Annette Bening sits in a dressing room in the Creative Arts Building Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.
11 Oct 2014

Actress Annette Bening revisits alma mater and treats theatre and cinema students to inspiring talk

While a crowd of eager students stood in the halls awaiting her presence, actress Annette Bening slowly toured the rooms of her alma mater’s theatre department, reminiscing about directors she worked

30 Sep 2014

SF State stars rise with the West Coast premiere of rock musical Yeast Nation

It’s a tale of two SF State actors; an alumna and student rejoining their craft in their roles as mother and son as they traverse through the beginning of life

SF State students Ethan Fry (left) and Kyle Merryman (right) perform William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" during the 2nd annual Opening Day Festival hosted by the College of Liberal & Creative arts Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Annastashia Goolsby / Xpress.
28 Sep 2014

College of Liberal and Creative Arts open their doors for student showcase.

The second annual College of Liberal and Creative Arts Opening Day gave students a reason to brag about their work Sunday afternoon in a festival full of talent and creativity.

Characters Henry (Daniel Thibodeaux) and Laura (Kaitlin Clancey) get confrontational after a minor car accident in "One Man Show," filmed by alum Jonathan Salazar.
27 Sep 2014

Alumni team produce debut film from small budget and big dreams; set to show at SF State in October

“One Man Show” tells the story of a hopeful playwright’s dream gone wrong — a story an SF State alumni turned into their debut film with a small budget and

07 Sep 2014

Student makes a name for himself in Bay Area theater scene long before graduation

Blake Cianciarulo never dreamed of working in theater when he was little. His dream began in high school when the drama teacher approached the track team for some help moving

13 May 2014

BECA students ready for their close-up in upcoming awards show

An Oscars-esque awards show is making its way down the red carpet this week in the style of BECAfest 2014. The only difference: the audience will be cheering for fellow

07 May 2014

Annual Fringe festival offers unique plays by students

With titles involving knives, spaghetti, girl mathletes and a bus full of memories, SF State’s The Fringe gathers unique plays penned by students and promises a fun close to the

Conductor Cyrus Ginwala takes a break  during a tech rehearsal for Beatrice and Benedick in Little Theater Saturday, April 19. Photo by Jessica Christian / Xpress
20 Apr 2014

Shakespeare play gets a makeover in ‘Beatrice and Benedick’

The setting: San Francisco, 1945. The people: nurses and Navy men. The adaptation: Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The point: forget everything you think you know about opera. SF State

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16 Apr 2014

VIDEO: ‘In Hollow Time’ delivers dynamic cast and crew, shines spotlight on SF State original talent

[HTML1] Blue lights canvass the stage. The guitar strums. A woman sings slowly. A beat. Another slams poetic rhymes. They jive. They thrive. Off each other’s lines. Their lives. Then

Members of the University Dance Theatre perform a piece entitled "(re)mission" during the dress rehearsal for "Lifesaving Maneuvers" Wednesday, April 9.
16 Apr 2014

VIDEO: Dancers grace the stage in ‘Lifesaving Maneuvers’ concert

Members of the University Dance Theatre perform a piece entitled “(re)mission” during the dress rehearsal for “Lifesaving Maneuvers” Wednesday, April 9. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress Members of the

04 Apr 2014

Animation professor’s films to be displayed at SF International Film Fest and on Digital Dome

Ben Ridgway, assistant professor of cinema and animation advisor, works in the Fine Arts Building animation room, Friday, April 4. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress A cosmic flower is

20 Mar 2014

Cinema professor’s tale of ‘broken’ and ‘desperate’ men may win big at SF International Film Fest

A cinema professor has the chance to take home $10,000 if his documentary is chosen as the winner of the Golden Gate Awards during the 57th San Francisco International Film

18 Mar 2014

Cinema students document life in Lan Yan slum, hidden in shadows of Shanghai’s skyscrapers

Lan Yan filmmakers, Pawara Soh, Jamie Oliveira, Danielle Schmidt, Sany Lu, and Lena Zeng in the seats of the Sundance Kabuki CInema for CAAMFest 2014 Sunday, Mar. 16. Their film

14 Mar 2014

Screenwriter Pamela Gray talks cynicism and optimism on writing female-driven screenplays

Screenwriter Pamela Gray hit the audience with sobering statistics, ruins of reality and continual cynicism in her discussion on writing and selling the female-centered screenplay. Then she really got to

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12 Mar 2014

“Measure for Measure” fuses modern-day direction with classic Shakespeare

[HTML1] View the gritty, sexual atmosphere of the opening dance number and you’ll know this isn’t your average school play; hear the hip-hop and R&B background music and you’ll sense

11 Mar 2014

Filmmaking alumnus determined to attend Cannes Film Festival

Andrew Cathey, director (right), and Zachary Ready, co-director (left), pose behind drying film in the halls of the Fine Arts building Monday, Mar. 10, 2014. Cathey’s team, Pocket Pool Productions,

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22 Feb 2014

Screenwriter Sam “Batman” Hamm talks on genre writing

Screenwriter Sam Hamm during his speech in Coppola Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Building, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm is the second of three guest speakers featured in a screenwriting

17 Feb 2014

Michael Grais gives advice to SF State screenwriting students

It takes a brave man to make jokes about actor Steven Seagal, but considering screenwriter and producer Michael Grais worked closely with him on a film, surely Seagal would let

15 Feb 2014

Cinema speaker series will feature screenwriter Michael Grais

SF State will get a little taste of Hollywood when screenwriter Michael Grais comes to campus to speak about the profession’s evolving presence in the city. Grais is set to

05 Feb 2014

Professor documents transgender Filipina running for Congress in Manila

An SF State cinema professor’s documentary shows the world of LGBTQ political struggles from the view of a transgender woman running for office in the Philippines. Director Johnny Symons is

05 Feb 2014

Alumni-created SF Sketchfest brings together comedy lovers, famous comedians

Cole Stratton, David Owen, and Janet Varney pose with C-3PO at a party at Adam Savage’s studio after the performance of Night of the Shorts IV: Riffizens on Patrol at

27 Jan 2014

Alumni theater group Do It Live! Productions puts on “small screen” play adaptations

[set_id=72157640207891573] A local alumni theater group, in the early stages of a promising third season, gives post-graduate hope to SF State’s theatre majors. Do It Live! Productions has brought lesser known, “small

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06 Dec 2013

Brown Bag Theatre gives students chance to work on numerous plays

[HTML1] SF State’s Brown Bag Theatre class is not held in a paper bag, rather the name of the class is inspired by a 1920s tradition. “I think it probably even

12 Nov 2013

Theater students play 18th century actors

[set_id=72157637487741844] Theater students dressed in 18th century garb and periwigs stood in a hall of the Creative Arts Building as they prepared themselves for their most recent play, “The Stage

05 Nov 2013

Comedic play brings humor to Day of the Dead celebrations

“The Still Life Cabaret,” a comedic play coupled with song and dance, highlights the significance of Día de los Muertos. Written and directed by SF State professor Carlos Baron, the

22 Oct 2013

“The Unmentionables” play brings together student and faculty talent

“Standby for intermission, light cue 28, house lights and sound cue intermission,” Maggie Manzano said. She whispered into her headset and communicated with the entire crew of “The Unmentionables” during

24 Sep 2013

Cinema grad preps costumes for Fruitvale Station film

Amanda Ramirez, 26, watched a group of actors push and shove each other on the Fruitvale BART Station platform. In the mid of the roughhousing, the cinema graduate noticed a

28 Aug 2013

Play captures spectrum of female identity

[set_id=72157635260810815] In today’s evolving political climate of women’s rights and gay marriage, Tessa Carter saw a rising need for queer theater. Director and graduate student Carter, along with an all-student

19 May 2013

Film and theater students collaborate on short film

[set_id=72157633498982996] Photos by Virginia Tieman / Xpress Narrative directing is a class that brings together writers, performers and cinema majors who collaborate for one main goal — to make a

23 Apr 2013

Broadway's hit 'Avenue Q' graces Little Theatre stage

“Avenue Q” could be described as Broadway’s little engine that could. In 2004, the show reached legendary status when it unexpectedly won the Tony award for best musical over the mega-blockbuster, “Wicked.” Since

17 Apr 2013

'CockTales' series aims to reshape view of masculinity

Eduardo Benitez has always had to be silent. As a child he wasn’t allowed to cry during a sad movie. As a teenager he wasn’t allowed to show any affection

11 Apr 2013

Alum launches Tiburon International Film Festival for emerging filmmakers

Saeed Shafa has never been one to follow the crowd. In 1972, he was just one of a few journalism students at SF State when suddenly the political floodgates burst

12 Mar 2013

Iconic production 'Our Town' hits SF State's Little Theatre

Click Here To See Photo Gallery Grover’s Corner is a small town populated by 2,642 regular folks. They’re mostly a God-fearing people with 85 percent identified as Protestant, 12 percent Catholic and the

07 Mar 2013

SF State film graduate achieves dream job as director for CAAMFest

Masashi Niwano knew he wanted a career in film early on when, as a young boy, he’d revel in the company of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers while his parents worked

13 Feb 2013

Student director adapts pivotal film to SF State stage

Stephan McGrue, 22, is making history by producing and directing the first all-black leading musical cast at SF State with “That Jones Gal.” As a theater arts major, McGrue was

12 Feb 2013

THE SWAMP: 'The Room' Recap

Now that the weekend is over and we all have a case of the Mondays, it is time to reflect on the more enjoyable time that was two days ago.