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.

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.

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.

Celebrating Creative Innovation with The Cohen New Works Festival

Friday, March 31, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog
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Every two years, The Cohen New Works Festival presents over 30 new works of theatre, dance, art and performance to over 7,000 attendees in five days. This festival, named after former playwriting faculty member David Mark Cohen, who our community lost too soon, is a celebration of creative disciplines spanning across the university to showcase the new work of students.. The 2017 Festival runs April 10 through 14.

Making the Case for a Bachelor of Arts

Friday, March 31, 2017   |  The Hechinger Report
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Faculty member Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez examines the value of a Bachelor of Arts degree as a response to Secretary Betsey DeVos's commentary on higher education and the "noble pursuit" of vocational schools and/or community colleges for bachelor programs. 

Jane Eyre and KJ Sanchez: Powerful Women

Wednesday, March 15, 2017   |  City Beat
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Faculty member KJ Sanchez is staging the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's mainstage production, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre which uses music, movement and choreography to creatively tell the Victorian story of love on the moors of Northern England. 

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.