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ANDREW MAKADSI (FILM/COMMUNICATION '10)

Andrew is Beyoncé's full time ART DIRECTOR! That's right! Queen Bey! In 2019, Andrew was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award (Outstanding Production Direction for a Variety Special) for his art direction work on Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. Great article about him in Vogue Arabia - the Middle East Edition of Vogue magazine. Check out some of his other work on Lemonade and on our Facebook page… or all over the internet, because you know... Beyoncé. When we say we're proud of our students, we mean it! Aspire to be anything and everything and don't let anything stop you! Read the UT News article about how Andrew got started.


Rose Bachtel (Theatre '05)

Rose has created a new series of educational videos to help teach Spanish.

Team BZProductions is proud to announce the premiere of our new series of educational children videos to help teach Spanish. What exactly is it? We're glad you asked! "Rosita en español" is a full-immersion, Spanish-language program for kids and "big kids" alike!

Rose Bachtel video still

Rosita is a real-world Spanish teacher who was having trouble finding captivating, creative, full-immersion Spanish videos to engage her students - so she decided to create her own. Fernando is real-world-like frog who wants desperately to be part of the human world and loves being on camera. Unfortunately, he knows very little about being in the limelight or being a human!


Courtney Macklin (BFA 2009)

Courtney recently accepted the position of Assistant to the Works on Paper Curator at the Toledo Museum of Art. Those art degrees really do become jobs, with hard work and dedication Courtney moved up the ranks in the museum from working in the gift shop, to managing the gift shop, and now becoming Assistant to the Works on Paper Curator.


Eric Miller (Film '05)

Read Vicki Kroll's feature articles on Eric Miller's magical animated creations in the UT Alumni eMagazine and UT News. “I went to The University of Toledo and met Peter Patchen, and he told me about the cyber arts program and part of that was 3-D animation, something I was really interested in,” Miller said. “And I also really liked the school, so I decided to go to Toledo.”  

Eric Miller's animated character Bink Eric Miller photo


Kim Sanchez (Film/Video '14)

Kim was the coordinator of the Glass City Film Festival for 2016, which was held at The Ohio Theatre in Toledo, May 20-21.The Glass City Film Festival is one of many cultural programs made possible by United North, a community development corporation in Toledo’s Old North End. United North’s services include housing assistance, business services, village council meetings, financial coaching, and leading the revitalization of the Ohio Theatre and Event Center. The Ohio Theatre was a neighborhood gathering spot for sharing experiences like family outings, first kisses, and fun with childhood friends. The theatre was part of a vibrant neighborhood that had a variety of thriving businesses. It was a community cornerstone, and it can be again.


James Aponte (Film/Video '16)

James had his film Pursuit screened at the Glass City Film Festival (2017). Pursuit was shown in the Emerging Filmmakers Block. The science fiction, thriller, action film was directed by James Aponte, with key cast members, Victoria Zajac, Jeffrey Burden II, Anna Coulter, and Sean Koogan (BA 2015). Stephen Mariasy (BA 2015) and Trent Underwood handled cinematography and Andy Collings (BA 2015) was the assistant director. See the Trailers here. 


Julie "Jules" Webster (BFA Art/BA Law and Social Thought '07)

If you're in Toledo, stop into Jules' shop, The Art Supply Depot. UT BFA alumna, Julie Webster started her own business, The Art Supply Depot, which has generated economic impact for the City of Toledo. After two years of planning, Jules opened The Depo at 29 S. St. Clair St. with the goal of selling high-quality art supplies and price-appropriate works from talented local artists, as well as operating as a home base for a growing arts community. While her plan has remained the same, the concept has expanded beyond her original dream. The store now carries ten times more inventory than expected, the local businesses she hoped to attract to the Warehouse District are there, and the arts community is thriving. In-store gallery shows and events draw artists of all skill levels into the Depo, creating a supportive network of creatives. Not only can you find artist's supplies, there are classes and workshops for all ages.

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Last Updated: 10/30/19