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The faces of the Boston Asian American Film Festival

The faces of the Boston Asian American Film Festival

By Ryan Yau, Assistant Living Arts Editor
November 2, 2022

The annual Boston Asian American Film Festival was held in the Paramount Theatre from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31. This year’s program contained three narrative films, three documentaries, and various shorts...


Step Afrika!’s Drumfolk ‘well-received’ by Cutler Majestic audiences

By Karenna Umscheid, Staff Writer
October 26, 2022

Drumfolk, produced by C. Brian Williams and performed by Step Afrika!, is a celebration of music at the intersection between African American history and culture. It ran from Oct. 5 through Oct. 16 in...

Queer Latinx artist sheds light on colonialism, immigration, and xenophobia using the human body

Queer Latinx artist sheds light on colonialism, immigration, and xenophobia using the human body

By Samantha Deras and Alison Sincebaugh
October 18, 2022

The smell of white sage and the sound of jingling keys filled the Media Art Gallery on Avery Street on Oct. 14 as a Mexico-City-born artist displayed a new performance piece.  “Go Back to Where You...

The Robert J. Orchard Stage, one of ArtsEmerson’s venues

‘We need to change our story’: A look into ArtsEmerson’s 2022-23 season

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
September 8, 2022

ArtsEmerson will display seven in-person and two virtual performances this upcoming academic year, all of which seek to elevate minority voices and emphasize the diversity of Boston artists.   “As...

‘We learn as much from them as they do from us’: ArtsEmerson honors Rocío Pérez and Lemar Archer as Cutler Fellows

‘We learn as much from them as they do from us’: ArtsEmerson honors Rocío Pérez and Lemar Archer as Cutler Fellows

By Adri Pray, Editor-at-large
February 24, 2022

ArtsEmerson recognized two students as its 2022 Cutler Fellows, inducting them into the year-long program designed to cultivate theater production skills. The college’s affiliated production company...

Production Iphigenia at the Cutler Majestic theater.

You are all that the myth can’t bear: ArtsEmerson hosts Iphagenia’s world premiere

By Payton Cavanaugh
November 18, 2021

On Nov. 13, I watched “Iphigenia,” an opera that tells a new rendition of the well-known Greek Myth Iphigenia at Aulis, in the Cutler Majestic theater hosted by ArtsEmerson. The show left me with many...

The virtual screening of Out of Order.

ArtsEmerson’s season opener ‘Out of Order’ highlights COVID’s effects on theater

By Dionna Santucci
October 14, 2021

ArtsEmerson kicked off their fall season in a whimsical world with a bittersweet twist with The 7 Fingers, a Montreal-based circus troupe. Founded in 2002, The 7 Fingers combines acrobatics and theatricality...

Anna Feder at the Bright Lights Film Series in 2019.

Bright Lights Film Series releases their fall 2021 program

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
September 21, 2021

The college’s Bright Lights Film Series announced their fall 2021 lineup on Sept. 7, featuring 12 documentary films that highlight social justice issues.  The series is curated by VMA Professor Anna...

Cutler Majestic Theater, one of ArtEmerson’s performance venues.

ArtsEmerson hosts first event since March 2020

By Sophia Pargas and Mariyam Quaisar
September 9, 2021

ArtsEmerson’s first in-person event in 18 months—an open house in the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Wednesday—aimed to reintroduce the public to theater and encourage them to get excited about this...

The Robert J. Orchard Stage, one of ArtsEmerson’s venues

ArtsEmerson appoints new director of artistic programming

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 24, 2021

Ronee Penoi will be ArtsEmerson’s new director of artistic programming, the theatre group announced Thursday afternoon.  Starting Aug. 2, Penoi will serve as ArtEmerson’s third artistic leader,...

People walk on Washington Street near Paramount Theater.

ArtsEmerson releases its plans and expectations for the 2021/2022 season

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
July 17, 2021

ArtsEmerson announced a series of in-person and virtual events for its 2021-22 season — marking the return of live events after a year of pandemic-altered entertainment.  The organization will feature...

Algorithm bias researcher Joy Buolamwini showing the racist faults in the Aspire Mirror.

‘Coded Bias’ latest screening from Bright Lights Film Series, highlights racial bias in AI

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
March 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence, defined as “the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” has the potential to shape the future of every industry. Yet...

Still from Down a Dark Stairwell

ArtsEmerson screens film ‘Down a Dark Stairwell,’ hosts post-film discussion

By Lucia Thorne, Living Arts Editor
February 10, 2021

During a post-screening chat about her new documentary “Down a Dark Stairwell” hosted by ArtsEmerson, journalist-turned-director Ursula Liang said she was drawn to Akai Gurley’s case–who was shot...

Director Sam Feder and actress-writer Jen Richards discussed trans representation in Hollywood in their documentary Disclosure

VMA and SEAL hosts Q&A Panel with director and subject of “Disclosure”

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
November 8, 2020

Disclosure director Sam Feder and actress-writer Jen Richards discussed the documentary’s analysis of the ways trans representation in Hollywood both empowers and endangers trans lives at a Q&A panel...

Emersons Paramount theater.

ArtsEmerson, WERS receive grant money from Boston COVID-19 fund

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
October 13, 2020

Two Emerson-affiliated organizations, ArtsEmerson and WERS 88.9, received grant funding from Boston’s $1 million Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund this summer to maintain operations during the coronavirus...

David Dower, left, will leave Emerson in January

ArtsEmerson leadership to change in new year

By Taina Millsap, Staff Writer
September 16, 2020

David Dower will step down from his leadership roles at Emerson’s Office of the Arts, ArtsEmerson, and HowlRound at the end of 2020, according to a college announcement last week.  Current ArtsEmerson...

The Brown sisters recorded their podcasts live show in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Archives

Podcast live show warns of climate crisis

By Emily Cardona
December 17, 2019

Podcast hosts Autumn Brown and Adrienne Maree Brown sat on either side of their friend Toshi Reagon to discuss the end of the world.  On Dec. 2., ArtsEmerson and the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs...

Lifetime Marlboro College trustee Ted Wendell was one of the first donors to the ArtsEmerson program.

ArtsEmerson Donor Reflects on Time as Marlboro Trustee

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
December 4, 2019

Lifetime Marlboro College trustee Ted Wendell, 79, first found out about the Vermont college’s merger with Emerson a week before the official announcement over dinner with Marlboro President Kevin Quigley. “A...

Alex Alpharoah portrays the stories of Dreamers in the one man show WET: A DACAmented Journey. Courtesy of Ray Shaw

Review: ArtsEmerson’s one-man show documents realities of DACA

By Ally Rzesa
November 18, 2018

I sprung to my feet at the end of ArtsEmerson’s WET: A DACAmented Journey. I watched a Tupac-loving teenage girl, a Spanglish-speaking mother, a Guatemalan consulate worker, and many more tell one story...

Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Events on campus: Oct. 15-20

By Cassandre Coyer
October 14, 2018

Emerson has many students and organizations that host events. This is exhibited through EmConnect’s event page. The Beacon Living Arts section went through the events for the next week and picked out...

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