is an award-winning writer whose films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), Angel Passing (Hume Cronyn, Calista Flockhart) which screened at Sundance and went on to win fifteen awards, and the TV series, Touched by an Angel. Her book, The Way of Story, is required for NYU writing programs, www.wayofstory.com. Ms. Jones will be in Austin giving a talk and a workshop through Reel Women on May 20-23 for all levels and all forms of narrative, focusing on writing for Hollywood and independent films.
Alumni in the News
Jen Lutringer (B.F.A. '01)
Theatre Arts Teacher at North Richland Hills Middle School named Teacher of the Year.
Lascivious Lunches and Decadent Dinners by Priscilla Sample (M.F.A. ’08), Wednesday, January 28th.
“Ophelia” runs November 7 – 23.
accepts new position in the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences program.
Robert Schenkkan's (B.A., Drama, '75)
play, BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON, will open in LA at the Geffen Theatre on Nov 5. He has been commissioned to write a new play for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their “American History Project”, and to adapt Linda Sue Park’s, A SINGLE SHARD, for the Seattle Children’s Theatre Co. Most recently he workshopped a new musical, A NIGHT AT THE ALHAMBRA CAFE at the Krannert Center. The miniseries he wrote for A&E, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, is nominated for six Emmys including “Best Miniseries.” Robert also wrote four episodes on the HBO/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries, THE PACIFIC, airing in 2010. Currently, Robert is writing a film for SONY Pictures based on Xenophon’s “ANABASIS.” He also has films set up at Fox, Fox 2000, and with Pandemonium Pictures.
moves latest directing project, “7 Sins” from New York to Edinburgh Scotland.
appears in scene on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. The episode titled “Betrayed” airs Sunday, June 22nd.
to receive lifetime achievement honor at 2008 Astaire Awards
Carlen Gilseth (M.F.A. '92) of The Woodlands High School and Billy Dragoo (B.F.A. '87) of Austin High School
direct students competing in the 82nd Annual State One-Act Play contest in Austin, TX
appear in episode of “N.C.I.S.“ The episode entitled “Stakeout” airs Tuesday, April 8th.
directed by former M.F.A. in Directing Student, Laird Williamson. “Coriolanus” runs March 26 – November 2.
Alumnus Dock Jackson,
director of parks and recreation for the City of Elgin and a current Bastrop City Council member, vies for seat on Bastrop County Commissioners Court.
The season finale episode entitled “Mr. Monk Is On The Run” airs Friday, February 22nd.
in the premiere of “Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress” at L.A.‘s Geffen Playhouse, February 5-March 30.
Lisa Browder (B.F.A. Dance, ’76) recounts her 13 years as a professional dancer, and her ten year stint as a Las Vegas “Showgirl”, in her new blog One Showgirl’s Life.
Dink O'Neal (B.F.A. '84)
guest stars as the goofy father on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”. The episode entitled “Disenchanted Evening” originally aired on Nov. 9th.
LEVYdance is renowned for its daring, densely layered, kinesthetically detailed, and emotionally intense choreography.
David Rogers (B.F.A. in Lighting Technology, 1999)
was recently promoted to Manager, Electronic Information Security Compliance at US Oncology, Inc. in the Houston area.