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UCLA TFT Honors Disney Legend Marty Sklar


ucla.logo1Brian Kite, Interim Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), one of the world’s prominent academic institutions for entertainment and performing arts education, have announced that the school has received a generous leadership gift from the Marty and Leah Sklar Family to create the Marty Sklar Entertainment Innovation Fellowship.

The late Marty Sklar, who earned his bachelor’s degree at UCLA and received the 2007 Professional Achievement Award from UCLA Alumni Association, built a career leading Walt Disney Imagineering and developing Disney theme parks and attractions. In keeping with Sklar’s professional legacy, the fellowship will support students at the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), which explores the intersections between engineering, the arts and community development, facilitating collaborative projects that integrate technology with artistic creativity.

The new Sklar fellowship, which benefited from additional funding from the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match Initiative, will annually provide three high-achieving students with at least $10,000 each to participate in REMAP projects. Past projects have included developing augmented reality approaches for immersive storytelling, collaborating with California State Parks on the future of interpretive design and creating innovative cyberlearning environments for elementary school students at UCLA Lab School.

In Fall 2020, the UCLA Department of Theater and REMAP will launch a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Emerging Technologies for Performance, building further opportunities at UCLA TFT for students to explore the type of innovation supported by the Sklar fellowship.

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