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The School of Theatre, Film & Television is proud to present the return of live, in-person, public performances. Further details are available at theatre.arizona.edu.

Welcome

Welcome to The School of Theatre, Film & Television! Our programs nurture and develop outstanding artists and scholars by providing rigorous training and mentoring by internationally recognized faculty, excellent internship opportunities, industry-standard resources, and hands-on production experience.

 

We offer comprehensive training in the art and business of storytelling, as expressed through the rich emotional experiences only offered through live theatre and the immersive cinematic experience, which prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers—in the industry, the arts, and higher education.

 

Our alumni go on to enjoy a wide range of careers — including acting, directing, producing, dramaturgy, play and screenwriting, theatrical/entertainment designing and technical production, editing, cinematography, and in arts non-profits and higher education.

 

Our Theatre Arts program was ranked 33 out of 306 nationwide by College Factual, and Film & Television was ranked #20 among U.S. film schools by The Wrap’s “Top 50 Film Schools,” making UA one of the top places to study theatre and film.

 

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, our degrees offer strong theoretical foundations and rigorous conservatory-style training by a faculty of working professionals. As a member of the University/Resident Theater Association (U/RTA), we provide excellent professional theatre training in stage design and production for graduate students.

 

We hope you will join us!

 

Andrew Belser

Director

Events

Repertory Theatre

Living Dead in Denmark Venue: Tornabene Theatre February 27, 2022 to March 20, 2022

Screening Events

Jingle All the Way with Director Brian Levant Venue: Fox Tucson Theatre December 12, 2021 at 2:00pm

Next Performance Collective

Everybody Venue: Tornabene Theatre December 3, 2021 to December 5, 2021

News

KGUN9 News feature story: the rise of TFTV

This week KGUN9 News shone a spotlight on student activity at the School of Theatre, Film & Television following the School’s recent ascent in The Wrap’s annual Top 50 Film… More

Kensey Coleman talks designing ‘Three Sisters’

Live performance at the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television (TFTV) is officially back, and our 2021/22 season is in full swing. The Season opened… More

TFTV films selected for Loft Film Festival

The 2021 Loft Film Festival begins this week and the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television (TFTV) is well represented. The festival will screen two… More

Featured Faculty

Greg Pierotti Assistant Professor

Greg Pierotti is an Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatrical Devising at the University of Arizona. He was recently awarded a George H. Davis Fellowship in support of… More

Jacob Bricca Associate Professor

Jacob Bricca, ACE is an award-winning film editor and director whose work has been screened theatrically across the globe. Among the dozen feature films he has edited are the… More

David Yarnelle Assistant Professor of Practice

David Yarnelle, Theatre Studies, has been a member of The School of Theatre, Film and Television faculty for nearly twenty years teaching theatre arts courses to students across… More

Student Work

UA FTV Fiction Films

Our students' films have gained recognition at the world's top films festivals, including the Berlin Intl. Film Festival and Sundance, and feature stellar performances from rising stars in the Theatre programs. BA and BFA students in the film program work collaboratively on films, with BA students applying skills learned in producing and studies courses to lead projects in the producer role. Magic Hour and I Dream in Widescreen are the popular showcases for fiction produced in the program. More

Design Tech Showcase Reveals Secrets

Every year, the school brings agents, professional designers and production specialists to campus to view the work of our actors and design and technology students. The annual Showcase of Talent offers our students a valuable next step into the business and direct access to industry professionals. More

UA FTV Documentaries

Our production students gain experience in documentary, and are taught by working filmmakers whose films can be seen on HBO, Netflix, and PBS. The documentary work is original and eclectic, and reflects the rich culture of Tucson. Student work is regularly showcased at What’s up, Docs at The Loft Cinema and at I Dream in Widescreen, the gala event of BFA senior thesis films that regularly draws crowds of over 1000 to the historic Fox Tucson Theatre. More

Take a virtual tour of the University of Arizona

Take a quick virtual tour of the Fine Arts District and the rest of the UA Campus, click here.

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Congratulations to Michael Tellez (expected BFA '22) on being awarded the Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarship at the Live Design International Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend!

The Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, funded by LDI and Live Design Magazine, were introduced to support underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment design and are presented in partnership with TSDCA - Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and USITT, for undergraduate students.

In July, Tellez spoke with Live Design about his inspirations, giving back to his community, and some of his hope for the future of the industry:

“My love for music and sound effects got me into the industry. In high school I was given the chance to be the sound designer for a class project and fell in love with the practice. When I got to university, I applied for the sound design and engineering program and I’ve been able to hone my skills in a protected environment. Going into my final year here, I feel as prepared as ever for what the real world has to offer, the good and the bad.”

Michael will be working on a number of mainstage productions as Sound Designer and Associate Sound Designer in the School's theatre season, including the upcoming production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Everybody.

Read more at www.livedesignonline.com/news/michael-tellez-pat-mackay-diversity-design-scholarship-winner-2021.
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Congratulations to Michael Tellez (expected BFA 22) on being awarded the Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarship at the Live Design International Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend! 

The Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, funded by LDI and Live Design Magazine, were introduced to support underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment design and are presented in partnership with TSDCA - Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and USITT, for undergraduate students. 

In July, Tellez spoke with Live Design about his inspirations, giving back to his community, and some of his hope for the future of the industry:

“My love for music and sound effects got me into the industry. In high school I was given the chance to be the sound designer for a class project and fell in love with the practice. When I got to university, I applied for the sound design and engineering program and I’ve been able to hone my skills in a protected environment. Going into my final year here, I feel as prepared as ever for what the real world has to offer, the good and the bad.”

Michael will be working on a number of mainstage productions as Sound Designer and Associate Sound Designer in the Schools theatre season, including the upcoming production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Everybody. 

Read more at https://www.livedesignonline.com/news/michael-tellez-pat-mackay-diversity-design-scholarship-winner-2021.

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Scenic designer Kensey Coleman (MFA Theatre Arts: Theatre Design and Production) recently spoke about her inspiration for her design for THREE SISTERS and her nod to classic Russian architecture:

"The women in this play are all pursuing different happinesses. All of them are linked to their childhood experiences in Moscow. That is why I chose to float abstract onion domes above the space. It is a symbol of totality and success and happiness for them."

You can read more about Kensey's design process, her thoughts on designing in the round, and what it's been like getting back into the swing of things at tftv.arizona.edu/news/kensey-coleman-talks-designing-three-sisters/.

Discover Kensey's scenic work in THREE SISTERS now through November 21. Tickets are available at am.ticketmaster.com/uacfa/threesisterstftv.
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This week KGUN 9 On Your Side shone a spotlight on student activity at the School of Theatre, Film & Television following the School's recent ascent in The Wrap's annual Top 50 Film School rankings. TFTV landed at No. 7 out of public universities, and No. 25 overall.

KGUN9 reporter Tina Giuliano visited the set of the senior thesis film I'M JUST TRYING TO HELP and interviewed Linda Paola Varela, the film's director, writer, production designer, and cinematographer, BFA Acting and Musical Theatre student Michael Laverde, who is co-starring in the film, and faculty member Lisanne Skyler.

Save the Date: Linda Varela's film will premiere along with shorts by her Film & Television classmates at I Dream in Widescreen on May 7, 2022. More information coming soon!
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KGUN9 News feature story: the rise of TFTV
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