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Still from Annie Baker's film JANET PLANET, featuring two actors laying down, one with their face leaning on the other

How Theater Icon Annie Baker Pulled Off a Dreamy Film Debut

August 30, 2023 | Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair praised faculty member Annie Baker's "dreamy" debut film, Janet Planet, which will screen at Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 4, 2023. Baker recounts the context of her film and the discoveries she made during her crossover from stage to screen.

A still from WHAT HAPPENS LATER, feature actors Meg Ryan and David Duchovny laying on the ground, looking up

Trailer Released for What Happens Later, Co-Written by Kirk Lynn

August 30, 2023 | Indie Wire

Bleecker Street recently released the trailer for What Happens Later, a rom-com co-written by faculty member Kirk Lynn, Steven Dietz and Meg Ryan. Ryan also directs and stars in the film, which will premiere in theatres this October. 

Headshot of Ph.D. candidate and Provost's Early Career Fellow Khristián Méndez Aguirre

Khristián Méndez Aguirre Receives Provost's Early Career Fellowship

August 21, 2023 | UT Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Ph.D. candidate Khristián Méndez Aguirre has been selected as a 2023 Provost's Early Career Fellow through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Texas at Austin. He joins a cohort of scholars from across the University who will receive training and resources designed to propel them towards careers at top research institutes.

Five women in the cast of Annie Baker's INFINITE LIFE sit, looking directly at the camera, while a sixth cast member looks at them

Annie Baker's Infinite Life Featured in The New Yorker

August 11, 2023 | The New Yorker

The world premiere of faculty member Annie Baker's Infinite Life landed in The New Yorker's weekly "Goings On" newsletter, outlining must-see artistic works in a variety of categories. Baker's play, presented by Atlantic Theater Company, opens on August 18, 2023. 

A still from Annie Baker's film JANET PLANET, featuring a mother and daughter sitting in a crowd

Annie Baker's Debut Film Screens at New York Film Festival

August 8, 2023 | Film at Lincoln Center

Playwright and faculty member Annie Baker's debut film will be featured in this year's New York Film Festival. Janet Planet follows a mother and daughter and the people who drift in and out of their lives during the summer of 1991.