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Tony winner Comley, MA ’94, dines with students

Several alumni, including Tony Award-winner Bonnie Comley, MA ’94, held intimate discussions with students at two events on October 6, to talk about the television, film, and performing arts fields.

Comley group

Tony Award-winning theater producer Bonnie Comley, MA '94, and her husband and co-producer Stewart Lane (to her right) with Robert Sabal (rear), dean of the School of the Arts, and Benny Sato Ambush, faculty member in Performing Arts, on October 6. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

Comley, who won her third Tony Award in June, is a well-known theater producer and also serves as an Emerson Overseer. She and her husband, Stewart Lane, who won the Tony Award this year for their production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, met with several students in the Beard Room for breakfast and to chat about performing arts. Also in attendance were Robert Sabal, interim dean of Emerson’s School of the Arts, and Benny Sato Ambush, senior distinguished producing director-in-residence in Performing Arts.

Comley students

Robert Sabal, dean of the School of the Arts, addresses students before a breakfast talk with Bonnie Comley, MA '94, and Stewart Lane, in the Beard Room of the Little Building on October 6. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

Later in the day, Visual and Media Arts welcomed back several alumni in the TV and film industries to speak with students about their experiences in a panel discussion at the Bordy Theater.

Rice

John Rice '74, president and executive producer at Above the Line Programming, participates in an October 6 panel discussion with Visual and Media Arts alumni. (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

The panelists were John DiThomas ’07, managing partner at Rough Water Films; Nicole Prowell Hart, MA ’13, director/producer of Losing LeBron; Stephen B. Reid, MA ’97, screenwriter and broadcast engineer for Fox 25 Boston; John Rice ’74, president and executive producer at Above the Line Programming; and video interviews from Ballard C. Boyd ’03 and Andrew van den Houten ’02, CEO/founder of Tentsquare Inc., Moderncine and Modern Distributors.

Reid

Stephen B. Reid, MA '97, screenwriter and broadcast engineer at Fox 25 Boston. (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)

Prowell Hart

Nicole Prowell Hart, MA '13, director and producer of Losing LeBron. (Photo by Nick Eaton '17)