Welcome back! With the start of a new year, I hope that you found time for rest and rejuvenation, and that you are now eager to begin the spring semester. I certainly am! Our work as artists, scholars and entrepreneurs is more important than ever. Let’s engage with our work and with one another in a collective call for creative action.
The spring semester is a time when the world recognizes the work of Tisch artists, scholars, and innovators with awards, fellowships, and festivals such as our Golden Globes winners Molly Smith ’02 (BFA, Kanbar Film & TV) and Donald Glover ’06 (BFA, Kanbar Dramatic Writing). Congratulations!
We’ve just returned from the Sundance Film Festival where 146 alumni, students, and faculty have work currently in competition. That’s 35% of the films in the festival! We had a wonderful reception to celebrate their achievements, and I’m so proud that this works comes from across the school, including the Kanbar Institute’s Undergrad & Grad Film, Drama, Grad Acting, Goldberg Dramatic Writing, Design for Stage & Film, ITP, Cinema Studies, and Photography & Imaging.
Mahershala Ali ’00 (MFA, Tisch Grad Acting) recently won the SAG Award for his outstanding performance in Moonlight. In his powerful acceptance speech, he said; “I think what I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community. Taking the opportunity to uplift him and to tell him he mattered, he was okay, and to accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.”
Let’s remember Mr. Ali’s words and uplift and support each other as we go about our work.
Have a great semester!