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In the Ether from Fall For Dance 2017

Dance Repertory Theatre's Fall For Dance Spoke to Current Events

Friday, November 17, 2017   |  The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Chronicle celebrates Dance Repertory Theatre's Fall For Dance, which was on stage November 8-12, 2017, as a concert in which "work after work...emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now" and one that "reflect[s] who we are in this time of social disruption." 

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Young Cast Shines in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   |  Austin-American Statesman

The Austin-American Statesman (Austin 360) is calling Texas Theatre and Dance's production of Arthur Miller's classic one that "brings out the show's strengths while eliding its flaws, creating a powerful venue for many of the department's students to highlight their great talents." 

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ON THE BLOG: Becoming Artist-Citizens Through Contemporary Ballet

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Artistic directors Jeremy Arnold, Erica Gionfriddo and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey discuss Fall For Dance and their choreographic works which seek to define the term “artist-citizen” and address the larger issues facing our society today.

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ON THE BLOG: Kirk Lynn’s Top Five Spine-Chilling Halloween Plays

Friday, October 27, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

There’s a chill in the air and All Hallows’ Eve is upon us. Whether you’re a fan of gory horror or you’re just looking for a spooky story, these playwrights know the way to send shivers down your spine. Faculty member Kirk Lynn (Fixing King John, Method Gun) gives us his five favorite hair-raising, skin-crawling, bone-chilling plays to help you celebrate the season.

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The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop Runner Up for Hamilton Book Award

Thursday, October 19, 2017   |  The University of Texas at Austin News

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, by Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, was recognized as the runner-up at the 2017 Hamilton Book Awards, the highest honor for literary achievement given by The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Student Finds Passion for Sound Design Through Job at Texas Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 18, 2017   |  The College of Fine Arts

Through their student employment program, Texas Performing Arts provides the opportunity for students to learn alongside industry professionals and to gain valuable resume-building experience that serves as a unique complement to the university curriculum. Junior Malyssa Quiles works as a student audio assistant at Texas Performing Arts.

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The Arts Race: Theatre's Leading Role in the Founding of the NEA

Friday, October 6, 2017   |  American Theatre

Dr. Charlotte Canning discusses how the United States claimed national arts funding after decades of advocacy and why understanding this history is critical to the preservation of art in 20th century America. 

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Faculty Member Helps Light New Musical, KPOP

Friday, October 6, 2017   |  The New York Times

New faculty member Jeanette Yew recently completed lighting design for the world premiere of new musical KPOP by Woodshed Collective + Jason Kim which was recently staged at Ars Nova in New York City. 

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ON THE BLOG: A Day in the Life: B.F.A. in Acting Major Teddy Santiesteban

Friday, September 29, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

As part of our Day in the Life series, we followed fourth-year B.F.A. in Acting major Teddy Santiesteban (Anon(ymous), Twelfth Night, Lost Girl) through his day to give you an inside look at what it's like to study acting at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

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ON THE BLOG: Meet the Cast: Anon(ymous)

Thursday, September 21, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Anon(ymous), based on Homer’s The Odyssey, tells the story of a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people – some kind, some dangerous and cruel – as he searches for his family. The Anon(ymous) cast features some familiar faces, along with some new to the Texas Theatre and Dance stage.

Update on College of Fine Arts Safety

Update to Safety Procedures in the College of Fine Arts

Thursday, September 21, 2017   |  UT College of Fine Arts

Members of the university community can get free rides on LYFT through the new Parking and Transportation Services program called SURE Ride. Learn more about how to register for this new program.

2016-2017 B. Iden Payne Nominees Announced

Monday, September 18, 2017

Every year, the B. Iden Payne Council, a volunteer organization sponsored by the Austin Creative Alliance, is tasked with viewing and nominating outstanding production elements in Austin. This year, the Department of Theatre and Dance, its students, faculty, alumni and friends were nominated for several awards across a broad range of categories. 

Accolades for Steven Dietz's play This Random World

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman

Described by Austin360 as a "charming, funny, accessible play about the connections that we all miss amid our own self-obsessions," This Random World runs through Oct. 1 at Austin Playhouse.

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Franchelle Stewart Dorn to Star in 20th Century Blues

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   |  Playbill

Faculty member Franchelle Stewart Dorn heads to New York to perform alongside Beth Dixon (The Good Wife), Polly Draper (thirtysomething), Kathryn Grody (Top Girls), Ellen Parker (The Heidi Chronicles) and Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet) in Susan Miller's newest work, 20th Century Blues

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This Month in Theatre History with Charlotte Canning

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   |  Thinking Public

Faculty member Charlotte Canning recently discussed the collaboration between the Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism (The University of Texas at Austin) and American Theatre Magazine, This Month in Theatre History. Along with faculty member Andrew Carlson, these features have highlighted major milestones of the American stage. 

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New Dance Faculty Member Featured as Dance Magazine Award Winner

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   |  Dance Magazine

New dance faculty member, hip hop icon Rennie Harris has been recognized as a Dance Magazine Award Winner, a prestigious award celebrating the living legends who are making an impact on dance in the 21st century. Previous recipients include Fred Astaire, Pina Bausch and Misty Copeland. 

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Steven Dietz's Play to Kick Off Keen Company's New Season

Wednesday, September 6, 2017   |  Playbill

Faculty member Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet is headed to New York this October, starring Arnie Burton (The Government Inspector) and Matt McGrath (The Legend of Georgia McBride) to kick-start the Keen Company's 2017-2018 season Off-Broadway. 

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