releases her debut novel titled Darling Rose Gold.

By Erin Renzi, Assistant Arts Editor

May 9, 2020

After meeting with her thesis reader about her creative writing thesis in 2017, Stephanie Wrobel ‘19 almost scrapped the entire first draft.  “I ended up throwing away the entire thing, except for the two main characters,” Wrobel said in a phone interview from London. “I had written that fi...

Alum’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish background inspires Hasidic horror film

Elazar Fine '18 makes horror film about a Hasidic community.

By Katiana Hoefle, Deputy Arts Editor

May 4, 2020

Elazar Fine ‘18 grew up with limited access to film in his Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Watching old Disney VHS tapes at his grandmother’s house and visiting the local movie theater with his uncle inspired Fine to eventually leave his fundamentalist background and develop a passion for filmm...

Alumna returns to Emerson for Fiddler on the Roof tour

Carol Beaugard '78 performs as Yente, for Fiddler on the Roof.

By Juliet Norman, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 8, 2020

Carol Beaugard ‘78 grew up watching and listening to the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof. As a little girl, she played a villager in her hometown’s production of the show and the classic musical has since become one of Beaugard’s favorite plays. When the Broadway production of the show cam...

Emerson Theater shuts down amid COVID-19 concerns

ArtsEmerson and Emerson Stage cancel all performances.

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2020

ArtsEmerson and Emerson Stage shut down all performances for the foreseeable future starting Friday.  ArtsEmerson’s Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David Howse announced the decision in an email, attributing concerns to the spread of COVID-19 in Boston. The organization is inve...

Alum releases book titled ‘The Quarry’

Ben Halls '14 writes book on a group of working-class men in London and their daily lives.

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

March 11, 2020

While on campus, Ben Halls ‘14 began writing what would become his first book set in his hometown of London. Originally a class assignment, his book The Quarry, arrived at bookstores in the United Kingdom on Feb. 13. The book is a collection of interconnected short stories centered on a group of working-cla...

Freshmen band to play at WECB 2020 spring event

Freshmen Hailey Freedman, TJ Grant, Elizabeth Enright, and Jake Cabreza start a new band “Identity Crisis.”

By Emily Cardona, Deputy Sports Editor

February 26, 2020

One night in October 2019, freshmen Hailey Freedman, TJ Grant, Elizabeth Enright, and Jake Cabreza decided, out of boredom, to start a band called Identity Crisis. “We were bored and we figured masturbating will only get us so far,” Cabreza said in an in-person interview. “We are making heroin...

Emerson alumni rely on decades of film making experience to create new festival

Photo credit: Courtesy Alyssa Devine

By Casey Bernhard, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2020

Griffin and Alyssa Devine '10 were directing a play in late 2017 at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood when the theatre's staff expressed interest in hosting a film festival—the opportunity was too good to pass up for the Emerson alumni. Less than three years later, the duo is set to launch...

Alum takes inspiration from mom to create feature film The Queen of Hollywood Blvd

Alum takes inspiration from mom to create feature film The Queen of Hollywood Blvd

By Erin Renzi, Assistant Arts Editor

February 19, 2020

Orson Oblowitz ‘09 finds inspiration for all his creative projects in his mother. His first award-winning feature film, The Queen of Hollywood Blvd, features a lead centered around his mom's personality and a role which Oblowitz knew she could embody. The film focuses on Queen Mary’s journe...