September 2018

Mary Mitchell '91, Austin Vesely, E.J. Hill '11, Taty Garcia '18


Mary Mitchell Remembers her Time on the Columbia Chronicle
As the Columbia Chronicle celebrates 45 years, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell ’91, HDR ’18 recalls how the student paper set her on the path to become one of Chicago’s top journalists.

Former Student Austin Vesely to Release Horror-comedy Starring Chance the Rapper, Chris Parnell
Vesely speaks about the creative process behind his first feature film, Slice, which he wrote and directed.

Alumni Nominated for 50th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards
View the full list of alumni and faculty nominated for the 2018 Jeff Awards, Chicago’s premiere theatre awards.

E.J. Hill ’11 Wins $25,000 Prize at 2018 Made in L.A. Biennial
The performance artist was bestowed with the Public Recognition Award for his piece, Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria.

Taty Garcia ’18 featured in LA Times as the future of diverse filmmakers
Garcia is taking part in the Academy Gold internship program, which selects young aspiring filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds to increase diversity in the industry.
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"[Columbia College Chicago] is my community. Every day, my students and I use the classroom to explore the definition of the word ‘artist.’ Any extra contribution I can make towards keeping that sort of community thriving is worthwhile."

-Stephanie Shaw ’92, Professor of Instruction, Theatre Department and long-standing donor


September 22, 2018
Chronicle Alumni Reunion
You're invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Columbia Chronicle. Join us in honoring the past and celebrating the future of one of the highest-rated student-produced newspapers of its kind. Reminisce with alumni spanning the decades and connect with current Chronicle students, faculty, staff, and special guests. Register today!  

October 19-20, 2018
Theatre Reunion Weekend
Celebrate the newly renovated Getz Theater Center and a weekend of events with alumni, faculty, students, and special guests. The Theatre Reunion Weekend features a special performance of our 2018-19 Mainstage season opener, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, as well as receptions, panel discussions with distinguished alumni, building tours, and a keynote talk by Anna D. Shapiro ’90, HDR ’15, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre. Register today!
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Portfolium Digital Portfolio of the Month: Cooper Justus
Alumnus Cooper Justus MFA ’15 shows his screenwriting and directing chops.  

New Home for Alumni Projects
Promote your projects and connect with other alumni on the new Alumni Projects Facebook group today!



New Master of Fine Arts Degree to Launch in Fall 2019
The new graduate program specializes in helping its students transition to professional working artists in a wide variety of media.

Columbia Named in Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 American Film Schools
The entertainment news source included the Cinema and Television Arts program on its list thanks to Semester in LA, the new interdisciplinary documentary program, and numerous successful alumni.

Trustee Jimmy Chamberlain of Smashing Pumpkins Talks Columbia
“They are such an incredible institution that lets [students] explore the outer reaches of their creativity in a way that gives them confidence,” Chamberlain told the Sun-Times.

President Kim to Serve as Honorary Co-chair of Chicago Dancemakers Forum Event
In celebration of the forum’s 15th anniversary, a brunch and full day of dance performances have been planned on October 21 at the Chicago Cultural Center.  

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