Current Student Sofia Aranha and Recent Graduate Jacqueline Heimel Recognized with the 2017 Roy Crane Award

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   |  The University of Texas at Austin | Office of Executive Vice President and Provost
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Sofia Aranha (current student) and Jacqueline Heimel (M.F.A. 2017) recently received the university's Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Recognizing their work in the performing arts, the monetary award celebrates Aranha's choreography (Dil Se Re and Swadesh: One's Own Country) and Heimel's creation, "Randy the Rooster."

Honoring Student Excellence at Spring Commencement

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   |  College of Fine Arts
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Connor Palmore, who will receive a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies this May, discusses his favorite memories of his time in the department and his plans for life after graduation with the College of Fine Arts. 

Schenkkan Play Addresses Current Political Climate

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   |  The Austin-American Statesman
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Alumnus Robert Schenkkan's (B.A. 1975) Building the Wall addresses concerns regarding Donald Trump's divisive talk on immigration and is an exploration of race and politics in an effort to respond to current events. Texas Theatre and Dance will present this work in August 2017. 

Rave Reviews for The Comedy of Errors directed by Robert Ramirez

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   |  The Austin-American Statesman
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Zilker Hillside Theater's production of The Comedy of Errors, directed by Robert Ramirez (head of acting) "embraces the timeless comedic romanticism of Shakespeare's words and uses them to create a lovely entertainment filled with wit, whimsy and...a happy ending, of course." 

Texas Theatre and Dance Presents the 2017/2018 Season

Friday, May 5, 2017
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Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2017/2018 Season. This powerful line up of works includes the story of an immigrant's journey to find "home," a playful musical that examines the true nature of theatre, a story of scandal and corruption that defined a generation, striking new choreography and the gripping story of a town overcome with fear. 

Panorama Highlighted for Creative Works

Wednesday, May 3, 2017   |  Spectrum News
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Spectrum News takes a closer look at Panorama, an annual showcase of all areas of design by Texas Theatre and Dance graduate students. This annual celebration features the work of emerging artists in costume design, lighting design, scenery, media and technology. 

Alumna Receives Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award

Tuesday, May 2, 2017   |  International Museum Theatre Alliance
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Lindsay Genshaft (M.F.A. 2011) recently received the 2017 Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award for her co-written script Art Emergency: Code Red! presented at the Denver Art museum. Established in 2014, the award is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lipsky, the late playwright and artist-in-residence for the Museum of Science in Boston, and is given annually to the writer whose script best exemplifies standards of excellence in museum theatre.

What Does the Threat to Cut NEA Funding Mean in Austin?

Friday, April 28, 2017   |  The Austin Chronicle
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As proposed budgets threaten to cut all federal funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, the Austin Chronicle looks at what impact this could have in Austin. Professor Francie Ostrower (LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Theatre and Dance), provides insight into how this federal funding filters down to states and local arts organizations.

The Pen and Trigger Finger: Examining Gun Violence Onstage

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   |  The New York Times
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Alumnus Martin Zimmerman's (M.F.A. 2010) On the Exhale features in a piece from The New York Times about how theatre reckons with gun violence in modern society and the ways in which it can change our perspective. 

Dr. Andrew Carlson Named a 2017 Provost Teaching Fellow

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   |  The University of Texas at Austin
Andrew Carlson, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UT Theatre and Dance Dept.

In his distinguished role, Clinical Assistant Professor Andrew Carlson will help advance the mission of the university through initiatives that promote the best practices in teaching and learning. 

Faculty and Students Take the Stage at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   |  Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
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Head of Acting, Robert Ramirez will be directing Julius Caesar this summer as part of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Joining him is acting faculty member, Quetta Carpenter who will be playing "Cassius" (Julius Caesar) and "Princess of France" (Love's Labour's Lost), as well as students Tucker Martin as "Tommy" (The Music Man) and "Trebonius" (Julius Caesar); and Rama Tchuente as "Metellus" (Julius Caesar) and "Maria" (Love's Labour's Lost). 

The Curiosity of Will Davis

Friday, April 21, 2017   |  American Theatre
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Alumnus Will Davis, artistic director of American Theatre Company (ATC) in Chicago discusses his process and planning his first season in his new role that includes work that reckons with race, gender, culture and controversy with American Theatre

In Memoriam: Jason Tremblay (M.F.A. 2007)

Monday, April 17, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
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An accomplished playwright and screenwriter, Tremblay received the Access to Artistic Excellence Award from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Best New Play for Young Audiences from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. A celebration of his life will be held at the Paramount Theatre (Austin, Texas) on April 30.

Alumna Recognized in American Theatre's Roll Call

Thursday, April 6, 2017   |  American Theatre
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Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities graduate Talleri McRae (M.F.A. 2010) has been recognized in American Theatre's Roll Call. She is currently a teaching artists, access/inclusion consultant whose work focuses on fostering the creativity and passion of the disability rights movement and developing meaningful theatre for young audiences. 

Luna: The Impact of a Migrant Story on Tour to Austin Students

Wednesday, April 5, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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The experience of watching a play serves helps us to experience the world around us in a multitude of ways. We walk away from a theatrical experience with a different perspective than what we had before. By experiencing Luna on tour, elementary and middle school-aged students across Austin are being treated to an experience unlike anything many of them have had before.

Student Play Gives Voice to the Struggles of Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, April 5, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
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A Singularity, created by by Carleigh Newland, Kelsey Linberg and Tess Jackson will be staged as part of The Cohen New Works Festival and follows the story of a Syrian refugee trying to find her home and her identity as a woman, a refugee and an individual after losing everything to war.