Alumni in the News

Martin Rodriguez joins Los Angeles school district as drama teacher

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015) was recently hired by Los Angeles Unified School District as head drama teacher at newly founded charter high school, Hawkins High School to create and develop their drama/theatre program. He is now certified and holds a teaching credential in English and Theatre Arts in California to go along with his Texas credentials.

Lainie Frasier teaching voice-over course at St. Edward's

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Award-winning voice-over artist, voice-over trainer and voice talent demo producer Lainie Frasier (B.F.A., Theatrical Design, 1979) began teaching a voice-over course at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas as an adjunct instructor in spring 2016. In 2005 she co-authored a college textbook for McGraw-Hill entitled “Speak Skillfully and Successfully:  A Guide to Developing Diction and Voice-Over Excellence."

Spouse Alumni exhibition on display at Aquinas College

Wednesday, February 10, 2016   |  WGVU Public Media

"Sum You Some Me," a two-person exhibition featuring spouses Felice House (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2011) and Dana Younger (B.A., Drama, 1995) is currently on display Aquinas College's Art and Music Center Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. See it Jan. 17 through Feb. 12. 

Jelisa Jay Robinson's Play to be Produced at Austin Theater

Monday, January 11, 2016   |  Teatro Vivo

Austin-based Teatro Vivo will produce “The Stories of Us,” a play written by Jelisa Jay Robinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2014). The theater described the “The Stories of Us” as a collection of stories that dig deep into the intercultural conflict between African Americans and Latinos, African diaspora identity, and Afrolatinidad. It is scheduled for a three-week run in April.

Jelisa Jay Robinson Accepts High School Theatre Teaching Position

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jelisa Jay Robinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2014) recently accepted a position as a Theatre teacher at her alma mater, North Forest High School in Houston, Texas. She enjoys teaching the next generation about the importance of creativity and critical thinking. She co-directed the winter production and it was a success. 

Catherine Ann Jones' Work Scheduled for 2016 Productions

Thursday, December 3, 2015   |  Catherine Ann Jones

Catherine Ann Jones' (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) musical, "Calamity Jane the Musical" won best production in Orange County, California. An actor, playwright, screenwriter and author, Jones' "The Women of Cedar Creek," a Texas family comedy-drama was awarded the NY Drama League Award and the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Award. It is an upcoming production at the Plaza Theatre, Carpinteria, California  (April 2016). "Freud's Oracle," a one-woman show about H. D. & Freud, will be seen at The Ojai Retreat (April 2016), Ojai, California, and also in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Creativity and Madness Conference (August 2016). Her three books are available online.

New Edition of Scott Shattuck's 'The Director's Vision' Released

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Director's Vision (Second Edition) by Louis E. Catron and Scott Shattuck (M.F.A. Drama, 1988) was published by Waveland Press, Inc. in May 2015. It is one of the most widely-used textbooks in college courses that introduce students to the process of play directing.

Holly Powell's 'The Audition Bible' a Best Seller

Tuesday, August 25, 2015   |  Holly Powell Studios

Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Holly Powell has written the best selling book, The Audition Bible: Secrets Every Actor Needs To Know. Holly wrote The Audition Bible as a companion piece to compliment her Audition Workshops taught at Holly Powell Studios in Los Angeles. An "audition class in a book", this is a user-friendly guide that demystifies the audition process, bringing it down from the epic to the mundane.

Alumnus Luke Leonard to direct multiple projects this fall

Wednesday, May 27, 2015   |

Luke Leonard's (M.F.A. 2010) upcoming directing projects include the Houston premiere of Bum Phillips: All-American Opera Sept. 24, 2015 at The Stafford Centre; the Australian premiere of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field in October 2015 at the Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival; and the world premiere of Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a musical play written and directed by Luke with music by Peter Stopschinski and co-lyrics by Katie Pearl, Oct 7-25, 2015 at 59E59 Theaters in New York.

An Illustrated Guide to Broadway's Airline Highway

Wednesday, April 1, 2015   |  Vanity Fair

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Lisa D'Amour (MA Theatre, 1996) was featured in Vanity Fair for her Broadway debut with Airline Highway, a new play that centers around a community of misfits in D'Amour's hometown of New Orleans. The feature was written and illustrated by D'Amour's former classmate Michael Arthur (PhD Theatre, 1999). Airline Highway premieres at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 23. 

Jason Kendall on The Weather Channel

Wednesday, March 11, 2015   |  William Paterson University

Jason Kendall (MA Acting, 1996) joined Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams this past month on the morning TV show "Wake Up With Al" on the Weather Channel. This series served as the only live astronomy program on national television. Check out videos of Kendall chatting about the stars here!

Stephen Blackburn's Premiered "Douglass"

Monday, September 8, 2014   |  Hollywood Fringe

Stephen Blackburn's (M.A. Play Writing,1997) one-man drama "Douglass" comprised the first of three short plays interwoven by director Julianne Just in the Onion Creek Productions presentation Lincoln Adjacent at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

Dan Duling's Continued Playwright Success

Saturday, September 6, 2014   |  Foapom

Dan Duling (Ph.D. Playwriting and Criticism, 1977) just closed "The Art
Detective," at the 2014 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. This was Duling's 34th year as scriptwriter for this world-renowned theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants. Blending live narration, an orchestra playing original music composed for each "living picture," and state-of-the-art stage illusions, the Pageant of the Masters is an 81-year-old theatrical phenomenon. 

Kevin Adams Earns His Fourth Tony

Saturday, June 7, 2014   |  CBS News

Scenic Design graduate Kevin Adams (B.F.A., 1984) won his Fourth Tony Award for lighting Hedwig and the Angry Itch starring Neil Patrick Harris.

All The Way Wins Two Tony Awards

Saturday, June 7, 2014   |  The New York Times

Congratulations Robert Schenkkan (B.F.A., 1975)! His play All The Way won two Tony Awards, Best Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Eric Lenox Abrams Debuts on Broadway

Monday, June 2, 2014

Eric Lenox Abrams (M.F.A., 2004) makes his Broadway debut as Bob Moses in the Tony Award nominated play "All the Way". 

Playwright Martin Zimmerman Wins Terrence McNally New Play Award

Wednesday, May 14, 2014   |  Playbill

Martin Zimmerman (M.F.A., 2010) has been announced as the winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for his play Let Me Count The Ways. The Terrence McNally New Play Award is a cash prize given annually to recognize a new play that celebrates the transformative power of art.