"Six Feet Under" producer to lecture at UCA

Noted television producer and Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter Rick Cleveland will give a lecture and multimedia presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Stanley Russ Hall 103.

A short question and answer session will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Cleveland is a writer and supervising producer on HBO?s award-winning series ?Six Feet Under.? In 2000, he won an Emmy Award, a Writer?s Guild Award, and a Humanitas Award for his writing on an episode of ?The West Wing.?

After earning his MFA from the University of Iowa?s Playwright?s Workshop in 1995, Cleveland went on to write a feature film about a couple of family-style hitmen, entitled ?Jerry and Tom.? In 1998, this film was an official selection at both the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for the film ?Runaway Jury.?

His plays include ?Bad Moon?, ?Danny Bouncing,? ?The Rhino?s Policeman,? ?Dogman?s Last Stand?, ?Kids in the Dark,? and ?Buffalo Boys.? He has won playwriting grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Kennedy Center?s Fund for New American Plays. Cleveland is also a commentator for NPR?s ?All Things Considered.?

Cleveland?s appearance is part of the Central Arkansas Writing Arts Series and is sponsored by UCA’s Department of Writing and Speech.

Cleveland will also be a part of UCA’s Artists in Residence program coordinated by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. While on campus, he will be meeting with UCA writing and film students in a workshop and discussion setting.

For more information, contact Terry Wright, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Central Arkansas, at 501.450.3295 or email terryw@uca.edu.