Featured BA Alumna: GiGi Mullins-Schrof
GiGi Mullins-Schrof (BA, summa cum laude SCMC and Philosophy, 2008) recently returned to the US from a faculty position in the Entertainment Media Program at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is a 2009/10 recipient of a distinguished Graduate School Fellowship from the University of Minnesota.
GiGi is a resolutely independent filmmaker, and only the second woman since the silent film era to direct a feature-length Western, Turquoise. This award-winning film marked her feature directorial debut. Her screenplay Cosmic Radio, starring Michael Madsen, Seymour Cassel, and Wes Studi, was an Official Selection at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. GiGi has directed several narrative and documentary shorts, and her film work for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
A founding member of the Midwest-based Women in Media Arts and the Idyllwild Motion Picture Arts Cooperative in Southern California, GiGi currently sits on the Board of Directors for Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis. She is a published writer, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the academic society Phi Kappa Phi, and has been a Partner in Hope with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 2000.