Martín Zimmerman (M.F.A., Theatre, 2010) discussed his play On the Exhale with the New York Times.
Alumni in the News
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.
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.
Alumna Pamela Ribon (B.F.A. 1997) was one of the story writers for Disney's Moana, nominated for two Academy Awards (Animated Feature and Original Song).
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.
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.
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
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 (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 (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 (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 (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’
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
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
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
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, 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
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.
Bonnie Cullum (M.F.A., Directing, 1989) was interviewed by BroadwayWorld.com about her East Austin theatre, The Vortex.
Bill Green performed with The Drilling Company Shakespeare in New York City
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.