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.
Alumni in the News
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.
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.
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."
Bonnie Cullum (M.F.A., Directing, 1989) was interviewed by BroadwayWorld.com about her East Austin theatre, The Vortex.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.