Mary Holland, a 2007 BFA graduate of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance is the co-writer and co-star of Hulu’s acclaimed new holiday movie, Happiest Season. Holland co-wrote the romantic comedy with Clea DuVall, whom she starred with on HBO’s Veep, and the film also stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Levy, Mary Steenburgen, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Victor Garber. The film follows a woman (Davis) who brings her partner (Stewart) home to meet her family for the holidays while she struggles to come out to her conservative parents.
Singers in the NIU University Chorus, conducted by Mary Lynn Doherty, Assistant Director of the School of Music, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, received a little extra assignment as they were learning the four part arrangement to the NIU Alma Mater.
They were asked to reflect on the beauty around them and what they love about NIU and the NIU experience. The goal of the exercise was to add meaning and expression to their singing.
Here is the result:
The cancellation of the season’s final performances in the College of Visual and Performing Arts had an impact on all students, but for senior dance performance majors Chloe McCoy and Katie Meyer it not only wiped out their final dance performance, but left them in need of finding a show to “tech” as part of their requirements.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the annual NIU School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Fine Arts show could not be exhibited in the galleries of Jack Arends Hall.
But a virtual version of the exhibition exists online for everyone to enjoy at niu-soad.com.
Under the direction of Tom Bough, director of athletic bands, and wind symphony conductor, nearly 60 alumni members of the NIU Huskie Marching Band present the NIU Fight Song.