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Kevin Adams (BFA Theatrical Design ’84) receives Henry Hughes Design Award

Oct. 19, 2010

List of productions and awards for Kevin Adams mounts.

Performance as Public Practice Article Wins Prize for Explorations of the New York City Ballet

Oct. 19, 2010

Clare Croft (PhD 2010) receives the Sally Banes Biennial Publication Prize for her article “Ballet Nations: The New York City Ballet’s 1962 US State Department–Sponsored Tour of the Soviet Union” published in Theatre Journal.

UT Alumni nominated for prestigious Chicago Jeff awards

Sept. 30, 2010 | Chicago Tribune

MFA Playwright Andrew Hinderaker nominated for Best New Play, Suicide Incorporated, in Chicago’s Jeff Awards. Alum Inseung Park nominated for Jeff award for Best Scenic Design of a Midsize Production. Best Scenic Design of a Midsize Production.

_Pigskin_ part of Samuel French Short Play Festival

Sept. 30, 2010

MFA Playwriting Candidate and Michener Center Fellow Gabriel Jason Dean’s Pigskin wins the 35th Annual Samuel French Short Play Festival.

Alumna featured in Oklahoma Dance Film Festival

Sept. 30, 2010

2009 MFA Dance Graduate Charlotte Griffin’s film “Barefoot Negotiations” part of Oklahoma Dance Film Festival.

Erica Nagel (M.F.A., Theatre, ’08)

Sept. 15, 2010

Erica Nagel (M.F.A., Theatre, ’08) just received a prestigious TCG New Generations Future Leaders award funding a two year position at the McCarter Theatre. McCarter Theatre Center’s (Princeton, NJ) producing director Mara Isaacs will mentor Nagel in all aspects of creative producing, emphasizing a holistic approach to production, play development and community engagement.

Robert Schenkkan (B.F.A. in Drama, '75)

July 14, 2010

Robert Schenkkan (B.F.A. in Drama, ’75) received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Writing, Miniseries for his work on The Pacific. The World War II drama tracks the intertwined real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater. The Pacific received a total of 24 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries.

Schenkkan is the author of The Kentucky Cycle, Tony Award nominee and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In addition to his artistic achievements, Schenkkan has been recognized as a UT Distinguished Young Alumnus, and is a member of the Friar Society. Schenkkan is co-writer on episodes 4, 6, 8 and 10, and co-producer on all 10 episodes of The Pacific.

Theatre and Dance Alumnae Heads New Department of Theatre and Dance

Jan. 14, 2010

On September 1, Judy Sebesta (Ph.D., Theatre, 1997) became chair of the newly formed Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Sebesta plans to continue exploring accreditation for the department through the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance. For more information visit