"Make Your Move" at SXSWedu

Friday, January 11, 2019   |  SXSWedu

Associate Professor Andrea Beckham and Assistant Professor Katie Dawson's project "Make Your Move: Bodies Creating Change" will be part of the performance series at SXSWedu this March in partnership with Peace First. Full details at

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Dance in the Archive with Gesel Mason's No Boundaries

Monday, January 7, 2019   |  The Alcade

Texas Exes profiles Associate Professor Gesel Mason in a new video about her project No Boundaries, an expanding and interactive archive of the work of contemporary black choreographers.

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Gesel Mason Receives Rauschenberg Residency

Monday, January 7, 2019   |  Sightlines

Associate Professor Gesel Mason is one of the recipients of a month-long Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, to continue her work on her project No Boundaries.

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Charles O. Anderson Receives Residency at MANCC

Tuesday, December 4, 2018   |  MANCC

Associate Professor Charles O. Anderson, artistic director of Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, has been awarded a residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) to develop (Re)current Unrest, an evening-length immersive performance installation ‘ritual’. ​​


ON THE BLOG: In Conversation — Tackling “The Merchant of Venice”

Monday, November 5, 2018   |  OFF BOOK: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Burgess Byrd (Shylock), Bella Medina (Portia) and Adam L. Sussman (Director) sit down with Texas Theatre and Dance Marketing and Events Assistant Ryan Prendergast to discuss the challenges and rewards of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts.


ON THE BLOG: Experiencing Dance Through Emerging Technologies

Friday, November 2, 2018   |  OFF BOOK: A Theatre and Dance Blog

The works of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall For Dance explore embodiment, community, diversity and introductions. Dorothy O’Shea Overbey’s new work, Invention in Three Parts, features the work of faculty and students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and Radio-Television-Film in a collaborative performance blending virtual reality, motion capture technology and contemporary ballet.

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Quetta Carpenter to Adapt and Direct JULIUS CAESAR for the 2019 Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, October 30, 2018   |  Illinois State University News

Assistant Professor Quetta Carpenter has been announced as the director the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's 2019 production of Julius Caesar. Her adaptation will offer a media-saturated, modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set on the battlefields of social media and the 24-hour news cycle. 

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Charles O. Anderson Awarded 2018-2019 VPR Research & Creative Grant

Tuesday, October 30, 2018   |  UT Research Showcase

Associate Professor Charles O. Anderson has been awarded a 2018-2019 Research & Creative Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research for his project (Re)current Unrest. The evening-length piece is an immersive performance installation ‘ritual’ investigating legacy, authorship and the history of black art and protest through the lens of the erasure of the Africanist presence inside of Steve Reich’s compositions.

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Susan Mickey Wins Jeff Award in Costume Design

Tuesday, October 23, 2018   |  The Joseph Jefferson Awards

Professor Susan Mickey recently received the Jeff Award in Costume Design for her work on The Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2017). The Jeff Awards honor outstanding theatre artists in the Chicago area and celebrate excellence through its recommendations, awards and honors.

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ON THE BLOG: Playing with the Past—History and Matawan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Matawan Dramaturg Kristin Perkins outlines the history and truth behind the 1916 shark attacks in Matawan, New Jersey and details the state of a nation gripped by fear of disease and war. 

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Alumnus J. Quinton Johnson Joins the Cast of Choir Boy

Monday, October 1, 2018   |  Playbill

Alumnus J. Quinton Johnson (Hamilton) has joined the cast of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy in the role of "Bobby Marrow," set to premiere on Broadway in January 2019. This music-filled play debuted in 2013 and details the hopes of a group of young singers at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. 

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ON THE BLOG: Meet the Cast of Matawan

Tuesday, September 25, 2018   |  Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Meet the cast of Matawan, a new play by Dan Caffrey that tells the story of the summer of 1916 when a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Featuring an all-star cast of Texas Theatre and Dance students under the direction of Alice Stanley, Matawan takes the stage October 2018. 

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Fulbright Scholar Pursues Choreography in London

Friday, September 21, 2018   |  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Oluwaseun S. Olayiwola (B.F.A. 2018) is currently a Fulbright Scholar pursuing an M.F.A. in Choreography at Trinity Laban in London, England. As an advocate for the arts and a Nigerian-American artist, Oluwaseun hopes to engage residents with dance during his two years in the program and contribute toward the Nigerian diaspora’s representation in the arts landscape.

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Alumnus Cast in Power Rangers: Beast Morphers

Thursday, September 20, 2018   |  Broadway World

Alumnus Cosme Flores (B.F.A. 2018) was recently cast as "Ben" in Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, set to air on Nickelodeon in 2019. Featuring an all-new cast of heroes and villains, Beast Morphers will expand the Power Rangers universe with tactical leather suits, 'Beast Bot' sidekicks and elevated battle footage.