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Sometimes: Life-Gates & Keys, Choreography by Raphael Xavier, Fortitude; Photo: Lawrence Peart (2019)



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Charles O. Anderson Receives Creative Research Award

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Associate department chair and head of the dance area Charles O. Anderson has received the prestigious Creative Research Award from The University of Texas at Austin's Office of the Vice President for Research and the University Co-operative Society recognizing his extraordinary creative achievement and scholarship in 2019 as the artistic director of DANCE THEATRE X and the creator of the evening-length dance performance (Re)current Unrest.

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J.E. Johnson on Working and Creating During a Pandemic

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   |  Statesman

Faculty member and Texas Performing Arts scenic studio supervisor J.E. Johnson, along with three other local Austin artists, recently shared his thoughts on the struggles and creative innovations experienced while working during this time. Johnson touched on his hands-on Performance Robots course and how it has shifted due to the pandemic.

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The Vortex Receives a $200,000 Grant to Produce Alumna's Play

Monday, September 7, 2020   |  Sightlines

The VORTEX Theatre, helmed by producing artistic director and alumna Bonnie Cullum (M.F.A. 1989), recently received a Cultural Division grant of $200,000 from the Texas Commission on the Arts to support the to support the continuation of creative works in the Six Square - Austin's Black Cultural District. Funds will support the Vortex's upcoming production National New Play Network's rolling premiere of Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy (M.F.A. 2014). 

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Katie Dawson and Drama for Schools Featured in Teen Vogue Article

Friday, September 4, 2020   |  Teen Vogue

In a recent article for Teen Vogue, current student Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel explored the guiding and grounding nature of theatre through interviews with grade school educators and students. Among them was faculty member Katie Dawson, who spoke about how Drama for Schools helps teachers incorporate drama-based teaching styles into their classrooms to foster connections with students.

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Friday, September 4, 2020   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Revisit the brilliant work of Department of Theatre and Dance and School of Design and Creative Technologies students with this collection of select performances from this year’s Evolution (Virtual Edition) showcase, which exhibited the resilience and adaptability of our students, as well as insight into the process of remote collaboration.

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New Netflix Series Away Created by Theatre and Dance Alumnus

Friday, September 4, 2020   |  Thrillist

Alumnus Andrew Hinderaker's (M.F.A. 2013) new 10-episode drama Away, which follows an astronaut who must leave her family behind to lead a treacherous, three-year mission to Mars, premiered on Netflix on September 4, 2020. 

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Faculty Member Selected as Commissioned Playwright for Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater

Thursday, September 3, 2020   |  Lincoln Center Theater

Faculty member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of the first commissioned playwrights selected for Lincoln Center Theater's new initiative, The Beaumont New Play Commission Program. As a commissioned playwright, Jacobs-Jenkins will create work for the Broadway and Tony-eligible Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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Charles O. Anderson Celebrated in Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award Video

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   |  YouTube

In lieu of a ceremony, this year's Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, including faculty member and associate department chair Charles O. Anderson, were honored with a video celebrating their success as dedicated educators who continue to go above and beyond, enriching the education of their students.

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Welcome Week 2020 Goes Virtual

Monday, August 24, 2020

To celebrate the start of a new academic year, the Theatre and Dance Undergraduate Advisory Council has developed unique online events that will help welcome incoming students to the department. From a game night to virtual Convocation, they are ensuring that our new Longhorns have a chance to make connections and meet their peers as the semester starts.

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ON THE BLOG: An Interview with Libby Carr on Attending the M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop

Friday, August 21, 2020   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Undergraduate student Libby Carr recently spoke about their experience attending the National New Play Network's M.F.A. Playwrights' Workshop for their play sad girl hours. Carr shared their inspiration and goals for the play as well as the lessons they learned from working within a collaborative theatre community.

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TPA and Fusebox Fesitval's Residency Program Consists of Faculty, Alumni and Students

Thursday, August 20, 2020   |  Texas Performing Arts

Texas Performing Arts has teamed up with Fusebox Festival to launch a new residency program for Austin-based performing artists. This year's artists consist of faculty members Gesel Mason and Charles O. Anderson, alum Rudy Ramirez and the artists of Frank Wo/Men Collective, many of whom are alumni or current students at the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Graduate Students Receive TETA Scholarships

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Graduate students Jasmine Games and Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel have been selected as the two recipients of the 2020 Texas Educational Theatre Association's Founders' Scholarship for Upper Division/Graduate Theatre Students.

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Alumna Stars in Short Film on Amazon Prime

Saturday, August 8, 2020   |  Amazon

Alumna Veronica Boccardo (B.F.A. 2017) holds the lead role in "Ms. Anita," a short film about a dancer who struggles under the weight of her own self-criticism. The film, which has garnered multiple international awards, is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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Charles O. Anderson is Honored with Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Thursday, August 6, 2020   |  The University of Texas System

Faculty member Charles O. Anderson has been selected to receive a 2020 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, an honor recognizing a select number of educators throughout the entire UT System for their dedication to students and the university.

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Alumna Featured in Toni Braxton's Music Video

Thursday, August 6, 2020   |  YouTube

Alumna Christian Henley (B.F.A. 2017), who graduated as part of the initial cohort of the revived B.F.A. in Acting program at the Department of Theatre and Dance, was recently featured as a dancer in Toni Braxton's new music video for her song "Dance." 

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Leah Cox is Featured in Liz Lerman's WICKED BODIES

Friday, July 31, 2020   |  Jacob's Pillow

Faculty member Leah Cox is a featured dancer and collaborator in Liz Lerman's upcoming work entitled Wicked Bodies. Inspired by the grotesque artistic depictions of women's bodies throughout history, Wicked Bodies will be presented by Jacob's Pillow featuring a discussion with Lerman on August 7, 2020.


Purchase Lisa B. Thompson's Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues

Tuesday, July 28, 2020   |  Northwestern University Press

Playwright and faculty member Lisa B. Thompson's play collection, entitled Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues, is now available for purchase. Thompson's work touches a variety of themes within the Black experience in America, including family, racial violence and motherhood.

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Alumna to Present Thesis at the Wooden O Symposium

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Recent graduate Audrey Loomis (B.A. 2020) has been selected to present her research at Utah Shakespeare Festival's Wooden O Symposium this August. She is one of the few undergraduate speakers chosen to present her thesis, entitled "Unsex Me: Exploring Gendered Adaptations in Shakespeare," at this year's virtual symposium, August 3-4, 2020. 


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