Allison Engel is an author and produced playwright who has been an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor at national magazines. She covers USC’s six arts schools and Classical KUSC and KDFC radio stations. She also is the associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities @ USC.
Stories by Allison Engel:
Composers and choreographers merge for a first-of-its-kind performance
Some students dance, others make music at the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
The bank that pulls strings for a good cause: music education
USC Thornton musicians create a nonprofit that gives strings to underprivileged students.
Elaborate jackets sewn with odd ‘fabrics’ go on display at USC
Architecture studio students show their painstaking apparel made with soap, pills, hair ties and much more.
Have an unused musical instrument? Classical KUSC could use it for kids
The radio station sponsors a drive to put lightly used instruments in the hands of appreciative youngsters. And it’s tax-deductible.
Film composers talk Oscars in KUSC conversations
Academy Award nominees — and an acclaimed violinist — sit down for chats with host Jim Svejda.
USC Thornton strings students pluck top awards at national competition
A violinist and cellist win first and third place at the Sphinx Competition for classical strings players.
OK, kids, you have five days to learn 15 musical numbers for a USC workshop
Bringing the new musical Hipster Sweatshop to a stage turns out to be a liberating experience for a talented cast of fresh faces.
Step by step: USC Kaufman dancers appear in TV commercial airing around the world
The one-minute ad filmed at L.A. locales gives Trojans an eye-opening experience.
How Jay Duplass of Transparent made the leap from obscurity to success
The actor-director talks about his big break at Sundance and offers candid advice to Trojans.
Grammy nominees include a slew of USC Thornton faculty, alums
Nominations range from jazz and classical categories to popular music, film scores and more.
USC Thornton plays a global tune, with new opportunities for its musicians to study abroad
International effort includes partnerships, exchanges and associate membership in the Association of European Conservatories.
Theater community unites for After Orlando project
USC’s Oliver Mayer and other artists create short plays in response to the Florida tragedy.
Politics as usual? No. Politics as theater? You bet
USC experts on policy and performance critique the work of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their third and final debate.
An elegant dance mecca opens at USC
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center celebrates its opening in grand style with faculty, friends and students.
Fourth class of International Artist Fellows to pursue degrees at USC
The seven students with expertise in music, performance and multimedia are the latest members of a program that began in 2013.
Movie execs to help launch cinema professor’s book
Jason E. Squire created and edited The Movie Business Book, an encyclopedic guide to the industry, and keeps it current.
Simon Helberg of The Big Bang Theory makes a strong impression at USC
The self-deprecating actor gives his take on Nicolas Cage and Al Pacino before talking about his CBS series and working with Meryl Streep.
As students move in, we asked freshmen: What did you pack that you’ll never use?
We asked them about what they brought with them — and what they left behind.
USC costume design degree leads grad to dream job on TV’s Outlander
A chance meeting leads to a Beverly Hills exhibition and elaborate work on the time-traveling romantic drama.
Classical KUSC has a new Apple TV app
The app celebrates Southern California lifestyle through landscapes and architectural details as the station’s music streams 24/7.
USC Kaufman introduces its second incoming class
The 18 talented dancers are a diverse bunch ethnically and geographically, with 11 states, Canada and Mexico represented.
USC Radio Group expanding classical service to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur
The addition of two stations will bring San Francisco’s Classical KDFC to the Monterey Bay area.
Young musicians put the emphasis on performing — with feeling
USC Thornton alumnus takes pride in his students helping each other to perform in an authentic way.
Tough guy Michael Chiklis opens up as speaker at Dramatic Arts graduation
The performer delivers a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ speech and hands his daughter her diploma on an emotional day.