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The Year in SMU Meadows Photos (2015)

One of SMU Theatre's main stage productions: The Sparrow, Theatre’s main stage show (directed by alum Molly Beach Murphy, B.F.A. Theatre ’09) by Kim Leeson
One of SMU Theatre’s main stage productions: The Sparrow (directed by alum Molly Beach Murphy, B.F.A. Theatre ’09) by Kim Leeson

From A-to-SYZYGY, it’s been nothing less than a busy year at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

As we continue on to the next academic year and reflect on the inspiring events of 2015—which includes SMU Dance performing in New York’s prestigious Jose Limon festival, ground-breaking creative coding, a visit from the iconic actress Isabella Rossellini, the single largest gift to Meadows in our history, Meadows at the Meyerson and much, much more—we present a look at photos we love from the year at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The indefatigable photographer Kim Leeson was on hand for many Meadows events. Here are just some of our favorites:


In Photos: The Isabella Rossellini Master Class with SMU Film and Media Arts

Isabella Rossellini, in a conversation with SMU Film's Rick Worland All photos by Kim Leeson
Isabella Rossellini, in a conversation with SMU Film’s Rick Worland
All photos by Kim Leeson

Isabella Rossellini was in Dallas as the featured guest of the Dallas Film Society’s annual “The Art of Film” gala fundraiser. But before she walked the red carpet at the gala, she spoke with students of SMU Meadows Division of Film and Media Arts for a master classOur photographer Kim Leeson was on hand to capture the exciting and inspiring Q&A. Take a look below for our favorite shots.


Master Your Monsters (Teaser)


This summer, SMU Film alumni and the Division of Film and Media Arts joined forces to create a short film of monstrous proportions. The Meadows School for the Arts Bob Hope Lobby was overrun with zombies, a Terminator, and at least one Nosferatu.

The short will debut soon through SMU Meadows. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the teaser–shot and produced by SMU Film alums and the Division of Film & Media Arts–and keep an eye out for the full-length film.

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10 Previously Unpublished Photos from the Year at Meadows

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.

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Hear Actress and SMU Alum Katie Featherston’s Address to the Class of 2015

17827183371_f825f97f62_zIt was a day for stories to fuse. “Each one of these graduates has a different story. And today these stories come together,”Senior Associate Dean Kevin Hofeditz at the 2015 Spring Diploma Presentation. After the Brazen Brass 5 performed a majestic prelude in the Caruth Auditorium, and diplomas were passed to the class of 2015, SMU Meadows Theatre alum Katie Featherston (B.F.A. Theatre, 2005) addressed the newly-minted graduates.