Tag Archives: Performing Arts

The Craven Conversations with distinguished actor Michael Murphy-June 24 @ 7pm EDT

MNFF is thrilled to welcome back one of its favorite Honorees, the distinguished film actor Michael Murphy, for the next edition of the Craven Conversations on Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm on Zoom. In a brilliant career spanning more than 50 films over 50 years, Michael has worked with a wide array of heralded filmmakers including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky, Peter Weir, Tim Burton, Oliver Stone, Sarah Polley, John Sayles, Elia Kazan, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Ritt, Robert Aldrich, Orson Welles and Paul Thomas Anderson. Among his dozens of film credits, you’ll find The Arrangement, MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Front, An Unmarried Woman, Manhattan, The Year of Living Dangerously, Salvador, Batman Returns and Away from Her.  The breadth of the roles Michael has played and the innumerable stories he has accumulated will make for a most entertaining conversation that you won’t want to miss. 

Michael Murphy was born in Los Angeles, California, and after a stint in the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, and then went to UCLA for his California teaching credential. From 1962 to 1964, he taught high school English and drama in Los Angeles. His acting career as a first-rate supporting player began in 1962 and has continued for over five decades. 

The consummate professional, Michael is perhaps best known for his long collaboration with renowned director Robert Altman, having been cast in seven of Altman’s movies between 1968 and 1996, and in two cable-TV mini-series for him: Tanner ’88 and Tanner on Tanner.  But the relationship stretched back to the very beginning of his career. “I was right out of the University of Arizona,” Murphy reminisced during a 2004 interview, “and a friend said, ‘Go over to MGM and meet Bob Altman. He’s using a lot of young guys for this Army thing he’s doing.'” Altman was directing the World War II television series Combat! and Altman cast him in the show without an audition. “We became immediate friends. He told me, ‘You may not turn out to be a movie star, but you’ll get to do some interesting work.’ Bob was in his thirties when we met. He had been a young bomber pilot in World War II and was wise beyond his years. From the very beginning, he never played it safe when it came to making movies. He had amazing fortitude and guts.”

Attendance is limited for the Craven Conversation with Michael Murphy so don’t wait too long to sign up.  We anticipate a good crowd for this event.

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The Craven Conversations with Sarah Beers, Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer: June 10 @ 7PM EDT

MNFF welcomes Sarah Beers, Emmy Award winning costume designer and longtime Middlebury resident, to the Craven Conversations tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 at 7p on Zoom.  Ms. Beers will take viewers through her process of imagination and creation of film, theater and television costumes, illuminating how the work informs and enlarges the consideration of characters. She will show research photos and sketches along with pictures of actors in costume for the film and television work she does.  She will also discuss her work on both seasons of the WGN America/SONY series Outsiders and Jay Craven’s film, Peter and John, where she mentored college students involved in the film’s ambitious costume design work.  Ms. Beers grew up in Middlebury and attended Middlebury Union High School.  Her uncle taught Spanish at Middlebury College and her grandfather was born and raised in Charlotte. She graduated from Connecticut College, where she designed an interdisciplinary major in Theater and Studio Art, and through those courses and her work-study duties in the theater department, she became interested in costume design as a profession. During her senior year in college, Beers was awarded a Watson Fellowship to study costumes at the Royal Ballet and Opera in London. She also spent time working in marionette fabrication at Marionettes de Geneve in Switzerland.

Her film credits include Maria Full of Grace, nominated for a 2005 Academy Award.  Beers won an Emmy for her work on the television mini-series The Men Who Built America.  Other television costume design credits include extensive work on the recent NBC hit drama Blindspot and the long running FX series Rescue Me.

This will be a fascinating conversation with Jay and Sarah and we invite you to register for the event and enjoy the experience.  

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SENIORS – Group Advising Appointments to discuss searching for Jobs/Internships in the Arts

In addition to signing up for 1:1 advising appointments, I’m offering group advising appointments this semester focused on a specific career path. Please continue to check back since we will discuss a different industry during each meeting.  

This week I will be hosting and facilitating two group advising appointments to discuss Careers in the Arts. Please let me know if you would like to attend one. I will add your appointment in handshake.  

Wednesday, April 29 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Performing Arts  

Friday, May 1 from 3pm – 4pm EST
Career Path: Fine Arts

These group advising appointments will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a specific industry, build a career community, and practice peer to peer learning.

I am limiting the number of participants. Therefore, YOU MUST REGISTER WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to agomez@middlebury.edu to let me know you will attend, and I will add your advising appointment to handshake.

“The Zoom Where it Happens” by American Theatre- A Publication of the Theatre Communications Group

All across the country, theatre educators and students are mourning the loss of shows that won’t make it to the stage this semester because of COVID-19. They’re using spring break to brainstorm ways the live theatre performances and hands-on experiential classes will be effectively conducted online.  Many institutions have thought of some very creative ideas on how to make this happen. Click here to read the complete article.

Video Content Intern, Disney Theatrical Group – Summer 2020

Job Summary:

Disney Theatrical Group operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway musicals around the world, delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, and licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International.

DTG is committed to providing the highest quality career training and development for the widest, most diverse group throughout their career trajectory. DTG’s summer internship program provides undergraduate students with an immersive view of theatre administration through on-the-job experience, educational seminars, and individual and collective projects. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in the field of theater administration, inclusive of race, ethnicity, class, gender identity or expression, ability, and sexual orientation.

Be a part of something big…
Disney Theatrical Group is currently seeking a passionate self-starter for a summer internship in the marketing department. This role is part of DTG’s Creative Services within the marketing department and focuses on video production, post-production, and motion graphics. The Video Content Intern will work to produce high quality digital content to support marketing, press, licensing, and other departments at DTG.


Make an impact by…

  • The video content intern will learn how Disney Theatrical Group creates and utilizes digital media to support THE LION KING, ALADDIN, and FROZEN.
  • The video content intern will develop and deliver video content for DTG’s social channels, assist in the various roles of video production, create animated digital assets, and learn to manage and distribute video content to fulfill the daily needs of the company.

Basic Qualifications:

You bring…

  • Genuine interest in the theatre industry
  • Interest in video production and post-production
  • Experience working with Adobe Premiere and After Effects
  • Solid understanding of social media and relevant platforms
  • Experience in video production and with DSLR cameras
  • Basic understanding of video compression settings a plus
  • Creative and collaborative spirit, positive attitude, eager to learn
  • Love for Disney properties is also a plus!

Additional Information:

Program Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess unrestricted work authorization
  • Must provide full work availability from Tuesday, May 26, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Must provide own housing and transportation to/from work. Positions are in New York, NY.
  • At the time of application, must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring) prior to participation in the internship program.

A day in the life…

  • Disney Theatrical Group has an open office environment. The noise level in the office varies from minimal to high depending on level of activity. Employees are welcome to utilize headphones.
  • Interns will frequently collaborate in small groups, sometimes with executive leadership, in hands-on workshops, or on their final group presentation. These meetings are informal and facilitated by a member of the Education team, and you will be encouraged to ask questions and participate alongside your peers.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Application Deadline: February 7, 2020
  • Interview: March, 2020
  • Decisions Made: April 10, 2020

About Disney Theatrical Group:

The Disney Theatrical Group, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, producing and licensing live entertainment productions and events around the globe. Its nine Broadway titles, including the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Aladdin and this year’s Frozen, have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers worldwide. The division also delivers live shows through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live. Additionally, the division licenses full-length and junior and kids adapted titles for regional, school and community theatre productions.

If you are interested to learn more about this opportunity and Disney, please contact alum August Laska ’17 at august.laska@gmail.com before you apply.

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Schedule your 1:1 Alumni chat with Actor, Co-Artistic Director, and Professor Andrew Smith ’97.5 – Thursday, January 9

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Andrew worked as a professional stage, film and television Actor, and is the Co-Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company in New York City. He founded and led a business in NYC called Artist Building Company, where he hired set designers and painters for NYC remodeling and building jobs.

Click here to schedule your 1:1 chat on Thursday, January 9