College of Humanities and the Arts 2017 Distinguished Service Award Goes to Film & Television’s Dr. Kathie Kratochvil

Dr. Kratochvil with her son and husband

Congratulations to Theatre Arts lecturer Dr. Kathie Kratochvil, who was selected by Dean Vollendorf as the winner of the 2107 Distinguished Service Award from the College of Humanities and the Arts for her many contributions to our department and the community beyond our institution’s walls. 

Kathie received a $1,000.00 professional development award as well as a certificate of achievement from the Dean at the College of Humanities and the Arts Awards Luncheon in May. 

Thank you, Kathie, for making our department look good in the college! The Department. of Film, and Theatres extraordinary lecturers are a big reason for the quality education students are getting in our department.

Recent TRFT Faculty Accomplishments

ALISON McKEE has been productive on both the scholarly and creative fronts. She has a contract for a scholarly book: “Home Noir: Gender and Domestic Space in Postwar American Film (1946-1959). Therese Grisham, Merrill Schleier, Alison L. McKee.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press She also has a solicited book chapter in the works: “‘Flung Out of Space’”: Adaptation and the State of Normal in Carol.”  This past July she published her first novel, a  romance. She reports, “No, it’s not in the vein of 50 SHADES OF GRAY. Yes, it’s published under a pen name.”

AMY GLAZER’s latest feature film that she directed, shot in New Mexico, “Kepler’s Dream,” will be premiering at the Mill Valley film Festival October 6-16, 2016. The film featured actress Kelly Lynch (star of “Drugstore Cowboy”). Other directors represented at the festival will be Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Lonergan, Paul Verhoeven, Terence Davies, Rob Nilsson, Ken Loach and James Franco, so Prof. Glazer is in good company.

JESSA MORENO  directed the World Premiere of Dipika Guha’s Mechanics of Love for Crowded Fire in SF as the inaugural show under new artistic director Mina Morita’s leadership. Guha is, perhaps, the most talented young playwright in California. Jessa was thrilled to invite students to join the professional team, including Matt Casey as Asst. Stage Manager. Matt was asked back to the company and did a remarkable job.

DEBBIE WEBER took a 4-day intensive workshop at Penn State with British Master Tailor, Graham Cottenden.  “I returned with a sample tailored piece that I can use when teaching our more advanced costume students this fall,and I’d like to teach a one-day workshop on making a welt pocket.”

LAURA LONG finished acting work on three indie short films and will be acting in a fourth indie feature film beginning this weekend. She also wrote the script for Tre Nixon’s EP music video and have been consulting on the production. She will be producing the subsequent 4 scripts for that project.

SCOTT WINFIELD SUBLETT has just signed a contract to have his book, Screenwriting for Neurotics from University of Iowa Press, translated into Chinese.

TRFT Welcomes Two New Permanent Faculty Members

ANDREA BECHERT

Andrea has designed scenery for over 300 productions and numerous world premieres at theatres across the country including TheatreWorks, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Starlight Theatre, Wildwood, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, and many others. She has worked at or been a guest designer at several universities including University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Ohio University, Butler University, and University of Wisconsin.  Numerous awards include three Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Awards, a Denver Ovation Award for Macbeth, and her designs were included in the 2005 World Design Expo and the 1996 Prague Quadrennial.  Andrea is a Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE local 829. Andrea gave up a fancy job at University of Chicago to join us here in the Bay Area.

 

MICHAEL LOCHER

Michael is a scenic designer with longtime Bay Area roots, who has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer at SJSU since 2013. His recent regional credits include productions for the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Centerstage (Baltimore), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, and Playmakers Repertory Theater. His designs have been seen Off-Broadway and at venues throughout New York and the northeast. Here in the Bay Area, local credits include numerous productions with the Magic, Cal Shakes, CenterRep, and the Cutting Ball Theater, where he is a longtime artistic associate. Michael is a founding member of Hollywood-based Tiled Field Productions, a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the Yale School of Drama. He also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, specializing in marketing material for the performing arts.

Kaucher Mitchell Mathis-Swanson Celebrates 122nd Event

KMMS_122Beverly Mathis-Swanson writes:

After a thrilling, chilling and stunning performance by Lauren Doyle, Kaucher Mitchell Mathis-Swanson finalists: Elizabeth Gibbons, Roslyn Murtha, Megan Ashley Johansen, William Gaoiran Jr., Cheyenne Ismailciuc, Jessica Jay, Jessica Osegueda, Victor Pham, Joseph Soto-Hockenberry, and Mandy Tamrocked the house! Sanchez Michaels was fabulous with his legendary performance, as Lauren Doyle gracefully lead the packed house through our 122nd. event. Congratulations to all and our winners: Roslyn Murtha andJessica Osegueda! Keep on rockin’ on, all y’ all! Cheers!

Kudos to The Bev, all her students, finalists, and winners!