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MSLCE Professor Teaches Aspiring Creatives How to Raise Money

By Jacob Nelson Cory Sandrock wants to teach his students the stuff he wished he’d learned when he was an undergraduate studying theatre: how to raise money. A Northwestern alum who majored in theatre, Sandrock has always been interested in live performance. He recently directed a production of Frankenstein at a community theater in Elmhurst,

Steppenwolf Artistic Director Talks About ‘Institution Building’ at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson “Before artistic director, I was a babysitter, a waitress, a receptionist, a teacher… a waitress.” So began Martha Lavey’s explanation as to how she got to be Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Artistic Director during the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprise’s January speaker series event. Lavey, who has been Artistic Director

NU Professor Teaches Course on Digital Television

By Jacob Nelson Aymar Jean Christian is trying to change the way his students think about television. “When we think of TV we think of corporate produced products,” he said, “but that’s only a result of a very specific developing process so TV distributors can make money.” Watch the faculty profile of Aymar Jean Christian

Chicago Filmmaking Continues Steady Uptick

By Amy Ross Although 2014 was a smaller year for Chicago as a destination for filming Hollywood features, local productions and television series helped maintain the city’s steady uptick of filmmaking. Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office since 1996, estimates that the revenues and total number of shooting days of 2014 would continue

Chicago Dance Company Reaches Out To ‘Dance Citizens’

By Amy Ross By Amy Ross The future sustainability of dance depends as much on nurturing extraordinary artists as it does on cultivating an audience, true “dance citizens.” This is the philosophy behind DanceWorks Chicago, an organization founded in 2007 to provide a laboratory for early career performers while reaching out to the community. On

Steppenwolf Artistic Director to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson During her tenure as Steppenwolf’s artistic director, Martha Lavey has overseen the production of hundreds of plays, many of which have transferred to Broadway. She’s also seen Chicago grow into a destination for aspiring theater professionals. “There is nationwide regard for Chicago as a fertile ground for actors,” Lavey said during a

Learn About MSLCE Faculty and Events on YouTube

By Jacob Nelson The Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises recently launched its YouTube channel. Check out our videos highlighting the program’s faculty and the courses they’re teaching. Faculty Profiles: Aymar Jean Christian Rick Morris James Webster Jacob Smith Eric Patrick Dan Heck We’ve also posted video highlights from our past three speaker

Oscar Torres Survived a Civil War and Became a Film Producer

By Amy RossIt is hard to imagine Oscar Torres as anything but a successful writer and film producer, but the heart-wrenching story of children recruited as soldiers that inspired his first screenplay, Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) offers a glimpse into his past. The movie allowed Torres to cope with and process the trauma he lived

Video Game Designer to Speak at Northwestern on Wednesday

By Jacob Nelson Before he pursued video games as a career, Matthew Schwartz became a devoted player. He brought an SNES back to his senior year apartment in Evanston, and a video game fan was born. Then, he graduated and looked for work in the film industry. “I didn’t think of games as a career