News Archive

This year, alumna Daria Polatin ’07 logs an accomplishment many writers only dream of: adapting her own novel for the screen as the creator and showrunner of Netflix’s newest thriller series, Devil In Ohio.

Alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury '16and fifth-year Directing student Hazel McKibbin have been named honoraria recipients of the esteemed 2022 Princess Grace Awards.

Professor of Visual Arts Sarah Sze is closing out 2022 with a triumphant trio of shows, currently exhibiting her work in New York and Milan, and upcoming in Athens.

The acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s award-winning musical has been extended for an additional eight weeks at the St. James Theatre. The buzzworthy production features work from two Columbia theatre artists: Adjunct Assistant Professor Justin Scribner and Adjunct Assistant Professor Cody Renard Richard.

Professor Susan Hartman portrays the lives of newcomers to this country in her recently published book.

As the inaugural recipient of the Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Scholarship, the Columbia MFA student takes inspiration from his native Georgia.

I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a new memoir by alumna Lynn Melnick ’97, is forthcoming as part of the University of Texas Press’s American Music Series. The book will be released on October 4, 2022, and is available now for preorder through the University of Texas Press.

Playwriting alumna Gethsemane Herron ’19 received a Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting last month. The prestigious award, which includes a prize of $30,000 in unrestricted funding for each recipient, is one of the nation’s most significant awards for playwriting.

We’re delighted to welcome a number of new faculty members to the 2022/23 academic year.

The winners of the 2022 Emmy Awards have been announced and several projects worked on by Columbia filmmakers are among the awardees.


Visual Arts alumna Júlia Pontés ’22 is among the inaugural recipients of the Environmental Art Grant, a new program launched by Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Film alumna Ida Yazdi ‘22 has been selected as a finalist from a pool of over 500 applicants to participate in the STARZ TaketheLead Writers Intensive. The program is a collaboration between Starz, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.

Most students at the School of the Arts are settling into their first weeks of classes, but Theatre Management and Producing student Jonathan Hogue is gearing up for the Off-Broadway return of his show Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical.

Theatre alumnae Nana Dakin ’18 and Annie Jin Wang ’20 have been named members of the newest cohort of theatre makers for the Writer Director Lab at Soho Rep. The cohort consists of four two-person teams of creators that will spend 18 months working on brand new theatre projects. 

Melis Aker ’18 has been named Signature Theatre’s inaugural LaunchPad Resident Playwright. Her appointment comes after an open selection process to which over 230 playwrights submitted more than 500 plays.

Theatre alumna and Adjunct Assistant Professor Katherine Wilkinson ’19 is the director of the world premiere of Bloom Bloom Pow, a queer climate-doom comedy play.

Professor Deborah Paredez lists her favorite poets just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Diana Peralta is among 22 US based filmmakers with fiction feature films that have been invited to participate in the 44th annual Gotham Project Market.

The nominees for the 2nd Annual Antonyo Awards, presented by Broadway Black, have been announced. Among the nominees are several projects worked on by Columbia faculty and alumni. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor Justin Scribner will be the Production Stage Manager for Jane Wagner’s one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles this fall. Previews begin September 21, and the show runs September 28–October 23. 

The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival has officially come to a close. Same Old, directed by Lloyd Lee Choi and produced by alumnus Tony Yang '20, was awarded an Honorable Mention for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film.

Visual Arts alumnus Mark Yang ’20 engages flesh and masculinity in a solo show, Gymnós, at Half Gallery in New York City. This show will be on view from September 7 to October 7, 2022.

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) recently announced the shortlist for their translation awards, which includes members of Columbia’s Writing Faculty and Alumni. 

Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who has thus far traveled over 9,000 kilometers through 12 countries, has made her way to NYC to explore the five boroughs.

Alumni Daphne Palasi Andreades ’19 and Jessamine Chan ’12 are both recognized on the longlist for the 2022 First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction.

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