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Feb. 17, 2011
Contact: Kristi Henderson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 785-864-3663

Emmy award-winning director to share expertise

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LAWRENCE — An Emmy award-winning director will bring his expertise behind the lens into University of Kansas classrooms during a series of presentations and workshops this spring.

Acclaimed television director Rod Holcomb, whose career in Hollywood spans four decades, will offer students in film and media studies and theatre his insight into charting successful careers in television directing and acting. He will present a public lecture, two acting workshops and an undergraduate seminar. The events are sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies in the School of the Arts.

Holcomb has acquired a long list of directing credits during his career in Hollywood. He has worked with some of television’s most popular series, including “NCIS:LA,” “The Good Wife” and “Lost.” He has helmed 22 pilot episodes for television, 15 of which went on to be picked up as full series. His direction of the series finale episode of “ER” garnered an Emmy award in 2009 for outstanding director for a drama series.

His public lecture, “The Art of Directing Episodic Television,” on Feb. 21 will explore the directing skills needed to survive the daily demands of a guest director in the field. The free event begins at 11:15 a.m. at Room 200 in Oldfather Studios, 1621 W. Ninth St.

The classroom workshops will give theatre students an opportunity to learn tips on acting for the camera. Presentations held during two classes will cover topics including preparing for cold reading auditions and how to perform without any preparation time. He will present in Acting II on Feb. 21 and Auditions Techniques on Feb. 22. Both are open to all interested students.

Holcomb will finish his stint at KU with an undergraduate seminar in March. Open to junior and senior film and media studies majors, the event will include more in-depth insight from Holcomb on television directing.

The one-credit-hour course “7 Plus 8 Seminar: Directing for Television” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21-25. Students who are interested in taking the seminar should contact Matt Jacobson, associate professor, at mattjaco@ku.edu or 785-864-1348.

The Department of Film and Media Studies is part of KU’s School of the Arts. Housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts is home to four departments: dance, film and media studies, theatre and visual art. The School of the Arts was created through the reorganization of the former School of Fine Arts.


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