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Read about the Applied Drama Institute and its programming in countries around the world

ON THE BLOG: Empowering Educators Around the World Through the Applied Drama Institute

August 3, 2022 | Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Since 2014, faculty member Katie Dawson and her colleagues have presented workshops on arts-integrated education in countries around the world. We spoke with Dawson about her efforts to empower educators with drama-based pedagogy through the Applied Drama Institute.

Learn about four recent publications by our Performance as Public Practice alumni

Looking Back at New Books Published by PPP Alumni in 2021/2022

August 3, 2022

The past academic year saw the publication of multiple new books by Performance as Public Practice (PPP) alumni. 

Read about J. Quinton Johnson's return to Austin after performing in HAMILTON

J. Quinton Johnson (Hamilton) Makes Texas Return to Showcase Alice's Wonderland

July 28, 2022 | Spectrum News

After performing in Hamilton on Broadway, J. Quinton Johnson (attended) has returned to Austin to direct Alice's Wonderland, a musical adaptation he co-wrote with Julia Riew. Presented by Summer Stock Austin, this production features the work of multiple UT Theatre and Dance artists.

Read about the resiliency and range of Theatre Mu, written by alum kt shorb

Alum kt shorb Explores the Resilience of Theatre Mu

July 25, 2022 | American Theatre Magazine

Alum kt shorb (Ph.D. 2021) spoke with staff members at Theatre Mu, one of the longest running Asian American and Pacific Islander theatre companies in the country. They discuss the flexibility and versatility that have helped the company thrive over the last few years.

Learn about how Gesel R. Mason's belief in the power art has to create compassionate and thoughtful human beings, is reflected in her work.

Gesel Mason to Speak in Gibney's Imagining Digital Programming

July 19, 2022 | BroadwayWorld

In November 2022, faculty member Gesel Mason will participate in Gibney Dance Company's Imagining Digital program, a virtual forum where artists share vital perspectives and ideas. Mason will be in conversation with fellow artist Gregory King as part of Gibney's Deeper Duets series.

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ON THE BLOG: Students Engineer a Creative, Collaborative Future for Themed Entertainment

July 19, 2022 | Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

The Texas Theme Park Engineering & Design student organization is expanding the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration on campus, one innovative project at a time. Sponsored by faculty members J.E. Johnson and Karen Maness, this group cultivates the creative problem-solver in each of its members, from engineers to artists to designers. 

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Alum Drew Paryzer on the Future of Interactivity in Theatre

July 18, 2022 | HowlRound Theatre Commons

Playwriting alumnus Drew Paryzer (M.F.A. 2018) delves into what he calls "playable plays" in a recent article for HowlRound Theatre Commons. Paryzer investigates interactive moments in theatre, arguing that leaning into experiential storytelling and technologies could deepen understanding of the human condition.

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Nelson Nwachukwu Performs at Illinois Shakespeare Festival

July 15, 2022 | The Pantagraph

Current student Nelson Nwachukwu performs as "Benedick" in the TYA production of Much Ado about Quite a Lot as part of his acting internship with Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He can also be seen on stage alongside faculty member Quetta Carpenter in the festival's productions of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing.

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Faculty Present One-Man-Show at 2022 Darwin Festival

July 12, 2022 | Darwin Festival

Faculty members Kirk Lynn (performer, writer) and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw (director) will present Lynn's one-man-play The Cold Record at the 2022 Darwin Festival in Australia.

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Xinyue Zhang Discusses Her Role in Spells of the Sea Workshop

July 10, 2022 | Metro Theater Company

Ahead of their world premiere production of Spells of the Sea, written by alumni Guinevere "Gwinny" Govea and Anna Amelia Rose Pickett, Metro Theater Company interviewed M.F.A. candidate Xinyue Zhang about the show's workshop at Pegasus PlayLab. Zhang was a member of the community engagement team alongside fellow M.F.A. candidate Claire Derriennic and a University of Florida collaborator.