The Austin Chronicle discusses the creation of Robert Schenkkan's Building the Wall and the challenge of producing a new piece with urgency in a time of political crisis.
We recently sat down with Building the Wall playwright, Robert Schenkkan, and director, Brant Pope, to discuss where the current state of American politics and artistic expression through the performing arts overlap and how challenging new plays can act as a medium for continued discussion of current issues.
Building the Wall, a new political-thriller, envisions the aftermath following the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Developed with a sense of urgency as a rolling premiere across the country, it will receive its regional premiere at Texas Theatre and Dance this August.
Professor Susan Mickey was recently nominated for a 2017 Equity Jeff Award for her costume design in Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). The 49th Annual Jeff Awards honor excellence in professional theatre in the Chicago area. Winners will be announced November 6, 2017.
Laura Gonzalez, a current B.A. in Theatre and Dance student emphasizing in costume design, recently discussed her summer internship with Seattle Children's Theatre and her experience and designing work for Texas Theatre and Dance in her second year.
Recent graduate David Molina Garza (M.F.A. 2017) received the bronze medal at the World Stage Design Exhibition (Taipei, Taiwan) for his scenic design of The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Butler Opera Center). The World Stage Design Exhibition features the best in global performance design from around the world.
Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, associate professor of Performance as Public Practice, discusses the modern value of a degree in fine art and the importance of creative degree programs as an incubator for new ideas.
Austin's Rude Mechs, under chief writer and co-producing artistic director Kirk Lynn (faculty) recently bid farewell to the Off Center with a special final performance of Not Every Mountain, highlighted in American Theatre by Ph.D. candidate, Russell Dembin. The performance featured several alumni from Frank Wo/Men Collective.
Alumnus Abe Koogler’s (M.F.A. 2014) latest play, Fulfillment Center, was recently reviewed by The New York Times, which described it as “finding poetry in missed connections.” The play runs off-Broadway through July 9.
The 2017 Kilroys List features work by alumna Kimber Lee (To The Yellow House) (M.F.A. 2011), with honorable mention of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's (M.F.A. 2009) The King of Hell's Palace. The Kilroys feature underproduced plays by female and trans writers.
During the summer months, Winship becomes quiet as faculty and students head out around the country and the world to create, participate in and attend performances. In a two-part series, we take a look at what everyone is up to this summer.
Charles O. Anderson, head of dance, was recently recognized as one of the 2017/18 Creation and Development Fund recipients by the National Performance Network for his project (Re)current Unrest which explores African American cultural and historical experience through a multi-media dance piece.
Poor Boys’ Chorus by Brian Kettler (M.F.A. 2015) is one of 20 plays selected from more than 200 submissions to be a part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s inaugural season in New York City this August.
Acting lecturer Quetta Carpenter was named the recipient of the 2017 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Award for her contributions to the department and her work in the classroom.
An informal affiliation of local arts critics have recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts and theatre. The Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends are well represented on this year's list of nominations. Texas Theatre and Dance's In the Red and Brown Water and Momentum were both recognized as part of this year's list.
Faculty member Sven Ortel along with current students Lacey Erb and Alex Gendel join the design team of the Broadway-bound Roman Holiday - The Cole Porter Musical, starring Stephanie Styles, Drew Gehlind, Jarrod Spector and Georgia Engel and opens in San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre this summer.
Anderson’s contributions as an educator and artist were formally recognized at the College of Fine Arts 2017 spring commencement ceremony. He will receive a monetary prize and is invited to present the keynote address for the 2017 winter College of Fine Arts commencement.
Current Student Sofia Aranha and Recent Graduate Jacqueline Heimel Recognized with the 2017 Roy Crane Award
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."
J. Quinton Johnson, alumnus of the department, will star as "Marco" in ABC's Dirty Dancing (May 24, 2017). Johnson can also be seen as "Hercules Mulligan/James Madison" in the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton.
Playwriting faculty member Kirk Lynn was chosen as a writer in full development for The New Harmony Project, which hosts a conference every spring focused on incubating new work that seeks to create uplifting, inspiring work.