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Faculty Service Recognition: Jim LeFever and Laura Long

March 11th, 2015 by Alison McKee

Congratulations to two of TRFT’s talented and loyal faculty members!

Jim LeFever

Jim LeFever

On Wednesday, March 11, the University recognized Jim LeFever for 25 years of service at SJSU’s annual Faculty Service Recognition and Awards Luncheon.

Lecturer Laura Long was also honored for 15 years of service.

Laura Long

Laura Long

If you see them in the halls, take a moment to congratulate them!

Professor Amy Glazer Wins a Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award with SEMINAR

March 11th, 2015 by Alison McKee

Final+SFBATCC+Logo+$2896x100$29Congratulations to Theatre Arts Professor Amy Glazer who, on Monday night, was awarded the 2014 Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for Best Stage Direction in a House with 100 to 300 Seats.

Amy won the award for her production of Seminar at the San Francisco Playhouse.  Professor Scott Sublett observes that “it was a perfect realization of an excellent play,” and TRFT department chair Professor David Kahn notes, “it was indeed a wonderful production and beautifully directed.”

Amy Glazer

Amy Glazer

Congratulations once again!

For a complete list of all the winners, please click the following link:

TRFT’s Production of DEAD MAN WALKING and Yoshi Asai’s THE GHOST LIGHT

March 4th, 2015 by Alison McKee

Dead-Man-Walking_poster_1-2Directed by Kathie Kratochvil, performances of Tim Robbins’s adaptation of Dead Man Walking will take place in the Todd Studio Theatre (HGH 103) beginning Thursday, March 5 at 7pm and continuing Friday and Saturday, as well as  Tuesday through Saturday of the following week. Make sure you turn out to see this wonderful production!

The ticket information of Dead Man Walking is in the following link:

For those who attend the opening night performance of Dead Man Walking, there will also be the  opportunity  to see Yoshi Asai’s first performance piece The Ghost Light, created for the class ART-173. (Asai is also a scenic designer for Dead Man Walking.) “Once upon a time, ghosts lived in theaters… well, they still do,” writes Asai. Based on theatre superstitions, his work features Peter Juarez, Cathy Tri, Emily Brouwer, Pandra Brown, and Lindsay Sporleder, with music by Philip Glass Dance IX. (No ticket is needed. Simply show up!) It will take place in Hugh Gillis Hall’s scene shop and  begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. (duration: approximately 20 minutes).

ghost light*** The Ghost Light will begin after Dead Man Walking ends. The scene shop is right next to the Hal Todd Theatre. Wait until the performance area is ready after Dead Man Walking ends. The audience for the performance will be led to the scene shop as the artists are preparing for the performance. Please wait in the hallway (use the entrance that faces San Fernando) until somebody lets you in. 

KQED Profiles RTVF Filmmaker Joshua Pausanos and His Film BELL JAR

February 24th, 2015 by Alison McKee

BELL JAR filmmaker Joshua Pausanos

KQED describes RTVF major Joshua Pausanos‘s film Bell Jar in its feature piece “Film School Shorts” (here’s a link to the full interview with Joshua which is well worth reading).

Bell Jar is a mysterious character piece that manages to tell its story without dialogue, reminding viewers that, above all, film is a visual medium. Directed by Josh Pausanos of San Jose State University, the film is inspired by Slyvia Plath’s seminal novel The Bell Jar.

In his interview with KQED, Pausanao observed,

At first when I started going to SJSU, I was worried that because I wasn’t going to a “film school,” I wasn’t going to become a successful filmmaker or get into the industry, but as graduation approaches I find myself thinking, “What exactly makes a ‘film school’ a ‘film school’?” Since starting at State, I’ve helped out on dozens of shorts, directed many shorts, made money working on professional productions,and have already made the transition into working on larger indie feature films. My teachers and classmates are all avid filmmakers with their own accomplishments and many projects on the way. All of this makes me question, “What would I have missed if I went to somewhere like USC or NYU?” To me, it doesn’t matter which school or how much money is involved; it matters what kind of community you surround yourself in and how much drive you have. That’s what I learned going to San Jose State.

Keep reading here for an insightful and interesting look at this budding filmmaker’s process and work.

Thank you, Josh Pausoanos, on behalf of SJSU and its RTVF program. We’re proud of you!

Another Narrative Film Production Success for RTVF Students

February 21st, 2015 by Alison McKee
Park Arcadia

Park Arcadia

From TRFT Chair David Kahn‘s desk:

RTVF‘s student-written and -directed film Park Arcadia received Honorable Mention in the narrative film production category at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

More information about Park Arcadia can be found at the following links: and

Congratulations to Darren H. Rae, Shaan Aslam, and all involved with this project!