Alumni Spotlight on Ben Bazán

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Ben Bazán is an actor, writer, director, and improviser who was raised in Rio Grande City, Texas. He relocated to Austin in 2008 to attend The University of Texas. He graduated in 2012 and received his B.A. in Theatre and Dance. Ben acted in several main stage productions throughout his time with the Department of Theatre and Dance. Most recently, he was seen as “Andres” in the bilingual premiere of Salt and Pepper at ZACH Theatre which earned him a nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Performer in Theater for Youth. 

During the Summer of 2012 he began attending classes at ColdTowne Conservatory at The ColdTowne Theater, marking a pivotal point in his career path. He has performed as a member the student troupe Bear Derby along with performances in Powerball, a two-man performance called Instant Classic, and Silent Letters. He also been been involved in several main stage productions at The ColdTowne Theater including Slam Team Six, Late Night Down, and the Organ Trail (currently running every Saturday during the month of October). He most recently directed/produced You Are Cordially Invited, a special wedding event.

In addition to performing, Ben has taught classes with the Paramount Story Wranglers, taught literacy and diversity programs for Creative Action, and served as an acting/playwriting instructor for the Performing Arts School at ZACH Theatre. He spends his days working as an apprentice guide at Acton Academy. 

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UT New Theatre (UTNT) Presents “Good Day”

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Preview Production of
Good Day

By Diana Lynn Small
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

December 5 at 7:30pm
December 7 at 2:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
A prodigal daughter returns home, only she can’t get any farther than the front lawn. When three seemingly inconsequential strangers arrive for house calls, she’s pulled and pushed towards the front door and a life-changing confession. Under the auspices of California sunshine and a suburban wasps nest, an average “good day” is revealed to be made-up of so much more in this meditation on grief and reconciliation.

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Diana Lynn Small makes art for a live audience. She writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a songwriter and singer. Diana is a M.F.A. candidate in the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin focusing on playwriting and poetry. She’s made new theatre with Westmont College (Muéveme Muévete, Beauty Bomb, They Must Be Wings, Jupiter I Love You, Songs for Girls), UT Austin (Suspicious Dinner, Be Still and Know Nothing), Theatre Masters (Dogfight), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (We’re Still Kids), Ratatat Theater Group (Nina in the Morning), FronteraFest (Mad & a Goat) and ZaACH Theatre (Dream: A Midsummer Forrest Tour). She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company. She co-formed the music collective, Patience, which premiered its rock-narrative Water Will Rise in 2010. Diana returns to stories about the American West, past and present. She grew up in Martinez, California. Diana’s new play Enter a Woman, Pretty Enough will premiere as part of the UT Season in March 2015.

Parking Information
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $6 can be purchased on-line at: https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Eva Suter, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Karlstad”

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Preview Production of
Karlstad

By Patrick Shaw
Directed by Tamara Carroll

December 3 at 7:30pm
December 6 at 2:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
Sally and Pam’s roommate, Jules, leaves them in the lurch when she takes off for Germany to understand her roots. Now, in the mysterious company of their new middle-aged German sublet, the young women begin to question if they’re living the life they feel they deserve. But when Jules returns with a second German stranger, they uncover an improbable link between the Occupy movement, East German prisons, and the cheap furniture filling their lower Manhattan apartment.

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Patrick Shaw writes plays, acts, dances, and makes music. His scripts have been produced at The Flea, The Drilling Company, Galapagos Art Space, Cherry Pit, Hudson River Guild, Flushnik Art Space, Bradley University (Peoria), Gorilla Tango (Chicago), the Frontera Fest (Austin), and has developed work at Norm’s Fish Camp. A Miracle Study and Autobiography of a Sparrow, and Lushly have all been semifinalists for the National Playwrights Conference, and his play, HAMLETTES, was a finalist for the Lark Workshop and was later published by Playscripts, Inc. A graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute, Patrick has performed with Spessard Dance, Bakerloo Theatre Project, the Duplicates, and Underbelly.  He was a founding member of FullStop Collective.  www.patrickshawplays.com

Parking Information
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $6 can be purchased on-line at: https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Eva Suter, Diana Lynn Small, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Lyla School”

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Preview Production of
Lyla School 

By Brian Kettler
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

December 6 at 7:30pm 
December 7 at 5:00pm
Lab Theatre

About the play
Mary and Ahmed are best friends at Lyla School, a progressive, arts-based academy. They are driven apart when a violent event occurs during a process-drama simulation. Twenty years later, they reconnect as broken adults. Still haunted by their shared, tragic past, they fight to move forward with their lives and uncover the lingering mysteries of Lyla School. 

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Brian is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute. He was the recipient of the 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. His full-length plays include In School Suspension, Personal and Poor Boys’ Chorus, which premiered at UT earlier this year. His short play, Clown Room, was featured in the 2014 Theater Masters National M.F.A. Playwrights Festival, with productions in Aspen and New York City. 

Parking Information
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $6 can be purchased on-line at: https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Diana Lynn Small, and Eva Suter.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents “Hold Me Well”

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Preview Production of
Hold Me Well 

By Eva Suter
Directed by Katie Bender

December 4 at 7:30pm 
December 6 at 11:00am
Lab Theatre

About the play
Years ago, a brutal war wiped out half of the world’s population (the half with Y chromosomes). Now a group of women protect a cooler containing the hope for human future. As dangerous forces loom nearer and nearer, paranoia and jealousy turn shadows of trees into grabbing hands and misunderstanding into betrayal. In a world where so much has changed, what is still the same?

Ticket Information
Available October 31.

About the playwright
Eva Suter is a Northwest based writer, theater artist, and M.F.A. candidate through the Michener Center at UT Austin. In Portland, OR, Eva was a founding member of The Working Theatre Collective, a DIY based company dedicated to the production of new and devised works in unexpected spaces. Eva is a Portland Drammy recipient for Medusa, A Perfectly Normal Girl (2010) and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellow in Drama (2012). In the last year she was a participant in The Great Plains Theatre Conference We Only Go Home in Retrograde and Theater Masters’ Nona Who Swallowed a Bird. Eva hosts the Beer and Cookies Occasional Cabaret, rides a bike, bakes bread, and probably thinks too much about the comparative merit of different grocery stores.

Parking Information
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include the ADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $6 can be purchased on-line at: https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

About UTNT (UT New Theatre)
Curated by Steven Dietz and Cara Phipps, UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed work of emerging playwrights from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Other 2014 UTNT artists include Patrick Shaw, Diana Lynn Small, and Brian Kettler.

Learn about UTNT’s 2014 line-up today. For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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Texas Ex offers training through BriteLites Acting Studio

Mona Lee (Attended) is the founder and owner of BriteLites Acting Studio, an Austin, Texas based company providing actor training.

She’s a working actress whose 40 years of experience includes regional theatre, major motion pictures, and television.

While a student in The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Juillard School under the tutelage of John Houseman. Her extensive stage work includes appearances in The Prodigious Snob at Lincoln Center; as guest artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and a tour of the Second Time Around, starring Pat O’Brien. She performed in Marigolds, Crimes of the Heart,and many other stage performances in California, New York and Texas. She has appeared in over 50 films, TV movies and commercials.

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Kim Ngo (BA 2007) is a costume designer based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is featured in the recently premiered feature film Break Point at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Working with fellow alumni Annika Emma Lawrence (BA 2010) and many UT Radio-Television-Film students, the film was well received. Kim has designed costumes for Virgin America’s national commercial “Feel the Upgrade” campaign and Princess Cruise’s commercial “100 Reasons.”
Photo: Break Point Film Crew, including (L to R), Peter Bernstein, Jason Tobias, Annika Emma Lawrence, Lauren McCarthy. Photograph courtesy of Victor Moyers.

Kim Ngo (BA 2007) is a costume designer based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is featured in the recently premiered feature film Break Point at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Working with fellow alumni Annika Emma Lawrence (BA 2010) and many UT Radio-Television-Film students, the film was well received. Kim has designed costumes for Virgin America’s national commercial “Feel the Upgrade” campaign and Princess Cruise’s commercial “100 Reasons.”

Photo: Break Point Film Crew, including (L to R), Peter Bernstein, Jason Tobias, Annika Emma Lawrence, Lauren McCarthy. Photograph courtesy of Victor Moyers.

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Poor Boys’ Chorus, November 7-9, 12-16

By Brian Kettler
Directed by Natalie Novacek

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As a general rule. Closer to law. 
The first commandment in our town reads: 
Poor Boys don’t talk to Rich Girls. 

About the play
Summer in a small town. Beautiful Annabel strikes up a tentative friendship with Steeds, a poor orphan. A carnival sweeps through, featuring the mysterious illusionist, Bill the Magnificent. Plans are hatched, promises are broken, and innocent mistakes produce tragic consequences. Poor Boys’ Chorus uses rhythm, light and magic to tell a story that is poignant, timeless and uniquely theatrical. 

There will be a total of eight performances across two weekends. 

November 7-8, 12-15 at 7:30pm
November 9 & 16 at 2:00pm 

About the Playwright
Brian Kettler is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in Playwriting at UT-Austin. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute. He was the recipient of the 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. His full-length plays include School Suspension, Personal and Poor Boys’ Chorus.His short play, Clown Room, was featured in the 2014 Theater Masters National M.F.A. Playwrights Festival, with production in Aspen and New York City. 

About the Director
Natalie Novacek tells raw and daring stories with effortless staging through contemporary, language-driven scripts. She is the artistic director of Loudmouth Collective, known in her hometown of Minneapolis, MN for tackling challenging solo performance and engaging small-ensemble theatrical events. Natalie was a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Selection Team Directing Fellow. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 

Student Activities Center Blackbox
Located on The University of Texas at Austin campus 
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

Production Team
Brian Kettler - Playwright
Natalie Novacek - Director 
Rachel Atkinson - Lighting Design
Jessica Forte - Assistant Stage Manager
Joseph Heike - Stage Manager 
Teena Sauvola - Scenic Design 
Kelsey Vidic - Costume Design 

Ticket Information 
Find the online ticket reservation form here. Admission is free; Seating is Limited. 

Parking Information 
The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees – this does include theADA on Robert Dedman Drive. Patrons to the Texas Performing Arts complex are encouraged to park in university parking garages or LBJ surface lots. A discounted parking rate of $3 can be purchased on-line at:https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10pm, the day prior to an event. Please read signs carefully.

$12 Event Parking is also available for purchase in person on the day of your event at the entrances to the surrounding surface lots and garages.

Ensure that you select “Department of Theatre and Dance” as your venue to find links to parking. 

For more information, call 512-471-5793.

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