‘A Chorus Line’ opens the 2019-20 Department of Drama Season

The Syracuse University Department of Drama kicks off the 2019-2020 season with Michael Bennet’s landmark musical “A Chorus Line.” This production is directed and choreographed by faculty member Brian J. Marcum, who directed the Department’s highly successful production of “Crazy For You.” “A Chorus Line” previews on Oct. 4, opens Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 13 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/ SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. Continue Reading

‘It Was a Dream Come True’: Fashion Design Students Experience New York Fashion Week

Emily Goldberg ’22 and Yianni Biniaris ’22
Yianni Biniaris ’22 (left) and Emily Goldberg ’22 (right)

Thanks to an opportunity from Syracuse University’s Office of Trademark Licensing in collaboration with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and IMG, Emily Goldberg ’22 and Yianni

Biniaris ’22 joined the fashion world for a truly unique and inspiring educational experience— a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry that included runway shows and networking opportunities with industry leaders. Read the full story.

VPA Alumni Recognized at 2019 Emmy Awards

Two College of Visual and Performing Arts alumni were among the winners at the 71st Emmy Awards. In total, nine VPA alumni received Emmy nominations.

Tony Zajkowski ’88 (advertising design) was part of the “Queer Eye” editing team that won the Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Reality Or Competition Program. Joshua Guillaume ’14 (history of art) was the compositing supervisor among a team at Framestore who completed “Free Solo: 360,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program.

Other alumni who received nominations:

  • Ellen Burke ’11 (film), production manager, “HQ Trivia”: Outstanding Original Interactive Program
  • Vera Farmiga ’95 (drama), actress, “When They See Us”: Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Limited Series Or Movie
  • David Hyman ’75 (drama), nominated twice in the same category, in his roles as producer of “The Good Place” and co-executive producer of “Veep,” Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Kevin M. Richardson ’88 (drama), voice actor, nominated for the “F is For Family” episode “The Stinger”: Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
  • Kent Sublette ’91 (musical theater), head writer, “Saturday Night Live”: Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
  • Briana Vowels ’05 (stage management), supervising producer, “American Ninja Warrior”: Outstanding Competition Program
  • Christopher White ’94 (computer graphics), visual effects supervisor, “Umbrella Academy”: Outstanding Special Visual Effects

“VPA has a strong alumni presence throughout the entertainment industry, and given how talented our graduates are, I’m not surprised that the Television Academy continues to recognize them for their achievements” says Dean Michael S. Tick. “On behalf of the college, I congratulate all of our Emmy nominees and especially our winners.”

VPA Announces Convocation, Graduate Hooding Ceremony Dates for Commencement 2020

VPA Announces Convocation, Graduate Hooding Ceremony Dates for Commencement 2020

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has announced the dates, times and locations for its convocation and graduate hooding ceremony, which are part of Syracuse University’s Commencement 2020 activities in May.

Both events will be held on Friday, May 8, at the following times and locations:

  • VPA Graduate Hooding Ceremony (for graduating master’s degree students): 4 p.m., Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College
  • VPA Convocation (for all graduating students): 7:30 p.m., Manley Field House. Reception to follow under tents on the Manley lawn.

For more information and official updates on Commencement, visit beginning in October.

VPA Alumni Hired for Their Expertise as University College Meets Demand for Online Programs

10 VPA alums.Ten alumni from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) have been hired over the last two years to fill positions as videographers, video editors and graphic designers in the Center for Online and Digital Learning. In the back row, from left, are Rachel Barry ’14, Gianni Renna ’17, Alexis Miranda ’20, Aja Selbach-Broad ’19, Abigail Jones ’19 and Donato Rossi G’18. In the front row, from left, are Katiana Weems ’20, Kaelan Selbach-Broad ’19, Gabe O’Byrne ’17 and Kieu Ahn Truong G’18. Read the full story.


VPA Announces Spring 2019 Dean’s List

The following undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts were among those named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Students: Please contact the VPA Office of Student Success at 315.443.2517 or  for questions about your current Dean’s List status. Continue Reading

Design Students Named Rubin Family Innovation Mentors

Industrial and interaction design majors Alec Gillinder ’20 and Quinn King ’20 of the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design have been named Rubin Family Innovation Mentors for the 2019-20 academic year.Students in front of the Launchpad Office.

Todd Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture), minister of evolution and president of The Republic of Tea, established a grant through the Rubin Family Foundation for the 2019-2020 academic year for five Rubin Family Innovation Mentors at Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad). The grant will fund part-time employment of current Syracuse University students who are successful LaunchPad entrepreneurs to support student startup efforts. Continue Reading