Bonnie Cullum (M.F.A., Directing, 1989) was interviewed by BroadwayWorld.com about her East Austin theatre, The Vortex.
Alumni in the News
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.
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.
Pamela Ribon (B.F.A., Drama Production, 1997) was named to Variety’s list of “10 Screenwriters to Watch 2016.”
Hardy Koenig receives tenure and promotion
Hardy Koenig (B.A., Drama, 1990) received tenure and promotion in spring 2016, after five years as artistic director. He is in his second year as Head of the Department of Theatre at North Dakota State University.
Robert Schenkkan’s latest film released Nov. 4
Hacksaw Ridge, the latest film co-written by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Theatre Studies, 1975) released on Nov. 4. It is directed by Mel Gibson and stars Andrew Garfield. Photo by Joseph Schenkkan.
James Walters (B.F.A., Drama, 1969) spoke with the College of Fine Arts about the past 10 years working with the popular TV crime drama NCIS.
Jaime Castañeda (M.F.A., Directing, 2006) listed by American Theatre magazine as one of the 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know.
The College of Fine Arts profiled Kara Liotta (B.F.A., Dance, 2008) to highlight her success as a fitness instructor and model in New York City.
James Walters celebrates a decade designing sets for ‘NCIS’
James Walters (B.F.A., Drama, 1969) continues his position as a set designer for CBS’s television series NCIS for a 14th season. He’s worked on the show since 2006.
Selina Rosales named program assistant at American Theatre Wing
Selina Rosales (B.A., Directing, 2015) was named the new Program Assistant at the American Theatre Wing. She supports all core programs and services of the organization, which include the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, The National Theatre Company Grants, The Jonathan Larson Grants, SpringboardNYC, and the Obie Awards.
Marian Kansas (B.A., Directing, 2016) and Nicole Oglesby (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) launched a new feminist theatre company in Austin called The Heartland Theatre Collective. They will premiere their first show, Dust by Oglesby and directed by Kansas, Oct. 6-10, 12-15 at The Pony Shed at The VORTEX. Dust is a full length play about three sisters fighting to stay alive in the Texas panhandle during the dust bowl in the shadow of a dying farm and a miraculous apricot tree. Photo by Daniel Berkowitz.
Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg (B.A., Dance, 1998) will direct, produce, write for and host a live political comedy satire show at Austin’s Institution Theater called “Over the Lege” running Sept. 9 through Oct. 1. “Over the Lege” exposes the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature through song, dance, sketch and improv. She also performs in the musical improv troupe "That Racket".
Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) received the Nautilus Book Award for Heal Your Self with Writing; her latest publication is a one-woman play about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)'s analysis and friendship with Sigmund Freud in Vienna, 1933. Jones will perform her play in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Aug. 4, and in Santa Barbara, California, on Dec. 3. The play is available on amazon and Kindle.
Adam Poncio named to list of best lawyers in San Antonio
Adam Poncio (B.A., Drama, 1986), an attorney board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Labor and Employment and Civil Appellate Law, has been recognized by San Antonio Scene Magazine as one of the Best S.A. Lawyers of 2016 in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
Matt Huff (M.F.A., Directing, 2004) was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure at Oglethorpe University. He also is part of a creative team that received a 2016-2017 Reiser Artists Lab grant from the Alliance Theater.
Kyle Kennedy (M.F.A., Drama, 1993) was recently named Head of Acting at Middle Tennessee State University where he serves on the acting area advisory board for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. His students have gone on to work in major theatrical venues across the country. Kennedy was recently seen as "Serebrayakov" in MTSU'sproduction of Uncle Vanya. He continues to act regionally and is a frequent company member at Cortland Repertory Theatre in Upstate New York.
Jared Oberholtzer assistant stage manager in multiple productions
Jared Oberholtzer (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2010) is currently the assistant stage manager on Signature Plays at the Signature Theatre, an event in celebration of the theater's 25th anniversary. One-act plays by Edward Albee, María Irene Fornés, and Adrienne Kennedy will be performed each night. He’s also the assistant stage manager on Richard Nelson's new play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, which will be completed at the Public Theater this fall, then performed at the Kennedy Center in spring 2017.
Natasha Gorel acted in touring children’s play
Natasha Gorel (B.A., Acting, 2014) just closed Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash, a touring play for theater for young audiences with The Alley Theatre's Education department in Houston, where she used the power of theater to advocate for diversity and acceptance for elementary school students.