An information affiliation of local arts critics have recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts and theatre. The Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends are well represented on this year's list of nominations, including eight nominations for Dance Repertory Theatre's Fall For Dance (2017), six nominations for the spring 2018 production of Lucy Prebble's ENRON and two nominations for The Drowsy Chaperone.
Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member, associate professor Roxanne Schroeder-Arce has been named the new director of UTeach Fine Arts, the arts teacher preparation program in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
The work presented on stage would not be possible without our talented designers, who spend countless hours developing artistry that bring performances to life. We sat down with two of our design students to discuss their creative process and the challenges of crafting work for both new plays and choreography.
Associate professor Lisa B. Thompson (Performance as Public Practice) has been named one of "The Texas Ten" by The Alcalde, awarded to those nominated by alumni as their favorite faculty members from their time on the Forty Acres.
Lizzy Tan, a fourth-year B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in Economics major, is the recipient of the Texas Parents' Outstanding Student Award. Established in 1951, the annual award celebrates two senior students who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service.
Sightlines magazine recently sat down with head of dance, Charles O. Anderson to discuss his work, (Re)Current Unrest, which was recently staged at Fusebox Festival (2018). This piece explores the kinesthetic state of unrest - the condition of unease, discontent and social disturbance, as a metaphor for "staying woke" about social issues and contemporary society.
Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, associate professor of the Performance Public Practice program, has been invited to attend the History of Capitalism Summer Camp, a two-week intensive workshop on economic methods for historians.
Mark-Anthony Zuniga, undergraduate academic advisor for the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been named one of three University of Texas at Austin employees to receive the Regents' Outstanding Employee Award, which recognizes full-time, non-faculty employees who have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication to their job. The award ceremony will take place May 14, 2018.
Creating new work is a challenging process, often riddled with unforeseen obstacles, tough decisions and unique opportunities to develop innovative art. We sat down with the playwrights and directors of UTNT (UT New Theatre) to discuss their process of creating these new plays, how those works have changed and why it’s important to let these works evolve as they are read, developed and, ultimately, presented to an audience.
Department of Theatre and Dance chair, Dr. Brant Pope, has been named a fellow by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Presented as one of the highest honors bestowed on educators and professionals of America's educational and theatre community, he will be inducted in a ceremony on April 15 in Washington, D.C.
The Alcalde recently featured the creation process of the ENRON raptors, discussing the unique course that led students from different backgrounds across campus to develop three velociraptors used in the production to represent companies created to conceal Enron's debt.
Presented as part of the "Vaudeville!" exhibit of the Harry Ransom Center, this event, created by Dr. Charlotte Canning and Dr. Andrew Carlson, among others, will take place March 8.
Faculty member Roxanne Schroeder-Arce's play Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet premiere's at Dallas Children's Theatre this March. The legacy of the Coahuiltecans, who originated in Texas, has virtually been erased, but this co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company revives their legacy through the story of a young girl connecting with her heritage. On stage March 23 - April 8, 2018.
The Austin American-Statesman review of Lucy Prebble's ENRON praises "director Hannah Wolf [who] has crafted a nuanced, satirical, enraging piece of theater that is more timely in the era of “Me, Too” than ever before."
The world premiere of faculty member KJ Sanchez's Cincinnati King will be staged at Cincinnati Playhouse in November 2018. Written and directed by Sanchez, Cincinnati King celebrates Cincinnati's rich music history based on interviews that trace the career of Syd Nathan, the founder of King Records.
The Austin Chronicle praises Texas Theatre and Dance's production of ENRON, "presenting Lucy Prebble's entertaining and historically accurate script, but further reframe[ing] and moderniz[ing] the play with a cast composed of actors whose gender identities are either female or non-binary."
Alumnus and musical visionary Harvey Schmidt (B.F.A. in Art, 1952) earned his shining spot in theatre history as the composer of the longest-running musical ever, The Fantasticks. He passed away February 28, 2018 at age 88.
"ENRON is a terrifically entertaining and thought provoking piece of work that infuses history with a tautly contained circus sideshow energy to create an immensely engaging evening of theatre." Broadway World reviews Lucy Prebble's ENRON, on stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre through March 4, 2018.
Members of the community engagement team discuss masculinity, what defines “toxic masculinity” in the context of contemporary society, the Enron scandal and and the impact of the storyteller in Lucy Prebble’s ENRON.
Meet the cast of ENRON, a true story of false profits that follows the astounding rise and fall of the Houston-based energy company. Presented as an epic myth, featuring a cast of all female and non-binary actors, ENRON takes us on the twists and turns of capitalism, the glamour of greed and the toxic adrenaline of success. Witness the depth of deceit that led to one of the largest financial scandals in history.