Defining What Is New

Thursday, March 9, 2017   |  UT College of Fine Arts
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For one week, every other year, the Department of Theatre and Dance pauses, as the Cohen New Works Festival transforms nearly every imaginable space in the Winship Drama Building to host exhibitions of art. Enjoy a sneak peek of a sampling of projects to debut at the Festival, April 10 through 14.

Creating New Work with UTNT (UT New Theatre)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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We sat down with Megan Tabaque (playwright, Galactic Orphans), Graham Schmidt (director, Galactic Orphans), Elizabeth Doss (playwright, Slumber Party), Lirit Pendell (costume designer), Tucker Martin (“Simon Levinson,” The Bigot), Jade Jackson (“Amber,” Gondal) and Adam Sussman (director, Gondal) to learn more about the challenges and thrills of cultivating new works of theatre as they move from ideas to the stage.

Worst-Case Scenarios: A New Canon of Military Plays

Friday, March 3, 2017   |  American Theatre
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Psychological trauma is the subject of most plays about service members. Does this represent most veterans' reality, or does it further complicate their reentry? Ph.D. candidate and military veteran Bart Pitchford explores the relationship between America's theatre and its veterans.

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, March 1, 2017   |  The Alcalde
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Meet six students who are leading the way on campus, including B.F.A. in Dance candidate Sofia Aranha. Recipient of the 2017 Texas Exes President’s Leadership Award, Aranha hopes to combine her passion for dance with her desire to serve her community after graduation.

Meet the Masterminds Behind Momentum

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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Get to know the masterminds behind the moves of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Momentum (on stage through February 26, 2017). Featuring nationally renowned choreographers, these artists use movement to express what often cannot be put into words and bring to light important and powerful conversations present in today’s society.

Review: Dance Repertory Theatre's Momentum

Thursday, February 23, 2017   |  The Austin Chronicle
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"This program of dances informed by African American experiences and culture was highly physical and emotionally urgent." (Austin Chronicle) Dance Repertory Theatre's Momentum is on stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre through February 26, 2017. 

Show Celebrates the Influence of Black Culture on Modern Dance

Monday, February 13, 2017   |  Austin-American Statesman
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The Austin American Statesman discusses upcoming Dance Repertory Theatre's production Momentum with co-artistic director Charles O. Anderson and student choreographers Oluwaseun Samuel Olayiwola and Gianina Casale. Momentum is a celebration of the influence of African American culture upon contemporary dance and a look at movement in a fresh and contemporary way. 

When Gun Violence Takes Center Stage

Monday, February 13, 2017   |  The New York Times
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The New York Times explores how mass shoots and gun violence is reckoned with on stage, including a conversation with alumnus Martin Zimmerman (M.F.A. 2010) on his work On the Exhale, which premiered at Roundabout Theatre Company February 7, 2017 

Celebrating Black History Month Through Contemporary Dance

Thursday, February 9, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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February is Black History Month in the United States and Dance Repertory Theatre is marking the occasion in a celebration of African American culture upon contemporary dance in Momentum, under the artistic direction of Charles O. Anderson, Jeremy Arnold and Lyn C. Wiltshire. 

Q&A: Playwright and Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan

Monday, February 6, 2017   |  College of Fine Arts
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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's (B.A. 1975) film Hacksaw Ridge, co-written with Andrew Knight and directed by Mel Gibson, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The College of Fine Arts recently sat down with Schenkkan to discuss his inspiration, nominations and current projects. 

Will Davis Nominated for Helen Hayes Award

Friday, February 3, 2017   |  Theatre Washington
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Alumnus Will Davis (M.F.A. 2013) was recently nominated for outstanding direction of a musical for Evita (Olney Theatre Center). The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards will be held May 15 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. 

Alumnus Earns Six Oscar Nominations

Tuesday, January 24, 2017   |  Variety
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Alumnus Robert Schenkkan's (B.A. 1975) piece Hacksaw Ridge (co-written with Andrew Knight) was nominated for Best Picture as well as Lead Actor (Andrew Garfield), Best Director (Mel Gibson), Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. The 89th Academy Awards will be held February 26, 2017.  

Steven Dietz's Bloomsday on Stage at Austin Playhouse

Friday, January 20, 2017   |  Austin360
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Faculty member Steven Dietz's new play Bloomsday, a lyrical, time-traveling romance, takes the stage at Austin Playhouse through February 5 in a piece critics are calling "a bittersweet love story awash in a sentiment that is equal parts American and Irish, and Austin Playhouse, with four talented actors at its heart, does that story quiet, poetic justice." (Austin360) 

Dr. Charlotte Canning on Internationalism and U.S. Theatre

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   |  HowlRound
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Performance as Public Practice faculty member Dr. Charlotte Canning discusses internationalism on the American stage with HowlRound in Theatre History Podcast (#18) with Michael Lueger.

Susan Mickey Discusses Mad Men Costuming with Designer Janie Bryant

Thursday, January 12, 2017   |  Cultural Compass
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Janie Bryant, costume designer for the hit show Mad Men, recently discussed her work with faculty member Susan Mickey which includes research material, inspiration boards for characters and lookbooks for costume designers acquired by the Harry Ransom Center. 

Alumna Performs at White House Event on Asian American Experiences

Monday, December 19, 2016   |  The Fresno Bee
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Alumna Nikiko Masumoto (M.A. 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 (MASSA) communities. 

Playwriting/Directing's Top Picks for Alternative Holiday Theatre

Friday, December 16, 2016   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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With the holidays right around the corner, theatres all around the country will be putting on their productions of plays such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical or A Christmas Carol. Looking for another option to get your holiday theatre fix? Playwriting/Directing faculty memebrs Liz Engelman and KJ Sanchez list their top picks for wintry works of theatre. 

Alumnus to Join the Cast of Hamilton

Wednesday, December 14, 2016   |  Broadway World
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Alumnus J. Quinton Johnson will join the cast of award-winning Hamilton on Broadway as "Hercules Mulligan/James Madison" beginning January 6.