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.
Alumni in the News
Charlie Pollock (B.F.A., 1995) is currently in the 2014 Tony nominated Broadway show Violet.
Steve Moore's (M.F.A. Playwriting, 2005) new play, “Computer Simulation of the Ocean”, does not have a physical venue, rather, it is experienced entirely through a text message subscription that lasts six months. The text messages come from Sally Boyd, a fictional character. The public will begin receiving messages on April 18 at the beginning of the Fusebox Festival.
Catherine Rogers (M.F.A. Playwriting, 1993, Michener Fellow) has published her short story “After Three Tangos” in the Gettysburg Review Spring 2014 issue. She recently returned to the U.S. from her second Fulbright fellowship in Greece (2009, 2013). At Aristotle University Thessaloniki and in Athens, Rogers led the workshops “Understanding Illness and Trauma through Narrative” with students, physicians and health care professionals, artists, writers, and fellow Fulbright alumni. She is currently an M.S. candidate in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.
Alumnus Scott Marlowe (BFA, Dance 2004) stars as “Frankie” in the new film Test by Chris Mason Johnson. Test is the poignant, powerful story set in the San Francisco modern dance scene of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. It will run October 20, 7:00 PM at the Stateside.
Robert Schenkkan (Drama 1975) was recently named the Thornton Wilder Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. His play, All the Way (winner of the 2012 Senator Edward Kennedy Theater Prize and the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association Best New Play Award) has its East coast premier in Boston at A.R.T. in September starring Bryan Cranston.
Congratulations Bill Craver (B.F.A '52, M.F.A. '56 in Drama)! Bill, a distinguished Broadway producer and Company Manager, will be awarded with the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. The 2013 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 9th on CBS, and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Alum Travels from England to Perform in Cohen New Works Festival
The University of Exeter's Drama Department is performing their original show, More than the Sum, as part of the Cohen New Works Festival. UT alum, Avital Stolar (B.A.T.D. 2011), is now working on her Masters in Theater at Exeter and traveled from England to her alma mater to perform. Stolar explained, “Through connecting the two universities, we have engaged in a cultural exchange in which masters theater students from UT and Exeter share ideas from across the world and explore them in rehearsals. Meeting together in Austin will enable our collaborators from UT to see the final product they helped to create. As applied theater students, we all have an interest in developing artwork with the community and are excited to learn from each other about different ways of working with young people."
Alan E. Hicks (DMA, 2009) authored a book entitled Singer and Actor: Acting Technique for the Operatic Performer. The book was published by Amadeus Press in paperback in 2011 and ebook formats in 2012 and contains contributions from Professor Franchelle S. Dorn.
COFA Alum Finds Success in the Middle East
Fadi Skeiker (Ph.D., Theatre, 2009) is currently assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Arts and Design and assistant professor at the University of Jordan. In addition to his work in academia, he has continued to lead practice-based research projects in the field of applied theatre in Jordan, using theatre as a tool to address issues related to women, youth and social change.
Elliott Forrest (BA, Drama, 1979) is a familiar voice for fans of classical music in New York City. He can be heard regularly on WQXR, Classical 105.9. Each year he produces an annual radio reading of A Christmas Carol and this year directed Brian Cox as Ebenezer Scrooge. Last summer, he produced an extremely successful large scale concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a new production will be created for summer 2013. Forrest has also signed a contract to create a production for the Houston Symphony in 2014. Additionally, he recently signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to write a book about classical music with Alec Baldwin.
The Fierce Backbone theater company, co-founded by alum Stephen Blackburn (MFA, Play Writing, 1997), had the world premiere of their work The Rock of Abandon on October 20th. Directed by Tiger Reel and written by Stephen Blackburn, The Rock of Abandon will run through November 18th at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Presidential Suite, a play currently featuring alumna Liza Binkley (BA, Theatre and Dance, 2007), recently received a four star review in The London Times. Presented in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, Presidential Suite by B&G Productions (New York) runs through August 18, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Department of Theatre & Dance alumna Denny Berry (BFA, 1973) was recently announced as the Head of the newly formed Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah Department of Theatre.
Berry is an esteemed director, choreographer, educator and writer both on Broadway and around the world. She looks forward to bringing together her ongoing relationship with the New York theater world and her students in the Department of Theatre.
Pamela Ribon (BFA, Drama Production, 1997) has just released her latest novel, You Take It From Here. Pamela has written for several television comedies, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national bestselling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She was an Oprah.com contributor, where her novel about divorce and roller derby, Going in Circles, was selected as an Oprah.com Book Club pick. She was also a flagship contributor to TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need at DeweyDonationSystem.org. Visit her at pamie.com or follow her @pamelaribon.
Alumna Dawn Davis Loring (BA, Dance, 1992) and Mosaic Dance Body present Danceopoly at the Big Range Austin Dance Festival. Danceopoly is a game involving both audience and dancers and "takes a snarky look at being a struggling artist through the lens of a cheesy reality game show."
Collaborators include Dawn Davis Loring, Jennifer Micallef, Tracy Sadler Machalek, Ivry Newsome, Cinnamon Barton and Dawnerin Wilkinson.
Danceopoly will be shown at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre on June 30th at 8pm and on July 1st at 2pm.
Mike McKinley (BFA, 1977) is currently writing a memoir on his time spent in the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the New York-based parody ballet company. McKinley spent around a decade with the company as his alter-egos, ballerina Tatiana Youbetchabootskaya (pictured left) and danseur Igor Teupleze. His memoir is titled Blood and Satin: Confessions of a Drag Ballerina.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at the Long Center Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm in Dell Hall. For more information on the performance call 474-5664 or visit www.thelongcenter.org.
Bailey Receives Distinguished Book Award
This past spring Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT (UT BFA 1976) was promoted to full professor at Kansas State University where she has taught theater and directed the drama therapy program for the past 11 years. Her recent book "Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts -- In Schools, Recreation, and Arts Program -- Regardless of (Dis)Abililty" was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Book Award by the American Alliance for Theatre in Education in Chicago at its annual conference in July. "Barrier-Free Theatre" is published by Idyll Arbor, Inc.