Alumni in the News

Will Davis nominated for Helen Hayes Award

Thursday, February 9, 2017   |  Theatre Washington

Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013) was recently nominated for outstanding direction of a musical for Evita at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards will be held May 15 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.  

Robert Schenkkan film nominated for six Oscars

Thursday, February 9, 2017   |  The Oscars

The film Hacksaw Ridge, co-written by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Drama, 1975) and directed by Mel Gibson, was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Yebel Gallegos interviewed by Salt Lake City Weekly

Sunday, February 5, 2017   |  Salt Lake City Weekly

Yebel Gallegos (B.F.A., Dance, 2007) spoke with Salt Lake City Weekly about being a principal dancer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in anticipation of their performance Winter Season.

Abe Koogler’s play to open at Manhattan Theatre Club this summer

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   |  Manhattan Theatre Club

Fulfillment Center, a new work from Abe Koogler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) will have a world premiere in New York City this summer at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The play begins previews June 6 and opens June 20. 

Sarah Saltwick's play opens at The Vortex in Austin

Monday, January 23, 2017   |  The Vortex

A Perfect Robot, a play by Sarah Saltwick (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2013), opened at The Vortex in Austin on Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 11. It will live-stream online on Feb. 2. It is directed by Rudy Ramirez, a current Ph.D. candidate in Performance as Public Practice.

Selina Rosales named artistic fellow for Second Stage Theatre

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Selina Rosales (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) became the artistic fellow for Second Stage Theatre in New York City in January 2017. 

Isaac Gomez named top performer in Chicago

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   |  Newcity Stage

Isaac Gomez (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2013) was featured in the article “Players 2017: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago,” by Newcity Stage in Chicago.

Jessica Nicole Webb to appear on soap opera

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   |  Serial Scoop

Jessica Nicole Webb (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2009) has been cast as Alex Dettmer on CBS’s The Young and the Restless. Her January role on the soap opera will run for at least five episodes.

Jelisa Jay Robinson a finalist for Seattle Public Theatre’s Emerald Prize

Wednesday, January 11, 2017   |  Seattle Public Theatre

Jelisa Jay Robinson (B.F.A., Theatre and Dance, 2014) is a finalist for the Seattle Public Theatre’s Emerald Prize. The $10,000 prize will connect a nationally recognized playwright to the Seattle area's performance community so the region's voice is heard in national conversations. The winning playwright will be announced March 4.

Nikiko Masumoto performed at the White House

Sunday, December 18, 2016   |  Fresno Bee

Nikiko Masumoto (M.A., Theatre, 2011) recently performed a short piece from her one-woman show What We Could Carry at a White House event. The presentation, "Generational Experiences of Asian Americans," featured speakers from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as well as Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities. 

Robert Fahey performs in Florida production of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Robert Fahey (B.F.A., Drama, 1961) appeared last spring in a production of La Cage Aux Folles at The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota, Florida. After 29 years in theatre and product development in New York City, Robert moved to Sarasota in 1990 and into restaurant management and marketing. Nine years ago he returned to "the boards."

Robert Schenkkan’s latest film nominated for three Golden Globe Awards

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Robert Schenkkan’s (B.A., Drama, 1975) latest film, Hacksaw Ridge, has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor). Schenkkan co-wrote the screenplay. It was listed by AFI’s “Top Ten Movies of the Year.” It also won Critic Choice Awards for Best Action Movie, Best Actor in an Action Movie, and was nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Director, Hair and Makeup.

Allison Ebling joins ‘The Bodyguard’ as head of audio

Thursday, December 15, 2016

After completing an international tour of Annie in Southeast Asia, Allison Ebling (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2011) is joining the first national tour of The Bodyguard as head of audio. The production, after its U.S. premiere at New Jersey’s The Paper Mill Playhouse, will begin the tour in January and play cities including Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston.

Robert Schenkkan’s film nominated for three Golden Globe Awards

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Robert Schenkkan’s (B.A., Drama, 1975) movie for HBO, All The Way, was nominated for Critic Choice Best Movie Made for TV and Best Actor in a Movie made for TV. Bryan Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie.

J. Quinton Johnson joins the cast of ‘Hamilton’

Thursday, December 15, 2016   |  College of Fine Arts

J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Hamilton. He will debut on stage on Jan. 6, following the departure of original cast member Okieriete Onaodowan.

Melinda Wright hired as music venue manager at University at the Incarnate Word

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Melinda Wright (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015) recently started her position as the music venue manager at the University of the Incarnate Word. This new position was created to help with the management of the new Luella Bennack Music Center.

Bill Green performed with The Drilling Company Shakespeare in New York City

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bill Green (B.F.A., Drama, 1950) performed roles of Friar in Much Ado About Nothing and Adam in As You Like It in The Drilling Company Shakespeare productions in Bryant Park in New York City in the summer 2016.