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Alumnus Celebrated as one of Chicago's Top 50 Players for 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018   |  Newcity Stage

Will Davis (M.F.A. 2013), joined Chicago's American Theater Company as artistic director in 2016. Listed as number eight in Newcity Stage's countdown, Davis' work is heralded as demonstrating a "freedom of thought surrounding gender, race and sexuality refreshing in its assertion of its own normalcy."

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The Murdered Women of Juárez Find a Voice Onstage

Thursday, January 11, 2018   |  The Austin Chronicle

Isaac Gomez's (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, 2013) one-woman show The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythology, starring Karen Rodriguez (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, 2013) and directed by Rudy Ramirez (M.A. 2012), runs January 11-20 at Austin's Vortex.

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UTLA Program in Los Angeles Prepares Students for Show Business

Monday, January 1, 2018   |  The Alcalde

The UTLA Program in Los Angeles offers senior B.F.A. in Acting majors a unique opportunity to complete their final semester in Los Angeles, learning among entertainment professionals and getting an inside look at what it takes to make it in the industry. 

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ON THE BLOG: Director's Corner: A Conversation With Nick Mayo

Friday, December 1, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

We sat down with Nick Mayo, a Central Texas native and the director of The Drowsy Chaperone, to discuss his life, career and the process of bringing this five-time Tony Award-winning musical to life on the stage.

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EnRAPTORed with J.E. Johnson and Karen Maness

Thursday, November 30, 2017   |  Texas Performing Arts

Throughout the fall semester, Texas Performing Arts scenic studio supervisor, J.E. Johnson and scenic artist, Karen Maness, along with a team of students, have been developing the raptors of Lucy Prebble's ENRON, coming to the stage this spring.  

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Faculty Member Shines in Opening Night of 20th Century Blues

Tuesday, November 28, 2017   |  Broadway World

Franchelle Stewart Dorn stars alongside Beth Dixon (The Good Wife), Polly Draper (thirtysomething), Kathryn Grody (Top Girls), Ellen Parker (The Heidi Chronicles) and Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet) in Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winner and two-time Obie Award-winning playwright, Susan Miller's 20th Century Blues, which opened Off-Broadway November 26. 

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Dance Magazine Award Honoree: Rennie Harris

Monday, November 27, 2017   |  Dance Magazine

Dubbed the "high priest of hip hop," Rennie Harris is being recognized for his contributions to the field with a 2017 Dance Magazine Award. Harris begins his faculty appointment at the Department of Theatre and Dance in January 2018.

In the Ether from Fall For Dance 2017

Dance Repertory Theatre's Fall For Dance Spoke to Current Events

Friday, November 17, 2017   |  The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Chronicle celebrates Dance Repertory Theatre's Fall For Dance, which was on stage November 8-12, 2017, as a concert in which "work after work...emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now" and one that "reflect[s] who we are in this time of social disruption." 

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Young Cast Shines in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   |  Austin-American Statesman

The Austin-American Statesman (Austin 360) is calling Texas Theatre and Dance's production of Arthur Miller's classic one that "brings out the show's strengths while eliding its flaws, creating a powerful venue for many of the department's students to highlight their great talents." 

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ON THE BLOG: Becoming Artist-Citizens Through Contemporary Ballet

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Artistic directors Jeremy Arnold, Erica Gionfriddo and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey discuss Fall For Dance and their choreographic works which seek to define the term “artist-citizen” and address the larger issues facing our society today.

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ON THE BLOG: Meet the Cast: The Crucible

Friday, November 3, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning masterpiece, The Crucible, outlines the events of the Salem Witch Trials, which turned neighbor against neighbor in 17th century Massachusetts. Originally written as an allegory for 1950s McCarthyism and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which accused thousands of Americans of being communists or communist sympathizers.

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ON THE BLOG: Kirk Lynn’s Top Five Spine-Chilling Halloween Plays

Friday, October 27, 2017   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

There’s a chill in the air and All Hallows’ Eve is upon us. Whether you’re a fan of gory horror or you’re just looking for a spooky story, these playwrights know the way to send shivers down your spine. Faculty member Kirk Lynn (Fixing King John, Method Gun) gives us his five favorite hair-raising, skin-crawling, bone-chilling plays to help you celebrate the season.

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The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop Runner Up for Hamilton Book Award

Thursday, October 19, 2017   |  The University of Texas at Austin News

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, by Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, was recognized as the runner-up at the 2017 Hamilton Book Awards, the highest honor for literary achievement given by The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Student Finds Passion for Sound Design Through Job at Texas Performing Arts

Wednesday, October 18, 2017   |  The College of Fine Arts

Through their student employment program, Texas Performing Arts provides the opportunity for students to learn alongside industry professionals and to gain valuable resume-building experience that serves as a unique complement to the university curriculum. Junior Malyssa Quiles works as a student audio assistant at Texas Performing Arts.

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The Arts Race: Theatre's Leading Role in the Founding of the NEA

Friday, October 6, 2017   |  American Theatre

Dr. Charlotte Canning discusses how the United States claimed national arts funding after decades of advocacy and why understanding this history is critical to the preservation of art in 20th century America. 

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