Film by Lamar alumna premieres Feb. 6
A film co-written by Lamar University alumna Willioneita Pittman will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Setzer Student Center Ballroom on the Lamar campus.
The Setzer Student Center and Lamar Alive! will host the event, which includes a 6:30 p.m. reception and the 7 p.m. showing of the film, “There Is One in Every Family.”
“Ms. Pittman is premiering her movie at Lamar University to receive feedback from our students, faculty and staff,” said Karen Thomas, director of the Setzer Student Center . “We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Lamar community.”
Pittman is now a college and high school drama teacher in Houston . She is a native of Jasper and was raised in Beaumont , where she graduated from French High School in 1969. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lamar in 1972, with a double major in speech and drama, and her master’s from Lamar in 1979, in speech/public address.
She directed her first play, “Hand of Love,” when she was a Lamar student. Her second play, the comedy “The Cheat Sheet,” was also produced while she was in college. In addition, she directed “Day of Absence” for the Beaumont Community Players and a Miss Lamar Pageant.
During her Lamar career, Pittman earned every major acting and technical award given for participation in Lamar Theatre productions. She moved to Houston , where she met her co-writer, Barbara Hudson, while both worked at the University of Houston-Downtown. “There is One in Every Family” is the second play they have written together.
Pittman is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., teaches theater to at-risk students in the Alief Independent School District and is an adjunct theater lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown.
The screening is open to the public without charge. Additional information is available from Marta Valenzuela, Setzer Student Center assistant director for student activities, (409) 880-2395.