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Jenifer Lewis, pictured here delivered the Commencement Address in 2015, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jenifer Lewis '79 to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

June 22, 2020

International film and television star and Webster Alumna Jenifer Lewis will be immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lewis announced the honor on Facebook earlier this month. Lewis is a St. Louis-born actress, singer and community activist. She earned a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from Webster University in 1979.

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creation concert

Webster At Home: Virtual Department of Dance concert; Conservatory Alumni LokDown Cabaret this weekend

May 21, 2020

The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department of Dance will host their Creation Concert virtually on May 22, at 7 p.m. All dance performances will be posted on the Creation Concert website and also to Facebook in real time. ... On Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. the Webster Conservatory will host an Instagram Live Concert featuring performances by Conservatory alumni.

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Alex Rudd, Singin' in the Rain

Webster At Home: Aurelia virtual choir; Philosophy Capstone via Webex; Musical theatre student project

May 12, 2020

Conservatory of Theatre Arts student Alex Rudd completed a video project assignment in Webster Groves, performing the notable scene from movie Singin' in the Rain. ... The singers in Aurelia have completed their first virtual choir, conducted by Assistant Professor Stuart Chapman Hill. ... The Philosophy Department held its traditional end-of-year Capstone Colloquium via WebEx this year.

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Excellence in Teaching: 2020 Kemper Award Winners Guterman, Hwang, Dixon, Serfass

April 27, 2020

The Kemper Award is awarded each year to two full-time and two part-time faculty members at Webster University who demonstrate teaching at its finest. Nominated and supported by students and colleagues, they are selected by a committee of their peers for their outstanding teaching. The award is funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation. This year’s recipients are Gad Guterman, Sheila Hwang, David Dixon and Thomas Serfass.

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Englis Stepping Down after 15 Years as Conservatory Chair; Guterman to Take Helm

April 20, 2020

The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts announces a leadership change effective June 1, 2020. Dottie Marshall Englis will be stepping down as chair of the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts after serving as chair for 15 years. She will be succeeded by Gad Guterman, who is currently serving as associate chair.

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College of Fine Arts Events Canceled for Rest of Semester

March 18, 2020

After a discussion with the college leadership and faculty of the College of Fine Arts, it has been determined that the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak mean we will need to cancel all public performances in the programs for the remainder of the current semester. This decision is effective Tuesday, March 17, out of concern for the safety of students, faculty, staff, and patrons of the College of Fine Arts. This includes Hunt and Arcade Gallery openings, Conservatory performances, music events, and dance performances.

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Africana Studies trip to Webster Ghana, Fall 2019

In the News: Diversity and Inclusion speakers, Ghana trip, Unified auditions

February 10, 2020

Michele Norris, Aisha Sultan and Colleen Starkloff will be guests on St. Louis on the Air Wednesday to discuss topics for Webster's upcoming Diversity and Inclusion Conference. ... St. Louis Magazine published a feature on the Africana Studies fall break trip to Ghana. ... The Chicago Tribune referenced Lara Teeter and Webster's part in the National Unified Auditions for prospective theatre students.

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The annual Community Celebration takes place the day before the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Webster University Students Perform at MLK 2020 Community Celebration in Webster Groves

January 15, 2020

Webster University student performers will again be part of annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations in Webster Groves. Conservatory of Theatre Arts students Tony Merritt II and Amara Webb will perform "The Color Purple," the titular selection from the Broadway musical. Also performing at the event is Madison Rodgers, a Webster Department of Dance student who will share a self-choreographed solo. The 2020 Community Celebration takes place Sunday, Jan. 19.

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The Conservatory Presents 'Bomb-itty of Errors'

December 04, 2019

The Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents "Bomb-itty of Errors" on Stage III, Dec. 5-8 and 12-15. Created by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, and Erik Weiner, this is an award-winning Ad-Rap-Tation, hip-hop theatre retelling of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The show lasts one hour and thirty minutes and is part play and part rap concert. It is refreshingly current while retaining the integrity of the original.

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Twelfth Night

Conservatory Presents Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

November 13, 2019

The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University presents the second production of the fall season, William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Performances run from Nov. 21-24 in the Browning Mainstage Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center. Ticket reservations can be made online or by calling the Fine Arts Hotline at 314-968-7128.

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Angel Band Project

Student Discount for The Angel Band Project Benefit with Butz '90

October 09, 2019

Webster University students can receive a discount when The Angel Band Project presents, "The Angel Band Soundtrack" Saturday, Nov. 2. The benefit concert raises funds for The Angel Band Project's music therapy programs and initiatives in St. Louis, Seattle and New York City. Webster alumnus and two-time Tony Award-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz '90 will make a guest performance at the event. The Angel Band Project was founded to honor Butz's sister, Teresa Butz, who was murdered in 2009. Norbert will be joined by Teresa's surviving partner, Jennifer Hopper.

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Erin Bode

In the News: Bode '03 on transferring, Alvarez '16 'Hot New Face,' Smith on literacy

August 30, 2019

Erin Bode '03 discussed the benefits and opportunities from her undergraduate transfer to Webster during a KTRS radio interview about her recording career. ... Cher Alvarez '16 was featured in the Chicago Tribune's "Hot New Faces: 10 new Chicago actors you should know." ... Julie Smith discussed media literacy during an interview on the parenting-focused podcast "Moxie Minutes with Gia."

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