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Jessica L. Peña Torres Discusses Her Work México (expropriated)

May 9, 2023 | The Journal of American Drama and Theatre (JADT)

Ph.D. candidate Jessica L. Peña Torres expands on her performance research, which re-examines heritage and authenticity in ballet folklórico, in a recent article from The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

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Playwrights Horizons' 23/24 Season Will Feature Work by Abe Koogler

May 9, 2023 | Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights Horizons just announced that their 23/24 season will include the "kaleidoscopic comedy" Staff Meal, written by alum Abe Koogler (M.F.A. 2014). Koogler's play, which will be on stage in spring 2024, imagines a fictional restaurant that serves as an oasis from the dark world beyond it.

Faculty member, playwright and TPA x Fusebox resident Dr. Lisa B. Thompson

Dr. Lisa B. Thompson Selected as 23/24 TPA x Fusebox Resident

May 2, 2023 | CBS Austin

Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Festival have selected faculty member Dr. Lisa B. Thompson as their newest TPA x Fusebox resident. With their support, Thompson will workshop and present The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body in Fusebox Festival 2024.

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The Alcalde Highlights Art Making in The Cohen New Works Festival

May 1, 2023 | The Alcalde

The Alcalde recently spoke with faculty producer Kirk Lynn and student artistic producer Braxton Rae about the impact of The Cohen New Works Festival and the opportunities it provides for students to experiment with their art.

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Recent Grad Haley Thomas and Others Reflect on Their Time at UT Austin

April 28, 2023 | UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Before the 2023 commencement ceremonies, UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement spoke with a handful of outstanding soon-to-be graduates. Among them was dance senior and Lavender Graduation Graduate Haley Thomas.

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Andy Grapko Served as Intimacy Coordinator for Hulu Film Clock

April 28, 2023 | IMDb

Faculty and staff member Andy Grapko recently served as intimacy coordinator for the Hulu original movie Clock, which is now available to stream.

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Austin Latinx New Play Festival Showcases Work by UT Theatre Artists

April 27, 2023

Every year, Teatro Vivo presents staged readings of new plays through the Austin Latinx New Play Festival. This year's festival includes plays by UT faculty and current students, with collaborators from within the department and across the country.

David A. Crespy (M.F.A., Playwriting, 1986) receives Fulbright Scholar Award

April 20, 2023 | Fulbright Scholars

Dr. Crespy, was awarded a second Fulbright Scholars Award to Spain and Greece for 2022-23 to write a hexalogy of stage dramas, composed of two cycles of three plays. Titled "Mi Corazón Español Vive Ahora En Grecia: Six Plays of Sephardic Greece," they focus on a fictional Jewish family over several generations during six periods of Jewish culture in Spain and Greece, focusing on the cities of Seville, Toledo, Madrid, Thessaloniki and Veria. The play series is a continuation of Dr. Crespy's "Madre de Israel: Three Plays of Jewish Salonika," a cycle of three full-length dramas he created during his Fall 2018 Fulbright residency in Thessaloniki, Greece.