Hollins Playwrights Dominate Selections for KCACTF Region IV Festival
Works by three student playwrights from the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University have been chosen for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region IV Festival, continuing Hollins’ “unbroken string of successes with KCACTF Region IV.”
Hollins’ Dance M.F.A. Program Moves European Study to Bulgaria’s Cultural Capital
Beginning in the summer of 2022, students in Hollins’ M.F.A. program in dance will travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for three weeks of international study and immersion. Plovdiv is considered by many to be Bulgaria’s cultural hub and in 2019 was named a European Capital of Culture.
Obamas to Produce New Netflix Project Based on Collection Co-Written by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09
Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is partnering with fellow production company Temple Hill to develop the anthology program “Blackout” for Netflix, based on the story collection by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09 and five other bestselling African American young adult authors.
M.A.T.L. Grad Makes Rewarding Career Switch from the Newsroom to the Classroom
Erin Edmonds successfully made the transition from broadcast journalist to high school English teacher, thanks in part to Hollins’ Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning program.
Hollins’ Graduate Programs Provide Crucial Support for Dual Enrollment Classes
Hollins is offering online graduate classes in mathematics, English, and history to help teachers throughout the Roanoke Valley and across Virginia qualify to teach dual enrollment classes. The commonwealth is facing a severe shortage of teachers, forcing some schools to suspend their dual enrollment programs.
From Graduation to Publication: Debut Books by New Creative Writing M.F.A. Alumni Head To Press
Poets Maddie Gallo and Gabriel Reed are celebrating the completion of their respective graduate degrees at Hollins as well as the publication of each writer’s first collections of poetry.
Steven E. Laymon, Ph.D., Named Vice President for Graduate Programs and Continuing Studies
Laymon, who comes to Hollins from the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will provide leadership for and oversight of the university’s existing programs and develop new initiatives.
M.F.A. Student Wins Essay Award from the Children’s Literature Association
Amanda Becker, who is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in children’s literature at Hollins, has been honored by a committee of children’s literature scholars for her paper, “A Story in Fragments: An Analysis of Poetry and Perspective in October Mourning,”
International Film Festival Bestows Honors on Hollins Playwright’s Work
Samantha Macher M.F.A. ’12 was presented the Gold Award for Best Writer for “To the New Girl” by the Queen Palm International Film Festival. The film is based on the critically acclaimed play of the same name that she wrote in 2010.
M.A.T. Student’s Gift for Creating Miniatures Earns Spotlight on HGTV’s “Biggest Little Christmas Showdown”
Amanda Kelly, who currently is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a visual arts endorsement at Hollins, and her fiancée and creative partner Bree Sepulveda, have reached the finals of this four-episode competition that boasts a grand prize of $50,000.
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