Author Michael Gasparino

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and the MFA program in Film will be hosting three separate open houses and information sessions this month at the Stony Brook Southampton campus and at the Southampton Arts Manhattan location on Eighth Avenue. MFA in Creative Writing director Julie Sheehan and Manhattan Coordinator Alison Fairbrother will host an information session about the MFA in Creative Writing program on Monday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at the Manhattan location, located on the 5th floor of 535 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets. An open house and information session will also be…

With a new base of operations at 535 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and the hiring of Alan Kingsberg as a full-time professor for the new TV Writing curriculum, the MFA in Film offered by Stony Brook Southampton in association with Killer Films is fast joining the ranks of top film schools in the U.S. “Creativity in all its forms is becoming more important in the world and our growth reflects that,” Stony Brook Southampton Associate Provost Robert Reeves said. “We are adding faculty, increasing enrollment, and designing innovative new curricula.” “Our new Manhattan space is more like a suite of…

“Selected Shorts,” one of the premier reading series in New York City and a popular Public Radio International program, will return to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Friday, July 14 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary issue of TSR: The Southampton Review. Actors Betty Buckley, Blythe Danner, Richard Kind, and Maulik Pancholy will perform magical short stories by authors featured over the years in the literary and art journal of the Southampton MFA in Creative Writing program. It promises to be an evening of funny, moving, romantic, and surreal tales filled with unexpected twists and turns. For…

Christine Vachon, film producer and director of Stony Brook University and Killer Film’s MFA in Film program, spoke about the tectonic changes in the industry and what the future holds in a June 16, 2017 feature story in Filmmaker Magazine. The article delves into how the traditional film industry is in a period of great transformation and asks arts educators, “What should a film school look like at a time of disruption, and how should a film school respond to that change?” From the magazine: Producer Christine Vachon, who is also director of Stony Brook and Killer Film’s MFA in…

With United States premieres on its opening and closing nights and the world premiere of a moving documentary by a pair of Long Island brothers, the 22nd annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union promises something for everyone. The festival runs from July 20-29 at the Staller Center for the Arts and features films from 19 foreign countries, as well as more American independent features and shorts than ever before. Twenty features and 16 short films will be screened over 10 days, with each film treated as a special event, shown on one of the region’s…

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD joined hundreds of college and university presidents, business leaders, investors, governors and mayors from across the United States in signing an open letter to the international community, endorsing actions being taken at the state and local levels to address climate change in support of the Paris Agreement. Those signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement declare that they “will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement,” and vow “to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions.” “Climate…

Stony Brook University and the School of Health Technology and Management have announced a new Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program at Stony Brook Southampton. The program, beginning with a cohort of students in August, will be delivered in a blended format, to include online coursework complimented by face-to-face programs and networking events held in Southampton two times each year.  This flexible structure is meant to accommodate a variety of busy schedules while maintaining a highly rigorous health management course of study. The program welcomes applications from members of the community who may be considering a first time professional opportunity…

Five short plays written and performed by local middle school students will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on Saturday, May 20, at 7 pm as the culminating event of the 2016 Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Middle School Playwriting program. Playwrights for the festival were drawn from YAWP playwriting classes at Eastport South Manor, The Ross School, Shelter Island School, and the YAWP Summer Conference session. The festival represents a collaboration between student playwrights, actors and designers who have been taught and mentored by theater and writing professionals affiliated with Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative…

Sixteen people from the Stony Brook Southampton Office of Student Life and Semester by the Sea program took part in the annual Great East End Clean Up on Sunday, April 23. The group took a boat out to Warner Island in Shinnecock Bay, just east of the Ponquogue Bridge, to clean up debris and garbage that had washed ashore. Stony Brook Southampton faculty, staff and students have been participating in the annual clean-up event for the past four years, according to Semester by the Sea director and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences faculty member Kurt Bretsch. The event is…

World-famous chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay will deliver the first of two keynotes at the third annual Food Lab Conference hosted by The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton June 9-10, 2017. David Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will give the second keynote. Michel Nischan, a chef and leader in the sustainable food movement, as well as a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner will also give a talk at the conference. “50 Years of Food in America: 1970-2020” is the theme of this year’s conference, featuring two days of…

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