Dréa Lewis (Midwest, MA in Performing Arts) was honored to receive a directing award from The John F. Kennedy Center for her artistic leadership on “Tilikum” (produced in partnership with the University of Central Missouri). At the virtual awards ceremony that was held May 22, 2021, the production also received awards for Innovative Use of Technology; Overall Production; Special Achievement in Ensemble Collaboration – Performance and Production; Special Achievement in Performance by a Lead Actor, and The Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for promoting long-term societal impact through an artistic lens, to encourage empathetic exploration of the complex cultural and physical world, and to advocate for justice on campus and throughout the world.
Online undergrad faculty member Greg Belliveau recently had his book Gods of IMAGO, the second installment of his dystopian book series IMAGO, published by Rogue Phoenix Press on August 23, 2023. Belliveau is an award-winning novelist and author of IMAGO (Rogue Phoenix Press, 2019) and Go Down To Silence (Multnomah Publishing: a Division of Penguin Random House, 2001), which was a Christy Award Finalist for Best First Novel and a collection of creative nonfiction entitled Seeds: Mediations on Grace in a World with Teeth (Crosslink Publishing, 2017). He is currently working on the TV series Go Down To Silence, based