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Alum sells new show to Disney+, crediting his time at Emerson for his success

By Rachel Hackam
November 29, 2021

A new Disney show following a talented yet obnoxious lawyer as his life is upended by an unexpected visitor was created by an Emerson alum just six years after his graduation.  Chen Xu’s new show,...

James P.W. Martin 13 posing with his new anthology, Eggplant Emoji Volume 1.

‘Laughter is medicine’: alum published comedic short story anthology

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
November 18, 2021

Labeled as “humor for the culturally refined” and promising to subvert expectations—Eggplant Emoji Volume 1, a new collection of comedic short stories from an Emerson alum, was released last month.  The...

A photo of Carolyn Freyer-Jones 88.

Alum finishes and publishes late friend’s book

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
November 18, 2021

An Emerson alum released her debut book, What If This Is The Fun Part? for purchase on Amazon Wednesday. The book, originally started by the author’s best friend about life coaching, is now a story about...

Still from Macbeth In Stride, playing at Loeb Drama Center.

New musical ‘Macbeth in Stride’ critiques Shakespearean sexism

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

A new musical from Obie Award winner Whitney White running in Boston examines what it means to be an ambitious, contemporary Black woman using the themes and characters of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy,...

Jonathon Graziano 13 and his pug, Noodle.

‘Bones day’ or ‘No Bones day’: Emerson alum, pug achieve TikTok fame

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor
November 4, 2021

Forget horoscopes or weather forecasts, there’s a new way to figure out what kind of day you’re going to have—Noodle, a 13-year-old pug.  Thanks to Jonathon Graziano ‘13, a former marketing...

The flyer for The Beta Test.

Two alumni direct and star in new film ‘The Beta Test’

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
November 4, 2021

Twelve years after they graduated in the same class, two Emerson alumni and self-proclaimed “college drinking buddies” directed and starred in the new feature film “The Beta Test,” which premieres...

Marla Kirban in 1970, her senior year at Emerson

Marla Kirban, Emerson alum and Hollywood voiceover coach, dies at 72

By Gabriel Borges, Staff Writer
October 31, 2021

A long list of celebrity clients have walked through the doors of Marla Kirban Voiceover, a full service voiceover school run by the late Marla Kirban ‘70, who managed to make it as a coach in an...

Flyer for The Glassblowers Daughter.

Alum writes uplifting fairytale, commenting on sexism and corruption

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
October 28, 2021

Fairytale “The Glassblower’s Daughter,” penned by an Emerson alum, is set in an early North American colony and follows Sandy, a teenage girl who lives in a colony that's being run by a corrupt governor....

From left to right: Stephen Colbert, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi ’00, and Ballard C. Boyd ’03 at the Emmys

Three Emerson alums win Emmy awards

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
September 30, 2021

Three Emerson alums, two of whom had won previously, took home trophies at the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sept. 19 for their behind-the-scenes work in television.  Randy Barbato ‘82, Joe Celli ‘91, and...

Alumnae band Bulletin ready to release their debut album

Alumnae band “Bulletin” ready to release their debut album

By Dionna Santucci
September 23, 2021

Boston-based rock band, Bulletin, formed by two Emerson alums in 2015, is set to release their debut album, “Hiding to Nothing,” on Oct. 1.  The idea for Bulletin came about when John Young ‘08,...

Trent Cole 18s single Here was released last week.

Alum begins music career with release of new single “Here”

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
September 23, 2021

Trent Cole ‘18 has loved music for as long as he can remember. It’s that passion that drove him to release his debut pop single “Here” last week, a song about coming to terms with and moving on...

Amanda Richards 10 and Dawn Steinberg 82 worked on the Fantasy Island Reboot.

Emerson alums help create “Fantasy Island” reboot

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
September 23, 2021

Two Emerson alumni—who graduated the college nearly 30 years apart—found themselves collaborating in Sony’s casting department to bring Fox’s reboot of the 1970s show “Fantasy Island” to life. While...

Jacqueline Novak performing her stand-up show, Get On Your Knees.

‘To me, the blowjob as a concept is kind of just really fascinating’: Jacqueline Novak’s one woman stand-up show is back

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor
September 9, 2021

After the pandemic forced the cancelation of her previous tour, Jacqueline Novak’s "Get on Your Knees" tour is back, bringing much-needed laughs and giggles about a surprising topic—blowjobs.  Her...

Ricky Downes III performing on stage

Alum Ricky Downes III writes and performs his own Lion King parody

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
September 9, 2021

“The Lion King but it’s Just One Guy” began when Ricky Downes III ‘15 was a junior at Emerson—now, the production, a one man show, is free to stream on YouTube after it completed a successful...

Anum Hussain, one of the founders of Below the Fold.

Emerson alum creates daily newsletter

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
September 9, 2021

In 2020, Anum Hussain ‘13 launched Below the Fold, a free daily newsletter determined to catch stories that fall in between the cracks of mainstream media outlets. Below the Fold aims to do just as the...

Alum opens sustainable bridal store in Newton

Alum opens sustainable bridal store in Newton

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
September 7, 2021

While planning for her own wedding in 2018, alum Molly Swarttz ‘13 realized that weddings can also be eco-friendly, and after years of planning opened her own sustainable bridal store in June, making...

Margot Wood 08, author of Fresh

Margot Wood ’08 to release debut novel ‘Fresh’, takes place at Emerson

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
February 25, 2021

Margot Wood ‘08 spent years working in the publishing industry after graduation, and now her debut novel set at Emerson College, Fresh, is set to be published in August.  Wood’s new novel, which...

Still from Disneys Raya and the Last Dragon

Ryn Soorholtz ’16 serves as production coordinator on Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
February 23, 2021

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” takes viewers on an epic journey through the eyes of lone warrior, Raya, as she tracks down the last dragon to help her stop an evil force...

Alum Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband Logan Smalley wrote the novel The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book, an interactive guide to book recommendations and local book stores across the U.S.

Alum creates interactive phone book for bibliophiles everywhere

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
November 30, 2020

Stephanie Kent ‘10 and her husband, Logan Smalley, share a deep love for books. This mutual interest is what sparked the idea for their newly published interactive novel, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book. “[Smalley...

Griswold 10 on the set of Quirewood: The Musical, which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Adam Griswold ’10 lands first musical on Amazon Prime

By Lucia Thorne, Layout Editor
October 28, 2020

Filmmaker and alum Adam Griswold ‘10 spent years thinking about producing a musical, but he has now made his mark on the theatre world with the release of Quirewood! The Musical, now available on Amazon...

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