Outstanding Awards of Recognition

Judith Royer, C.S.J.

Judith Royer, C.S.J., Professor of Theatre Arts

Playwriting Award Renamed in her Honor, Spring 2017

Judith Royer, C.S.J., who has taught for more than 40 years almost all aspects of theater – from playwriting to acting, directing and producing – is being recognized in a singular way: the Association for Theatre in Higher Education will now annually bestow the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award. She was previously honored by the association in 2008 with the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education Award.

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Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award

Royer was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her 40-year career dedicated to developing and fostering the talents of theatre students. Since 1969, the Kennedy Center theatre festival has given more than 400,000 college and university theatre students the opportunity to have their work evaluated, to improve their dramatic skills, and to receive national recognition for excellence. Royer conceived and developed the Region VIII Respondents Workshop, which many other regions observed and subsequently instituted. The purpose of the workshop is to give constructive, structured feedback on the students' work as a complete theatre-going experience.

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Sister Royer Selected as "Noteworthy Professors" in Los Angeles by the Art Career Project

Charles Peterson

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Charles Peterson, Lecturer of Art History

Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award
Spring 2016

Charles Peterson is a lecturer in Art History in the Department of Art at Loyola Marymount University. His published work studies themes of deception and sensory perception in the areas of Dutch illusionistic painting and the scientific, religious, and legal fields of seventeenth-century Europe. Charles is currently studying portraits reflecting the procedures for educating young princes and how they embody the political struggles of the exiled Bohemian court during the Thirty Years' War. He also writes on early modern collecting practices and early colonial Peruvian book illustrations. His commitment to instructional development has been recognized and assisted by the receipt of LMU's Summer Assessment and Core Course Development grants. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UCSB Graduate Student Instructor Award. Charles earned his Ph.D. in Art History at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Paige Asawa

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Paige Asawa, Director, Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic

Distinguished Clinician in Family Service 2016
American Art Therapy Association

In 2016 at the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Marital and Family (Art) Therapy faculty member Dr. Paige Asawa, PhD, ATR-BC, received the 2016 Distinguished Clinician in Family Service Award. This honor is bestowed on those who serve as models of excellence in art therapy.

As an art therapist, art therapy educator, and artist who has been engaged in the art therapy community for over 25 years, Asawa is currently the director of LMU’s Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic, where she developed seven programs ranging from trauma and disaster response, and practicum support, to providing building resiliency and consultation utilizing family art assessments. 

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Debra Linesch

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Debra Linesch, Professor of Marital and Family Therapy

Distinguished Educator Award, 2015
American Art Therapy Association

In 2015, Debra Linesch, Professor of Marital and Family Therapy and former Department Chair, received the "Distinguished Educator Award" from the American Art Therapy Association at their Annual Conference in Minneapolis. This award is conferred on a professional member of the Association in recognition of significant contributions to the education of professionals in the field of art therapy, specifically in the area of outstanding teaching and the development of innovative educational practices.

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John Todd

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John Todd, Lecturer of Dance

Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, Fall 2015

John Todd received his training at North Carolina School of the Arts in drama and dance. John's performance experience includes the Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 4 Broadway shows, 17 feature films, 12 television shows, and 26 national commercials; Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, and Twyla Tharp are among his mentors. John began teaching at LMU in 2013. Classes taught include Beginning/Intermediate Ballet and Musical Theater.

John's goal in teaching is to help students find the path that brings them joy and fulfillment. He challenges students to explore who they really are and how they want to show up in the world. Teaching brings out the best and expands every possibility in this world. Frustration turns to winning, tears turn to laughter, hard work and showing up cross fade to success.

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Nenad "Neno" Pervan

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Nenad "Neno" Pervan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Part-Time Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award
Fall 2014

Nenad "Neno" Pervan was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He earned his BFA in Acting from the Academy of Arts, Yugoslavia. In 1997 he graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with an MFA in Performance. He has been teaching at LMU since 2007. Classes taught include Theatre History, Beginning Acting, Scene Study, Advanced Acting, and Voice and Movement. Neno also directed several shows at LMU, including Genet's The Balcony, Miller's The Crucible, Mastosimone's Extremities, Zadravec's Honey Brown Eyes, and Stages of AIDS. Neno collaborated with LMU faculty, staff, students, and guest artists on social justice themed projects such as Revolutions of the Heart, Shinsai Theatres for Japan, From Sarajevo With Love, "8", Trial by Fire, Artists Speak, The Trial of God, and Samarkand.

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Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo

Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance

Graves Award in the Humanities, 2013-2015 Cycle

Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance, has won the prestigious Graves Award in the Humanities to create an interdisciplinary, core curriculum class at Loyola Marymount University that examines "the interconnectedness of dance, culture and history."

The award includes a $12,000 stipend to support her research, which will focus on the work and methods of renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. In particular, she will examine his work,"D-Man in the Waters," the dance he created in 1989 about the AIDS epidemic at its height.

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Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo: The Body Tells a Story