UE alum, staff celebrate Rami Malek’s Oscar win


There’s a celebratory buzz around the city of Evansville after UE alum Rami Malek won an Oscar Sunday night for his performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The school along with community are overjoyed at the win.

In 1999, Malek performed at Shanklin Theatre at UE during his time in Evansville. 

People sat in the seats watching just a college student at the time, working on his craft…but a student working hard to become the actor he is today. 

There’s no doubt UE is over the moon for their alum’s success after the he took home one of the greatest achievements an actor can receive. 

“We just jumped to our feet and were screaming and hugging and crying,” said visiting professor and UE alum Wes Grantom. 

“We came in with high expectations for Rami and he did it,” said UE Theatre Managing Director Sharla Cowden. “I can tell you what you saw with him being humble and endearing and sincere that was the same attributes he had when he was 19 years old.”

Malek pursued his dream, much like many students do everyday within UE’s theatre program.

“For them to have someone like Rami a role model to look up to and aspire to be is amazing,” said Grantom. 

His success shows that anything can happen in Evansville. 

“People continue to come out of this organization and surprise the world and really put Evansville on the map,” said Grantom. 

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(This story was originally published on February 25, 2019)

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