Columbia College Chicago Teachers and Alumni Collaborate on Film ‘Four Monologues’

Brian Shaw (center) on the set of "Four Monologues"

Brian Shaw (center) on the set of “Four Monologues”

Actor-director Brian Shaw (BA ’86), a Columbia College Chicago graduate and a professor in Columbia’s Theatre Department, has directed a short film, Four Monologues, now available as a free iTunes app. The film was developed from an artist’s book created by Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Stephanie Shaw in "Four Monologues"

Stephanie Shaw in “Four Monologues”

John Mossman in "Four Monologues"

John Mossman in “Four Monologues”

Jessica Ann McCloud in "Four Monologues"

Jessica Ann McCloud in “Four Monologues”

With text by noted poet Aram Saroyan (from his play The Laws of Light), the film features performances by Stephanie Shaw, (BA ’92), a Theatre Department alum and teacher; John Mossman, a teacher at Columbia’s Cinema Art + Science department; and Jessica Ann McCloud (BA ’04), a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. The film features animation by Cinema Art + Science teacher Ron Fleischer, and Columbia College Music Department teacher Ilya Levinson composed the original score. The design and production team also includes former Columbia College Audio Arts & Acoustics Department teacher David McNutt; Oliver McNutt, an alumnus of the Audio Arts & Acoustics Department; and Derek Fisher, an alumnus of Columbia College’s film program.

Abigail Phelps

Abigail Phelps

Frances Maggio

Frances Maggio

Abigail Phelps (BA ’15), a graduate of the Columbia College Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, was Shaw’s assistant director, and Theatre Department theatre design program faculty member Frances Maggio designed the costumes. John Cavallino, staff editor and faculty member at Columbia’s Cinema Art + Science department, did the color correction. Steve Woodall, former director of Columbia’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, was the executive producer. Technical work on the app was executed by Neil Inglese, a student in Columbia College’s Interactive Arts and Media Department.

To download the Four Monologues app, and for more information, click here.

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