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Dorothy O'Shea Overbey watches a dancer perform for a Planet Texas 2050 event

Faculty and Alumni Present Collaborative Performances with Planet Texas 2050

November 1, 2022 | Alcalde

In communicating the importance of their research on climate change with the public, Planet Texas 2050 recruited the help of artists, including faculty member Dorothy O'Shea Overbey and alumni Tiffany Merritt-Brown (M.F.A. 2022) and Angelica Monteiro (faculty, M.F.A. 2022).

A scene from YAMEL CUCUY featuring an actress on her phone sitting on a couch with four hands reaching out from between the cushions

Designs by Alumni on Display in Yamel Cucuy

October 28, 2022 | Austin Chronicle

Glass Half Full Theater's dark and magical production of Yamel Cucuy featured striking design elements by alumni Annie Ulrich (M.F.A. 2021) and Rachel Atkinson (M.F.A. 2013).

the seven playwrights selected for Theater J's Expanding the Canon Initiative, including grad student Zachariah Ezer

Zachariah Ezer Selected for Theater J's Expanding the Canon Initiative

October 26, 2022 | American Theatre

Graduate student Zachariah Ezer is among seven playwrights commissioned for Theater J's Expanding the Canon Initiative, a new play development program created to expand the racial and ethnic representations of Jewishness in theatre.

A gold B. Iden Payne Awards statuette with information about the 2021/2022 ceremony

2021/2022 B. Iden Payne Award Nominees and Winners

October 25, 2022

Every year, the B. Iden Payne Council is tasked with viewing and nominating outstanding production elements in Austin. The Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as its students, faculty, alumni and staff, were nominated for many awards in a broad range of categories for the 2021/2022 season.

Justine Gelfman and Jenny Lavery sit behind mics, wearing headphones ahead of a radio interview

Justine Gelfman and Jenny Lavery Discuss the Inspiration Behind In Sisters We Trust

October 21, 2022 | KUT 90.5

Playwright Justine Gelfman and director Jenny Lavery talk about the companies, experiences and realizations that inspired In Sisters We Trust, or My F*cked Up American Girl Doll Play and the theatrical spectacle of its first on stage production.

two headshots next to each other, one of Michael DeWhatley and the other of Deen Rawlins-Harris

Michael DeWhatley and Deen Rawlins-Harris Receive TxETA Founders Scholarships

October 16, 2022 | Texas Educational Theatre Association - smore

Current Ph.D. candidate Michael DeWhatley and M.F.A. candidate Deen Rawlins-Harris were selected from applicants across the state as the two recipients of Texas Educational Theatre Association's 2022 Founders' Scholarships for Upper Division/Graduate Theatre Students.

Read about Edward Albee's SEASCAPE at the Alley Theatre

Franchelle Stewart Dorn Performing at Alley Theatre

October 14, 2022 | Alley Theatre

Faculty member and award-winning actress Franchelle Stewart Dorn is starring in Alley Theatre's production of Seascape by Edward Albee. The production will be on stage October 14 - November 13, 2022.

the cast for IN SISTERS WE TRUST rehearses a scene in which they're all sitting in a line of chairs

ON THE BLOG: Behind the Scenes of the Sisterhood...

October 11, 2022 | Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog

Dramaturg and current M.A. candidate Rebecca Fitton provides a behind-the-scenes look at In Sisters We Trust, or My F*cked Up American Girl Doll Play, from the vibrant contributions of each team member to the timely cultural commentary they reflected on during the rehearsal process.