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A scrapbook-esque graphic for LITTLE STARS YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: MACBETH (A SOLO SHOW) by alum Jill Young

Alum Jill Young Performs to Acclaim at Hollywood Fringe Festival

June 29, 2023 | The Hollywood Fringe Festival

Alum Jill Young (B.F.A. 2020) performed at the 2023 Hollywood Fringe Festival and walked away with multiple awards. Her play Little Starts Youth Theatre Presents: Macbeth (A Solo Show) won the 2Cents' Immersive Worlds Award and a Best of the Broadwater Award, earning her two additional performances.

Two people dancing, silhouetted against vibrant projections, with the title UTimATX at Fusebox Festival next to them

Integrated Media Students Collaborate on Fusebox Festival Installations

June 27, 2023 | Vimeo

Students in faculty member Kate Freer's Integrated Media Studio class designed immersive projections for Fusebox Festival 2023. We spoke with Freer and some of her students about working with Fusebox and piecing together these vivid installations.

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Dance Scholar, Choreographer and Administrator Peter Carpenter Named Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance

June 22, 2023 | UT College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has named choreographer, scholar and administrator Peter Carpenter as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, effective July 1. Carpenter joins the department from his most recent role as director of the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida's College of the Arts. He will hold the Z.T. Scott Family Chair in Drama.

Giana Blazquez-Bultman, Kati Koerner and Laura Epperson speaking about their time working in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alumni Reflect on Work in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Let's Read Symposium

June 21, 2023

Alumni Giana Blazquez-Bultman (M.F.A. 2022), Laura Epperson (M.F.A. 2020) and Kati Koerner (M.F.A. 1998) reflect on their experiences working with educators in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their reflections were shared at the Let's Read at the Tertiary Level Student Symposium this past May.

Headshots for graduate students and BIPOC Scholars Mateo Hernandez, Allen Porterie and Deen Rawlins-Harris

Three Graduate Students Named Point Foundation BIPOC Scholars

June 20, 2023

Graduate students Mateo Hernandez, Allen Porterie and Deen Rawlins-Harris were selected as Point Foundation BIPOC scholars, earning financial and community support for their studies during the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Dr. Jesse O'Rear Talks about Applied Theatre on Gender Euphoria Podcast

June 7, 2023 | HowlRound Theatre Commons

Dr. Jesse O'Rear (Ph.D. 2020) served as a guest speaker on HowlRound Theatre Common's Gender Euphoria podcast. He talked about his experiences with applied theatre, including his work with the UT Gender and Sexuality Center's Peers for Pride program and his mentorship from faculty member Megan Alrutz, which has inspired his current work empowering LGBTQ students and histories at Texas A&M University.

a sketched whiskey decanter next to one filled glass and one empty glass and the play title LEGITIME

Fault Line Theatre Presents Play by Zachariah Ezer

June 7, 2023 | Fault Line Theatre

Fault Line Theatre will present a reading of Legitime, written by playwriting alum Zachariah Ezer (M.F.A. 2023), on September 15, 2023. His new script will be on stage as part of their Irons in the Fire series, showcasing in-development works and celebrating the new play process.

A graphic for Austin Playhouse's production of BIG FISH, featuring four large tents next to a field of flowers with the dates June 2-July 2, 2023 over them

Big Fish at Austin Playhouse Features Multiple Alumni

June 7, 2023 | Austin Playhouse

Austin Playhouse's production of Big Fish features actor Connor Barr (B.A. 2018), lighting designer Mark Novick (B.A. 2000) and costume designer Jessi Rose (M.F.A. 2019). Performances will take place June 2-July 2, 2023.

graduate students Michael DeWhatley, Claire Derriennic, Lily Odekirk and Renita James pose next to a sign, standing in front of the art exhibit OPPOSITES ABSTRACT: A MO WILLEMS EXHIBIT

Grad Students Perform at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

June 5, 2023

Earlier this May, four graduate students travelled to Pennsylvania to perform for young audiences at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Their interactive performance was created to help young people understand the concept of opposites, with inspiration from the exhibition Opposites Abstract: A Mo Willems Exhibit.