UT Theatre in Italy

UT Theatre in Italy

The 2018 UT Theatre in Italy program has been postponed. We thank you for your interest. Continue to check back for future program opportunities.

entrance to a buildingThe UT Theatre in Italy program brings theatre to life through creative participation. It takes University of Texas at Austin students out of the classroom and into the piazzas and streets of the breathtaking city of Florence, viewed through the lens of cultural history and live performance. Florence is the cultural center and hub for study and opportunity. This faculty-led study abroad program takes place over seven weeks during the summer long-semester as students are integrated into the local culture and arts community in Florence. During the course of the program, students will interact with international professional artists with a focus on performing in Italy as they study the performance traditions, culture and art of central Italy.

The UT Theatre in Italy program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all University of Texas at Austin departments.

Contact Professor Susan Mickey to learn about future study abroad programs.


Robert Ramirez is originally from Los Angeles, California where he trained at The Los Angeles Theatre Academy. He has been a member of the acting companies at the Baltimore, Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, Illinois and Great River Shakespeare Festivals. While in New York City, he performed in the Joseph Papp Public Theatre's famed Shakespeare in the Park and was an inaugural member of The NY Mask and Clown Workshop. For the last 20 years, Ramirez has worked as a professional voice artist, whose work has included advertising, animation, and gaming voice-over. He has also been a member of the Recorded Books Repertory Company, narrating numerous audiobook titles and series in a wide variety of genres. He has worked as a voice and text director for a number of regional theatres and universities, including the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Ramirez is a proud member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association of America and is on the board of directors of The University Resident Theatre association.

Susan Mickey is an accomplished costume designer with over 30 years of professional experience in the field. In the fall of 2004, she joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. She is now the senior associate chair and head of the production area and the design/technology program. In 2014 Susan was the recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for a lifetime of excellence in Design and Collaboration. She is the winner of the 2012 Regents Teaching Award, the 2010 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award and the 2008 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award.

Her professional credits include extensive design experiences in regional theatre, television, film and print. She brings to the classroom a working knowledge of the discipline having designed at most of the major regional theatres in the country. In 2012 she won the Joseph Jeff Award for Best Costume Design for The School for Lies and was nominated for two designs in 2014. In 2010 Susan won the Joseph Jeff award for Best Costume Design for her work on the Chicago Shakespeare production of The Madness of George III. She has designed costumes for fifteen seasons at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been an associate artist with The Virginia Stage Company and The Alliance Theatre. Susan designed costumes for more than 50 productions over 30 years at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta working there with many of the great directors, designers and playwrights of the American Stage.

2018 Program Information


Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Program Dates: June 11 - July 27, 2018

The 2018 UT Theatre in Italy program has been postponed. We thank you for your interest. Continue to check back for future program opportunities.

Academic Program

Total Credit Hours: Six hours of academic credits

Historical Dress, Décor and Performance in Central Italy TD-354T, TD388L: Satisfies a Fine Arts requirement for undergraduates university-wide and an upper-division requirement for any student in the Department of Theatre and Dance (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, B.F.A. in Acting, B.F.A. in Dance, UTeach Dance).

Production Laboratory TD314P, TD324P: Satisfies a departmental requirement for any student in the Department of Theatre and Dance (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, B.F.A. in Acting, B.F.A. in Dance, UTeach Dance). Students are currently required to take three to twelve credit hours of Production Lab as a part of the departmental core curriculum.

Program Tuition and Fees

Application Fee: $75 (Applied to program fee if accepted)
Tuition: $2,767
Program Fee: $5,500 (includes housing, field trips (Verona, San Gimigniano, San Miniato) and all program-related activities including museums and historical sights
Books and Materials: $100 
Food: $1,680
Airfare: $2,000
Personal Items: $400
Medical Insurance: $152
Passport: $135 

Total Estimated Costs: $12,809 (estimated)

Begin you application today.

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