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Staging Building the Wall Before Trump Builds His Wall

Friday, September 1, 2017   |  The Austin Chronicle

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. 

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ON THE BLOG: Creating Challenging New Work for Modern America

Tuesday, August 29, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

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.

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Robert Schenkkan's Building the Wall races from page to Austin stage

Sunday, August 27, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman

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. 

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Faculty Member Susan Mickey Nominated for Jeff Award

Friday, August 25, 2017   |  Jeff Awards

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. 

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Current Student Designs with Seattle Children's Theatre

Friday, July 28, 2017   |  The College of Fine Arts

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.

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Alumnus Recognized at World Stage Design Exhibition

Thursday, July 6, 2017   |  World Stage Design

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. 

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The Value of a Fine Arts Degree

Saturday, July 1, 2017   |  The Alcalde

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. 

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Faculty and Alumni's Work Featured in American Theatre Magazine

Thursday, June 29, 2017   |  American Theatre

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. 

Abe Koogler’s play heralded as The New York Times Critic's Pick

Sunday, June 25, 2017   |  The New York Times

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.

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The Kilroys List Includes Work from Alumni

Friday, June 23, 2017   |  American Theatre

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. 

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2017 Summer Update: Part One

Friday, June 23, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

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.

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Charles O. Anderson Receives Award from National Performance Network

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   |  National Performance Network

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. 

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Alumnus' Play Selected for Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   |  Poor Boys' Chorus

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.

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The 2017 Austin Critics' Table Awards Nominees Announced

Friday, May 26, 2017

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. 

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Theatre and Dance Faculty and Students on the Team of Roman Holiday

Thursday, May 25, 2017   |  Playbill

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. 

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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

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."

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