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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Charlotte Canning and Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez explore the damage cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Arts would do, asking the question "what would life be like without the NEA?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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.