Theatre and Collaboration: Finding a Mentor and Learning How to Teach

When people ask me how I found my faculty mentor for this fellowship, I tell them that it was actually flipped. My faculty mentor, Gianni Downs, sent me an email with this opportunity after I expressed interest in TA’ing his scene painting class. Together we worked on what this project could be and how I…

Painting in a Pandemic: My CUTF Project

Hello, my name is Jess Fitzpatrick, and this semester I am working on a CUTF project for the Theatre Arts department’s scene painting class. This class explores the fundamentals of painting for the theatre by teaching color and paint techniques while guiding students through creating large scale projects. Working with my faculty mentor, Gianni Downs,…

Introduction – My Path to the Brackenridge Fellowship

My name is Max Reiver, I use he/him and they/them pronouns, and I am thrilled to participate in this year’s Brackenridge Fellowship. I am entering into my fifth year at Pitt, majoring in Japanese and English literature. As I reflect on my journey to this fellowship, I am struck by the variety of experiences that…