Onward and Upward
AUDIO PODCASTS: Celebrating new beginnings at Commencement 2010
Tony Award-winning director John Rando and award-winning writer/producer/director Felicia D. Henderson were honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony on June 11.
Producer, executive and entrepreneur Peter Guber delivered the Commencement Address, with the School’s dean, Teri Schwartz, presiding over the festivities.
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John Rando, MFA '88, is a powerful force for change in American theater, known for bringing new sounds and new attitudes to Broadway. He won a Tony in 2002 for directing “Urinetown, the Musical” and an Outer Critic's Circle Award for “The Toxic Avenger Musical.”
Felicia D. Henderson, MFA '04, is the award-winning creator of the landmark Showtime hit "Soul Food: The Series," the longest-running drama featuring African-Americans in the history of television. Henderson's writing and producing credits in television also include "Fringe," "Gossip Girl," "Everyone Hates Chris." She often notes that she is most proud of the two TFT scholarships she has established: the Felicia D. Henderson Screenwriting Scholarship and the Four Sisters Scholarship.