How MFA Alum Brian R. Jones’ Work Found Its Way To Comedian Marc Maron

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A WTF Mug from Meadows M.F.A. alum Brian R. Jones (’07), featured on Marc Maron’s IFC show and podcast, WTF with Marc Maron

Comedian Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, has grown like wildfire in the past year. Past guests have included Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Vince Gilligan, and very recently– President Barack Obama.  SMU Meadows checked in with artist Brian R. Jones, who earned an M.F.A. from our Division of Art, to dispatch the story of how his ceramic mugs landed with the popular comedian. Jones’ work has been featured on Maron’s show and podcast steadily since 2011.

The following dispatch and photos are from Brian, and you can see more on his website, Twitter (@thebrianrjones) and Instagram (@brianrjones). Read more

Watch This: Doc on Dallas Theater Center’s Colossal Features the Work of Dance Alum

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SMU Dance alumnus Joshua L. Peugh studies a intensely physical rehearsal in American Theatre Wing’s documentary on Colossal

For Colossal, an explosive play that debuted Dallas Theater Center in 2015, the Wyly Theatre was transformed into a football field. The story followed a University of Texas football player, who struggles with love, sexuality and strength in the wake of a game-ending spinal injury. American Theatre Wing recently released a short documentary covering the exciting production, which features real football players and the modern dance choregraph skills of Meadows Dance alum Joshua L. Peugh (Peugh’s dance company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, also took home Best Dance Company in Dallas very recently). Read more

10 Previously Unpublished Photos from the Year at Meadows

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Scene from SMU Theatre’s Look Homeward, Angel (Photo by Kim Leeson)

A theatre alumna returned to Meadows to helm an innovative stage production; a spring dance concert performed to the music of Pink Floyd; a grad student won a top prize for her thesis on the cigar box art of mid-19th century Havana; a Creative Computation professor launched an app that climbed the iTunes U chart. These are just a few of the milestones that took place in the 2014-2015 academic year, all parts of an inventive whole. Read more