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Matthew McConaughey Joins Moody College Faculty

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Matthew McConaughey

AUSTIN, Texas — In recognition of his outstanding work as a teacher and mentor to University of Texas students, and with respect to his career as an award-winning actor and producer, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed as a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication starting in the fall 2019 term.

McConaughey joins the faculty in the Department of Radio-Television-Film after serving as a visiting instructor since 2015, when he began co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class with faculty member and director Scott Rice. He developed the course’s curriculum, which provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of each stage of a film’s production.

“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” McConaughey said. “Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”

McConaughey earned a film degree in 1993 from UT Austin. He is an Academy Award-winning actor with experience in more than 50 films, including “Dazed and Confused,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” for which he won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his lead acting role. He also has experience as a producer, most notably for his work on HBO’s award-winning and critically acclaimed “True Detective.”

In addition to his professional pedigree, McConaughey has earned respect among college leadership for his personal investment in student success and his willingness to work with students beyond the classroom.

“He has a passion for teaching, and for all things cinematic, that is palpable, even infectious,” said Noah Isenberg, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

McConaughey’s Script to Screen class has helped transform how media production is approached and taught. Former graduate student and award-winning screenwriter Jason Kessler said McConaughey was able to translate his approach to storytelling in a way that could be understood by students with no industry experience.

“We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty,” said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. “Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”

Script to Screen Class at Moody College with Matthew McConaughey

  • Fall 2015
    • studied “Free State of Jones”
    • writer-director Gary Ross visited class along with producer Diana Alvarez
  • Fall 2016
    • studied “Free State of Jones”
  • Spring 2017
    • studied “White Boy Rick”
    • director Yann Demange visited class
  • Spring 2018
    • studied “White Boy Rick” and “The Beach Bum”
    • writer-director Harmony Korine visited class
  • Fall 2018
    • studied “White Boy Rick” and “The Beach Bum”
    • Yann Demange called into class
  • Spring 2019
    • studied “The Beach Bum” and “The Gentleman”
  • Fall 2019
    • studying “The Gentlemen” and “Mud”
    • Jeff Nichols scheduled to visit