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Learn more about Alumni Danny Tejera (M.F.A. 2020) and his upcoming workshops with PlayPenn!

Danny Tejera (M.F.A. 2020) to Hold Workshop with PlayPenn

February 9, 2024 | PlayPenn

Danny Tejera (M.F.A. 2020) will join fellow educators in a series of educational workshops hosted by PlayPenn, an organization dedicated to creating new work and developing playwrights.

Learn more about Love Muwwakkil's (M.F.A. 2023) induction into the 2023 Rosa Rebellion's COMPOSE cohort.

Love Muwwakkil (M.F.A. 2023) joins Rosa Rebellion's 2023 COMPOSE Cohort

February 9, 2024 | Rosa's Rebellion

Love Muwwakkil (M.F.A. 2023) joins the Rosa Rebellion's 2023 COMPOSE cohort, a "storytelling incubator" created to foster a space for creation and connection for women and nonbinary people.

Learn more about Jacob Zamarripa, current student, and his most recent accomplishment! In this photo, he stands outside of the Winship Drama Building.

Jacob Zamarripa (Current Student) Wins BroadwayWorld Houston Award

February 9, 2024 | The Daily Texan

Jacob Zamarripa, current B.A. in Theatre and Dance student, was recently awarded Best Lighting Design of a Play or Musical for Ride the Cyclone (Jet-Pac Theater) by BroadwayWorld Houston . 

Visit the Theatre and Dance blog to meet the cast of UTNT 2024. Pictured are the casts of the productions Pretend it's Pretend and Choreomaniac 1518, arranged in two horizontal rows. In the top row, from left to right, is Eian Johnson, Angela Mata, Mia Hsiung Nguyen, Carlise Rosa and Emma Dodds. In the bottom row, from left to right, is Adam Flores Jr., Joe Adkins, Shalom Onuorah, Oliver Aaro and Penny Lou Zimmerman.

ON THE BLOG: Meet the Cast of UTNT (UT New Theatre) 2024

February 8, 2024 | Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

This year marks the 17th season of UTNT (UT New Theatre), a showcase of new plays by M.F.A. candidate playwrights, directed by M.F.A. candidate directors. Meet the actors and creatives bringing this festival to the stage this spring!

Learn more about Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) and his recently won Obie Award!

Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) Wins 2024 Obie Award

January 27, 2024 | Obie Awards

Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) was recently awarded the Obie Award for Direction for his direction of Montag (Soho Rep), Wet Brain (Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theater) and Wolf Play (MCC Theater | Soho Rep | Ma-Yi Theater Company).

Learn more about Faculty Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw's new position as Rude Mechanicals' Co-Producting Artistic Director!

Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw (Faculty) Named Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs

January 13, 2024 | Rude Mechanicals

Faculty member Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw was recently newly announced as a co-producing artistic director for the Rude Mechs, joining fellow faculty members Madge Darlington and Kirk Lynn. Bassiakou Shaw has been a member of the company, also resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre and Dance, since 2014. 

Headshot for actor and alum Trey Curtis

Trey Curtis Takes on Starring Role in Hamilton on Broadway

January 4, 2024 | Variety

Alum Trey Curtis (B.F.A. 2017) is set to take on the role of "Alexander Hamilton" in Hamilton on Broadway. Curtis has performed with the musical nationally and internationally since 2019 before landing back on Broadway in the starring role.

Two actors portraying a mother and daughter in Annie Baker's film JANET PLANET

A24 Acquires Rights for Annie Baker's Film Janet Planet

December 24, 2023 | Screen Rant

After acclaimed screenings at major film festivals, faculty member Annie Baker's film Janet Planet has been picked up by A24. Directed and written by Baker and praised for "delicate pacing and stirring performances," Janet Planet will show in theatres in 2024. 

Headshot for Madge Darlington, faculty member and interim director of Shakespeare at Winedale

Madge Darlington Named Interim Director of Shakespeare at Winedale

December 19, 2023 | Shakespeare at Winedale

Faculty member Madge Darlington will serve as Interim Director for Shakespeare at Winedale for Summer 2024 and Spring and Summer 2025. Shakespeare at Winedale is The University of Texas at Austin English Department's Shakespearean acting troupe, fostering the study of Shakespeare's works through live performance.

A graphic with colorful, curved elements on it, as well as the words MEET THE CHAIR PETER CARPENTER and Peter Carpenter's headshot

Meet Peter Carpenter, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance

December 15, 2023 | UT Theatre and Dance Vimeo

Get to know Peter Carpenter, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, following his first semester at The University of Texas at Austin. Hear about his background in dance and theatre, his everyday super power and what led him to UT Austin.