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Learn more about Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) and his recently won Obie Award!

Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) Wins 2024 Obie Award

January 27, 2024 | Obie Awards

Dustin Wills (B.A. 2006) was recently awarded the Obie Award for Direction for his direction of Montag (Soho Rep), Wet Brain (Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theater) and Wolf Play (MCC Theater | Soho Rep | Ma-Yi Theater Company).

Learn more about Faculty Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw's new position as Rude Mechanicals' Co-Producting Artistic Director!

Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw (Faculty) Named Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs

January 13, 2024 | Rude Mechanicals

Faculty member Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw was recently newly announced as a co-producing artistic director for the Rude Mechs, joining fellow faculty members Madge Darlington and Kirk Lynn. Bassiakou Shaw has been a member of the company, also resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre and Dance, since 2014. 

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Trey Curtis Takes on Starring Role in Hamilton on Broadway

January 4, 2024 | Variety

Alum Trey Curtis (B.F.A. 2017) is set to take on the role of "Alexander Hamilton" in Hamilton on Broadway. Curtis has performed with the musical nationally and internationally since 2019 before landing back on Broadway in the starring role.

Two actors portraying a mother and daughter in Annie Baker's film JANET PLANET

A24 Acquires Rights for Annie Baker's Film Janet Planet

December 24, 2023 | Screen Rant

After acclaimed screenings at major film festivals, faculty member Annie Baker's film Janet Planet has been picked up by A24. Directed and written by Baker and praised for "delicate pacing and stirring performances," Janet Planet will show in theatres in 2024. 

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Madge Darlington Named Interim Director of Shakespeare at Winedale

December 19, 2023 | Shakespeare at Winedale

Faculty member Madge Darlington will serve as Interim Director for Shakespeare at Winedale for Summer 2024 and Spring and Summer 2025. Shakespeare at Winedale is The University of Texas at Austin English Department's Shakespearean acting troupe, fostering the study of Shakespeare's works through live performance.

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Meet Peter Carpenter, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance

December 15, 2023 | UT Theatre and Dance Vimeo

Get to know Peter Carpenter, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, following his first semester at The University of Texas at Austin. Hear about his background in dance and theatre, his everyday super power and what led him to UT Austin. 

Headshot for alum and inaugural Catalyst Fellowship recipient Zachariah Ezer

Zachariah Ezer Among Inaugural Catalyst Fellows

December 13, 2023 | Playbill

Playwriting alum Zachariah Ezer (M.F.A. 2023) is among Dramatists Guild Foundation's inaugural cohort of Catalyst Fellows. This fellowship supports theatre artists as they develop projects that "imagine equity, social justice and change" in the theatre industry.

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Chase Bringardner Named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Auburn University

December 6, 2023 | Auburn University

Alumnus Chase Bringardner (Ph.D. 2007) was recently named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Auburn University. He steps into this leadership role after nearly 15 years as a member of the faculty, including time as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Dr. Lisa B. Thompson Works on Play as Part of TPA x Fusebox Residency

December 5, 2023 | Texas Connect

Faculty member Dr. Lisa B. Thompson spoke with Texas Connect about her new play The Black Feminist Guide to the Human Body, which she has been workshopping as the 23/24 Texas Performing Arts x Fusebox Artist in Residence.