What are you going to do with that degree?

Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Think students with a degree in the arts or humanities go from graduation to the unemployment line? Think again.

From the Big Screen to Broadway, offers a look at real-life ASC alumni success stories that prove otherwise.

These are only a few examples of how degrees in the arts and humanities are put to work every day building powerful careers across the globe.

Get a monsters-eye-view of box-office smash, Goosebumps, from the mind of Ohio State alumnus R.L. Stine, author of 125 scary books of the same name. Ironically, the master of goosebumps, began his career as a humor writer. The English major penned pieces for The Sundial, then found his niche weaving spooky tales for young readers.

Then keep reading. This feature is stuffed with more alumni/showbiz connections.

Begin with our interview of Ohio State alumnus, Steve Martino, director of the new 3-D film, The Peanuts Movie. He’ll even teach you how to draw the world’s favorite beagle, Snoopy. Martino is a double grad – design, BA, and art education, MA – and he studied with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). ACCAD is a premiere, collaborative center for animation and with alumni working at Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation … just to name a few.

See how Ohio State alumnus Randy Skinner put his song-and-dance chops to work directing and choreographing the Broadway revival of Dames at Sea, a showstopper garnering rave reviews and thrilling New York audiences.

Catch up with theatre alumna L.J. Houdyshell, who just won an Emmy for her work on HBO’s Silicon Valley. As art director, she digs up everything from costumes to a helicopter for the show’s episodes.

Get the inside scoop on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon from English alumnus Sage Boggs, who has lent his talents to the late-night favorite for two years.

Our arts and humanities departments armed these alumni with skills that are just the ticket to succeed in today’s entertainment industry. I’m proud of that and proud of them. I’ll be first in line when Peanuts comes out next week. How sweet it is – popcorn and Peanuts and real Ohio State alumni success stories.

photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide LLC.

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