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Meghan Tanaka (left), Chloe Busick, Quincey Huerter, Aidan Heydt and Allen Dillon portray actors re-creating a classic episode of ‘The Simpsons’ years after an ecological disaster has fractured society in Ole Miss Theatre’s production of ‘Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.’ Photo by Katherine Stewart

‘Mr. Burns’ Examines Importance of Stories in Everyday Life

Director promises a show ‘like nothing you’ve ever seen before’ in Ole Miss Theatre production FEBRUARY 6, 2019 BY KATHERINE STEWART What happens when the lights go out on society as we know it? The first show of the Ole Miss Theatre spring 2019 performance season offers a challenging – and strangely comforting – answer to that […]


UM film production professor Harrison Witt (right) works with cinema student Sam Cox to set up a shot for Witt’s short film ‘MANGRY.’ A teaser for the film will screen during the ‘Ole Miss Theatre & Film Presents’ block in the Oxford Film Festival on Feb. 9.

Department of Theatre and Film Gets Showcase at Oxford Film Festival

New collaboration provides opportunities for filmmakers across campus, region JANUARY 30, 2019 BY KATHERINE STEWART A rising new cinema star will debut at next week’s Oxford Film Festival: the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film. “Ole Miss Theatre & Film Presents,” a block of films curated by the faculty of the department’s new film production […]


Gene Russell (left) and Nicholas Roylance raise money for the nonprofit Walkers for Warriors by portraying ‘Walking Dead’ characters Negan and Daryl Dixon, respectively. Roylance is an Ole Miss student majoring in theatre arts.

Military Student Works with Nonprofit to Raise Money for UM Veterans

Walkers for Warriors group gives back to Ole Miss through ‘Walking Dead’ cosplay enterprise DECEMBER 12, 2018 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE Four years ago, University of Mississippi student Nicholas Roylance was injured in training exercises during his time as an active duty member of the United States Army. That accident during drills left Roylance wounded, angry and searching […]


Ole Miss Wish Kid Benjamin Clark celebrates with his family when he hears that he is going to Disney World courtesy of the nonprofit Walkers for Warriors and the Student Veterans Association. Photo by Megan Wolfe

Ole Miss Wish Granted to Cancer Survivor

Benjamin Clark honored with Disney trip, memorable weekend thanks to Student Veterans Association NOVEMBER 8, 2018 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The crowd of nearly 60,000 roared Saturday (Nov. 3) as Darth Vader led stormtroopers out of the northwest tunnel onto Hollingsworth Field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Standing alongside his family, 13-year-old Benjamin Clark, sporting an Ole Miss […]


The late Gary Collins and the late Mary Ann Mobley, who passed away in 2012 and 2014 respectively, are pictured with UM Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat.

Studio Theatre, Scholarships Carry Names of Mobley and Collins

DAUGHTER’S GIFT TO UM HONORS BELOVED COUPLE OCTOBER 23, 2018 BY TINA HAHN The first Mississippian to wear the Miss America crown, the late actress Mary Ann Mobley, and her husband, the late actor Gary Collins, will have their legacies expanded at the University of Mississippi with the naming of a studio theatre in the […]


One of six original copies of the script for William Faulkner’s play ‘The Marionettes’ is on display in the J. D. Williams Library. The play is written, illustrated and hand-bound by Faulkner, who sold the books for $5 on the Ole Miss campus to raise money for the drama club, The Marionettes. Photo by Katherine Stewart

UM to Stage Reading of William Faulkner’s ‘Marionettes’

Public invited to free Monday performance of Nobel Prize-winning author’s play OCTOBER 19, 2018 BY KATHERINE STEWART When it comes to Oxford’s original writer-in-residence, William Faulkner, most people can easily rattle off at least one or two of the titles that earned the man his place in the literary pantheon. Relatively few people, however, are […]


UM film students Sam Cox (left) and Emily Faye Cobb make camera adjustments between takes during the recent UM Department of Theatre and Film production of ‘MANGRY.’ Pictured on the monitor is actor Mike Dolan, who plays real estate agent Gus Davis in the film, which is written and directed by Ole Miss assistant professor Harrison Witt.

UM Film Festival Offers Screenings, Educational Opportunities

New date paves way for collaboration with Oxford Film Festival OCTOBER 9, 2018 BY KATHERINE STEWART If the words “2018 UM Film Festival” inspire in you a sense of history repeating itself, you’re not going crazy. In fact, the weekend of Oct. 12-13 marks the second time the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film has held […]


UM senior Sydney Hanson (center) stars as Agnes, a woman who enters an imaginary world of dragons and other creatures to learn more about her late sister, in ‘She Kills Monsters,’ which opens Friday (Sept. 28) as the first production of the Department of Theatre and Film’s 2018-19 season. Photo by Thomas Graning/

‘She Kills Monsters’ Opens UM Theatre’s New Season

Combat choreographer stages scenes for play’s fantasy world fights SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 BY KATHERINE STEWART Sometimes, life’s most important lessons come in unexpected ways, requiring us to abandon what we think we know and dive headlong into uncertainty just to uncover the simplest of truths. “She Kills Monsters,” the first production of the University of […]


THE DM: UM Film Festival Adds One-Minute Film Competition

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018  BY WILLIAM STRIBLING for The Daily Mississippian There are 1,440 of them in a day, but the the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre & Film is asking for just one. In an effort to make entry-level filmmaking accessible to students, the department added a one-minute film competition to the 2018 UM […]


Celebrating the Arts Sets Big Goal for UM Ford Center

Campaign Launches to Build Endowment for Performing Arts SEPTEMBER 12, 2018  |  BY TINA HAHN Adding $1.5 million in endowment for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi is the goal of the Celebrating the Arts campaign, which will increase the total endowment to $3 million. Mississippi native […]