Alumni in the News

Lilly Lane Stafford stars as lead in Austin production of ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lilly Lane Stafford (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2017) starred as Patsy Cline in a TexARTS productions of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline from July 14-30.

Madilynn Garcia selected for Rising Leader of Color theatre program

Sunday, July 9, 2017   |  Broadway World

Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Madilynn Garcia was selected to participate in Rising Leader of Color, a program sponsored by Theatre Communications Group. The honor includes year-long curriculum designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities.

Carson Kreitzer named a MacDowell and Guggenheim Fellow

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Carson Kreitzer (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2006) is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow. Her musical LEMPICKA will have a workshop at Williamstown Theater Festival in August.

Jacqueline Hinton to perform in French arts festival

Sunday, June 25, 2017   |  Anais Dance Opera

Jacqueline Hinton (B.F.A., Dance, 2001) will perform in the production Anaïs, A Dance Opera in Avignon, France on July 7-30, as part of the L’Off Festival. This production will be one of the few American groups presenting. The opera will also have performances Sept. 8-9 at The New Vic Theatre in Santa Barbara and Sept. 28 at The Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University in California.


Abe Koogler’s work reviewed by the New York Times

Sunday, June 25, 2017   |  New York Times

Abe Koogler’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) latest play, Fulfillment Center, was reviewed by the New York Times, which described it as “finding poetry in missed connections.” The play runs off-Broadway through July 9.

Catherine Ann Jones preforming in recently published play

Sunday, June 18, 2017   |  Way of Story

A former actor in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway, Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) is currently performing her 12th play, Freud's Oracle, a one-woman play set in Vienna and London in 1933. Freud's Oracle has been produced in Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and Santa Fe among other venues and was recently published. Jones continues to teach at the Esalen and Omega Institutes, Santa Barbara Writers Conference and abroad.

Brian Kettler’s play part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, includes several alumni

Sunday, June 18, 2017   |  Poor Boys' Chorus

Poor Boys’ Chorus by Brian Kettler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 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. Poor Boys’ Chorus was developed and produced while Kettler was pursuing his master’s degree at UT Austin. The 2017 production in New York City is a bi-coastal collaboration between the Portland-based playwright and NYC-based theatre arts administrators Sara Robillard (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and Sean Tecson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and director. Other Longhorn collaborators include Kevin Hippler (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) and Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), who completed clown training under Christopher Bayes, head of physical acting at Yale School of Drama, for the role.

Four alumni form Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   |  Hollywood Fringe Festival

Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015), Amanda Lloyd (B.A., Theatre Studies, 2014), Sarah Marcum (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2014) and Shae Tomlinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) formed Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. They will perform in their second Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with a show titled CringeFest: An Uncomfortable Anthology. The company also includes alumni Rebecca Walach (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Rocket Thrall (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Hannah Holub (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lauren Beausoleil (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Ian Price (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lindsay Kelly (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) and Rachel Nursey (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016).