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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


This year’s Hall of Fame members are Shelby D’Amico, Harrison McKinnis and Robert Wasson, all of Madison; Victoria Green, of Canton; Asia Harden, of Greenville; Swetha Manivannan, of Collierville, Tennessee; Joshua Mannery, of Jackson; Gianna Schuetz, of Huntsville, Alabama; and Robert “Cade” Slaughter and Madison Thornton, both of Hattiesburg.

Ten Seniors Named 2021 UM Hall of Fame Inductees

Students honored for service, achievement and leadership April 9, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2020-21 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at UM. The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by the Associated Student […]


UM senior Lawson Marchetti (center) portrays Caldwell Cladwell, the greedy owner of UGC, which controls the water supply in the dystopian future world of ‘Urinetown.’ The musical production blends stage and film elements to allow audiences to enjoy the production despite pandemic protocols. Submitted photo

Musical Theater and Film Blend to Take Audiences to Satirical Dystopia

Digital production showcases stage, screen talents of UM students April 7, 2021 by Katherine Stewart The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film‘s innovative 2020-21 season continues with another opportunity for students to create and present theater in a way they have never done before. “Urinetown: The Musical” will be available to stream on-demand […]


‘Pop-Up Shakespeare,’ which runs on selected dates and locations from March 25 to April 20, combines the time-honored tradition of staging Shakespeare’s plays outdoors with the spontaneous, fleeting nature of trendy pop-up events.

All the World’s a Stage

UM theater program adapts to bring Shakespeare to audiences in time of social distancing March 22, 2021 by Katherine Stewart To safely bring theater to the public in the time of COVID-19, the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film is using ingenuity to put a modern spin on a classic idea. “Pop-Up Shakespeare,” […]


‘The Long Haul,’ a three-minute short film directed by Ole Miss student Maggie Bushway, is among the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Submitted photo

Lights, Camera, Action: Oxford Film Festival Returns

18th annual event brings more than 200 movies to community March 18, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith The Oxford Film Festival is returning this year with an ambitious hybrid format and plenty of movie magic for all to enjoy. The popular festival, which will be held March 24-28 and throughout the month of April, will […]


MLK Celebration to Feature Colorado College President

UM alumnus Mike Edmonds to discuss importance of building community in times of chaos during virtual event January 11, 2021 by JB Clark The University of Mississippi‘s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is revisiting Martin Luther King’s 1967 book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” as part of the Community-Wide MLK […]


An actor portraying the character Ulla in the Barter Theatre’s 2019 production of Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ wears a costume created by Lee Martin, a 2009 UM alumnus and the theater’s costume designer. Submitted photo

Pandemic Provides Possibilities for Mentorship

Theatre and film alumni give students a glimpse into professional world of TV, stage work December 23, 2020 by Katherine Stewart Amid shifting plans resulting from the ongoing global pandemic, professors in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi found new opportunities for students this fall by bringing in a diverse […]


Students prepare to shoot a scene in the university’s new South Oxford Center film complex on South Lamar Boulevard. The $1.5 million facility has helped the Department of Theatre and Film add hands-on opportunities for students to gain professional experience in its bachelor’s program in film production. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

A Little ‘L.A.’ at the South Oxford Center

UM Department of Theatre and Film has new $1.5 million film complex on South Lamar Boulevard DECEMBER 16, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM There’s an impressive new soundstage, 20 film editing stations, sets that are built and then left in place, and ample space for costumes and makeup. There’s even a green room to read over […]


Rendering Remotely

UM theatre and film professor brings drawing course to life via Zoom November 10, 2020 by Kathryn Albritton The ongoing pandemic has brought many challenges for college professors and students, including a remote, online format for many courses. But some, including Jared Spears, instructional associate professor of scenic technology at the University of Mississippi, have […]


Theatre and Film at UM Delivers Original Remote Production

‘Near/Far’ explores isolation through movement and mask work OCTOBER 4, 2020 BY KATHERINE STEWART In the opening frames of “Near/Far,” the second fall-season production from the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi, a series of glitchy, time-altered city scenes flicker by: traffic-crowded streets, pedestrian-packed sidewalks, daytime hustle and raucous nightlife. Suddenly, […]