RTVF Alum Lauren Serpa Wins in BEA Scriptwriting Competition

Lauren Serpa at BEA 2015

Lauren Serpa at BEA 2015

Congratulations to RTVF alum Lauren Serpa (currently earning an MFA in SJSU’s Creative Writing Program in the English Department). Lauren’s screenplay Where We Start won Second Prize in Narrative Feature Scriptwriting  in the Broadcasting Education Association’s  Student Scriptwriting Competition.

The BEA is the nation’s largest organization of RTVF programs and its Festival of Media Arts is the nation’s most important student film competition.

Click for a full list of this year’s winners.




Come See ZOOT SUIT, Opening April 23

Zoot Suit

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Zoot Suit, an award-winning play by SJSU alum Luis Valdez, is being directed by his son, Kinan Valdez and staged at the University Theatre, beginning April 23. A landmark work of Chicano theatre, Zoot Suit also features work by musical director Emiliano Valdez.

Luis Valdez has this to say about the production:

“I wish to thank [David Kahn], Barnaby [Dallas], Buddy [Butler] and the entire support staff at San Jose State for staging such a thrilling production of Zoot Suit at the University Theatre.  I am, of course, enormously proud of Kinan’s direction, and particularly impressed by his ability to distill the best  talents of student actors, dancers, designers, technicians, etc.  For me to see Zoot Suit at my alma mater  is to close a very large circle of dreams and aspirations 50 years wide.   I can only hope the students will be inspired to go out and take on the world when they graduate, taking with them as I did fond memories of their high times at San Jose State.  Abrazos, Luis Valdez.”

Click for a closer look at this amazing production at SJSU.

And check out this news story from NBC Bay Area News and Telemundo’s Comunidad Del Valle.

National Student Screenwriting Success for SJSU

festivallogoScreenwriting Professor Scott Sublett writes:

Once again, San Jose State students have achieved national recognition for screenwriting excellence.

Lauren Serpa, who received her BA in RTVF from San Jose State and is currently an SJSU MFA Creative Writing student, won second place at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in the feature-length screenplay category for Where We Start.

The BEA is the nation’s largest organization of RTVF programs and their Festival of Media Arts is the nation’s most important student film competition.

In the same category, recent RTVF grad Risha Rose received an Honorable Mention for her screenplay Dance With Me.

In the Short Screenplay category, two SJSU students received Honorable Mentions: Rachel Compton for Prosopagnosia  and Kevin Briot for When a Giant Falls.

Congratulations to the faculty in RTVF, Theatre Arts, and English who mentored these exceptional students who have brought us glory, and of course to the students themselves!

TRFT Graduate Kyung Lee’s Film “TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui”

Congratulations, Kyung Lee, on her new film: TELOS: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF EUGENE TSSUI.

Kyung received her MA in Theatre in 2004.

Her new film was featured on the cover of SFGATE.com


TELOS: Front Page Feature in Today’s San Francisco Chronicle!

Read San Francisco Chronicle’s article, come to the film’s Bay Area premiere and learn for yourself about Eugene’s radical philosophies and designs. Share your thoughts with us at the Q&A after the screening.

Saturday, 5/31
Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103