Alumni in the News

Alumni in the News

Alumni Guinevere "Gwenny" Govea workshops new musical at Pegasus PlayLab

Wednesday, June 15, 2022   |  UT Theatre and Dance

Govea (B.A. in Theatre and Dance and Bachelor of Journalism, 2021) and Anna Pickett (B.S. in Youth and Community Studies, 2021) workshopped their new musical Spells of the Sea at Pegasus PlayLab at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

"The Fantasticks" creator Tom Jones rewrites classic musical as gay love story

Wednesday, June 15, 2022   |  Playbill

Jones (B.F.A., Theatrical Design, 1949) and Harvey Schmidt's The Fantasticks tells an allegorical story loosely based on Edmund Rostand's 1894 play The Romancers (Les Romanesques), concerning two neighboring parents who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. The LGBTQIA+ focused rewrite features two young gay men, Matt and Lewis, at the center of the story, instead of a young man and woman (the original characters were Matt and Luisa).

North Texas Performing Arts announces Plano Children’s Theatre founder Sara Egelston Akers to retire

Monday, March 14, 2022   |  North Texas Performing Arts

Akers (M.F.A., Drama, 1983) founded Plano Children’s Theatre over three decades ago and upon that foundation NTPA has become the largest youth theatre in the country. Akers served as PCT’s Executive Director and oversaw its theatre operations since 1991. In 2015, Akers stepped down from theatre management responsibilities and took on the role of overseeing NTPA’s fundraising, community outreach and diversity efforts and today serves as NTPA’s Vice President of Community Outreach.

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