Cheng-Wei Teng (M.F.A., Lighting Design, 2012) received the Gold Medal for Professional Lighting at the 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan for his work Serenade. A freelance designer based in Taipei, Taiwan, Teng’s work includes One Hundred Years of Solitude by Shakespeare Wild Sisters Group, Queen Xiao-zhuang and Dorgon by GaoGuang Opera Company and Mulan the Musical by Tainanier Ensemble.
Alumni in the News
The New York Times featured Charm, a play directed by Will Davis (M.F.A. Directing, 2013).
Adam Poncio selected as Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly
Adam Poncio (B.A., Drama, 1986) was selected by Texas Monthly magazine as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2018 in the area of Employment Law for the state of Texas. Poncio is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appellate law in the State of Texas.
Alison Heryer (M.F.A., Costume Design, 2010) is an associate professor at the School of Art + Design at Portland State University. She recently designed two shows at Portland Center Stage, a production of Cosi fan tutte at Portland Opera, and brought her work Picnic to 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan. Her work as a costume designer includes productions at Steppenwolf, The New Victory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and ZACH Theatre (Austin).
David Crespy publishes book on Playwright Ladford Wilson
David Crespy (M.F.A., Playwriting, 1986) published a new book, Ladford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems. The book features a selection of early work from Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
Briana Bower receives distinguished thesis award from American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Briana Bower (M.F.A., Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, 2016) received the Distinguished Thesis Award for her M.F.A. thesis “This Object Holds: Exploring Adolescent Identity Through Object-Based Performance” from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).
Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg (B.A., Dance, 1998) created and is directing, producing, hosting and writing for “Over the Lege,” a live political satire comedy variety show about the Texas Legislature that returns this September to the Institution Theater. The musical, sketch and improv show is in its second year.
Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) will perform as a member of the clown ensemble for one night at the People’s Improv Theater of New York (The PIT Theater) as part of his clown training with Christopher Bayes, head of physical theatre at Yale School of Drama.
Lilly Lane Stafford stars as lead in Austin production of ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’
Lilly Lane Stafford (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2017) starred as Patsy Cline in a TexARTS productions of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline from July 14-30.
Jelisa Jay Robinson’s (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2014) play Stories of Us will be presented by Chicago’s Visión Latino Theatre Company on Aug. 10.
Arthur Bryan Marroquin (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2013) will star as Corey in the feature film Urban Country, alongside Walking Dead star Brighton Sharbino and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Madilynn Garcia was selected to participate in Rising Leader of Color, a program sponsored by Theatre Communications Group. The honor includes year-long curriculum designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities.
Carson Kreitzer named a MacDowell and Guggenheim Fellow
Carson Kreitzer (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2006) is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow. Her musical LEMPICKA will have a workshop at Williamstown Theater Festival in August.
Abe Koogler’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) latest play, Fulfillment Center, was reviewed by the New York Times, which described it as “finding poetry in missed connections.” The play runs off-Broadway through July 9.
Jacqueline Hinton (B.F.A., Dance, 2001) will perform in the production Anaïs, A Dance Opera in Avignon, France on July 7-30, as part of the L’Off Festival. This production will be one of the few American groups presenting. The opera will also have performances Sept. 8-9 at The New Vic Theatre in Santa Barbara and Sept. 28 at The Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University in California.
Poor Boys’ Chorus by Brian Kettler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2015) is one of 20 plays selected from more than 200 submissions to be a part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s inaugural season in New York City this August. Poor Boys’ Chorus was developed and produced while Kettler was pursuing his master’s degree at UT Austin. The 2017 production in New York City is a bi-coastal collaboration between the Portland-based playwright and NYC-based theatre arts administrators Sara Robillard (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and Sean Tecson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and director. Other Longhorn collaborators include Kevin Hippler (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) and Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), who completed clown training under Christopher Bayes, head of physical acting at Yale School of Drama, for the role.
A former actor in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway, Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) is currently performing her 12th play, Freud's Oracle, a one-woman play set in Vienna and London in 1933. Freud's Oracle has been produced in Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and Santa Fe among other venues and was recently published. Jones continues to teach at the Esalen and Omega Institutes, Santa Barbara Writers Conference and abroad.
Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015), Amanda Lloyd (B.A., Theatre Studies, 2014), Sarah Marcum (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2014) and Shae Tomlinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) formed Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. They will perform in their second Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with a show titled CringeFest: An Uncomfortable Anthology. The company also includes alumni Rebecca Walach (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Rocket Thrall (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Hannah Holub (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lauren Beausoleil (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Ian Price (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lindsay Kelly (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) and Rachel Nursey (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016).
Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013), artistic director of American Theatre Company in Chicago discusses with American Theatre his process and planning his first season in his new role that includes work that reckons with race, gender, culture and controversy.
Talleri McRae (M.F.A., Theatre, 2010) was recognized in American Theatre's Roll Call. She is currently a teaching artist and access/inclusion consultant whose work focuses on fostering the creativity and passion of the disability rights movement and developing meaningful theatre for young audiences.