Professor Stuart Krieger “Chooses Joy” at TEDxUCR Event

In All, Digital Production, Film & Video, Theatre by Andrew Golden

View Professor Stu Krieger’s full TEDxUCR talk here.

In April of this year, UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production screenwriting professor Stuart (Stu) Krieger joined 6 local speakers at the TEDxUCR event, “Kaleidoscope”. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a conference operating under the slogan, “ideas worth spreading”, and TEDx marks an independently organized TED event. TEDxUCR, a student organization that aims to organize independent TED events for UCR, held their Kaleidoscope event for students, faculty, staff, and the general Riverside area in the University Theatre on April 15, 2015.

In his moving talk, Krieger remarks on the profound impact that perspective has on the way we live our lives. Having suffered from a psychosomatic disease at an early age, Krieger quickly became aware of the powerful relationship between the mind and the body. In order to improve his health, he decided to improve his thinking, to both take stock in what he had and to seek joy. On the idea of “joy”, Krieger stated, “Joy is the feeling you get when you allow yourself to appreciate and celebrate the gift that is your life.”

Joy is the feeling you get when you allow yourself to appreciate and celebrate the gift that is your life.Stu Krieger, Professor of Screenwriting
With a career in screenwriting spanning more than 30 years, Stu Krieger has certainly “been around the block” when it comes to the industry. Having reached a point where “the magic” that once inspired him to begin his career seemed to be missing, Krieger realized that a “course correction” was again needed. While teaching for the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, and with the help of his wife, Krieger realized the joy he found in teaching. In this realization, his origin story at UCR was outlined. Krieger applied for an open screenwriting professorship at UCR and has been among the faculty since. “Following my path to joy allowed me to achieve exactly what I set out to do”, said Krieger, who again found inner happiness in the form of teaching.

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