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Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role


Jacqueline Toboni, a senior acting major in the Department of Theatre & Drama, landed a major recurring role in NBC-TV's hit show Grimm. The casting came about when the show's executive producer, Jim Kouf, visited U-M to speak to a screenwriting class. As part of the class, Kouf invited interested students to read for a new part that had been created for Grimm, as a way to learn about the audition process. According to an article in Entertainment Weekly, Kouf "walked into a college classroom to talk about television and walked out with a star."

In the same article, actor-producer Sean Hayes is also quoted, saying that upon meeting Toboni, "It was one of those rare moments in this business where you actually believed you were witnessing the birth of a gigantic star." 

Toboni, a recipient of the Hal Cooper Theatre Scholarship and recently named the 2014 winner of the Earl V. Moore Award for Theatre (awarded to a graduating senior), has been wowing audiences in Ann Arbor over the last four years. She starred in several Department of Theatre & Drama plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Lysander in a production that featured gender-bending casting), August: Osage County (as Barbara), and Three Sisters (as Masha).

"Jacqueline has been a stellar student and actress in the department all four years and I am not surprised that she has wowed them in Hollywood," said Priscilla Lindsay, chair of the Department of Theatre & Drama. "Our faculty and all her fellow students wish her the best with Grimm and everything that lies in store for this terrific young woman!"





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Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

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Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

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Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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