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

March 15, 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.

Ballet Hispánico named Chell Parkins as its first Dance Education Scholar-in-Residence

March 15, 2022 | Broadway World

Parkins (M.F.A., Dance, 2012) is a doctoral fellow and program assistant in Teachers College's dance education program, the nation's only doctoral program focused on educational research in dance. Parkins's research explores the experiences of Latinx youth engaged in culturally relevant dance-making practices.

Pamela Ribon's (B.F.A., Drama Production, 1997) animated show will have its world premier at SXSW

March 3, 2022 | SXSW

Ribon was also the commencement speaker for the 2019 College of Fine Arts graduating class.

Danny Tejera's play "TOROS" part of the 2022 Judith Champion New Voices Series at Second Stage

Jan. 10, 2022 | Playbill

The series begins January 18 with Toros by Tejera (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2020), directed by David Mendizábal. Toros follows three international late-20-year-olds (and one dying golden retriever) as they hang out and more in a garage in Madrid as they try to sort out their lives.

Kathryn St. Clair's paintings are now represented by The Christopher Hill Gallery

Dec. 8, 2021 | Christopher Hill Gallery

The Christopher Hill Gallery, an established contemporary fine art gallery in St. Helena, CA at in the heart of the Napa Valley, will host Clair's (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1993) paintings.

Adrian Lopez joins Bellaire High School as newest addition to the theatre wing

Nov. 11, 2021 | Three Penny Press

After graduation, Lopez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2021) applied to Bellaire to teach drama, where he teaches well over a combined one hundred students in all periods except second.